Scottish Commonwealth Games Cycling Medals

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The Medals

1970 – Brian Temple – Silver – 10 Miles Scratch Race

1986 – Eddie Alexander – Bronze – Sprint

2002 – Chris Hoy – Gold – Kilo

2002 – Chris Hoy, Craig MacLean, Marco Librizzi, Ross Edgar – Bronze – Team Sprint

2006 – Chris Hoy, Craig MacLean, Ross Edgar – Gold – Team Sprint

2006 – Ross Edgar – Silver – Sprint

2006 – Kate Cullen – Bronze – Points Race

2006 – Ross Edgar – Bronze – Keirin

2006 – Chris Hoy – Bronze – Kilo

2006 – James McCallum – Bronze – Scratch Race

2010 – David Millar – Gold – Time Trial

2010 – David Millar – Bronze – Road Race

2010 – Jenny Davis, Charline Joiner – Silver – Team Sprint

The Games

Here’s a brief resume of cycling events at the Commonwealths throughout the years, since they’ve been called the Commonwealth Games starting at Hamilton in 1930.

Hamilton, 1930:

No Cycling

London, England 1934:

Three track events were included, the time trial won by Australian Dunc Gray who now has a velodrome named after him, plus the 1000 yard sprint and a 10 mile scratch race. These were held at Fallowfield stadium in Manchester. No Scottish cycling medals.

Sydney, Australia 1938:

We had road & track events in this Games, with a road time trial won by Hennie Binneman of South Africa. The track events were dominated by Australia, winning gold & silver in both the time trial & 100 yard sprint, England took gold & silver in the 10 mile scratch. No Scottish cycling medals.

Auckland, New Zealand 1950:

The 4000m individual pursuit was included this time, along with the time trial, 1000m sprint, 10 mile scratch race & road race. Australia again dominating, with a possible 15 medals up for grabs, they won nine of them, with gold in four of the five events. No Scottish cycling medals.

Vancouver, Canada 1954:

Time trial, Sprint, Individual Pursuit & 10 mile Scratch race on the track, then the road road were contested at these Games. Equal first in the track time trial was awarded to Dick Ploog & Alfred Swift, both clocking 1:12. No Scottish cycling medals.

Cardiff, Wales 1958:

The format of track time trial, sprint, individual pursuit & scratch race continues, along with the road race. Notable in these games is silver in the individual pursuit to Tom Simpson of England. No Scottish cycling medals.

Perth, Australia 1962:

On the track, the time trial, sprint, individual pursuit & scratch race were contested, along with a road race. No Scottish cycling medals.

Kingston, Jamaica 1966:

Roger Gibbon of Trinidad & Tobago won both the track time trial & sprint, cycling commentator Hugh Porter (England) won the individual pursuit with teammate Ian Alsop winning the 10 mile scratch. The Isle of Man’s Peter Buckley won the road race, you may know his name from the British junior road race series trophy. No Scottish cycling medals.

Edinburgh, Scotland 1970:

With Scotland’s first Commonwealth medal, Brian Temple wins silver in the 10 Mile Scratch Race. Also included in these Games was the Tandem Sprint, along with track time trial, sprint, individual pursuit & road race. (The first Meadowbank Track League was also run in 1970 on this new 250m wooden track, it was organised by Alan Nisbet who also won it!). We’ve also got some notable names in here, it’s a star-studded line up, with medalists including Ian Hallam & Danny Clark.

Christchurch, New Zealand 1974:

A team pursuit is added to the format, with an expanding number of cycling events including track time trial, sprint, individual pursuit, 10 miles scratch, tandem sprint & road race. England’s Phil Griffiths, now a prolific team manager took silver in the road race, Geoff Cooke was in the tandem gold winning team, he;s still regularly seen coaching and riding masters events. No Scottish cycling medals.

Edmonton, Canada 1978:

This year really starts to throw some names I’ve seen in ‘The Comic’ in my youth, the same format introduced in 1974 is used in Edmonton. Medalists include Tony Doyle, Gordon Singleton, Gary & Shane Sutton, Phil Anderson. No Scottish cycling medals.

