Danielle Khan, Chris Latham, Jacob Ragan and Oliver Wood will all make their UCI Track World Cup debut for Great Britain in the series’ final round in Mexico over January 17-19.
After strong performances at the first two rounds of the World Cups, GB has safely qualified enough places for the forthcoming Track World Championships, allowing team selectors to give younger riders a chance to gain experience at the highest level of competition.
Double junior world champion Khan joins Victoria Williamson for GB’s track sprint line-up in Guadalajara. Olympic Academy riders Latham, Ragan and Wood are part of a four-rider men’s endurance line-up that also includes Jon Dibben. Andy Tennant had been due to take part, but did not travel to Mexico due to illness.
Lewis Oliva, John Paul and Callum Skinner make up a similarly youthful-looking men’s sprint team.
Dani King is the sole women’s endurance rider, so there won’t be any new women’s team pursuit world records being set this time around.
“We’re in a good place in terms of qualification points for the World Championships, and this has created an opportunity for some of our younger riders to step up and compete at a World Cup,” said GB performance coach Shane Sutton.
“This will give the coaches a gauge of where the riders are at, and will also provide invaluable experience for the young squad members.”
The 2014 Track World Championships take place in Cali, Colombia, from February 26 to March 2.
Great Britain: UCI Track World Cup, round 3, Guadalajara, Mexico
Andy Tennant (will now miss round due to illness)