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“It’s not like an Olympics, it’s so much more” UCI Track Champions League wins for Brits in London

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 The final two rounds of this year’s UCI Track Champions League saw four British endurance riders storm to victory in front of a home Lee Valley crowd. 
Scratch race victories for William Perrett and Mark Stewart and elimination wins for Katie Archibald and Oliver Wood across the two days ignited the velodrome for a final time this year.

Things that REALLY make you smile 😁😉 pic.twitter.com/HYDcr2NHqa
— British Cycling (@BritishCycling) December 3, 2022
The wins were not enough for any of the British riders to secure the coveted blue champions skinsuit, but a race win at Lee Valley was memorable for all.
The UCI Track Champions League sprint champions were Australian Matthew Richardson and French rider Mathilde Gros. The endurance categories were won by Switzerland’s Claudio Imhof and American Jennifer Valente.
In round four, William Perrett jubilantly celebrated with the crowd two laps before he crossed the line for his scratch race victory.
“It was absolutely amazing. The home crowd gives you an extra few watts and that extra boost. My family is in the crowd so it’s so nice for them to come and see me do well,” he said.
“You’d say we definitely have an advantage [racing at home]. It’s so nice being here. I raced here at the Commonwealth Games and that was an amazing experience. The crowd is always so good here. People really come out and enjoy their cycling and I hope I just put on a good show for them.”
The following day, Mark Stewart opened the winning proceedings for the British riders with a scratch race win.
“That’s the best feeling I’ve ever had on a bike. It wasn’t the win, the win induced the crowd. That [crowd] is unbelievable. It’s such a small sport and you grow up with people not really knowing track cycling but you know it and your peers know it.
“It’s so cool to see this packed out and you can showcase our passion. To see however many thousand people share that [win] with you is pretty special,” Stewart said.
“We just want to race. We race honest. Take that how you want, some people race with a bit of collusion. But we race honest and we want to see each other do well. We’re racing to win,
“I know I can sprint well but not if everyone is fresh. A race like that suited me down to a tee, it was just relentless. I don’t care about the overall, I just wanted to get a win in London. Wow.”

Men’s Scratch : Mark Stewart wins at home! 🇬🇧#UCITCL@BritishCycling pic.twitter.com/D0REQhHBIU
— UCI Track Champions League (@UCITCL) December 3, 2022
Stewart downplayed his win, putting it down to luck.
“I knew there were two on their own but I just knew from the pace we were going they weren’t going to get away. I thought right, four to go, three to go, I just want to be at the front. I saw the two Dutch together, and when I say you need a bit of luck in races, that’s what I mean,” he said.
“I happened to be rolling up as the Dutch started the lead out, and lucky old me found myself in the middle of it. That wasn’t my doing that was a bit of luck! When [Matthijs] Büchli came over me I thought dammit I’ve ballsed it, but when I came round him, wow, that was fantastic!”
Katie Archibald won the overall endurance title last year and was second this year.
Following a difficult year as injuries and setbacks throughout the year ultimately resulted in her withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games, alongside an incompressible tragedy in her personal life, seeing her back winning pulled on the heartstrings of many.
After being disappointed with her performance in round four, a round five elimination race victory was incredibly well deserved. The win from Stewart before her race and the reaction of the crowd spurred her on.

Just enjoy this last elimination lap of honor by @_katiearchibald, the Women’s Elimination winner! 🇬🇧 #UCITCL #TrackCycling @BritishCycling @LeeValleyVP pic.twitter.com/rs02ZwZtIY
— UCI Track Champions League (@UCITCL) December 3, 2022
“I was saying to Laura [Kenny] beforehand if in doubt go fast and go forwards. I was just tuned in on winning. I thought last effort, big shot. To be honest, I’m still holding my chest from Mark’s big win, that really hit home here,” she said.
“I kind of wish that Jennifer [Valente] had contested at the end there. It’s a habit of mine if I think I’ve got people I like to keep it going hard and rolling fast. I would have liked to play a bit more,” Archibald added.
“I’ve described that feeling, I’ve had it with Laura racing Madisons. It’s not like an Olympics, it’s so much more being in London,”
“I can’t imagine what they experienced with a home Olympic games in this velodrome. It’s really an experience you can’t describe. I’m so grateful that I’m one of the handful of people that have felt something like that in their bones.”
Oliver Wood went on to end a night of triumph for British riders with a spectacular elimination win.

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That was something TRULY SPECIAL!
Congratulations Oliver Wood 👏
Wow. Just WOW!#UCITCL pic.twitter.com/wPI4UrWwWK
— British Cycling (@BritishCycling) December 3, 2022
“That was very hard. I literally almost gave up. My main aim going into it was to keep fourth, and then Büchli was just holding me all the way,” he said with a chuckle.
“He ended up coming out third so I thought well I’ve got this far. When Claudio [Imhof] went, I could hear the crowd and thought let’s give it some. I put my head down and honestly didn’t look where he was, and went full gas.’
“It’s pretty special. I’ve won two others in Paris and Berlin but nothing compares to that. I guess the crowd are just happy to see a British person do well which is nice because it’s me!” he said with a smile.
 