Brisbane, Australia 1982:

Into the modern era now, included is a 100km team time trial & no tandem sprinting, but we get more complete results on the internet from here on, so Scottish performances can be better monitored. Successful future continental pro’s Malcolm Elliot & Steve Bauer took gold & silver in the road race, but Australia are still dominating overall. Scotland’s Davy Whitehall has sneaked into the results, with and 8th place in the 4000m individual pursuit. No Scottish cycling medals.

Edinburgh, Scotland 1986:

Eddie Alexander stepped up and took a Bronze for Scotland at Meadowbank in the sprint. There’s an excellent article on him in Veloveritas HERE. Sprint legend Gary Neiwand took gold in the event. England’s Paul Curran won the road race and a youthful Chris Boardman was part of a bronze team pursuit squad.

Auckland, New Zealand 1990:

Australia & New Zealand battled out most of the gold medals in these Games, with Welsh lady Louise Jones winning the sprint with the introduction of female sprint & pursuit events. No Scottish cycling medals.

Victoria, Canada 1994:

Womens events expanded a little, with the points race added to the sprint & pursuit. Brad McGee & Stuart O’Grady of Australia had a very good Games, with McGee winning the pursuit, O’Grady the Scratch & both were part of the gold medal winning team pursuit squad, which recorded a reasonably ‘modern’ time of 4:10, another era is dawning, the battle between well-funded national track teams. No Scottish cycling medals.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1998:

A womens road race & time trial added to the format for these Games. Notable names are Bradley Wiggins & Colin Sturgess taking silver in the team pursuit, Jason Queally silver in the kilo & Michael Rogers winning the scratch race. No Scottish cycling medals.

Manchester, England 2002:

Chris Hoy triumphantly appears on the Commonwealth stage with a gold medal in the kilo, then teaming up with Craig MacLean Marco Librizzi & Ross Edgar for bronze in the team sprint (3 riders in each ride, but 4 can be used in different heats). A successful Games for cycling in Scotland, considering the serious lack of medals in the past.

We have a full Scottish team list available for the cycling events as follows. Caroline Alexander, Sally Ashbridge, Jo Cavill, Caroline Cook, Katrina Hair, Russell Anderson, Richard Chapman, Ross Edgar, Chris Hoy,Alistair Kay, Marco Librizzi, Craig MacLean, James McCallum, Jason MacIntyre, David Millar, Ross Muir, Michael Pooley, Alexander Ross & Duncan Urquhart. Although I think David Millar opted to snub the Games and rode a 2-up TT somewhere in France instead.

Melbourne, Australia 2006:

More Scottish success, with gold in the team sprint with Chris Hoy, Craig MacLean & Ross Edgar. Ross Edgar also took silver in the sprint, then a cluster of bronzes, with Kate Cullen in the points race, Ross Edgar in the Keirin, Chris Hoy in the kilo & James McCallum in the scratch race. A hugely successful Games for Scottish cycling, the best ever.

Squad list:

  • Alex Coutts – Road Race
  • Ross Edgar – Track Sprint Events
  • Chris Hoy – Track Sprint Events
  • Marco Librizzi – Track Sprint Events
  • Craig MacLean – Track Sprint Events
  • Gareth Montgomerie – Mountain Bike Cross Country
  • Evan Oliphant – Road Race
  • James Ouchterlony – Mountain Bike Cross Country
  • Duncan Urquhart – Road Race
  • Robert Wardell – Mountain Bike Cross Country

Women’s

  • Kate Cullen – Track Points Race and Road Race
  • Ruth McGavigan – Mountain Bike Cross Country
  • Katrina Hair

Delhi, India 2010:

Professional rider David Millar won the time trial for Scotland & took bronze in the road race, while Jenny Davis & Charline Joiner took silver in the team sprint, another very good Games, with medals in events Scotland hadn’t performed in before at Commonwealth Games.

Scotland were represented on the track by Ross Edgar, Andrew Fenn, James McCallum, Evan Oliphant, John Paul, Chris Pritchard, Callum Skinner, Kevin Stewart, Kate Cullen, Jenny Davis, Charline Joiner & Eileen Roe.

Here are the Scottish riders & results from 2010 in the road events.

