Callum Skinner to defend British Track title

Callum Skinner. Picture: Michael Hughes
Callum Skinner. Picture: Michael Hughes
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City of Edinburgh cyclist Callum Skinner will launch a busy few days in the saddle when he lines up for tonight’s kilometre time trial at the British Track Championships in Manchester.

Over the coming days, the 21-year-old, who is based at the British Cycling Academy, will defend the individual sprint title against a strong field that includes Olympic champion Jason Kenny, as well as contesting both the Keirin and team sprint, which he will ride for North West Region.

Among Skinner’s opponents tonight will be his club colleague Bruce Croall, winner of the kilometre title in 2010. With World Masters and Scottish Track Championships on the agenda over the coming weeks, Croall’s only other appearance this week will be in the team sprint on Sunday, when he joins former World Junior champion John Paul and Glaswegian Johnny Biggins in the Scotland squad.

After last week’s tough assignment at the Tour of Britain, when he posted a top-40 finish, Evan Oliphant (Team Raleigh) will swap the road for the track and will be joined in the field for the points race by another Capital rider, James McCallum (Rapha Condor-JLT). Both will also contest the scratch race tomorrow and McCallum will also compete in the Omnium, a title he won in 2009.

Also on track tonight will be City of Edinburgh’s Katie Archibald, a rising star and current British junior champion, who will face a clutch of world and Olympic gold medallists in the women’s individual pursuit.