Derby based Team KGF, who will be starting their medal quest from today, comprise of four amateur British riders Dan Bigham, University of Derby Mechanical Engineering student Charlie Tanfield, Jacob Tipper and Jonathon Wale, who are determined to take the cycling world by storm by applying their engineering expertise to their sport.
Inspired by winning three titles at the 2017 national track championships they decided to see what they could achieve if they dedicated more time to it. "Our initial intention was to just to show what we could do really," Bigham explains. "Our reasoning was: If you can ride a 4:04 just chucking it together at the last minute, off four weeks training, then how far can you go if you do everything right? If you live together, train together, nail your equipment, your strategy?"
They set an ambitious target of 3 mins 57 secs in the 4km team pursuit, within 12 months they managed 3 mins 56 secs and won a UCI track World Cup.
Their ambitions were realised in early February when British Cycling named Dan Bigham and Charlie Tanfield as the two non-programme riders in the Team England squad. This is the first time in 10 years that riders from outside the British Cycling programme have earned places at the World Championships.
Bigham and Tanfield will be competing in the time trial and track endurance, and Jonathan Wale will be competing in the Kilo time trial for Team Scotland.
Charlie’s brother Harry Tanfield, who also trains at Derby Arena, will be competing alongside his brother as part of Team England in the road time trial.
To see more about Team KGF have a look at this video: https://vimeo.com/258388714
To see when each cyclist is competing (DIS) Commonwealth Calendar.
For a chance to meet some of the Derbyshire Institute of Sport athletes look out for details of the Marketing Derby Bondholder event on 15th May 2018 which will be released soon.