Cycling: Callum Skinner wins gold in Derby

Callum Skinner. Pic: Getty
Callum Skinner. Pic: Getty
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Edinburgh cyclist Callum Skinner boosted his hopes of a place at next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with an impressive outing in the Revolution Meeting at Derby.

Skinner blasted his way to victory in the kilometre time trial, posting a scintillating time of 1 minute 1.135 seconds. However, the Scot had to settle for second place in the individual sprint behind Welshman Lewis Oliva, a rival for Olympic selection, although both riders had the beating of London 2012 gold medallists Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny.

Meanwhile, Capital cyclists had a fruitful weekend at the Scottish Track Championships in Glasgow and several riders returned from the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome with multiple successes to their credit.

Among the busier riders on show was Louise Borthwick (Project 51), who took victories in the ten-kilometre scratch race and the 15-kilometre points race.

City of Edinburgh’s John Paul struck gold in the Keirin and the individual sprint and his club mate Bruce Croall clocked 1 minute 5.587 seconds to win the kilometre time trial before the duo combined with Ivor Reid to take silver in the team sprint.

Emma Baird edged out her Edinburgh Road Club colleague Ellie Richardson to take silver in the women’s Keirin behind Glasgow’s Robyn Stewart, and the same trio occupied the podium for the 500 metres time trial with Richardson landing the title and Baird taking bronze.

Baird and Richardson then linked up to post a win in the team sprint with a new Scottish record of 35.487 seconds. Both riders were back on the podium for a final time when Richardson completed a treble when she won the individual sprint, while Baird added to her medal tally when she came out on top in the ride off for third place.

Phil Trodden (Moda Anon) was runner up in the men’s 4 kilometre individual pursuit and the 20 kilometre scratch race but rounded off his weekend with a flourish when he took gold in the 30 kilometre points race.