Katie Archibald, who was a part of the gold medal winning, world record breaking quartet in the team pursuit at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro strengthens Team WNT’s 2017 roster.
At only 22 years of age, Katie boasts an exceptional palmares, Olympic Champion, World Champion, 8 x European Champion, Commonwealth medallist and multiple National Champion titles to name but a few. A tenacious rider, Archibald is renowned for her attacking racing style which has seen her win 3 rounds of the Matrix Fitness GP Tour Series.
Managing Director, WNT UK Tony Pennington says ‘I am thrilled to welcome Katie to our team, her results speak for themselves at what a talented and remarkable rider she is. We’re privileged to have someone of Katie’s calibre join Team WNT as we step up to UCI level next season.’
We caught up with Katie upon her arriving home from the European Track Championships in Paris this weekend where she won 2 European Titles and a silver medal.
Katie, how did you get into cycling?
Cycling was a family-holiday pursuit and a weekend for the Archibald’s, so obviously I’ve always taken cycling extremely serious. However, I didn’t enter my first race until the summer of 2011, when I raced in a handy-capped grass track race in the highland games which take place all over Scotland. In 2012 I raced on hard, outdoor tracks around the UK and by 2013 I was racing on indoor, wooden boards of Manchester and Glasgow. After getting some good national results I was noticed by the Great Britain Cycling Team in late 2013 and from there on they moulded me into a professional team pursuit rider. A few months later I was a part of the team pursuit winning gold at the world championships.
You’re known predominantly as a track rider, as that’s where you’ve won your gold medals, but you’ve excelled on the road too, tell us more.
Throughout the last three years, I could test myself on the road as well as the track. I’ve ridden the world’s leading women’s stage race, The Women’s Tour twice, I placed 8th on stage 5 in 2015 which I was thrilled about, I’ve also ridden the Commonwealth Games Road Race on my home roads of Glasgow in 2014, I came 5th in the individual time trial and 7th in the road race. I am happy with my modest results in these races but I hope in 2017 with Team WNT it will be a year where I can commit myself to great road racing improvements.
What made you want to ride for Team WNT?
I’m excited to be able to fully experience the professional road scene with Team WNT. My focus of the past season has been track cycling to prepare for the Olympic Team Pursuit (it paid off!) so I hope to benefit from the road racing wisdom of the other riders in the team and the support from all the staff. My focus in 2017 will be to contribute some respectable results whilst I expect to learn a lot in 2017 during what will be a challenging (and so enthralling) next step in my career.