Milngavie cycle star Katie says crash won’t put her out of Commonwealth Games contention

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

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Cyclist Katie Archibald is determined not to let a bad crash affect her focus on competing at this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

The 20-year-old from Milngavie has had a meteoric rise since she was fast-tracked into British Cycling’s Olympic Development Academy last November.

In October she was crowned European team pursuit champion, while only last month she joined forces with Elinor Barker, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell to take the World Championship title.

She said: “The World Championships feel like a different time ago now. For myself – a year ago, even six months ago – I couldn’t have imagined that I would be in this position.

However following her rapid rise up the ranks of indoor cycling the sportswoman recently suffered a bad crash.

The former Glasgow Academy pupil, now based in Manchester, said: “Following the World Championships in Colombia, I was back in action at the Olympic Velodrome in London in the fifth and final round of the Revolution Series last weekend and crashed heavily.”

It was a painful experience for Archibald and fellow British teammate Dani King who collided in the elimination race of the omnium.

Katie added: “It was a pretty serious crash. I had never cracked a helmet before. You are used to crashing, you get the skid rash and slide down the track but with that one, Dani and I just both went down in a big thud.”

But she is adamant it won’t affect her, saying: “You just go back out there. The Commonwealths is the event that started off the cycling dream for me and the prospect of cycling around the velodrome in front of your home crowd has been the motivation.

“I have made the qualifying standards for the Games so now it is a case of waiting until the announcement of the team is made. To represent Scotland at that level has been a massive goal for me.”

Katie received funding from SSE Next Generation in partnership with Sports Aid to help the sports stars of the future.