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Katie Archibald

Track endurance

Based
Manchester

From
Milngavie, Scotland

Date of birth
12/03/1994

Team
HUUB Wattbike

Scotland’s Archibald was one quarter of the Olympic gold-medal winning British team pursuit team in Rio, and also boasts an impressive collection of world, European and Commonwealth honours.

After a relatively late start to her competitive cycling career, Archibald quickly established herself as one of the world’s leading track endurance riders and became a firm favourite among British cycling fans.

By the time the delayed Olympic Games in Tokyo rolled around in the summer of 2021, she had amassed 50 medals at Olympic and Commonwealth Games, World and European Championships and UCI Track World Cup meetings. Amazingly, 33 of them were gold, most in the team pursuit, but also including titles in the individual pursuit, omnium, Madison, elimination and points races.

Archibald has also produced strong performances, and results, in road racing while brother John is a successful track champion rider. A keen blogger and writer, Archibald has also been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, sharing her humorous views of cycling and life.

Career in numbers

1

Total Olympic Games medals

9

Total UCI Track Cycling World Championships medals

3

Total Commonwealth Games medals

20

Total UEC European Track Championships medals

Biography

Archibald only began her competitive cycling career, in grass track racing, in her native Scotland at the age of 17, having started her sporting career in swimming. But in a little more than two years her talent had been spotted by the Great Britain Cycling Team who added her to their Olympic Development Academy in the autumn of 2013.

Her senior competitive debut came in the 2013 UEC European Track Championships and was a sign of things to come as she won the gold medal in the team pursuit, with Laura Kenny (then Trott), Dani King and Elinor Barker, breaking the world record in the new event twice in the process.

The women’s team pursuit had recently moved to a four-rider event, from three, and extended to 4km, instead of 3km, and that change would prove perfect timing for both Archibald and Great Britain, given her emergence as part of a deep pool of talent. Indeed, over the next three years, Archibald would be part of a Great Britain team that broke the world record on five more occasions, up until the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in which her team broke the mark on all three of their rides on the way to the first Olympic gold of her career.

After her European gold in 2013, the 2013-14 World Cup season got underway with Archibald winning her first medals in the competition while riding for the Scottish Cycling Braveheart Team - a bronze in the individual pursuit and silver in the scratch race - before she returned to the GB team that won gold in the team pursuit at altitude in the round at Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Her GB track commitments for the season ended with her first UCI World Track Championship gold in Cali, Colombia - part of the team pursuit with Kenny, Barker and Jo Rowsell - as she became the first Scottish woman to be crowned a track world champion, still just shy of her 20th birthday.

With her home country very much in mind, Archibald then rode for Scotland at her first Commonwealth Games, on her home Glasgow track, where she won bronze in the points race behind Kenny of England and Wales’s Barker.

Archibald had also been making strides in road racing and came close to medals on the road in the Commonwealth Games - finishing fifth in the individual time trial, just 17 seconds off the podium, and seventh in the road race.

The summer of 2014 had also seen Archibald complete the Women’s Tour in Britain and win silver in the time trial at the British National Road Race Championships at Celtic Manor in Wales, also coming sixth in the road race.

The 2014-15 track season opened with Archibald retaining her team pursuit title - and adding gold in the individual pursuit - in the UEC European Track Championships while picking up more silverware with a first place in the team pursuit in the London round of the UCI Track World Cup.

 Countdown to Rio

Just over a year out from the Rio Olympics, there was a rare defeat for the Great Britain team pursuit riders in the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, where they were beaten by Australia in the final.

Archibald spent a relatively productive month on the road in 2015, recording a top ten finish in a stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour and two sixth placed finishes at the British National Road Race Championships, in the road race and individual time trial.

The track season leading to the Olympics opened with the young Scot in increasingly impressive form, not least in the UEC European Track Championships in Grenchen, Switzerland, in October 2015 where Archibald won three gold medals. As well as victory in the individual pursuit and elimination race, Archibald joined with Kenny, Barker and Rowsell to beat Russia, by overtaking them, in the team pursuit final.

A knee injury limited Archibald’s racing over the winter but, by Rio, she formed an unbeatable team pursuit squad in the Games, teaming with Kenny, Barker and Rowsell to beat the United States, who themselves had broken the GB world record in qualifying, in a new world record of 4:10.236 - more than two seconds faster than the Americans.

Archibald was an Olympic champion and continued her current run of having won at least one gold medal in every UEC European Track Championships between 2013 and 2020, in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in October 2016 where she concentrated on individual events - winning gold in the pursuit and omnium and silver in the elimination race.

Those efforts would see Archibald appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) sun the 2017 New Year Honours list for services to cycling.

Post-Rio, there was also a gold in the Madison, with Manon Lloyd, at the Glasgow round of the UCI Track World Cup in November 2016 despite having broken a bone in her wrist during a crash early in the race, before her development in individual events continued at the 2017 UCI World Track Championships in Hong Kong where she won the second rainbow jersey of her career and her first in an individual event, in the omnium.

The summer of 2017 saw Archibald show her best form to date on the road, riding for Team WNT Pro Cycling, with the Scottish rider on the podium at two stages of the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana and a stage of the Emakumeen Bira, both Spanish stage races.

Archibald also added two top tens in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour before stepping on the podium twice at the British National Road Race Championships with a bronze in the individual time trial and silver in the road race, behind former world champion Lizzie Deignan.

