Sprinters


Lewis Oliva

Lewis Oliva - TBC

Team USN

Lewis Oliva, 20, is based in Manchester as part of the Academy Sprint Programme, but is originally from Devauden, Monmouthshire. Being part of Team SWI Welsh Cycling will aid Oliva on his quest to be part of Team Wales in Glasgow 2014.

His recent success at the British National Track Championships bodes well for a winter with Team SWI Welsh Cycling. He finished second in the Men’s Sprint, fourth in the Keirin final and was part of the winning trio in the Team Sprint alongside Dave Daniell and Pete Mitchell.

Oliva will compete at the UCI Track World Cup in Glasgow in November in the Men’s Sprint and Keirin events.  He will also compete for Great Britain at this weekend at his first European Track Championships in Panevėžys, Lithuania.

Callum Skinner

Callum Skinner

City of Edinburgh Racing Club

Callum was inspired to take up track cycling in 2004, when fellow Scotsman Sir Chris Hoy’s won Gold in the Kilo at the Olympic Games in Athens. Four years later, Callum smashed the National 200m record for his age category for which Sir Chris presented him with the inaugural Chris Hoy Trophy in recognition for this achievement. Callum joined British Cycling’s Academy Programme in 2010, having progressed through the Talent Team and Olympic Development Programme. He was selected to represent Scotland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where he came fourth in the Team Sprint. In 2011, Callum represented GB at the U23 European Track Cycling Championships in Portugal where he brought home two medals – a silver in the team sprint and a bronze in the sprint.

2012 British National Sprint Champion

Matt Rotherham

Matt Rotherham

Great Britain Cycling Team

2013 National Team Sprint Silver Medalist, 2012 European Junior 1km TT Champion, 2011 National Junior and Senior 1km TT Champion.

Matt Crampton

Matt Crampton

Great Britain Cycling Team

Specialising in Sprint events, Matt has represented Great Britain in the Sprint, Team Sprint, Keirin and Kilo events on the world stage at junior, under-23 and now senior level. Matt’s career took off back in 2004 when he won two gold medals in the UEC Junior European Track Championships in the Sprint and Keirin. In the same year, he took silver in the Keirin at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Australia. In 2006, he represented England in the Commonwealth Games, this time at senior level. Here he took silver in the Team Sprint, alongside his established teammates Jamie Staff and Jason Queally.

His first international success on the world stage came in 2008, where he took bronze in the Sprint at the world cup in Manchester. Also, Matt scooped the gold medal and  prize money, at the invitation-only JKA Keirin, seeing off stiff competition from around the globe. 2011 saw Matt win the gold medal in the Keirin at the UEC Track Cycling European Championships, as well as winning the bronze medal in the Team Sprint at the World Championships. Matt went on to win the Bronze medal in the 2012 European Track Championships alongside youngsters Callum Skinner and Lewis Oliva.

2008 Bronze Medal Keirin World Track Championships
2009 Silver Medal Team Sprint World Track Championships
2011 Silver Medal Team Sprint World Track Championships

Craig McLean

Craig McLean

Dolan Cycles Racing Team

Craig has had a strong interest in cycling since a young age and took up BMX in the 80’s and in 1995 decided to focus on his cycling career and specialise in track. Craig quickly became a successful athlete and represented Great Britain in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics and at the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and 2006. In 2007 Craig suffered a back injury and struggled to regain his form. He announced his retirement from the able-bodied team at the UCI World Cup in 2008. Since then, Craig has worked on several projects for the BBC as a commentator and in 2010 joined the GB Para-Cycling Team as a tandem pilot. He teamed up with Neil Fachie and in 2011 the pairing won gold in the tandem sprint and the tandem kilo at the Para-Cycling Track World Championships.

For the 2012 Paralympic Games, Craig paired up with Anthony Kappes and although they were favourites to win the kilo, two mechanical failures meant that wasn't to be. The pair came back fighting though, and won the gold medal in the sprint beating GB team mates Neil Fachie and Barney Storey in the finals.

Craig's services to cycling and paracycling were recognised with an MBE in the 2013 New Years Honours.

2002 Gold Medal Team Sprint World Track Championships
2000 Silver Medal Olympic Games Team Sprint
2006 Gold Medal Commonwealth Games Team Sprint
2012 Gold Medal Olympic Games

Kian Emardi

Kian Emardi

Great Britain Cycling Team

Kian started cycling competitively at the age of 13 in track, road and cyclo-cross disciplines before focussing on the track sprint disciplines. Before joining the Academy programme full-time, Kian completed his A-Levels in Maths, Chemistry and Physics in which he got 2 A*s and and A respectively.

At his debut elite UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Kian put in an impressively strong kilo ride to finish fourth overall against some world class competition.

In April 2013, Kian progressed onto the Podium Sprint programme.

2013 British Kilometer Champion
2012 British Kilometer Champion
2013 4th Kilometer World Championships

John Paul

John Paul

City of Edinburgh Racing Club

Formerly a 100m runner, John switched to cycling in 2004 having been inspired by Chris Hoy’s win in Kilo at the Olympic Games in Athens. The switch paid off, with John Paul showing potential winning medals on the Junior World and European stage.

World Junior Sprint Champion
European Junior Sprint Champion
European Junior Keirin Champion

Jody Cundy

Jody Cundy

In 2005 Jody’s career path would change after a ride on the boards of the Newport Velodrome. His potential was spotted by one of the coaches there on that open day. After another ride on the track in Manchester he entered the 2005 national championships and in his first ride broke the British record for the flying 200. Still swimming on the GB team Jody got in contact with the Newport Velo squad who trained at the velodrome. His times caught the attention of the GB coaches, and he was invited to a time trial for a place on the 2006 Paralympic world cup team. This was a success and he was offered a place to ride in the team sprint alongside Darren Kenny and Mark Bristow, and they went on to set a new WR. After that race he hung up his trunks and goggles for the last time and made the transition to the British Cycling team. In the summer of 2006 he won his first individual gold medal at the World Track Championships in Aigle Switzerland, breaking the WR in the process.From that victory he has won multiple medals on the world stage and became one of only a handful of athletes that have become Paralympic champion in two different sports. In 2009 he was made an MBE in the New Years Honours list for his services to disability sport.

In a bid to score important qualification points for London, Jody’s training emphasis shifted to a more endurance base in 2011 as he targeted the 4km Pursuit in addition to his sprint events. In March he made a startling international debut in the 4km pursuit to take a silver medal in the World Championships, Jody also went on to retain his kilo and team sprint titles, both in WR times, and at the same time taking his 10th World title.

Peter Mitchell

Peter Mitchell

Peter is 22 years old and a full time track sprint cyclist training in Manchester as part of the Great Britain track cycling team. 5 European Medals, 2 World Medals and 1 World Title.