Team KGF are a fresh British UCI Trade Track Team based in Derby, formed of Dan Bigham, Charlie Tanfield, Jonny Wale and Jacob Tipper.
The team caused a shock upset at this year’s HSBC UK British National Track Cycling Championship as they achieved the monumental result of three golds and a silver, alongside breaking the competition record for the 4km Team Pursuit with 4.04.644. This would have placed the amateur team in the top 10 of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Dan Bigham and Charlie Tanfield took the top spots in the 4km Individual Pursuit, with Dan becoming National Champion with a 4:22.023 and Charlie gaining Silver with 4:22.795. In the 1km Time Trial Dan gained a third national title in 1:03.212. All of this was achieved off the back of only two months of track specific training. 2017 has also seen Jonny Wale break the long standing British flying 1km record with 57:412.
Following this modern-day David and Goliath story, the quartet were inspired to step up onto the world stage. Alongside Team Manager Ellie Green, Team KGF was formed, riding under the banner of the Karen Green Foundation, a local charity that supports families of those suffering with Leukaemia. Brother UK have continued their backing of the champion track squad, bringing financial assistance and media guidance.
The team’s ambitions are high. The aim is not to make up the numbers at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup competitions against Olympic and World Champions but to stand on that podium with the best in the world. Team KGF have worked alongside the best British manufacturers to develop the fastest equipment available as well as relocating to Derby where they have received huge support from Derbyshire Institute of Sport and Derby Arena. The combination of these relationships is enabling Team KGF to be fully supported all the way to the highest level of track cycling with the Tissot UCI World Cup, as well as targeting the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.