|6 Day Series|
|Venue: Lee Valley Velo Park, London Dates: 22-27 October|
|Coverage: Survive On the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer|
Ask Katie Archibald whether she is considering the Olympic Games in Tokyo next summer season and her response speaks volumes.
” It’s 284 days away,” she says, inspecting the countdown clock on her phone.
The European Champions take place today in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands and there are World Championships in Berlin in February, but they are merely stepping stones on the roadway to Japan.
Archibald went to her very first Olympics at Rio in 2016 and became part of Excellent Britain’s group pursuit team that won gold with Laura Kenny, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell-Shand.
So after experiencing such a high, 25- year-old Archibald has her heart set on getting to Tokyo and aiming for a repeat.
Provided that World and European Champions happen every year in track biking, it is the build-up and await the Olympics that makes whatever rewarding.
” You desire to be world champion and European champ, but the Olympics surpassed whatever,” Archibald informs BBC Sport.
” So much of what we believe about is tailored towards the Olympics. It deserves sacrificing so much for.
” There is something about dedicating yourself to a long-lasting objective that happens as soon as every four years.
” The Olympics has this incredible power. You know the power it has when it works out however clearly it has the prospective to go severely, too.
” You understand it suggests a lot but I am prepared to take that psychological risk.”
‘ I could be a leader’
Archibald makes no bones about what her instant aims are in regards to Tokyo. She wants to be selected for the group pursuit once again, and the very first women’s Olympic madison.
The Scot won gold in the event at the World Championships in 2018 along with Emily Nelson, however her involvement in Japan is not guaranteed.
With countries limited to just one set per occasion, the hardest battle will be to make the Britain team. Archibald is one of five riders – together with Nelson, Barker, Kenny and Neah Evans – completing for two areas.
” It’s an excellent problem for us to have,” Archibald states.
” Other countries have actually begun choosing their pairs, so they can focus and prepare particularly for this race. But I believe it’s a benefit for us that we have such strength in depth.
” We will continue to change our line-up before the final choice in March, so it has to do with being comfy riding with anybody.
” When I first started watching track biking I fell in love with the points race, and the madison is the two-person equivalent.
” So to have this opportunity open up is excellent. It would be a huge advantage to complete in the very first Olympic competitors and I truly want to make that choice.
” It was aggravating and heart-breaking when the madison wasn’t a females’s occasion. So hopefully I might be a pioneer for it.”
After the European Champions, Archibald will complete together with Evans at the Six Day London 22 to 27 October, as part of the 6 Day Series.
With music, lights and atmosphere, it is a far cry from more standard biking occasions, however it is something Archibald has grown to enjoy.
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” The very first time I did a Six Day event I discovered it actually daunting,” she remembers.
” I was doing a group occasion and we couldn’t truly talk, it was so loud. There is a completely various ambiance, however I entered into it really quickly.
” Succeeding in London indicates we get UCI points to enter into World Cup events and the World Championships, so we are taking it seriously.”
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