|Six Day Collection|
|Venue: Lee Valley Velo Park, London Dates: 22-27 October|
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Ask Katie Archibald whether or not she is considering the Olympic Video games in Tokyo subsequent summer season and her reply speaks volumes.
“It is 284 days away,” she says, checking the countdown clock on her telephone.
The European Championships happen this week in Apeldoorn within the Netherlands and there are World Championships in Berlin in February, however they’re merely stepping stones on the highway to Japan.
Archibald went to her first Olympics at Rio in 2016 and was a part of Nice Britain’s crew pursuit squad that received gold with Laura Kenny, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell-Shand.
So after experiencing such a excessive, 25-year-old Archibald has her coronary heart set on attending to Tokyo and aiming for a repeat.
On condition that World and European Championships come round yearly in monitor biking, it’s the build-up and watch for the Olympics that makes every little thing worthwhile.
“You wish to be world champion and European champion, however the Olympics trumps every little thing,” Archibald tells BBC Sport.
“A lot of what we take into consideration is geared in direction of the Olympics. It’s price sacrificing a lot for.
“There’s something about committing your self to a long-term aim that occurs as soon as each 4 years.
“The Olympics has this unimaginable energy. You understand the facility it has when it goes effectively however clearly it has the potential to go badly, too.
“You understand it means a lot however I’m ready to take that emotional threat.”
‘I may very well be a pioneer’
Archibald makes no bones about what her speedy goals are by way of Tokyo. She desires to be chosen for the crew pursuit once more, and the primary ladies’s Olympic madison.
The Scot received gold within the occasion on the World Championships in 2018 alongside Emily Nelson, however her participation in Japan shouldn’t be assured.
With international locations restricted to just one pair per occasion, the toughest battle will probably be to make the Britain crew. Archibald is one in every of 5 riders – together with Nelson, Barker, Kenny and Neah Evans – competing for 2 spots.
“It is an excellent drawback for us to have,” Archibald says.
“Different international locations have began deciding on their pairs, to allow them to focus and put together particularly for this race. However I believe it is a bonus for us that we’ve got such energy in depth.
“We are going to proceed to modify our line-up earlier than the ultimate choice in March, so it is about being comfy using with anybody.
“Once I first began watching monitor biking I fell in love with the factors race, and the madison is the two-person equal.
“So to have this chance open up is nice. It might be an enormous privilege to compete within the first ever Olympic competitors and I actually wish to make that choice.
“It was irritating and heart-breaking when the madison wasn’t a ladies’s occasion. So hopefully I may very well be a pioneer for it.”
After the European Championships, Archibald will compete alongside Evans on the Six Day London 22 to 27 October, as a part of the Six Day Collection.
With music, lights and environment, it’s a far cry from extra conventional biking occasions, however it’s one thing Archibald has grown to like.
“The primary time I did a Six Day occasion I discovered it actually intimidating,” she recollects.
“I used to be doing a crew occasion and we could not actually discuss, it was so noisy. There’s a completely totally different vibe, however I bought into it in a short time.
“Doing effectively in London means we get UCI factors to get into World Cup occasions and the World Championships, so we’re taking it severely.”