Will Tidball in fifth-place finish at senior track championship meeting
PUBLISHED: 10:32 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:27 06 March 2018
Exmouth track cycle ace Will Tidball has been in action at the senior national track championships.
The event proved to be one of the most competitive in recent times as there were World and Olympic gold medallists amongst the competitors.
Will was in action in the points race, scratch race, 1km time trial and the team pursuit.
Will says: “I had to qualify for both the points and scratch race against 90 other competitors, having to finish in the top 24 to be in the final.
“I managed to qualify for both finals and come 13th in the scratch race.”
He continued: “In the 1km time trial, I was fortunate enough to produce a new personal best time of 1:05.00 and that proved good enough for 18th place, which is not bad considering I am more suited to the longer less explosive efforts.
“That said, I am still a bit annoyed that I was unable to produce a sub 1:05 time.”
Will also did well in the team pursuit and, as part of a new and fairly young team, they managed to clock a time of 4:15, which proved good enough for a fifth place overall and it also left them as the top junior team at the meeting.
Will says: “That represents quite a performance, for they were up against World and Olympic medallists, so this championships was a learning experience to carry forward.”
Just a week after his national track championships experience, Will travelled to Derby for a five-day training camp with the GB junior team.
The focus of the five days was on improving general and all-round fitness ahead of their first road race of the year in Kerne, Belgium.
Immediately after the GB junior team camp, Will was back in action at the second senior national track championships of the season.
This time they were in the form of the omnium. This is an overall race which involves competing in the scratch race, points, tempo and elimination disciplines to arrive at a total combined amount of points.
The first event was the scratch race in which Will secured a second place finish – he came second ahead of all those currently in the GB Development Squad! He was next in action in the tempo race, after which, overall, he stood third.
Will says: “We had an issue with my new Fast forward front five-spoke wheel.
“The valve had stopped working, so, in the thick of the action, my dad had to go to the nearest bike shop and find a valve and fit it in the space of an hour!
“I noticed a massive difference in the speed of my bike when racing on a borrowed front wheel for the tempo race. So, thanks are due to the Morgans of Dunscombe Manor for the fastest wheels on the track!”
Next up was the elimination race in which Will finished fifth; an excellent return given that many of the field were older than him and amongst their number were European, World and Olympic title holders.
It all meant that, heading into the final points race, Will was just 20 points off top spot! Sadly, in the points race Will was unable to gain a lap and he ended up finishing in overall fifth place in the event. That said, a fifth place finish at a senior national track championships represents a wonderful achievement for the Exmouth teenager.
This was something Will alluded to when he said: “A top five spot in a senior national track championships is a massive result for me and gives me confidence as hopefully I’ll race this event at the European Championships this July.”