6 golds, 11 medals for GB on track

It says something when a 6-gold, 11-total medal haul represents the weakest performance in the velodrome since 2004. Make no mistake, this was one of GB’s most impressive showings, winning a medal in every event we were entered.

Every member of the team who rode (thoughts to Ciarra Horne and Ryan Owens) won a medal and Calumm Skinner in the kierin was the only time a Brit entered a race and didn’t stand on the podium.

With less time trial based events on the schedule that in previous games, results were less controllable and yet Team GB controlled them nonetheless.

Once the men’s Team Sprint sped around in the qualifying round the writing was on the wall for the rest of the world. If one member of the team is on fire, so will the rest is the lesson we’ve learnt over and over.

Jason Kenny and Laura Trott were the two biggest stars taking their individual golden totals to six and four respectively. The most pleasing results were surely those of Becky James who came back from injury and the cancer scare to win to silvers. Given the form she was in it was almost surprising she didn’t take gold.

In a couple of years when GB is struggling to medal at World Champs, we need to remember that the fabled “GB Olympic boost” is very real, and there’s no reason to think it won’t magically reappear in Tokyo.

 

 

 

GB Olympic boost strikes again

Every four years something magical happens for British track cyclists. After four years of mediocre performances, the men’s team sprint shot out of no where for gold in Rio yesterday.

Having struggled to replace Chris Hoy on Man 3, Callum Skinner, whose individual times indicated the potential, got it right on the night with a sub-13 lap to bring the Brits (Phil Hindes and Jason Kenney having established a lead) home in the final ahead of pre-race favorites New Zealand.

Jason Kenny put in he fastest lap as man 2 and will now be the big favorite for the men’s sprint which starts today, and possibly for the kierin too. Keep an eye out for Skinner too, a British 1-2 isn’t beyond the realms of possibility.

Good times at Revolution

There were some impressive sprint times at the latest Revolution in Glasgow. Top of the pops was Jason Kenny who sped to a 9.972 qualifying time before winning the sprint competition in handy style. There are serious signs that Kenny is rounding into Olympic form. This was his sixth career ride inside 10-flat, only his 4th at sea-level and his first-ever not at the Olympics or World Champs.

Callum Skinner, something of a Revolution specialist, clocked another good time with a 10.046 and finished runner-up to Kenny. Lewis Oliva produced a sea-level best at 10.149 before winning the kierin. Matt Crampton was next home with 10.147.

Perhaps the most impressive ride of the day was Jonathan Mitchell’s 10.262, a pb that moved him to 16th fastest of all-time and was a new Cyclostat’s British Amateur Best, surpassing Chris Pritchard’s Moscow-assisted 10.272 from 2010.

Hindes becomes 8th Brit under 10-flat

He may only have qualified 15th fastest at the Guadalajara World Cup, but Phil Hindes’ 9.898 was good enough to make him the 5th fastest British rider ever.

The altitude helped 24 men go under 10 in all, led by Matthew Glaetzer’s track record of 9.516. It seems that Guadalajara boosts times by around 0.25-0.35 seconds for the 200 over a “par” track like Manchester, so altitude or not, Glaetze’s time was impressive. Jason Kenny qualified 10th in 9.852 – his third fastest ever before eliminating Hindes in the first round. Given that Kenny has been 9.713 on  a normal track at sea-level (at the London Olympics), which is the World best in such conditions, he is still clearly some way off top form.

The full list of sub-10 rides by Brits (which now number 20) can be found in our rankings section or here.

Quick times in men’s team sprint

So we finally have the splits from qualifying for the GB men’s team sprint in Guadalajara. Phil Hindes posted 17.326 for third fastest lead off of the day, but Jame Staff’s British best remains elusive. Jason Kenny clocked 12.407, a sensational time and the fastest non-Aguascaientes performance of all-time (world-wide). Good to see Kenny on good form, watch out for the British record in the sprint on Sunday.

Callum Skinner brought the show to a close with a 13.050, which while four tenths down on the Germans was still a great time, bettered only by Kian Emadi in Aguasalientes and by Chris Hoy. Skinner’s time compared favorably with the 13.166 that Lewis Oliva posted on the same track eight months ago. If the Scot gets the nod to ride the sprint on Sunday, expect a serious assault on Hoy’s 9.815 Scottish best.

Junior Men Flying 200m rankings up and running

We have posted the latest ranking list, which is the Junior men’s flying 200m. This is a bit of a double whammy in terms of tracking accurately because junior rankings are inherently more difficult to compile, and the flying 200 is probably the toughest event to track. If you spot mistakes, tell us about it at cylostats@gmail.com.

Anyway, the rankings are dominated by results on the over-sized Moscow track. Jason Kenny’s 10.378 remains the fastest on a normal track as far as we can tell.

British Junior Track Rankings: Flying 200m, Men

John Paul 10.175 World Juniors Moscow 19-Aug-11
Matt Rotherham 10.280 World Juniors Moscow 19-Aug-11
Kevin Stewart 10.347 World juniors Moscow 14-Aug-09
Jason Kenny 10.378 Gent 7-Aug-06
Callum Skinner 10.489 World Juniors Moscow 14-Aug-09
Dave Daniell 10.565 World Juniors Mexico City 6-Aug-07
Christian Lyte 10.569 World Juniors Mexico City 6-Aug-07
Lewis Oliva 10.570 World Juniors Moscow 14-Aug-09
Matthew Rotherham 10.609 European Juniors Anadia 28-Jul-11
Stephen Hill 10.614 European Juniors Pruszkow 2008
Jospeh Trueman 10.630 European Juniors Anadia 25-Jul-14
Peter Mitchell 10.633 European Juniors Pruszkow 2008
Ross Edgar 10.778 Manchester 22-Sep-01
Matt Crampton 10.813 World Juniors Los Angeles 2004