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Archibald relishing home nation rivalries

13 October 2017

Katie Archibald competes for a ninth European gold in a Great Britain jersey next week, but after helping Podium Ambition to a win in the inaugural Elite Women’s Championship last season she is already looking forward to taking on her Great Britain teammates at the London leg of the Revolution Series, next month.

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The 23-year-old returns to Revolution this season and will be hoping to help Team WNT to the overall title, meaning she will line up against fellow team pursuit Olympic champion Elinor Barker, among other British stars.

Archibald, who took omnium world gold in April, will be joined on the boards of Lee Valley Velopark by Welsh rider and WNT teammate Hayley Jones.

The rainbow jersey holder will now look to add to her eight European golds in Berlin and eagerly awaits her return to the Revolution Series a month later.

“Revolution is the most exciting racing I do on the track in my WNT kit, because we race as Great Britain in the Europeans and Track World Cup,” she said.

“There’s something quite thrilling about going back and racing as individuals on the national stage.

“It’s fun for something like a Revolution to race against other Great Britain riders, it’s a bit different to the Commonwealth Games where you go in for separate home nations.

“That’s once every four years so it’s quite a serious event and it confuses your emotions, but with a Revolution it’s almost like a super competitive training session where we all understand that we want to win and there’s nothing that would cause tension in that.

“It’ll be interesting to see how Lizzie Deignan and Dani Rowe come off the road.

“But really the biggest rivals are going to be the track riders, so people like Elinor Barker and Emily Nelson.”

It will not be the first time Archibald and Jones have teamed up, as they both came through the British Cycling academy.

And the Scot is glad she will have Jones by her side once again, insisting her partner’s personality is the perfect complement to her own.

“Hayley is an extremely proficient rider technically, she’s one of the hallmarks of the British Cycling development programme,” she added.

“I’m a year or two older than her, but I still take a lot of advice from her when we’re racing on the road.

“She has a feel for a race, she can understand how it’s going to go without overthinking it whereas I’m asking the questions and doing the overthinking – apart from that, she’s just fun to hang out with on race day.

“She’s definitely more laid-back and bubbly, while I’m usually stressing out in the corner so she’s a healthy presence to have around.”

See the world’s best road teams take on the champions of the track in the Revolution Track Cycling Series. Tickets now on sale here.