Men
Event Cyclist(s) Time Rank
40 km Time Trial David Millar 1
Evan Oliphant 11
Andrew Fenn 14
167 km Road Race Ross Crebar DNF
Andrew Fenn 13
David Lines DNF
James McCallum DNF
David Millar 3
Evan Oliphant 21
Women
Event Cyclist(s) Time Rank
29 km Time Trial Pippa Handley 16
100 km Road Race Jane Barr 35
Kate Cullen 17
Anne Ewing 37
Pippa Handley 31
Eileen Roe 20
Claire Thomas 24

Glasgow, Scotland 2014

Riders selected by discipline as follows (some may be listed more than once if in multiple disciplines):

Mountain Bike (Women):

  • Kerry MacPhee
  • Lee Craigie
  • Jessica Roberts

Mountain Bike (Men):

  • Grant Ferguson
  • Kenta Gallagher
  • Gareth Montgomerie

Para Cycling (Women):

  • Laura Cluxton
  • Fiona Duncan (pilot)
  • Aileen McGlynn
  • Louise Haston (pilot)

Para Cycling (Men):

  • Neil Fachie
  • Craig McLean (pilot)

Track Sprint (Women)

  • Jenny Davis
  • Eleanor Richardson

Track Sprint (Men):

  • Jonathon Biggin
  • Bruce Croall
  • John Paul
  • Christopher Pritchard
  • Callum Skinner

Track Endurance (Women):

  • Katie Archibald
  • Charline Joiner
  • Eileen Roe
  • Anna Turvey

Track Endurance (Men):

  • James McCallum
  • Evan Oliphant
  • Alistair Rutherford
  • Mark Stewart

Road Race (Women):

  • Gemma Neill
  • Katie Archibald
  • Anne Ewing
  • Charline Joiner
  • Eileen Roe
  • Claire Thomas

Road Race (Men):

  • Jack Pullar
  • Andy Fenn
  • Grant Ferguson
  • James McCallum
  • David Millar
  • Evan Oliphant

Time Trial (Women):

  • Katie Archibald
  • Lucy Coldwell
  • Anna Turvey

Time Trial (Men):

  • Andy Fenn
  • David Millar

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.

Glasgow 2014 TT Route?

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The McLennan Arch looks a most likely venue to host the riders start ramp for the cycling time trial of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. This Glasgow Green landmark will provide an atmospheric launch site for the riders as they tackle the unexpected course, it could also provide a little shelter if we get some ‘unseasonal’ rain in Glasgow in late July.

The Event

31st July is the date, with riders competing between 10am & 3:30pm to avoid any clash with rush hour, on what are normally some very busy roads. The official route hasn’t been confirmed yet, but if you click on the map you’ll see a PDF file that’s been lurking on the Scottish Government site for some time.

1. The Start & False Flat (to km7)

On leaving Glasgow Green, the riders will turn right onto the Saltmarket, passing Billy Bilsland’s bike shop on the left, which will be doing good business that day. We head north to meet the Gallowgate at Glasgow Cross, a stones throw away from one of Glasgow’s main shopping roads, Argyle Street. Heading east along the Gallowgate until a left turn just before the Forge Shopping Centre, then it’s north over Duke Street & onto Cumbernauld Road, where the riders should be able to start settling down into a rhythm. This takes us onto the boulevard of the old A80, which is slightly uphill all the way, could fool a few riders as it looks like a big fast road. As we cross over the M8 & reach Hogganfield Loch the most likely scenario is to take a sharp left turn onto Royston road.

The course will have been steadily rising to this point, from a start at sea level, we’re now at the highest point of the course after only 7km, peaking around 100m. So hardly a flat TT for these guys, which may rule out riders such as Michael Hutchison from a medal & allow the World Tour riders to shine. It will guarantee a fast finish. The road previous to the sharp left we just negotiated is mostly covered on the return stretch, there are some long fast shallow descents back into Glasgow Green. A rider could easily blow themselves to pieces on this initial sector of the TT, it will require a measured ride & a curtailment on the big event enthusiasm for some.

2. The Lumpy North Segment (to km17.5)

Following Robroyston road round, we eventually come to a big roundabout, with a hopefully well traffic controlled large Asda. The road rolls past housing estates & into open countryside for the next few km’s, with views over the Campsie Fells to the left through your visor. This is quite a sticky up-and-down road, still not ideal for the big gear testers, you can expect plenty of retired clubmen to be on these small slopes, enjoying a Thursday out on the bike with their pals & watching a great event unfold in front of them.

