Scottish Commonwealth Games Team, the predictions!

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(Update #2, thanks for your thoughts on twitter, we’re building a better picture now)

The date has just passed for riders meeting the qualification standards for the Scottish  Commonwealth Games Team in Glasgow. The riders who have automatic qualification & have met all the required standards should now be waiting for the call to see if they’ll be representing their country in Glasgow 2014. The following is a bit of hopefully reasonably accurate guesswork, but remember I only got the TT course 80% correct, so these predictions by no means written in stone.

I’m gathering info on the Para athletes, so that’ll be coming up in the next couple of weeks, with another blog piece.

Events

Womens Track:

  • Sprint
  • Para-Sport Sprint B Tandem
  • 500m Time Trial
  • Para-Sport 1000m Time Trial B Tandem
  • 3000m Individual Pursuit
  • 25km Points Race
  • 10km Scratch Race

Mens Track:

  • Sprint
  • Para-Sport Sprint B Tandem
  • Team Sprint
  • 1000m Time Trial
  • Par-Sport 1000m Time Trial B Tandem
  • Keirin
  • 4000m Individual Pursuit
  • 4000m Team Pursuit
  • 40km Points Race
  • 20km Scratch Race

Mountain Biking:

  • Womens Cross Country
  • Mens Cross Country

Road Cycling:

  • Womens Road Race
    Womens Time Trial
  • Mens Road Race
    Mens Time Trial

Qualification Standards

I wrote a piece on the track qualification very early on, back when Chris Hoy was still possibly riding, but not really looked since, apart from spending some time on the UCI site attempting to work out which MTB riders may have met the standards. The full details, including the events that are required for the non-timed events are detailed in the Scottish Cycling Selection Policy.

TRACK

Mens Track (timed events):

  • Individual Pursuit: 4:30.396
  • Team Pursuit: 4:08.175
  • Sprint (200m): 10.394s
  • Kilo: 1:02.889
  • Team Sprint Man 1 (lap time): 17.901s
  • Team Sprint Man 2 (lap time): 13.529s
  • Team Sprint Man 3 (lap time): 13.95s

Men (Scratch & Points):

  • See selection policy document linked above

Womens Track (timed events):

  • Individual Pursuit: 3:41.581
  • Sprint (200m): 11.465s
  • 500m TT: 35.127

Women (Scratch & Points):

  • See selection policy document linked above

ROAD

Womens Road Race (In order of priority)

  • Winner of British National RR Championships 2013
  • A rider who is a current member of a UCI registered women’s trade team in the top half of the UCI ranked teams.
  • Selection for GB team on 2 or more occasions
  • Member of GB cycling podium or academy programme
  • National series event top 4 or National Championships top 6 placing on two or more occasions – prior agreed other events of comparable standard will also be considered when provided with validated evidence

Womens Time Trial (In order of priority)

  • A rider with UCI ranking points from time trial events on the international calendar
  • A rider selected for GB for World Championships time trial
  • A rider who has been nominated for the Road Race and has finished in the top ten of a national championship time trial on the UCI calendar
  • A rider who finishes in the top 3 of the British Time Trial Championships (senior category) or CTT 10/25 mile British Championships may be considered

Mens Road Race (In order of priority)

  • A rider who is a current member of a UCI World Tour of Professional Continental Team
  • Winner of British National RR Championships 2013
  • A rider who is a current member of a UCI Continental Team
  • Selection for GB on 2 or more occasions
  • Member of GB cycling podium or academy programme
  • National Series event top 5 or National Championships top 6 placing on two or more occasions – prior agreed other events of comparable standard will also be considered when provided with validated evidence.

Mens Time Trial (In order or priority)

  • A rider with UCI ranking points from time trial events on the international calendar
  • A rider selected for GB for World Championships time trial
  • A rider who has been nominated for the Road Race and has finished in the top ten of a national championship time trial on the UCI calendar
  • A rider who finishes in the top 3 of the British Time Trial Championships (senior category) or CTT 10/25 mile British Championships may be considered

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Men & Women (In order of priority)

  • Member of GB cycling programme (Senior or Academy)
  • Selection for GB on 2 or more occasions
  • Riders must achieve 2 or more results equal or better than the stated % figures at elite level.
    • 106% of winners time at UCI ranked event
    • 110% of winners time at World Cup
    • Average lap time to be within 110% of winners average lap time at World Cup (not including 1st lap)

The Predictions

I think there’s a reasonable understanding of who’s reached track qualifying times recently, sounded like everybody was encouraging each other to get the times at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome recently. As I stated before, I’m guessing, so don’t assume I actually know anything, it’s just some predictions.

Track: Womens Sprint

 I’m assuming that Jennie Davis has set a time, but no confirmation. I know Ellie Richardson has qualified for the 500m TT. Hopefully we can get a team sprint together in Glasgow.

Track: Womens Endurance

We know Katie Archibald has met the pursuit qualification times & can ride any endurance event as being part of the GB team. Otherwise there’s strong rumours than Anna Turvey has also set a pursuit qualifying time. Kayleigh Brogan, Eileen Roe & Charlene Joiner have all met the standards for the Scratch & Points through results in events, while Katie Archibald has fully qualified.

Track: Mens Sprint

It looks like we will have a full complement of riders who’ve met the standards, John Paul, Callum Skinner, Chris Pritchard (sorry I missed you in the first edit), Bruce Croall & Kenny Ayre. So hopefully we’ll be represented in all sprint events with some high quality riders. Great to see a major event with the kilo in it, come on IOC.

Track: Mens Endurance

Expect four riders to have met the qualifying standards, Evan Oliphant, James McCallum, Mark Stewart & Alistair Rutherford. I don’t believe they’ve met the Team Pursuit time, a very quick 4:08, so we’ll not be seeing a Scottish team in that event.There were no qualifiers in the individual pursuit, but some incredibly fast times & some very close to the world class qualification time, the legacy from this should raise the bar in pursuiting by some way in the future.

Road: Women

I’m not entirely sure who’s met the standards on this one, but Katie Archibald will be there, Eileen Roe looks good for a place. Anne Ewing & Claire Thomas have qualified for a place too, so looks like a strong team will line up in the city centre. In the TT, Katie Atchibald recently won a round of the UK TT series, beating other GB riders, Lucy Coldwell is a possible for the other place.

Road: Men

We should have five riders in the road race, of those David Millar, Andrew Fenn, Tao Geoghegan Hart & Evan Oliphant have automatically qualified, expect James McCallum to be in there too along with possibly Jack Pullar. Could Alex Coutts get a place, has he applied? As far as the TT goes, expect David Millar & possibly Andy Fenn to ride.

MTB: Women

We have British champion Lee Craigie, with Kerry Macphee getting some impressive results recently & Jessie Roberts, all who have met the standards.

MTB: Men

Some world class riders representing Scotland here, Grant Ferguson & Kenta Gallagher, both who have been getting results all over the world recently. The remaining place may be taken by a number of riders who have also been travelling & racking up ranking points, Rab Wardell or Gareth Montgomerie.

I apologise for anybody I’ve missed, but let me know if you’re missing from my list & have qualified. The official announcement will be made at the end of the month.

Details of all the previous Scottish Cycling medals at Commonwealth Games can be found HERE.

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