World record holder Lambie joins HUUB Wattbike for Berlin and London World Cups
HUUB Wattbike Test Team have received a major boost to their TISSOT UCI Track World Cup season after adding world record-holder Ashton Lambie to their roster.
American Lambie will join incumbent team members John Archibald, Dan Bigham, Harry Tanfield and Jonny Wale for the next round of the season, taking place in Berlin from November 30.
But that German outing will be the last for Tanfield as he makes the switch from the track to the road, having secured a ride with World Tour cycling team Katusha Alpecin for the winter.
As a result, Lambie – and his unmistakeable moustache – will make up the quartet when the HUUB Wattbike Test Team come back to the Lee Valley VeloPark track, as the TISSOT UCI Track World Cup heads to London from December 14-16.
But Lambie won’t be there to just make up the numbers.
His 4km individual pursuit time of 4:07.251 is a world record, set as recently as August and shaving three seconds off the previous best, while he has also been part of a team pursuit stopping the clock in in under 3:54.
Originally a gravel rider from Kansas, the 27-year-old only transitioned to the track in 2017 but quickly made a name for himself, finishing seventh in the individual pursuit at this year’s World Championships.
“With an open December on USA Cycling’s schedule, I’m excited to join the HUUB Wattbike Test Team for the next few months,” said Lambie.
“Coming from a very different cycling background, I’ve always admired their unique approach to the team pursuit. I’m glad to have this opportunity and look forward to racing with them in Europe.”
HUUB Wattbike have so far operated with just four riders in the TISSOT UCI Track World Cup season, reaping its rewards with a silver medal at the last outing in Canada.
But the Berlin test will take that to the next level, with competitors having to execute three rides within five hours.
The new quartet – minus Tanfield – will then look to show the British crowd what they’re all about in London next month, with excitement already building ahead of what promises to be a team pursuit spectacle to behold.
“Securing Ashton for this critical race block was quite a coup,” said Bigham.
“He clearly has some mad gas; you can’t fluke a world record! I’m looking forward to seeing how much of an impact he can make on the team and how we can best utilise his skillset.
“It will also be great to help his development as both an individual and team pursuiter, applying our knowledge and techniques to get him dialled in.”
See the stars of British Cycling go #BackToTheTrack at London’s Lee Valley VeloPark at the 2018 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup series between December 14 and 16. For tickets and more information click here