The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 wasn’t really fair to us Scots; our ‘Old Guard’ of James McCallum, Evan Oliphant and David Millar were all nearer the end than the beginning of their careers whilst Young Turks Katie Archibald and Mark Stewart were still on the way up.
The Gold Coast 2018 is a different proposition with Katie and Callum Skinner now Olympic champions, Mark a double under 23 European Champion and Neah Evans on the top step of a World Cup podium – and don’t forget ‘left fielder’ Jonny Wale, reigning British team pursuit champion and 1:01 kilometre man.
Every one of these riders has a Commonwealth Games medal within their capabilities – and in case you hadn’t realised The Games are now only some four months down the line.
VeloVeritas spoke to all five riders about their 2017 seasons and prospects in Australia come the spring, and we start with the 25 year-old Callum Skinner who burst back onto the scene at the recent Manchester World Cup, posting a couple of extremely fast kilometre times…
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