Little Interview: Katie Archibald
Fixed or freewheel -
Favourite bike -
My UK sport innovation pursuit frame
Favourite hair colour -
Image by Alistair Devine
Favourite food -
Yeo Valley Lemon Curd Yoghurt
Favourite person/people to ride with -
Favourite place to ride -
North of Glasgow
How long have you been cycling for?
Riding since I physically could, competing for 4 years.
Do you have any pre race rituals?
Nope- don't like to rely on superstitions!
What do you think is key when training for the track?
Maximal effort and proper rest.
Who and what inspires you?
Sarah Storey and her resilience.
What do you struggle with the most when training?
Doing all the little things that make an athlete; proper diet, stretching, bed on time etc.
What has been the highlight of your cycling career so far?
Competing at a home Commonwealth Games.
Image by Jane Barlow
What do you have planned next?
World Championships in Paris!
What advice can you give to riders who want to start racing?
Join a club.
What obstacles are you presented with being a female in such a male dominated sport?
Track cycling is far closer to gender equality than on the road so it's not generally an every day struggle for myself and my track teammates, but you do come across tricky situations. For example there is no women's madison at the world championships which I'm disappointed about.
Image by Bryn Lennon
Do you think the standard of women's cycling is better in the UK than other countries?
No. Every country is known for a niche I suppose: Britain has for a long time dominated pursuiting but for road racing most people base themselves abroad.
What changes would you like to see within cycling to gain equality for women?
Just a small one first; a women's madison at the track cycling world championships.