A new British track cycling team, based at Derby Arena, has been unveiled. Team KGF has high ambitions, aiming for podiums at forthcoming UCI Track Cycling World Cup events, having already caused a shock at this year’s British National Track Cycling Championships.

Dan Bigham, Charlie Tanfield, Jonny Wale and Jacob Tipper took three golds and a silver at the Nationals, breaking the record for the 4km Team Pursuit in a time of 4 minutes 4.644 seconds. That time would have placed the team in the top 10 at the Rio Olympics.

Dan became the National Champion in the 1km Time Trial and the Individual Pursuit while Charlie took the Individual Pursuit silver medal. This was all achieved with just two months of track-specific training, here in Derby. Jonny Wale has also broken the long-standing British Flying 1km record in a time of 57.412 seconds.

Team KGF, Derby Arena

Team manager Ellie Green (centre) with Jonny Wale, Charlie Tanfield, Jacob Tipper and Dan Bigham

Team KGF, managed by Ellie Green, was formed under the Karen Green Foundation banner, a local charity supporting the families of those suffering with Leukaemia. Brother UK have continued their backing of this champion track squad bringing financial support. This will enable Team KGF to compete at the highest level track races across the world whilst targeting the 2018 Commonwealth Games for each rider’s respective nation.

Team KGF, Derby Arena

“I’ve been hugely impressed by the performances of Dan, Jonny, Jacob and Charlie this year,” said Phil Jones MBE, Managing Director of Brother UK. “Their dominance of the quartet in the National Track Championships was sensational and I have no doubt that they will continue to dominate the competition.”

Team KGF, Derby Arena

Team manager Ellie Green (centre) with Jonny Wale, Charlie Tanfield, Jacob Tipper and Dan Bigham

Over the summer the team has created a base in Derby, close to the velodrome at Derby Arena. The Arena is a popular training centre for many cyclists including Team GB’s academy and junior teams, as it affords them more track time than the Team GB headquarters in Manchester.

Team KGF, Derby Arena

Team KGF has been given significant support from Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS) and Derby Arena including world class physiotherapy and strength and conditioning. “The DIS is a community interest that supports elite athletes to achieve their goals and perform at World Class level in their chosen sport,” said Adi Fawcett, Head of Operations at DIS.

Team KGF, Derby Arena

Jonny Wale

Team KGF, Derby Arena

Dan Bigham

“The team has access to bespoke strength and conditioning sessions, physio and performance lifestyle advice through DIS. We are particularly excited to be supporting a team with such high aspirations and charismatic personalities.”

Team KGF, Derby Arena

Jacob Tipper

Team KGF, Derby Arena

Charlie Tanfield

 

“Team KGF began training at Derby Arena in the build up to the 2017 track nationals under their road squad Brother NRG,” said Phil Kilpatrick, Head Cycling Coach at Derby Arena. “Since their national success, we have supported and coached the squad and look forward to the results we know they are capable of achieving.”