Laura Trott

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Laura Trott

Revised: July 2016

Disciplines
Team Pursuit, Omnium
Current Team
Matrix Fitness Vulpine
DOB
24/04/1992
From
Cheshunt
Based
Manchester
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Biography

Trott has become one of the world’s great track riders since her precocious talent first shone through in the 2010 season with an omnium gold medal at the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Montichiari, Italy.

That form earned Trott selection to the UEC European Track Championships and her first elite gold medal in the team pursuit, aged only 18, before an astonishing 2011 season which saw Trott win seven world, World Cup and European titles at junior and elite levels.

Highlights included team pursuit gold at her debut UCI Track Cycling World Championships and at the UEC European Track Championships, where Trott also took the omnium title.

Momentum was building nicely for Trott, and the whole of the Great Britain Cycling Team, as their home Olympics loomed at the start of 2012.

In London, at a UCI Track Cycling World Cup meeting, Trott, Joanna Rowsell Shand and Dani King gave supporters a preview of the success to come by winning an exciting team pursuit final while Trott was forced to settle for bronze in the omnium behind rivals Sarah Hammer of the USA and Australia’s Annette Edmondson.

A month later, the British team pursuit women were even more impressive at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne as they won gold in a new world record against the hosts. Just as significantly, in the omnium, Trott turned the tables on Hammer and Edmondson and added gold.

London calling

By the time the London Olympics started, expectations were high for Trott and the Great Britain Cycling Team and they did not disappoint.

In the team pursuit, the tried and trusted trio of Trott, Rowsell Shand and King rode three times and broke the world record on each occasion, beating the USA in the final. That performance meant that on the six occasions that trio had raced together, they had set a world record on every ride.

Two days after the team pursuit gold, Trott was back for a thrilling omnium battle with Hammer and Edmondson. An uncharacteristically poor points race left Trott with a mountain to climb but, by the final event the 500-metre time trial, her storming victory meant the Briton had won the gold medal by one point from Hammer.

The success, since that unforgettable summer, has been largely relentless for Trott. The 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk, Belarus saw Great Britain retain their team pursuit world crown.

With the women’s team pursuit now a four-rider, four-kilometre event, the British won the title at that year’s UEC European Track Championships in Apeldoorn with Trott doing likewise in the omnium.

As the Great Britain team dominated the new team pursuit format, there was also another gold - and another new world record - at the 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Manchester and the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Cali saw that mastery continue with more rainbow jerseys.

Road brings more success

The summer of 2014 also brought Trott a thrilling Commonwealth Games gold in the points race and one of the highlights of her road career when she won the British National Road Race Championships before Trott successfully defended her two titles in the team pursuit and omnium at the UEC European Track Championships.

By the time the 2015 UCI Track Cycling World Championship in Paris arrived in February, however, team pursuit rivals had finally closed the gap on Trott’s team with Australia qualifying fastest and winning the final by nearly three full seconds.

Trott also had to settle for silver in the omnium although by the end of the year, and the UEC European Track Championships, she not only had the consolation of golds in the team pursuit and omnium but added the scratch race title for good measure.

It meant that Trott had accounted for half Great Britain’s tally of six golds at the championships and her career total of 10 European golds left her as the most successful rider of all time in the UEC European Track Championships.

The 2016 season had one main focus - the Rio Olympics - although the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in London proved a disappointment in the team pursuit, with Trott having to settle for the bronze medal before she recovered superbly to take golds in the scratch race and omnium.

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Selected Career Highlights to Date

2016

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, London

Gold, Omnium

Gold, Scratch race

Bronze, Team pursuit

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Hong Kong
Gold, Omnium
Silver, Scratch race

2015

UCI Track Cycling World Championship, Paris (France)
Silver, Team pursuit
Silver, Omnium

UEC European Track Championships, Grenchen (Switzerland)
Gold, Team pursuit
Gold, Omnium
Gold, Scratch race

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cali (Colombia)
Gold, Omnium

2014

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, London (UK)
Gold, Team pursuit

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Guadalajara (Mexico)
Gold, Team pursuit

UEC European Track Championships, Guadaloupe
Gold, Team pursuit
Gold, Omnium

Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (UK)
Gold, Scratch race

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Cali (Colombia)
Gold, Team pursuit
Silver, Omnium

2013

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Aguascalientes (Mexico)
Silver, Omnium

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester (UK)
Gold, Team pursuit
Gold, Omnium

UEC European Track Championships Apeldoorn (Holland)
Gold, Team pursuit
Gold, Omnium

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Minsk (Belarus)
Gold, Team pursuit
Silver, Omnium

2012

Olympic Games, London (UK)
Gold, Team pursuit
Gold, Omnium

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Melbourne (Australia)
Gold, Team pursuit
Gold, Omnium

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, London (UK)
Gold, Team pursuit
Bronze, Omnium

2011

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cali (Colombia)
Gold, Team pursuit
Bronze, Omnium

UEC European Track Championships, Apeldoorn (Holland)
Gold, Team pursuit
Gold, Omnium

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Apeldoorn (Holland)
Gold, Team pursuit

UEC U23 European Track Championships, Portugal
Gold, Team pursuit
Gold, Individual pursuit
Gold, Scratch race

2010

UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships, Italy
Gold, Omnium
Silver, Points race
Silver, Individual pursuit

UEC European Track Championships, Poland
Gold, Team pursuit

GREAT BRITAIN CYCLING TEAM KIT

Great Britain Cycling Team kit