A start to the newly reorganised UCI track competition for the Tissot Nations Cup saw the worlds best riders attend the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow. A 4 day multi discipline event that travels the globe over 3 separate rounds with the other rounds being in Milton (CANADA) before the finale in Velódromo Alcides Nieto Patiño (COLUMBIA).
With it starting in Scotland, all eyes were on Katie Archibald to see if she can shoulder the pride of an entire nation and win a medal for team GB and she was in imperious form on day 1 helping team GB take Silver in the team Pursuit and was looking likely to win Gold in the Omnium until an unfortunate spill in the Points race saw her out of the competition on the 3rd day.
Team GB never had everything its own way but managed to secure a further 2 bronze medals from Charlie Tanfield and Josie Knight in the Mens and Women’s Individual Pursuit and Ollie Wood of Team Inspired taking a gold in the Mens Omnium on the final day.
France could claim to have had the better event but with Columbia, Germany, Japan, GBR, Netherlands all having won Gold, it was an even affair throughout and kept all spectators guessing who would would come out on top. With the heat building in the velodrome the competitive fire also increased with World champions in the form of Elia Viviani and Harrie Lavreysen winning in their respective disciplines showing the rainbow stripes off with pride and winning gold doing so.
Loved being at the event and look forward to shooting more events like this, both indoor and on the road with even better competition to come I hope.
Many thanks and keep watching