As the world’s greatest riders gathered in Scotland this week to compete at the highest level, make history, and show the world the power of the bike, British athletes have been storming the stage winning medal after medal.
Welcoming the UCI World Cycling Championships back on home soil in Glasgow, over 200 rainbow jerseys are being awarded throughout 11 days of competition, with vital ranking points for Paris 2024 on the line.
From gold in the velodrome to the BMX freestyle park, here’s your breakdown of Britain’s cycling success in Scotland and how we’re faring ahead of the Olympics next summer.
Women’s team pursuit: GOLD
In a time of 4:07.771, the quartet won Britain’s first women’s team pursuit world title in nine years and will be aiming to make more history in Paris, out to reclaim their Rio 2016 title next year.
The victory sees Britain continue to top the nations ranking ahead of Paris qualification, leading the way in the discipline.
Women’s Madison: GOLD
After the final was halted with just two laps left due to an onslaught of injuries, the dynamic duo held on to their lead in an intense final lap, taking a total of 28 points.
They continue Britain’s golden form of Madison success after Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald clinched the title at Tokyo 2020.
Women’s team sprint: SILVER
Lauren Bell, Sophie Capewell and Emma Finucane stormed to a stunning silver medal in Glasgow, upgraded their 2022 bronze to silver a year later.
Inched out of gold by just a mere 0.07 seconds by defending World Champions Germany, who had to break a world record to beat the Brits, who went under the previous all-time best mark.
In Tokyo, Britain’s women’s team sprint were cast out of the medals but now sit as top contenders ahead of next year.
Women’s sprint: GOLD
Emma Finucane made history as she stormed to sprint gold, beating out Germany’s Lea Sophie Friedrich in two rounds.
The 20-year-old rode the fastest-ever 200m by a woman at sea level in the qualifiers, smashing the British record with a new time of 10.234s is a British record and getting dangerously close to the world record. Britain haven’t won Olympic gold in the women’s team sprint since Victoria Pendleton at Beijing 2008, with only a sprinkle of silvers and bronzes since.
Men’s Madison: SILVER
Mark Stewart and Oliver Wood clinched Madison silver behind the Netherlands.
The duo were just two points off gold with a consistent performance throughout in Glasgow.
After Ethan Hayter and Matthew Walls rode to silver at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, it seems that Britain still have a strong hand on the medal race with one year to go until Paris.
Men’s team sprint: FOURTH
Britain grabbed a fourth-place finish in the men’s team sprint after narrowly losing out to France.
Alistair Fielding, Hamish Turnbull and Joseph Truman battled fiercely but were unable to clinch bronze on the track, losing out by half a second.
Britain has a rich history of team pursuit success at the Olympics with gold in Beijing, London and Rio and silver in Tokyo, and are currently in a strong position in rankings ahead of next summer.
Men’s sprint: BRONZE
Jack Carlin clinched a bronze medal for Britain in the men’s sprint, beating out Poland’s Mateusz Rudyk for third.
Having faced the record-breaking Harrie Lavreysen in the semi-final, Carlin proved his podium potential, grabbing bronze in just two rounds.
A consistently strong event for Britain, Jason Kenny won sprint gold at London and Rio, whilst Carlin clinching bronze in Tokyo.
Note: Olympic qualifying quota spots for Paris 2024 were on offer to the top three riders, but these quotas will only be confirmed after next year’s Olympic Qualifying Series, the primary qualifying competition for Paris 2024.
Kieran Reilly: GOLD
Newly crowned World champion Kieran Reilly laid down a monster run of 95.80 to clinch his maiden title.
Reilly was made to wait with bated breath as a rain delay kept defending champion Nakamura Rimu and Olympic champion Logan Martin from their second runs for about an hour.
But it was worth the tension, as the European Champion clinched the rainbow jersey in style in front of a home crowd.
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