Callum Skinner aims for medals at British Track Champs

Callum Skinner won four British medals in 2014

Callum Skinner won four British medals in 2014

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Capital cyclist Callum Skinner faces a busy weekend in the saddle at the British Cycling National Track Championships in Manchester.

The 23-year-old Racers rider, who landed four titles last year, will bid to repeat that feat this time around, starting tonight when the final of the Keirin takes place.

Skinner faces a potentially gruelling schedule tomorrow, with the qualifying and early rounds of the individual sprint taking place in the morning and the finals in the evening, shortly after the kilometre time trial in which he is also the defending champion.

The Manchester-based rider will round off on Sunday with the team sprint, when he will link up with Olympic champions Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny.

Among the others on the list of entries are former kilometre time trial champion Bruce Croall, his City of Edinburgh team-mate John Paul and Phil Trodden (Team Moda-Anon), who will contest the endurance events although his hopes of facing Sir Bradley Wiggins were dashed when the multi Olympic champion withdrew because of illness earlier in the week.

Croall will also be a pilot in the para-cycling tandem events, where he will link up with James Clegg, a swimming medallist at London 2012 who has now switched from the pool to the velodrome.

Edinburgh Road Club duo Emma Baird and Ellie Richardson will compete in the women’s sprint events alongside Louise Haston (TORQ Performance), while former City of Edinburgh rider Katie Archibald should be a medal contender in the women’s endurance events.