Already a world and Olympic champion at the age of just 23, younger riders can learn a lot from Katie Archibald, according to new Team WNT colleague Emily Kay.
The Milngavie rider backed up her team pursuit gold at Rio 2016 with her first ever individual World Championship win in Hong Kong, in April, before adding two medals at last weekend’s National Road Championships.
And Kay, who has stepped into the team pursuit squad as Laura Kenny takes time off to have a baby, Joanna Rowsell Shand retires and both Archibald and Elinor Barker concentrate on individual races, is keen to learn from her esteemed colleague.
The switch of focus has paid off for the Rio champions so far as both Archibald and Barker left Hong Kong with rainbow jerseys, and for Kay – who looks likely to race alongside the Scot in the Revolution Series this autumn after Team WNT confirmed their participation last week – she hopes some of her racing nous will rub off on her.
“Riding with Katie is great – she’s really down to earth and does not come across as someone who has won Olympic titles, she’s always got time for you the whole time,” said the 21-year-old.
“She’s great to learn from, to watch her train, to watch her race – tactically to watch her race is great.
“She’s incredibly strong and I’m really excited to be her teammate, to race alongside her, to learn from her and watch what she does.
“I’m really excited to be racing with her at Revolution, too.
“The last couple of years I’ve been racing against her, but this year we’ll be racing as teammates, so it’s really exciting.”
That winning feeling: Archibald raced, and won, the Elite Women's Championship for Podium Ambition, last season
Kay – who won three consecutive girls’ Future Stars titles at Revolution from 2010-2012 – was joined in the team pursuit at the World Championships by Emily Nelson, Manon Lloyd and Ellie Dickinson, with Barker coming in during the final round to help them to fifth place in the World Championships.
And with Archibald the oldest of the group at 23, Kay thinks the future looks bright for women’s endurance track cycling in Great Britain.
“As a group of girls, we’re always striving to be better and we’re always wanting more, there’s obviously Ellie Dickinson, who has just come out of juniors and she just stepped straight into the team and held her own and did a great job,” she added.
“Everyone won an individual medal at World Cups or World Championships, it’s a great group of girls, and we had Katie Archibald out there as well who was doing her own things, and that was amazing to watch too.”
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