The reigning Olympic and recently crowned three-time European champion Katie Archibald, is among the three Scots selected to represent Great Britain at the forthcoming UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Roubaix, France.
Archibald will be reunited with Madison partner from the recent European Championships Neah Evans as the two Scots hope to upgrade their recent European stripes to the rainbow jerseys for World Champion between the 20th and 24th October.
The duo's triumph in Switzerland was part of a magnificant trident of European jerseys that Archibald deservingly won. Evans also rode brilliant to claim Bronze in the Elimination race.
Kick-starting Archibald's medal rush was the Scratch race, her first track race since winning Olympic gold, however it was in the Omnium where Archibald really showed her class, winning the scratch race, tempo race, elimination race and points race, leaving her opposition absolutely helpless as she swept them all to one side to take gold in majestic fashion.
Ali Fielding will join the Tokyo and Grenchen medallists for the Men's Sprint events. Fielding formed part of the Team Sprint trio in Switzerland, which was a fantastic development opportunity, where he showed he was more than up to competing at an elite level, as the squad just missed out on a medal to Poland in the bronze medal ride.
Katie Archibald said:
“I took a short break after Tokyo, but now I'm back to more considered training and really motivated for everything that's to come. It felt good to be racing well at the European championships last week, and our wins have helped settle my nerves about the world championships next week. What a month! Our team for the worlds holds a large amount of youth, but I'm used to being one of the more experienced riders on the squad so I'm hoping I can still keep my cool as the team elder, support my teammates, as well as ride well myself.”
Scottish Cycling's Performance Director David Sommerville said:
“It’s fantastic to see such strong Scottish representation for the upcoming UCI World Track Cycling Championships. Katie and Neah are having an outstanding season and I am sure the will be motivated to add world medals to the Olympic and European equivalents they have already won this season.
“We are also excited to see Ali make his debut at this level - it is sure to provide valuable experience for the Paris cycle ahead. As always, we wish the riders the best of luck and will be sending them all our support.”
A full schedule for events can be found here. The Championships will be available to watch on BBC Two and the BBC Sport Website, iPlayer and the Red Button as well as streamed via Eurosport and GCN+ in the UK.