Milngavie cycling star Katie Archibald has been selected for this summer’s Commonwealth Games as part of Scotland’s 30-strong team.
The 20-year-old recently claimed gold in the team pursuit at this year’s World Championships and is now looking for glory on her own as she sets her sights on the individual pursuit and points race at The Games.
Katie said: “Everything seems to be going well and it is going to be something really special to pull on the Scottish jersey.
“It’s a great sensation to be able to do that and I think this summer is going to be very special for the whole country.”
The European champions says she has built up a great deal of momentum which she hopes will carry her through the testing times ahead.
She said: “ I think I have got some good momentum going into the Games. At the end of the day someone has got to win and that is why we race.
“So I’d have to be mad to say that I’m not going there to win because that’s what we all want to do.”
The Scotland cycling team target is five medals which Katie reckons is within their reach.
She added: I feel we have got a good chance to achieve that.”
Katie recently claimed victory in round three of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix series in Edinburgh. And, despite not competing in the remaining stages, the cyclist was thrilled to see such strong home support ahead of the Games in Glasgow.
And asked how she felt following the announcement of the squad, Katie said: “It was a very patriotic day when the team announcement was made.
“It was something that was great to be a part of and I think to see the Scottish pride was great.
“We got a taste of what it will be like in Glasgow and it’s such a big boost to have that kind of support behind you.”
The training programme will now be geared up to focus Katie’s energies on her priority which is the individual pursuit and the points race.
She said: “I’ve got a few competitions before the Games so there is time to get everything fine tuned and to make sure I’m ready.
“We’re going to be setting a lot of goals and I think we will definitely looking to hit a few personal bests.”
Katie is part-funded through a partnership with SportsAid to support gifted athletes as part of their commitment to Glasgow 2014 and beyond with its SSE Next Generation ambassador programme. Keep up to date with the latest @YourSSE