With the Rio Olympic Games marching closer and closer, we were thrilled to grab a few minutes to chat to GB Team Pursuit rider Katie Archibald at the launch of the Boot Out Breast Cancer Cycling Club which will support her road team – Podium Ambition.
The unique initiative will see amateur riders (like you and me, dear reader) ride and race in the same colours as the team which turns UCI pro for 2016 and will be shooting for a place at the UCI World Team Time Trial.
Speaking about the concept, which Archibald said would create a community that was welcoming to all, she commented: “I feel proud to be in this family that’s created it. It’s classic Sarah [Dame Sarah Storey, Team Manager alongside husband Barney]. She’s a really fierce competitor, really to the point. But she’s still got this intrinsic desire to change the bloody world! The club is all about supporting riders from all disciplines at all levels.”
The Cycling Club will help to provide a platform for riders – male and female – to race time trials, cyclocross, mountain bike or the track representing Boot Out Breast Cancer. Riders could be of any ability, just earning their stripes, or winning local leagues.
I had to ask Archibald for her top advice for a beginner getting into the track – a growing audience I notice, with a large number of my cycling buddies (and myself!) currently thinking about, mid-way through, or just having completed accreditation at various velodromes. She has three top tips for us all – and actually the first and last would certainly apply to riders of any discipline.