Getting to know you: Chris Latham
03 October 2017
WITH THE MONTH OF OCTOBER NOW UPON US, WE’RE GIVING YOU THE CHANCE TO GET TO KNOW SOME OF OUR RIDERS A LITTLE BETTER – THIS TIME IT’S Six day London runner-up from back in 2015, chris latham…
They may be three years away, but Chris Latham already has his sights set on the Olympic Games after a promising first year on the path to Tokyo 2020.
The 23-year-old won a first World Championship medal when he took bronze in the scratch race back in April.
That medal came less than a fortnight after a win on the road in the Klondike GP for Team Wiggins and was followed by numerous other top five finishes on the roads of Europe this summer.
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But his focus has now switched back to the track for the winter and further establishing himself in the Great Britain team.
Latham was appearing in only his second ever World Championships in 2017, but is now a member of the British Cycling podium programme and on track to make an Olympic debut in 2020 – an opportunity the Bolton man is already relishing.
“It’s really exciting to be looking ahead to Tokyo,” he said.
“It’s good to be around guys like Ste [Steven Burke] and the other Olympic champs that have been there, done it, got the gold medals.
“It’s good motivation to have them there, and you know that if you’re keeping up with them then we should be doing alright.
“I’m not really sure of my final plan this year, I don’t know whether it’ll be more bunch racing or team pursuit focussed, we’ll see.”
Chris Latham rode with Andy Tennant in 2016
Whether it be in the team pursuit or in bunch races, Latham is likely to be selected for the upcoming European Championships in Berlin, before travelling to race Six Day London alongside Burke just two days later.
Two weeks on from that, from November 10-12, the TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup returns to Manchester for the first time in four years, and local lad Latham cannot wait to ride on his home track.
“My season on the road has been alright, to be fair. I did a lot more on the road than I have done before, I’ve not been on the track so much this year,” he added.
“But I’m looking to get back on the track now with the Europeans next month, and a meet in Italy before that – it’s going to be good.
“I’m going to be doing some more of the World Cups this year too, probably more this year than last year.
“And having it in Manchester will be mint. I’ve never done a Manchester World Cup so I’m really going to be looking forward to it.”
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