So that was my first - and last - World Cup race of the winter and, I have to say, I was pretty pleased with how it went - especially in the team pursuit where we won gold.

We were a pretty young team - apart from me of course! - with Ollie Wood, Kian Emadi, Mark Stewart and Matt Bostock and those guys were absolutely fantastic.

It’s funny how I suddenly feel like the old man of the team but, if there was any doubt about the future of British Cycling, those lads answered the question brilliantly. Okay, it might not have been an Olympics or a World Champs but there were some quality teams there - including the recent European Champions France - and those youngsters beat everyone.

In fact it was the same across the board and the effort of the young women in Glasgow was just astonishing. 

People keep asking me how British Cycling do it, consistently produce new generations of riders year after year, and there is no simple answer, just many, many factors behind the scenes and a lot of people putting in a lot of hard work to help GB remain the world’s best track cycling nation. Long may it - and they - continue.

For me, it was especially pleasing as my training had been very inconsistent in the build-up to Glasgow. I had my wedding and all the festivities around that and, to be honest, for once in my life, I had taken the decision to put my personal life ahead of my cycling life for a few weeks.

I have no regrets about that - how could I after having a dream wedding to Lauren, surrounded by all our family and friends?

But the best thing was that my lack of preparation didn’t hurt us in the team event and I helped us win gold. In fact, I was probably going better than I expected I would be and I picked up the qualifying points I needed for the winter so I can now hopefully concentrate on getting fit for next year’s World Championships in Hong Kong.

Four years ago, after London, I remember our first race in a World Cup meeting ended in a crash so this was a vast improvement. I started man one and Kian went man two in our first ride and we managed a 1:03 first kilo which wasn’t bad considering that Kian’s wheel slipped on the start line and, as I was pulling out of the gate, you can see me turning around and wondering what’s happening.

That sort of pace didn’t bother the younger lads and we qualified fastest before young Matt Bostock took my place in the second ride and I came back to help us beat France in the final.

The only other event I rode in Glasgow was the individual pursuit and that’s where my lack of preparation did catch up with me.

That said, I was hoping to do a “22” - a 4 minute 22 - and that’s exactly what I did. I started too fast and paid for it in the end but, even if I had paced it better, I might only have shaved a second off and maybe finished fifth.

As it was, I came seventh but I left it all out there and could have no complaints. Unfortunately, there is nowhere to hide in an individual pursuit. If you’re riding a scratch or points race, you can hide away a bit, take it easy if you’re struggling. There’s no doing that in the IP.

Still, the weekend was great - big crowds, loud support and another successful competition for GB so thanks to everyone who came to support us.

This weekend I have the rarity of a weekend without racing although I’m looking to do a decent block of training ahead of hitting the track again for the Revolution Champions League stages when I’ll be riding for PedalSure with Iljo Keisse.

There are races in Paris, Manchester and London over three weekends, starting November 18-19, and a lot of the big road teams are sending their guys over. 

They should be great events. Hopefully I might see you at one of them … come over and say hi if you’re there.

Until then

Andy