As usual, don’t place any bets on any of my predictions, but it’s well worth looking ahead to Thursday & Sunday, for the British Road Championships. The event will be held in the Celtic Manner resort, as in 2009. I’m not clued up enough on the under 23’s, so I’ll just go for the Elite champs.
As a big fan of Katie Archibald & her ever rising ability, I think I’m in with a fair shout of predicting a medal in both events for Scotland’s best chance of Commonwealth gold, I think she’ll win at least one of them, more likely the road race. In several road events she’s been making mincemeat of the competition, backed by a very strong team. Eileen Roe is another potential Scottish winner of the road race, she’s got a demon sprint & is also in fine form right now, but potentially hasn’t got quite as strong a team to put her in the correct position.
Emma Pooley is likely to surprise, she’s an incredible talent & I can see her winning the time trial, but I prefer to see her race like she did in the Olympics, she made that one of the best events I’ve seen on the TV, I hope she’s in that kind of form.
Otherwise the entire Wiggle Honda team are capable of getting medals, there’s so much talent in the womens field that it’s incredibly hard to make any predictions, the start list is littered with World & Olympic champions. Both races should be close & great to watch.
Unfortunately for all the Brad supporters, I really don’t think we’re going to see anything special from him in the road champs (no doubt he’ll win RR & TT now I’ve stated that). Shane Sutton is currently describing his track sessions as ‘blistering’, we know he’s been spending a fair bit of time at the velodrome, pursuit work isn’t generally going to be the best prep for a road race over 180km. Expect world records at Glasgow 2014, but expect different protagonists on Thursday & Sunday.
Last time this course was used for the Road Race Champs, we had a surprise winner in Kristian House, but I think we’ll see a continental based rider winning this time. I would have gone for Peter Kennaugh had he not retired from the Tour de Suisse, so I’m going for a Yates brother. I can’t tell them apart, so I’m cheating & saying it’ll be either Simon or Adam who’ll take the jersey to Orica-GreenEDGE for the next year. Having brothers at such a level hasn’t been seen since the Schleckers when they were any good, so unlike those two chumps, the Yates won’t be asking each other if they can attack, they’ll just bloody do it, because that’s what they do. Also note that Evan Oliphant was 7th on this course in 2009, just one place behind Mark Cavendish.
In the time trial, I’ve got suspicions that Brad’s very good for 4km, but not over this distance, Dowsett doesn’t seem to have the form he had a few weeks ago. This leaves me with Geraint Thomas, he’s prepared for the Tour, he’s always been pretty handy in a TT, I think G will get it this time.
The Gist Of It
This is my hastily prepared prediction blog, I’m mostly wrong on these, but one of these days I’ll get something right & you’ll not forget it, here’s hoping it happens this week. I’m obviously hoping for some Scottish medals, which look more likely in the womens events, could this be the race where Eileen Roe’s talents are finally noticed by a wider audience?