Jack Carlin’s 2018 has been action packed so far. The 20-year-old looks to carry his success at the Apeldoorn Cycling World Championships where he picked up two silvers medals, in the team sprint and individual sprint to the Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast two-week time.
The British sprint champion admits that his success at the World Championships has boosted his confidence ahead of the games.
He said: “It’s about trying to carry the form through from the World Champs. The World Champs is the main focus because it gives you points towards the Olympics which is obviously the main focus, however, from a personal point of view, representing Team Scotland is something I’ve always wanting to do since watching Glasgow 2014 four years ago.
“Physically I was there, it was just tactically I got it wrong in the final. So it’s given me a lot of confidence in that event. Before, I’d have said that I was going in just to compete and gain experience but now, I’m going there to bring medals home.”
The Paisley cyclist is looking forward to the Scotland-England rivalry with his GB teammates in Australia. He wants to grab bragging rights over his mates and bring back medals from the Gold Coast.
He said: “I had a few training sessions back in Manchester before heading up to Scotland and the rivalry was starting to show. There was a bit of banter flying about and there’ll definitely be bragging rights afterwards.
“I share a flat with Mark Stewart and Joe (Trueman) – Joe and I have raced against each since I was about 15 but it’s a different experience racing for our own countries. If I beat him,
“I’ll definitely let him know I’ve beaten him. There’s been no bets though because the problem is it could go either way. You always want to have bragging rights though.”
Carlin along with many of cyclists in his generation have been inspired by Sir Chris Hoy and he received some advice from the legendary Scot at the World Champs.
He added: “Chris Hoy inspired a lot of people and inspired me personally. His race was one of the few cycling events I watched at London 2012 because I was more interested in the road and the mountain biking at that time. But watching Chris in the Keirin, it was just amazing.
“I don’t think he’s only inspired the sprinters – I think that as a whole team going out to Gold Coast, it’s because of cyclists like him who inspired a whole new generation of riders.
“I’ve met him a few times – out in Apeldoorn, when I was coming up to the sprint finals, he popped down to the track centre and was giving me a bit of advice in how to ride and to have confidence in myself. These little things really help.
“He’s a hard man to follow – he’s I think GB’s most decorated Olympian ever and that’s obviously what everyone would love to do. But for me, it’s about first getting one medal because it’s a long time to be doing it.”
Photo credit for the cover goes to Jeff Holmes, Team Scotland photographer.