TOM Moses has one eye on the possibility of another Commonwealth Games appearance this year, having suffered late heartache back in 2014.

The Oakworth cyclist was in contention for a top-five road-race spot the last time they were held in Glasgow before being thwarted by a puncture with just two laps to go.

At this stage, selection for the England team at Gold Coast in Australia this April remains unclear but Moses said earning a spot was "not out of the question".

And he would certainly entertain the chance of representing his country again Down Under, especially given the painful memories of his retirement from the race in Scotland remain vivid.

Moses was right in the mix when he suffered his puncture and was the last rider not to finish in a gruelling contest round the streets of Glasgow which saw only 12 make it to the end.

The former Oakbank School pupil recalled: "It was one of the worst-timed punctures I have ever had. I still regret not carrying on and getting 12th but I’d had enough at the time.

"I was in the group who made up fourth to eighth place and it would have been an interesting one."

Moses was left to wonder what might have been as his England team-mate Scott Thwaites, from Burley-in-Wharfedale, claimed a bronze medal behind Welsh winner Geraint Thomas.

And he admits that the possibility of a second chance this spring remains very much up in the air.

He said: "It depends on how the first few races go early on (in the season) but it is not out of the question that I would be doing it.

"But no one really knows at the moment just because it depends who wants to do what and how many riders they are taking for what events.

"Sometimes for a trip like that which is so far away, the track riders end up doing the road races. "We’ll see what happens but it’s definitely not out of the question.

"Teams are only allowed so many riders so it depends where they put their priorities and whether they take a full-on track team."

Moses is certainly in optimistic mood for 2018 following a successful year racing with JLT Condor in which they defended their Tour Series crown.

The 25-year-old said: "It was really good, probably one of the best years the team has ever had in its ten years.

"We were pretty dominant in the UK and won the Tour Series, elite crit' (criterium) series and the road series.

"I had a win in a premier calendar national level race and we were basically sharing them out really.

"We have a lot of good riders in the team and the core are staying on this year with a few new faces."

Moses' victory came in Northumberland's Tour de Reservoir in an event which he admits is to his liking despite conditions tending to be "really grim". He won the second stage last year, having won the first stage in 2016.

Training for the new season is well under way, with Moses putting in the hard yards at Keighley's NRGym and having also done some Track League revolution racing in Manchester with Olympian Ed Clancy.

A prime focus for him this year will be town-centre racing – with a local victory on the National Series Circuit high on his wish-list.

"It would be nice to win a local crit. I'd love to win an Otley or a Skipton," said Moses, who has seen the importance of such races rise in recent years along with the popularity of cycling.

He said: "The elite crits were always a smaller series, just because it was mainly people from the north who did them as they didn’t mean as much as the Tour Series but now every single team is there and they take them quite seriously.

"They are definitely well up there with the best races.

"Crowds are always massive at Otley but now there are a lot more cyclists in the crowd as well – people who actually ride a bike on a weekend. There is a lot more knowledge of the sport."