The sweeping bends & small inclines lead the way to suburban Lenzie, where we take a left turn, followed closely by a right turn onto the fast Lindsaybeg Road section. Which takes us up to the additional segment I expect only the men to ride.

3. Men Only Segment (to km24.5)

On a small rise, we turn left onto an uncategorised road called Burnbrae Road, this is a sudden change for the riders, we move from wide fast roads, to technical single track farm roads. This is getting quite interesting now. I’m assuming that the different distances the men & women ride will be decided by the inclusion of this segment for the mens TT only.

This section consists of some short, but relatively steep (for a TT) inclines, guaranteed to steal some strength from the legs. If I managed to avoid work that day, I’d watch the men’s event on this section, preferably on the steepest sections, you’re sure to witness some pain.

As we continue & skirt Moodiesburn, the roads return to the wider, more open roads we saw on segment 2. The terrain hasn’t stopped rolling yet, it’s still a hard time trial. We detour through Chryston & then head north again to reach the point we originally turned left onto the segment.

4. The Stepps (to km28.5 for men, to km21.5 for women)

We turn left onto a smaller road again, this is more of what we’re used to so far, rolling hills & lots of changes in direction. The wind may become an issue for pacing strategy, there really is very little consistency of direction, which should create a worthy winner, this is a proper time trial. We speed towards Stepps & the A80 once more, to return at ‘full gas’ to Glasgow for the finale.

5. Big Gear to Glasgow (to km 38.5km for men, to km31.5km for women)

This is where you’ll be hanging onto to the biggest gear your legs will manage, all the way to Glasgow along Cumbernauld Road & following the same route we climbed on the way out to Hogganfield Loch in segment 1.

This is going to be a very fast final segment, when we return on The Gallowgate in the city centre, we detour from our original route & turn left onto Moir Street, then onto London Road. This takes us into Glasgow Green, past the Peoples Palace & to the finish. I’m assuming we’re using the same finish as the road race (& last years British Champs) as it will be ‘dressed’ for the event anyway.

The Gist Of It

This is a very interesting course, not what we would have expected, especially since what was imagined to be the trial-run was near Stewarton last year. The road is constantly changing gradient & direction, there’s a really good mix of different types of roads. While the road race course showboats Glasgow landmarks, the time trial course shows a different side, it looks to have been decided more on sporting terms than blatant marketing. It’s a bold move, but to me, it looks like a very good choice, viewers around the world watching the events will get their glimpse of the mountains from afar, it could be good TV. I’m giving this a thumbs-up, although, I don’t really know if it’s the real course, we should find out in the near future, but it looks highly likely.

What’s certain is that a UK style motorway tester won’t win this, it looks like a route for a World Tour style rider. I’ll put my neck on the line here & go for a podium of Scotland, Wales & Australia. I’ve got a feeling David Millar & Gerraint Thomas will do very well in this type of course & event.

Additional Info: 1 – Another proposal HERE

Quali’s for the Comi’s – Track

* Post British Track Champs update coming in early October.

Commonwealth Games Qualification for the Scottish Cycling team, that subject littered with controversy, accusations, and now more relevant as it’s going to be in Glasgow, the home territory will surely create one hell of a fight. It’s quite early, but the coming season is very important, most of the qualification will be done in 2013, so it’s important that we know how riders qualify.

In this blog post, I’ll just limit it to the track squad, as I assume the road & mtb teams will be more difficult to predict, also it’s likely to be based on some extrapolation of UCI points for determining how many riders we actually get, so that’s for another day & further research.

Ok, first up, what are the Commonwealth Games track events we’re talking about…

Women:

  • 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

Men:

  • 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

As you can see there’s some disparity in the events for each gender, very different to the Olympics these days, but possibly the reason is partly due to there being very few female track riders from outside the UK countries, Australia & Canada, but would be very nice to have more events, nothing we can do for 2014 but hopefully later Commonwealth Games will have a bit more equality.

What’s interesting here is that we have no omnium or madison, but the kilo, 500m TT, Scratch, Points & Pursuits are medal events in their own right, harking back to ‘the good old days’ of Olympic competition, which is rumoured to be returning.

So lets get down to the qualification process, Scottish Cycling have released a document detailing the requirements, you can download that from the link below.