 
 
 
 

Imogen is a sports journalist with a keen interest in rugby union, cycling, and hockey. She has bylines in The Times, The Rugby Paper, and The Hockey Paper alongside writing for Sports Gazette. She has a degree in sport science from St Mary’s University and is an avid Gloucester Rugby supporter.

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Industry trade show ICE London will feature exhibitors from a record 68 nations, topping the previous best of 65 set three years ago, according to organizer Clarion Gaming.
ICE London returns as a full-sized show for the first time since 2020 from 7 to 9 February, with the total 623 exhibitors representing everything from Argentina to Australia and Macau to Mexico.
“No other exhibition in the gaming space can come anywhere near the internationalism of ICE,” said Clarion Gaming Managing Director, Stuart Hunter.
“To have 68 nations represented by our community of exhibitors means that visitors are immediately part of what is a global experience with unique access to the smartest gaming innovators drawn from every corner of the world. There are very few exhibitions of scale in any industry sector which are able to compare with such international representation and legitimately lay claim to being a ‘global’ or a ‘world’ event.
“Once an event is recognized as being genuinely international, stakeholder groups including brands, regulators, trade associations, media groups and strategic industry-wide bodies focus their activities accordingly.
“Research that we’ve undertaken has shown that for many people ICE and iGB Affiliate London actually start on the Sunday preceding and finish on the following Saturday. In that week we estimate that over 100 gambling industry events will take place outside of the show hours providing a new and compelling perspective on why ICE and iGB Affiliate London are so influential and important to the world industry.”
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David Ford and Annie Dressner Live in London

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There’s something special about London on a Saturday night – there’s a certain buzz in the air as you head into the Capital city. For me that buzz was extra special, as I was going to see David Ford and Annie Dressner at The Lexington in Islington. I literally listened to their ’10 Days (Live)’ album for the first time a week ago, but since then it’s been on repeat and heading in I knew that the night was going to be special.
The Lexington is a great place for music, with a bar on the ground floor before heading up the winding stairs to the spacious venue itself. And as the crowd started coming in, the atmosphere in the room was growing by the minute.
Opening the night was Scottish singer songwriter Gary Stewart. He set the night off really well, with an engaging set that got the crowd onside from the start. He opened with his 2021 single ‘Hot To Trot‘ and you already knew the set was going to be a good one – a rousing folk song with great lyrical dexterity. The highlight of the set was ‘Frontlines’, a simply gorgeous song (check out a YouTube video of the song here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDCLwYwsesk). Gary ended with a fine cover of Paul Simon’s ‘Song for the Asking’.
It was time for a quick visit to the bar before settling down for the main event. 
The duo appeared on the stage to great applause, David in an orange shirt and Annie in a sparkling black dress. They opened with ‘Easy Falling’, the first song that I’ve ever heard of theirs, and a song that convinced me I needed to listen to the rest of the album. This slow and moving number is a touching love song and shows off the brilliant harmonies of David and Annie – there’s something special about the English (David) and US accents (Annie) mingling in the way that they do. 
Throughout the set, there were so many highlights. ‘Something I’ll Have to Learn‘ is a song with an almost timeless feel that feels like a conversation in song, Annie’s original ‘Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names‘ was simply brilliant and ‘Some Folks Are Lucky I Guess‘ is a song with a great sentiment. ‘Can’t Help What I Want‘ (below) is a great example of those brilliant harmonies that the two share.

‘Trash‘, a cover of the Suede hit, was a particular highlight – a song that was a nice surprise on the live album. As they break into ‘Oh maybe, maybe it’s the clothes you wear‘ it almost feels like this was a song that Suede wrote for David and Annie, their version is that good. Outstanding.
The set had a second cover, a song that Annie introduced as ‘an American classic‘. This classic was ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You‘ from Chas and Dave, a song that typified the cockney sound of London back in the 1980’s. I love the way they re-worked it and there was something special about the way Annie sings the word ‘Darling’ in her US twang that just resonated and put a smile on my face.
There were great moments of humour throughout the night, the chat between the two great. At one point mid-song, Annie passed her guitar to David, exclaiming ‘I knew there were chords in this song, I just didn’t know which ones‘ which had the crowd laughing.
The best of the night was saved till last. ‘Warning Sign’ had quickly become my favourite song from the pair and hearing it live in person lived up to all expectations. There’s such a beauty in live music, and hearing songs like this with other people in a venue can really bring a song home – and almost even change your own personal relationship with a song.
The final song of the night (there was no encore as David explained that they literally had no more songs!) was ‘Put Me In A Corner’. Annie’s vocals take the lead in this track and it was just magical, the emotion of the song emanating from the stage and filling the room. You can listen and see for yourself below.

You never know what to expect when you see an artist or artists perform for the first time. Some exceed expectations and some just don’t hit the heights you expect. In David Ford and Annie Dressner, it was definitely the former. The gig was stripped back – just two people on a stage creating a moment. And what a moment it was.
Annie and David and reviewer Nick Cantwell
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***Note – I need to say a word about the audience for the gig. The audience was impeccable, with barely any talking at all at any point (apart from whispered orders at the bar). Credit goes to Gary, Annie and David, who managed to grab the audience from the start, but also to everyone there. If you were there yourself, give yourself a high five!***
Review written by Nick Cantwell (instagram.com/nickcantwellmanagement)
 
 
 


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