Next goal for meteoric Archibald is World Cup glory

Katie Archibald after winning silver at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup at Manchester (Getty Images)

Katie Archibald after winning silver at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup at Manchester (Getty Images)

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Former City of Edinburgh cyclist Katie Archibald will continue her meteoric rise in the sport when she lines up for the second leg of the UCI World Cup in Mexico tomorrow.

It is less than two years since her first outing at Meadowbank Velodrome in the colours of Edinburgh Racers. She has gone on to make spectacular progress with a British junior title in 2012, and medal success as a senior earlier this year. That earned her a place at the European Track Championships and she returned from Apeldoorn in Holland as a gold medallist and world record holder in the team pursuit.

Those successes helped secure a contract with professional outfit, Madison Boot Out Breast Cancer Cycling Team, and a place at the British Cycling Academy in Manchester. The 19-year-old contested the opening round of the World Cup at Manchester in the colours of the Braveheart Cycling team, winning medals in the individual pursuit and scratch events.

This weekend she is part of the Great Britain women’s endurance squad in Aguascalientes, where she will link up with Elinor Barker, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott, with tomorrow’s team pursuit and an individual event on the agenda.