After winning the inaugural Elite Women’s Championship with Podium Ambition, world and Olympic champion Katie Archibald is back for a second year after confirming her appearance at the London leg of the Revolution Series with Team WNT.
Archibald convincingly won the 2016 Elite Women's Championship with Podium Ambition, ably helped by, among others, fellow Scot Neah Evans and Dame Sarah Storey.
And now the 23-year-old will have a chance to do it all over again, this time competing alongside Hayley Jones for Team WNT amidst a golden line-up of female stars.
That means there are just six weeks to go until Archibald will take to the track in London – proudly as world champion following her omnium crown in April.
“It’s been exciting to be part of the rise of women’s cycling, because it seems like five years should be a relatively short time period and yet within that time I’ve seen a huge leap up,” said Archibald when speaking in June, praising the work of the Revolution Series in Women’s Sport Week.
“You certainly have to doff your cap to the Revolution Series and respect that it’s been part of that evolution.
“What’s been most apparent hasn’t been the development of the top rider, though I guess if you say they’ve managed to bag Laura Trott year after year - you’ve had Olympic champions - but it’s the depth that has come through that and the fact that it’s not just one rider who’s going to dominate the series.
“It’s a wide competitive field that are really going to keep the crowd on their toes.”
Wearing the rainbow stripes sees Archibald take her name among cycling’s greats but still with plenty more left in the locker despite already being an eight-time European champion.
But when it comes to racing with the best, there is still room for the Scot to get nervous too.
And that’s no more evident than when following in the wheels of her heroes, hoping she can do herself justice with her new Team WNT squad when it matters most.
“To have been watching the Revolution Series as a kid and seeing people who I went on to race with, like Charline Joiner, Eileen Roe, Kayleigh Brogan - all these top Scottish riders that I aspired to be racing with,” she added.
“It does create such an important jumping block to allow newer riders to come through and compete against the best in the world.
“It’s one of the most important series that you’ll see globally in track cycling.”
See the world’s best road teams take on the champions of the track in the Revolution Track Cycling Series.