Scottish Cycling Selection Policy

So the technicalities are that riders have to set the times on a UCI approved 250m velodrome, with a temperature correction set to 24 degrees (don’t ask me how you work that out, must be a BC thing). The timed events are based on the 2011 worlds podium averages, then a certain percentage is added on for each event, so we get the following qualification times required for each event.

Men (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):

  • Flying Start 3000m: 3:28
  • Flying Start 500m: 30s

Women (timed events):

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

Women (Scratch & Points):

  • Flying Start 2000m: 2:29
  • Flying Start 500m: 32.3s

The Para times are all to be confirmed, but we can be pretty sure who’s going to be riding those events already, for the woman we expect Aileen McGlynn piloted by Fiona Duncan, then the men with Neil Fachie piloted by Craig MacLean.

Who’s going to be within a shout for these places then, there’s a lot of emerging talent in sprinting with Callum Skinner & John Paul, these guys are very likely to appear as part of the team sprint squad, alongside Chris Hoy. It’s possible that Craig MacLean could line up for a Commonwealth Games without affecting his appearance as a tandem pilot, but unlikely as there will be some timing issues for the events, so I’ll go with my initial 3 for the team sprint places. I’m also going to go for Sir Chris as the number 1 rider in the Keirin & not riding the Sprint (we may be allowed more than one on Commonwealth Games), then Skinner & Paul taking the other places in Keirin & Sprint. The kilo could be interesting, the only rider who been posting times close to the qualification, is Bruce Croall, but we don’t yet know what the other sprinters can do in an event that BC don’t encourage them to ride. Or will Sir Chris attempt to finish his career with a gold medal in the event that initially made him famous, could be an exciting finale to a glittering career?

In the endurance events, could we have a couple of domestic riders capable of getting close to that pursuit qualification time if they specifically trained for it, Silas Goldsworthy & Ben Peacock? Silas got a tremendous 4th place in his first attempt at the British Pursuit champs this year, here’s his write up on Veloveritas. If Peacock can transform his TT speed into the very different high rpm required for a pursuit, he could be getting close too.

Then previous bronze medallist in the Scratch race, with that Cav boy winning the gold, James McCallum is likely to be challenging for a place in the points & scratch. I’ve just noticed the Ross Edgar has signed for a road team in 2013, the story is here on Velo UK. I think this is a cunning plan to contest the bunch races at the Commonwealth Games, he knows he’s not quite quick enough anymore to make the Team Sprint squad, so this could be a very smart move on his part, I expect to see him there, he can race bunch events, he’s regularly ridden in track leagues in the past. With the new indoor track, we don’t really know who is going to emerge, the 2013 Scottish Track Champs are likely to be a goldmine of talent, should be very exciting ot see who emerges. Unfortunately I doubt we’ll have a team pursuit team representing Scotland, the resources needed for that are huge just in track booking terms to be able to compete with the Aussies, ,Kiwi’s, English (basically the GB squad) and a likely strong team from Wales. So that needs another 4 years to develop.

As for the ladies, we have sprinter Jenny Davis, but nobody else who’s close to posting the qualification times required. Then in the bunch races theres Charline Joiner, Eileen Roe & Kayleigh Brogan, all very talented endurance riders who will surely be getting places in the Games at Glasgow. I think there’s a good chance of getting a medal with this group of riders, perhaps more likely than in the men’s endurance events? Again, there’s scope for some more talent to appear over the coming year with the Chris Hoy velodrome, so another interesting year ahead on the boards.

p.s. I apologise if I’ve missed anybody obvious in this, let me know and I’ll post some updates as time gets closer to selection.

Very Long Cycles

Normally, the year before a Commonwealth Games in Scotland has a bit more of a competitive feel to the top end of the domestic racing scene than the other 3 years, with riders hoping to gain selection for their country in the following years Commonwealth Games, which this time starts at home, in Glasgow. Usually in the actual year of the Games things calm down as selection by this point is more or less decided, this year it feels even more competitive than the usual build-up, there’s a fair buzz and the racing has barely even started.
 
