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Scottish cyclist John Archibald says sister’s success lead him to victory

Katie Archibald

John Archibald says he was buoyed by sister Katie’s success at the National Track Cycling Championships in Manchester

Having only swapped the road for the track last summer, Scottish cyclist John Archibald is already following sister Katie to the top of the sport.

The siblings from Milngavie took seven medals between them at the National Championships in Manchester at the weekend.

And 26-year-old John Archibald admitted watching his Olympic gold medallist sister power to victory spurred him on.

“I had watched Katie’s scratch race before I started mine and she won it in such a thrilling sprint finish that the whole crowd was buzzing, everyone in the track centre was buzzing so it was an adrenaline rush before I’d even sat on the bike,” he said.

“I started that points race all buoyed up and ready to go,” added Archibald, whose bold attack earned him a 20-point lap gain and a spot at the top of the leaderboard.


John Archibald watches sister Katie take the British women’s scratch title before she cheers him to victory in the men’s points race

Both Archibalds were spotted trackside roaring each other on, and for John that support made all the difference.

“I could hear the crowd surging every time I went round and I could hear Katie and actually see her on the trackside, as well as team-mates from Scottish Cycling who I could hear cheering.”

The Ribble Cycling athlete added: “You wouldn’t think it makes a difference but it just gives you that adrenaline and you think, ‘I have to dig in and push on here’.

As well as topping the podium, John beat compatriot Mark Stewart to take bronze in the men’s individual pursuit and picked up another in the team pursuit as part of Team KGF.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, he said he was still in “total shock” at his win, not least because all the pressure was very much on the other Archibald competing. And she certainly delivered.

Two-time world champion Katie, 23, successfully defended all three of her British titles – points, scratch and individual pursuit – as well as finishing third in the sprint on day one.


John Archibald hopes to represent Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games, as sister Katie did at Glasgow 2014 where she won bronze at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

It is likely the family business selling beds will have to do without them both for a while – Archibald believes he might just have done enough to earn a call-up for Team Scotland when the Commonwealth Games announcement is made on 14 February.

“I’ve hopefully done enough to put my hat in the ring for it and looking forward to seeing where it goes,” he said.

“Something miraculous might need to happen to make it a long-term career, but [I am] enjoying it for now and I’ll see how long I can string it out for.”

With the Gold Coast Games around the corner, the Archibalds are not the only Scots in form.

Paisley-born track sprinter Jack Carlin topped the podium twice in Manchester in the men’s individual and team sprints, with Rio 2016 champion Callum Skinner second in the kilometre time trial.


Scot Carlin won gold in the men’s individual and team sprint alongside Ryan Owens and Jason Kenny

In Para-cycling, too, there was a silver for Laura Cluxton and Emma Baird in the BVI pursuit.

Archibald feels the medal tally and representation in Manchester is a reflection on the health of the sport in Scotland, largely thanks to the state-of-the-art velodrome named after the country’s greatest track cycling export, Sir Chris Hoy.

“Some [of the athletes are] now based in Manchester on the British programme, but they only got there having access to a velodrome back home in Scotland, so that effect is going to pass through,” John Archibald added.

“Certainly, the set-up Scotland has now is working wonders. Having access to a track and facilities, it’s really fair game and we definitely proved that this weekend.”

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Jason Kenny wins sprint title at National Track Championships in Manchester

Jason Kenny

Jason Kenny was victorious alongside Phil Hindes, Ryan Owens and Jack Carlin in the team sprint

Six-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny said it would be a “stretch” to compete at the World Championships in February after winning the team sprint title at the National Track Championships.

Kenny, who recently returned to racing after a post-Rio break, helped North West Team A to victory in a time of 43:593 seconds.

“These are all just stepping stones. The idea is to be fully up to speed next year,” Kenny said after winning with Phil Hindes, Ryan Owens and Jack Carlin on the final day in Manchester.

“I’m quite lucky really and happy to jump in and get in with a fast team sprint.

“The worlds selection is coming up, which I would like to do the team sprint in, but obviously these lads have ridden all the World Cups and things so that’s a little bit of a stretch, but other than that it’s just a case of doing some hard work.”

