Published: 10 April 2014
Written by: Rebecca Ransom
Images: Luke Webber
Monday 14 April will see the countdown to Glasgow 2014 reach the milestone of 100 days to go and the excitement is building across Wales as the Games grow closer.
In just a few weeks, the Queen’s Baton Relay will touch down in Wales. On Saturday 24 May it will embark on a 7-day tour of the principality with a host of activities organised at each destination, bringing Glasgow 2014 to you.
Welsh cyclist Elinor Barker is hoping to be part of Team Wales this summer. She shares her excitement at the opportunity to represent Wales on both the track and road in Scotland, as the countdown to Glasgow continues.
“Putting on Welsh kit means everything to me. It’s really special to be able to compete for your country, and I’m really looking forward to hopefully having that opportunity this summer.
Wales is a really close knit team and so it’s nice to come home. All the coaches and staff are focussed while still managing to be fairly chilled out which is very helpful as an athlete.”
Earlier this year, Elinor secured her second world title on the track in the Women’s Team Pursuit alongside Great Britain’s Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell and Katie Archibald. Now on the road with women’s pro cycling team Wiggle-Honda, she’s proved herself competitive in both disciplines.
“Glasgow has been a big aim for me for a long time. To be selected and then to compete at the Games are some of my biggest goals for 2014.
If I am selected to compete in Glasgow this summer, I will be training with the track as my main focus and will do my best for Team Wales. I’d also love to compete on the road, and if the support is anything like it was at road nationals in Glasgow city centre last year, it will be amazing!”
“Winning motivates me more than anything as an athlete! I like a challenge, and being able to give my all for the team.”