The Commonwealth-Cycle V The Olympic-Cycle

We often hear Dave Brailsford, head honcho of Team GB & Team Sky always talking about ‘The Olympic Cycle’, this highlights why Team GB get their funding, the National Lottery funds them primarily just for getting Olympic Medals. This results in a public feel-good-factor and keeps the public happy once every four years, everybody glad that our country is once again performing on an international stage, it makes us feel important & it brings everybody together against a common enemy, i.e. everybody else. Olympic performance has a measurable effect on the psyche of a nation, every government holds Olympic success in high esteem for this reason, it takes the pressure off other pressing (or embarrassing) matters and calls for unity behind a nation, while putting sportsmen & women on a pedestal while politicians skulk around in the half-light, knowing fine well that any scandals will be minimised while the Olympics are underway. So for whatever untoward reasons those in power may have to keep us happy, we do benefit from that ‘Olympic Feeling’, we do feel better, we do unite for Team GB, even the most nationalist minded Scots can be seen shouting at Laura Trott in a Devil, we love it.
The Commonwealth Games is inevitably on a lower rung than the Olympics, but to those nations in the UK outside of the one with the largest population base (who often look on Team GB as Team England anyway), it gives everybody else a chance to have some international representation in their favourite sports from athletes who often don’t get the chance to perform on a world-class stage. We have very few sports where Scotland is represented in world championship type competitions, mainly due to some sporting governing bodies which somehow have escaped being amalgamated into a GB or UK bodies. Some minority ones that come to mind are a successful curling team which regularly performs on an international stage but competes as GB in the Winter Olympics, Cricket, Darts, and a lowly ranked football team which brings more misery than rapture.
The above explains some of the reasons for a major difference between the priorities some riders have in these two very different Olympic & Commonwealth Cycles. For riders involved in the Olympic Cycle & the GB Team, the Commonwealths will be just one stepping stone along the way to Olympic selection, from a British Cycling coaching point of view it’s likely seen as an inconvenient blip in Olympic preparation, which could absorb a huge amount of limited funding for little reward towards the main goal, Olympic medals. Olympic places are qualified by World Championships & World Cups on the track, so to look at it from a British Cycling perspective & removing all emotion, the Commonwealths are not important other than perhaps a guide to see what the Aussies are up to (as far as the management go, the riders probably have different views).

Can we perform with home-grown talent?

A Commonwealth cycle is therefore a much lower funded endeavour all round, with the chance than the home nations can come up with comparable preparation & support for some of the athletes who just missed out on Team GB selection for a multitude of reasons, injury, career, family, location, luck etc, these individuals can take a step up and prove themselves on a slightly more level playing field. I’m not saying that the Commonwealth Scottish cyclists have coaching, equipment & medical support that is equal to that of riders in a final year in an Olympic cycle, but there is definitely more chance of competing against the might of a UK funded professional squad, which has other priorities,. These types of performances don’t go unnoticed internationally, so there really is everything to play for from our homegrown talents, riders like James McCallum have used a Commonwealth medal (bronze medal with Cav taking Gold) as a stepping stone to a career as a professional cyclist, previously he was working as a nurse while training, a huge undertaking. This example really shows the possibilities that talented & driven riders, along with some high quality coaching & support from unsung workhorses like Scottish Cycling’s performance coach Graeme Herd can allow our riders to transform into high performers at the Commonwealth Games.

Who are all these talented & driven riders?

The normal Scottish culture is to assume that our riders have as much chance of success in the Commonwealth Games as the Panda’s in Edinburgh Zoo have of mating. I intend to break that idea you’re fighting to believe by showing you who’s performing or preparing to perform at Glasgow 2014. The talent pool in Scotland has always been there, it really looks like we’ll be sending a very strong squad in all disciplines to Glasgow next year, with current developments we should be in an even better position in 2018.

I’ll try to do a series or blogs on the different disciplines, but with the blossoming Breast Cancer Care women’s team harvesting some of the best road talent in Scotland, mountain biking brimming with riders such as Lee Craigie, Katy Winton, Gareth Montgomerie, Rab Wardell, Kenta Gallacher, Dave Henderson, Grant Ferguson & Rob Friel, track racing progressing at an incredible rate with the new Sir Chris Hoy velodrome & mens road talent placed in top British UCI registered teams, things will be very competitive during 2013.

There’s no doubt that some riders will appear throughout the coming season, we have the talent, we have a written pathway for how to gain selection, it’s a good year to be blogging. I’m a volunteer at the Commonwealth Games, seemingly I already have a job allocated, so hopefully I’ll also be there to give an inside & anonymous look at how the Games are progressing.

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