Former City of Edinburgh colleagues Katie Archibald and Eileen Roe confirmed the healthy state of women’s cycle racing in Scotland when they took the top two spots at the London Nocturne.
Archibald, racing in the colours of Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International, dominated proceedings from the outset against a strong field of almost 80 riders for the event which was contested over 30 minutes plus five laps.
She came home around a minute clear of a group contesting the sprint for the minor places. Roe, who now competes for Wiggle Honda, had been brought down by another rider earlier in the race. But she recovered to take the sprint for second spot ahead of Nikki Juniper (Team Giordana Triton).
Archibald admitted that she had been unable to hear her team boss shout the time gaps and that had made the race more difficult.
“I wasn’t sure if the gap I had was 15 or 50 seconds and that made it difficult to gauge my efforts. It felt like I was attacking myself sometimes,” she said.
Evan Oliphant (Team Raleigh-GAC) finished in the top 20 of the men’s race which was won by World and Olympic champion Ed Clancy (JLT Condor).