The 29-year-old added: “My goal is next year to be at the sharp end. Anything short-term is a bonus.”


Olympic champion Katie Archibald takes her third title of the weekend in the points race

Elsewhere, North West Team’s Lauren Bate and Georgia Hilleard won the women’s team sprint title, while Katie Archibald earned her third title of the week in the points race.

The 23-year-old Scot, who was a team pursuit gold medallist at Rio 2016, retained all three of the titles she won last year – points race, scratch race and individual pursuit gold – also adding a sprint bronze on day one.

A dramatic men’s team pursuit race saw a win for the 100% ME team of Rhys Britton, Ethan Hayter, Matt Walls and Fred Wright after they caught defending champions Team KGF (Dan Bigham, Charlie Tanfield, Jacob Tipper and Jonathan Wale), who cruelly suffered a mid-race mechanical fault.

Former heptathlete Katy Marchant added the 500m time trial to the sprint title she won on Saturday, and Team JLT Condor’s Ollie Wood won the men’s scratch race.

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National Track Cycling Championships: Katie Archibald wins another gold on day two

Katie Archibald

Katie Archibald won team pursuit gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016

Olympic champion Katie Archibald won her third medal of the National Track Championships in Manchester with gold in the scratch race on day two.

The 23-year-old – a team pursuit gold medallist at Rio 2016 – had already won the individual pursuit gold and sprint bronze on day one.

The Scottish rider then saw her brother John win the men’s points race.

There were also golds for Jack Carlin (men’s sprint), Jess Crampton (keirin), and Joe Truman (1km time trial).

Scot Carlin beat Welshman Lewis Oliva 2-0 in the final with Bolton’s Matt Rotherham taking bronze.

Archibald pipped Ellie Dickinson in second with Emily Nelson third, while brother John capped a memorable night for the family with gold in the 40km points race ahead of Ethan Hayter and Fred Wright.

Paralympic champions Lora Fachie and Louis Rolfe won golds in the BVI tandem pursuit and mixed pursuit respectively.

Sunday is the final day of the Championships.

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National Championships: Katie Archibald wins two medals on opening day

Katie Archibald

Katie Archibald won team pursuit gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016

Olympic champion Katie Archibald won two medals on day one of the National Track Championships in Manchester.

The 23-year-old – team pursuit gold medallist in Rio – won the individual pursuit before taking sprint bronze.

Katy Marchant won sprint gold with Lewis Oliva and Charlie Tanfield sealing the keirin and individual pursuit titles respectively.

There was also double gold for Paralympic champions Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott.


Sophie Thornhill and pilot Helen Scott won gold and bronze at the Rio 2016 Paralympics

Archibald – a two-time world and 10-time European champion on the track – defended her individual pursuit title with victory over Emily Nelson, who had earlier set a new personal best for the event.

“I’m pretty chuffed, to be honest,” said Archibald. “It was a painful race, but I got there in the end.”

She also reached the podium of the women’s sprint, missing out to Marchant in the semi-finals before defeating defending champion Jess Crampton to take bronze.

In the final, Marchant was relegated from the first heat against Sophie Capewell but came from behind to regain the title she first won in 2015.

In the men’s keirin, Oliva successfully retained his British jersey – holding off a late charge from Joe Truman – while Charlie Tanfield’s excellent run of form continued with victory in the individual pursuit.

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Tanfield – who won double World Cup gold in Minsk last weekend – caught his Team KGF team-mate Dan Bigham with three laps to go to win gold.

“It feels really good to keep on the high that I’m on at the moment,” Tanfield, 21, said.

“I want to see if I can build on this for the World Championships, if I get selected, and maybe the Commonwealth Games as well.”

In the para-cycling events, it was double gold for Thornhill and pilot Scott as they won the tandem BVI time trial before topping the podium again in the flying 200m.

Blaine Hunt showed no sign of pressure as the final rider on the track to become British champion in the C1-5 flying 200m, while Jon-Allan Butterworth took victory in the C1-5 time trial – his first kilo event since the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

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