Navigation:
Home » Great Britain Cycling Team

Katie Archibald

Track endurance

Based
Manchester

From
Milngavie, Scotland

Date of birth
12/03/1994

Team
Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International

Swimming’s loss was cycling’s gain as far as Katie Archibald is concerned with the track rider having turned her back on the pool, switching to two wheels at the relatively mature age of 17, first turning her considerable skills to the world of grass track racing before becoming a 2016 Olympic champion in the team pursuit.

The Scottish-based rider converted to the velodrome at the age of 18 and such was her remarkable progress, that within a year she had claimed team pursuit gold medals in both the 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Aguascalientes, Mexico, and the 2013 UEC European Track Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. A serious injury, late in 2015, ruled Archibald out of the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in London although she returned in time to earn selection for the summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.

Career in numbers

1

Total Commonwealth Games medals

2

Total UCI Track Cycling World Championships medals

6

Total UEC European Track Championships medals

1

Total Olympic Games medals

Biography

After making the switch to track cycling, Archibald first caught the attention of the Great Britain Cycling Team coaches at the 2013 British National Track Championships when she took the bronze medal in the individual pursuit, behind established stars Laura Trott and Dani King.

That was enough to earn her a place on the team pursuit squad for the 2013 UEC European Track Championships as the British adapted impressively to the new, four-rider, four-kilometre format introduced after the 2012 London Olympics; the Great Britain women breaking the world record in both qualifying and finals on the way to the gold medal.

Archibald’s development continued in two UCI Track Cycling World Cups later that year in which she won a silver in the scratch and bronze in the individual pursuit in the Manchester round and gold in the team pursuit in Aguascalientes, Mexico, where the Great Britain foursome again broke world records in both qualifying and finals.

A team pursuit world championship title was now in Archibald’s sights and it duly arrived, in Cali, Colombia in early 2014, when she won a rainbow jersey along with team mates Trott, Joanna Rowsell Shand and Elinor Barker, a victory that capped a meteoric rise for the young rider who was still two weeks short of her 20th birthday and made her Scotland’s first female track cycling world champion.

Archibald had only been officially accepted onto the Senior Academy a few months earlier, in November 2013 after spending the 2012-13 season working as a telesales operator in her family’s business.

Gold rush

Further success followed quickly throughout 2014 with team pursuit golds in UCI Track Cycling World Cup meetings in London and Guadalajara, Mexico; a powerful double-gold medal winning performance, in team and individual pursuit, at the UEC European Track Championships in Guadeloupe and success in a new event in taking a bronze medal while representing Scotland in the points race at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The move to being a full-time professional, with the Madison Boot Out Breast Cancer Cycling Team, also saw Archibald compiling success on the domestic road scene although there was a first defeat in the new four-rider format for the team pursuit squad, at the 2015 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Paris where Great Britain took silver behind an Australian team that also broke the world record.

There were numerous consolations throughout the year, however, especially at the UEC European Track Championships in Grenchen, Switzerland, where Archibald won three gold medals, successfully defending her titles at the individual and team pursuit while adding the elimination race for good measure.

There was also a remarkable ride at the 2015 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Cali, Colombia, where the trio of Archibald, Roswell Shand and Ciara Horne won a bronze medal in the team pursuit, beating China’s four riders with only three competitors, after Barker was forced to withdraw on the opening lap because of illness.

By the start of 2016, Archibald’s team, now Podium Ambition, had been accepted onto the UCI Women’s World Tour with the Scot riding alongside Great Britain Cycling Team colleagues Dame Sarah Storey and Rowsell Shand. However, the year did not start well for Archibald with an accident leaving her with injured knee ligaments that sidelined her for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in London in March.

Her battle for fitness in early 2016 was long and hard but, by the time of the Rio Olympics, she had firmly re-established herself in the women’s team pursuit team that broke the world record on each of their three rides, eventually winning gold from the USA in a final time of 4:10.236.

GREAT BRITAIN CYCLING TEAM KIT

Great Britain Cycling Team kit

Katie Archiebald
Katie Archiebald

Palmarès

2016
Olympic Games , Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Team pursuit Gold
2015
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , Paris (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 Cycling World Cup , Cali (Colombia) Team pursuit Bronze
2014
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , London (UK) Team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Guadalajara (Mexico) Team pursuit (qualifying ride) Gold
UEC European Track Championships , Guadaloupe Team pursuit Gold
UEC European Track Championships , Guadaloupe Individual pursuit Gold
Commonwealth Games , Glasgow (UK) Points race Bronze
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , Cali (Colombia) Team pursuit Gold
2013
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Manchester (UK) Scratch (riding for Braveheart) Silver
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Manchester (UK) Individual pursuit (riding for Braveheart) Bronze
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Aguascalientes (Mexico) Team pursuit Gold
UEC European Track Championships 2012/13 , Apeldoorn (Holland) Team pursuit Gold