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Unsponsored British quartet take on world’s best in track World Cups

by CyclingTips

Although many competing in the track World Cup events have a big budget behind them, four British riders competing with their self-started Team KGF squad are trying to use the races to show their worth. The Guardian has written about their story and how, funded by their credit cards, they are talking on the world’s top riders.

Here’s an excerpt.

Charlie Tanfield, Jacob Tipper, Dan Bigham and Jonathan Wale, who are the national team pursuit champions, will start in Manchester on Friday after finishing seventh in the opening World Cup round in Poland. The World Cup is not limited to national teams – all KGF had to do was register with the UCI – but the system is most often used by national teams who want to up their presence, as GB will this weekend by fielding academy riders under the Team Breeze and 100% Me marques.

“We are a group of lads who all work full time apart from Charlie and he’s a student who’s in trouble for missing lectures,” Tipper said. “The idea is to mix it with the big boys and see how far we can get.” The quartet share a house in Derby, where they train on the velodrome. “They’ve given us a lot of track time but at the start we had two sessions a week, in between the regular sessions.”

Click through to read more at the Guardian.