Archibald also enjoyed her most productive UCI Track Cycling World Cup season to date in 2017-18, with four golds and one silver medal over just two meetings, before turning in another dominant display at the UEC European Track Championships in Berlin where there were gold medal rides in the individual pursuit and omnium and a silver in the team pursuit.

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Scotland the brave

The Commonwealth Games beckoned for the proud Scot in 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia, where she did not disappoint with a gold in the individual pursuit and silver - behind Barker - in the points race. Archibald also came close to a road medal in Gold Coast, finishing fourth for Scotland in the individual time trial and 23rd in the road race, the start of a road season which also saw her win her first major road race, the prologue of the BeNe Ladies Tour where she was riding for her team Wiggle High5.

By that point, she had already won her third rainbow jersey on the track, at the 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, in the Madison, pairing with Emily Nelson, and adding a silver in the team pursuit. And, after three more medals on her Glasgow home track at the 2018 UEC European Track Championships - gold in the team pursuit, silver in the individual pursuit and omnium - Archibald enjoyed an even more dominant winter season in the UCI Track World Cup.

In three meetings, in Milton, Canada, Berlin and London, Archibald won six gold medals - three in the team pursuit, two in the Madison and one in the omnium.

As the original Olympic year of 2020 drew closer, Kenny, Archibald, Barker and Ellie Dickinson won silver, behind Australia, in the 2019 World Championships while Evans replaced Barker as the British team went one better later in the year, winning the UEC European Track Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

Archibald also won an individual silver in the Madison and bronze in the individual pursuit before Olympic year dawned with the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin where there was another silver for Archibald, Barker, Dickinson and Evans, finishing behind the USA in the team pursuit.

In a 2020 season disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, Archibald’s only other international championship ride came in the UEC European Track Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria where she took her total of European titles to 14, with wins in the points race and team pursuit.

Palmarès

2020
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Berlin (Germany) team pursuit Silver
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Berlin (Germany) team pursuit Silver
UEC European Track Championships, Plovdiv (Bulgaria) team pursuit Gold
UEC European Track Championships, Plovdiv (Bulgaria) points race Gold
2019
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Pruszkow (Poland) team pursuit Silver
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Pruszkow (Poland) team pursuit Silver
UEC European Track Championships, Apeldoorn (Netherlands) team pursuit Gold
UEC European Track Championships, Apeldoorn (Netherlands) Madison Silver
UEC European Track Championships, Apeldoorn (Netherlands) individual pursuit Bronze
UCI Track World Cup, Glasgow team pursuit Gold
UCI Track World Cup, Glasgow Madison Silver
2018
Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast (Australia) individual pursuit Gold
Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast (Australia) points race Silver
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Apeldoorn (Netherlands) Madison Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Apeldoorn (Netherlands) team pursuit Silver
UEC European Track Championships, Glasgow (UK) team pursuit Gold
UEC European Track Championships, Glasgow (UK) individual pursuit Silver
UEC European Track Championships, Glasgow (UK) omnium Silver
UCI Track World Cup, Milton (Canada) Madison Gold
UCI Track World Cup, Milton (Canada) team pursuit Gold
UCI Track World Cup, Berlin (Germany) team pursuit Gold
UCI Track World Cup, Berlin (Germany) omnium Gold
UCI Track World Cup, London (UK) team pursuit Gold
UCI Track World Cup, London (UK) Madison Gold
2017
UEC European Track Championships, Berlin (Germany) individual pursuit Gold
UEC European Track Championships, Berlin (Germany) omnium Gold
UEC European Track Championships, Berlin (Germany) team pursuit Silver
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Tseung Kwan O (Hong Kong) omnium Gold
UCI Track World Cup, Manchester (UK) team pursuit Gold
UCI Track World Cup, Manchester (UK) omnium Silver
UCI Track World Cup, Manchester (UK) Madison Gold
UCI Track World Cup, Milton (Canada) Madison Gold
UCI Track World Cup, Milton (Canada) points race Gold
2016
Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) team pursuit Gold
UEC European Track Championships, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France) individual pursuit Gold
UEC European Track Championships, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France) omnium Gold
UEC European Track Championships, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France) elimination race Silver
UCI Track World Cup, Glasgow(UK) Madison Gold
2015
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France) team pursuit Silver
UEC Under-23 European Track Championships, Athens (Greece) individual pursuit Silver
UEC European Track Championships, Grenchen (Switzerland) team pursuit Gold
UEC European Track Championships, Grenchen (Switzerland) individual pursuit Gold
UEC European Track Championships, Grenchen (Switzerland) elimination race Gold
UCI Track World Cup, Cali (Colombia) team pursuit Bronze
2014
UEC European Track Championships, Guadaloupe team pursuit Gold
UEC European Track Championships, Guadaloupe individual pursuit Gold
Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (United Kingdom) points race Bronze
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Cali (Colombia) team pursuit Gold
UCI Track World Cup, London (UK) team pursuit Gold
2013
UEC European Track Championships, Apeldoorn (Netherlands) team pursuit Gold
UCI Track World Cup, Manchester (UK) individual pursuit Bronze
UCI Track World Cup, Manchester (UK) scratch race Silver
UCI Track World Cup, Aguascalientes (Mexico) team pursuit Gold