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Scottish Cyclist Katie Archibald is a European, World Cup and World Champion in the field of Team Pursuit track cycling. In 2014, she was part of the team with Elinor Barker, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell that won the Team Pursuit title at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup. We caught up with the rising star to ask her a few burning questions...

If you haven't already, make sure to check out 10 Reasons Why Katie Archibald is Totally Amazing

Turbo trainers or rollers?

Rollers.

Who is the last person you tweeted?

Probably Elinor Barker, giving her some sort of abuse.

If you were a hip hop artist what would your stage name be?

Kiggy Pop…

Cake or pie?

Cake.

Three things you couldn't live without?

Cake, my chamois cream and someone who is not judgemental when I take my third piece of cake…

Wiggins or Cavendish?

Oooo, Cav.

Your least favourite food?

Olives, I just don’t understand them.

Early bird or night owl?

Night owl, definitely.

Your favourite victory to date?

Probably the Bronze in the Commonwealth Games. It was just such a nice feeling, with all the team work and joint effort put in from all my Scottish team mates.

Your favourite superhero?

Wolverine, obviously.

Your biggest rival on the track?

I suppose at the moment it is Canada or Australia.

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Your biggest rival on the road?

In the UK domestic scene, I guess Laura (Trott) because Lizzie (Armitstead) doesn’t tend to do a lot of the home races. So Laura will be kicking our heads in at the Elite Road Series.

What will people be surprised to find out about you?

That I’m actually quite a sensible and have a tame calm soul.

Would you prefer to always lose or never play?

Always lose, you can always get small victories.

Best thing about being Scottish?

Living in Scotland! And the people.

If you could have a cup of tea with anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be?

I reckon it would be Caitlin Moran, but maybe we would have a coffee liquor rather than a tea...

Tattoos or piercings?

I like how piercings are chop and change, but tattoos give a bigger picture.

Your favourite thing about cycling?

The competition.

Your least favourite thing about being a pro cyclist?

The days when you don’t feel like riding your bike when you know that two years ago that’s everything you wanted to do.

[related_articles] Does your housemate, Elinor Barker, have any annoying habits you would like to reveal to the world?

She somehow always gets a blob of toothpaste in the sink. She will brush her teeth and it gets all foamy but when she spits it out there’s always one blob sitting there. If I could get rid of that blob, she would be the perfect housemate!

Do you have any annoying house habits that drive her bonkers?

I don’t like pulling hair out of the shower drain so when it gets on my hands when I’m washing my hair, I just stick it to the wall! Every once in a while I forget to pull it off and there’s just a furry blue ball chilling on there…

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Book or kindle?

Book. I tried Kindle, didn’t like it…

Your guilty pleasure?

Nicki Minaj. In fact, I’m not guilty about that at all…

Best thing about being on the road?

The company. We don’t really get to chat to each other going around the track so it’s nice to spend more time getting to know everyone.

How many colours have you dyed your hair?

Ooooo, definitely more than the McFly girl! Pretty much the whole rainbow: red, green, blue, orange, pink, purple, brown and blonde. And then there’s the combinations within, that’s the exciting part. Although I’ve never dyed my hair bright yellow, so I guess that’s the lacking colour.

Your favourite colour so far?

Green, because it really annoyed people. Charline Joiner honestly just hated it, she couldn't understand why you would ever have green hair and I guess I find that quite enjoyable!

What was your first bike?

A little pink bash around, that had a pink basket and a bit at the back for my dolly. My cousin has subsequently spray painted it black, but I still think it has the pink basket on it!

What is your favourite bike of all time?

I guess my Dolan Forza, which kind of symbolically in my mind was when I became serious about cycling. I said to myself "this is a really good frame to make a good rider so get out and ride it Katie". I liked that bike a lot.

If you weren't a pro cyclist what would you be?

I’d like to be a coach. And I guess everyone has the dream of opening a cake shop and somehow not getting fat. I’d be one of them…

What is your favourite book of all time?

I have two! The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Catch-22.

What is your overall goal in life?

I’m too scared to think too far ahead! But at the moment my one goal is getting to Rio and being selected for the Great Britain team.

What is the best thing ever?

My house and my awesome house mates!