British Cycling have said that Jason Kenny will not be taking part in next month’s UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong.
Kenny has been on an extended break since winning three gold medals at the Rio Olympics. His name has been left out of the list detailing the 20-member team for the event taking place from April 12-16. Also absent is his wife Laura, who is expecting their first child, and pursuit rider Ed Clancy.
However, there are a number of well-established names on the list such as Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Steven Burke and Callum Skinner There are also a number of younger riders who are being given a chance to impress.
Iain Dyer, the head coach, said, “The team is made up of a good mix of experienced and developing riders across all the disciplines. Throughout the earlier World Cups and at the UEC European Track Championships last year, there was a good opportunity to bring some new riders into the front line. They gave a really good account of themselves and that’s reflected in the selections we have made.”
He said that it is also great to include some Olympians in the team and said that the event will allow them to take part in different races which weren’t possible in previous years due to the focus on the Olympics.
In particular he said that the endurance riders will be able to broaden their experience in the new format omnium and the Madison, both of which may feature in the Tokyo 2020 track cycling programme.
Dyer added, “It is a great experience for our younger riders to make their debut performances alongside such established athletes and I am sure they will learn a lot from this opportunity.”