The riders making their 2018-19 Track World Cup debuts in Berlin
Great Britain’s riders have lit up the Tissot UCI Track World Cup in the opening two rounds – the red, white and blue a regular occurrence on the podiums in France and Canada.
And while GB’s 18-strong outfit for this weekend’s action in Berlin is full of familiar faces – and medal winners – from this year’s competition, four riders are making their 2018-19 World Cup bows.
And there is a plethora of promise and pedigree among those debutants – reigning world champions Ethan Hayter, Charlie Tanfield and Emily Nelson as well as current national road race champion Jess Roberts are all in line to feature.
Here, we take a look at the cyclists who will be hoping to make an impact at the first time of asking in the German capital.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed a superb year, claiming a maiden world title when she and Katie Archibald powered to Madison glory in Apeldoorn, and also claimed team pursuit silver at the same championships.
With two European medals also in her locker, as well as 2017 world Madison silver, she is firmly established on the world stage.
Nelson has also tasted World Cup glory, winning Glasgow gold in the team pursuit with Emily Kay, Eleanor Dickinson and Manon Lloyd in 2016.
Another rider enjoying a stellar 12 months in the British jersey is 20-year-old Ethan Hayter.
The Londoner was one of the gold medal-winning riders in the men’s team pursuit event at the 2018 World Championships.
In August, he won bronze as part of the British team pursuit squad and in the Madison alongside Ollie Wood, as well as an individual gold in the omnium, at the European Track Championships in Glasgow.
Another member of the golden team pursuit quartet at the worlds, 22-year-old Tanfield won silver in the team pursuit and gold in the individual pursuit at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Australian Gold Coast.
An extraordinary performance Down Under saw Tanfield set a time of 4:11.455 – the third fastest individual pursuit time in history.
He will no doubt be hoping to sets similar blistering standards in Berlin.
Meanwhile, Roberts, who will be making her debut appearance for the Great Britain Cycling Team at a World Cup event, will ride alongside Nelson, as well as more experienced competitors Archibald, Kay and Kenny as part of the women’s endurance team.
The Welsh racer has made an impact on the roads this year – claiming a dramatic win in the British National Road Championships in the summer, ahead of the likes of Dani Rowe and Ellie Dickinson.
The event at Lee Valley VeloPark takes place between December 14 and 16, and limited numbers of tickets are still available here.