City of Edinburgh cyclist Katie Archibald rounded off an exceptional first experience of global competition when she took 15th spot in the women’s 20 kilometre points race at the UCI Track World Cup in Manchester yesterday.
The 19-year-old, racing for the trade team, Braveheart Cycling, has made spectacular progress in the short time since sampling track cycling with the Edinburgh Racers kids club only three years ago. She featured in the world record-breaking Great Britain squad at last month’s European Championships. Her recent performances have secured a contract with the Boot Out Breast Cancer team next year, when she will also compete at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
She marked her World Cup debut with a silver medal in Friday’s scratch race, and doubled her medal haul in Saturday’s 3k individual pursuit. Archibald posted a personal best when she was third quickest in qualifying. In the face of an aggressive start by Poland’s Eugenia Bujak in the bronze medal decider, she reeled in her rival and secured third spot in another new personal best time of 3 minutes 37.093 seconds.