Six Day London champion, Olympic team pursuit champion, world omnium champion – Katie Archibald will bring a lot of bling to the field as she returns to defend her crown at Six Day London 2017.
The 23-year-old Scot is the first woman to be announced for the 2017 field and joins fellow world champion Mark Cavendish on the Six Day London roster.
Six Day London runs from October 24-29, and Archibald will not only be fighting it out for the title of women’s omnium champion when she takes to the boards in four months – but also for valuable UCI points.
As a UCI certified event, this year’s Six Day London women’s omnium will see competitors able to score the vital points that help them qualify for World Cup events – which eventually lead to selection for World Championships and Olympic Games.
The introduction of UCI points is not the other major change to the competition this year, with the schedule also seeing the introduction of a women’s Madison event – matching its recent inclusion in the Olympic track cycling programme.
And Archibald is excited to be back on the boards at the Lee Valley VeloPark, with the crowd cheering her every move.
“It’s fantastic to be back, last year was a fantastic experience – even more so winning it – and I’m very much looking forward to giving it all a go again this year,” said the Team WNT rider.
“One of my abiding memories of Six Day London 2016 was my ringing ears on the car ride home.
“We don’t get a lot of chances to go out clubbing when we’ve got training so it was a weird mix to have the two there together, but it was fantastic.”
Archibald will race wearing the rainbow jersey of world omnium champion, and stressed the value of UCI points being on offer at Six Day London.
“To have UCI points is really important,” she added. “We wanted it because it helps us qualify for the World Cup and makes it easier for the event to entice the bigger riders because they can come and get the race experience, while also having everything linking in.
“You have the ticket that says some of the Australian or Italian riders, teams we’ve not seen at London before, can come because they know there are points available.
“It’s what you turn up on the start line to do, they want to beat you and you want to beat them.”
The introduction of the Madison, a favourite race of the Scot, it another big draw for her.
Archibald won the first ever women’s Madison race at UCI level last year when she crashed, but got up to win the event alongside Manon Lloyd at the Glasgow World Cup, last year – only to find out she had fractured her wrist in the crash.
And she is keen for the London race not to be a one off.
“Now it’s an Olympic event, people will start to up their game and that will increase the depth of the event and make it more competitive,” she concluded.
“Hopefully it will be there through the whole Six Day Series and we can have some rivalries back and forth.”