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Huub-Wattbike's John Archibald sets new individual pursuit record

Joe Robinson
19 Dec 2018

Archibald shaves four tenths off of Jack Bobridge's sea-level effort

Team Huub-Wattbike's John Archibald has set a new sea-level world record for the individual pursuit of 4m 10.17sec.

Racing at the Swiss Track Cycling Challenge on Wednesday, the Scot blew away the competition by averaging 57.5kmh across the 4km distance to knock four tenths off of the original record which was held by Australian Jack Bobridge back in 2011.

Archibald's time also eclipsed the form 4.11.11 British record that had stood for 22 years, set by Chris Boardman at the 1996 World Championships.

The Huub-Wattbike rider's phenomenal time proved in a class of its own in the challenge with his closest competitor - double under 23-time trial World Champion Mikkel Berg - a full five seconds adrift. 

While Archibald's time gives him a sea-level record it was not enough to gain the absolute record which is held by American teammate Ashton Lambie.

Lambie's world's best time of 4:07:02 was set at an altitude of 1,888m during the Pan-American Championships earlier this year. Archibald's time is good enough to sit as the second fastest time ever.

Both Archibald and Lambie form part of the new Huub-Wattbike track team which has been disrupting the normal track cycling setup recently. 

The team based out of the Derby Velodrome have bucked the status quo of racing under a national setup instead operating as a trade team.

Among their roster is track World Champion Charlie Tanfield, WorldTour riding brother Harry and multiple national champion Dan Bigham.

At last week's track cycling UCI World Cup meet in London, the team took a first major scalp, beating the Belgian national team to victory.

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