Martin: “Here! Ed! Shouldn’t we be doing a piece about the World Track Champs?” Ed: “They’ve never been the same since Daniel Morelon retired and Hughie Porter had that crash, then they ditched the big motors and…” Martin: Hold on – go and speak to Craig Maclean!
Ed: Aye, right, he’ll know a bit, being an ex-world champ and all…
Craig, thank you for taking the time to talk to us; are the qualifying criteria too strict for the Worlds now — we seem to have lost a lot of the characters?
“It’s been like that since they streamlined the Worlds in the mid-90’s; I don’t think it makes any difference to the eventual winners.
“But outsiders can still make it through; Olga Panarina of Belarus, who was fourth in the Women’s sprint was in on a wildcard, she only rode one World Cup.”