Archibald praises women's track talent ahead of National Championships
Katie Archibald has heaped praise on the strength in depth in women's track cycling in Britain as she looks to defend her hat-trick of titles at the National Championships.
The flying Scot has consistently proven herself to be among the world's best, becoming omnium world champion earlier in 2017 to secure her third world title.
Add that to Rio 2016 Olympic gold, ten European crowns, a Commonwealth medal and numerous domestic titles, and it's fair to say Archibald's success is unparalleled.
But ahead of next month's National Championships, where Archibald is bidding to retain her individual pursuit, points and scratch race titles, she insists these feats are not just down to her own display.
Instead, the 23-year-old feels it is the competition around her that has brought about her best, expecting that to continue on the Manchester boards.
"There's really tough competition in every event – the strength in depth when it comes to female track racing in this country is outstanding – so it'll be a big challenge to defend all three titles, but it's one I'm looking forward to," she said.
"It's always a privilege to wear the national champion's jersey, and to win three titles last January was a great way to start what turned out to be a fantastic year on the track.
"The atmosphere at last year's championships was fantastic.
"This year we're coming off the back of the Manchester round of the UCI TISSOT Track World Cup, where the home crowd was a huge factor in us performing so well, so it'll be great to get out on the same track in front of full houses again."