Bearsden cycling ace Katie Archibald on track for 2014 Commonwealth Games

Cyclist Katie Archibald going to be competing in Commonwealth Games next year. Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.'Photo by Emma Mitchell'24/12/13
Cyclist Katie Archibald going to be competing in Commonwealth Games next year. Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.'Photo by Emma Mitchell'24/12/13

Cycling supremo Katie Archibald says being at her new Manchester base with British Cycling will help her achieve a lifelong dream.

The Bearsden cyclist (19) is hoping to clinch a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, but will have to wait until May before she learns if she will represent her country.

However, there is little doubt that Katie is in the running for a place after winning two medals at the senior British Track Championships last September and setting a Scottish record in the individual ‘pursuit’ in October.

The former Douglas Academy pupil, who is on British Cycling’s Olympic Academy Programme, says her first priority is the World Championships in Colombia next month.

She told the Herald: “I want to be selected for the World Championships and obviously it is a Commonwealth Games year, so it is quite hard to ignore that.

“To represent Scotland at that level has been a massive goal of mine since I started cycling, but they won’t make the team announcement until around May.”

“When it comes to the Commonwealth Games, if selected I will probably be racing against the girls I train with, such as Olympic champion Joanna Rowsell, who wants to ride the pursuit for England, and world champion Elinor Barker, who could represent Wales.”

Katie receives funding support from SSE Next Generation in partnership with SportsAid.