World champion Elinor Barker confirmed for Six Day London 2017
30 August 2017
Six Day London can now boast not one, but two British individual World Champions after Elinor Barker signed up to race again in 2017.
The world points race champion will ride the women’s omnium – which now sees riders earn vital UCI points – at Six Day London, as well as competing in the exhibition Madison.
Barker joins fellow Olympic and World Champion Katie Archibald in the field, with the pair set to join forces in the first ever women’s Madison to be held at Six Day London.
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The 22-year-old finished seventh in London last year, before going on to win Six Day Amsterdam and take the overall title at the Six Day Series final in Mallorca.
And despite her self-confessed under-par showing at London last year, Barker revealed it was the whole Six Day experience that convinced her to come back.
“London was really, really enjoyable. I enjoyed it almost as a fan, just being able to see how many people enjoy coming to see cycling every night, for six nights,” she said.
“For me it didn’t go so well because it was one of my first races back after the Olympics.
“I’d had a long break, I’d only been back in training for just over a week or so, and I was really feeling it, so it wasn’t my finest performance.
“But I just really, really enjoyed last year’s racing. after the break it was really nice to get back into it in such an exciting event.
“Even though I’d done a Six Day before, it was maybe four or five years before that and it felt like quite a new thing to come into.
“And I just loved it, it was just such an exciting race and the standard was really high – which isn’t rare but it was a very interesting experience to have that in London.”
Barker and Archibald have developed a friendly rivalry since teaming up with Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell Shand to win team pursuit gold at Rio 2016.
Archibald went on to win Six Day London last year, before Barker got her own back in Mallorca.
The following month they each went on to win their maiden individual world titles in Hong Kong, before renewing their rivalry on the roads of Britain this summer.
The pair will be among the favourites for glory at the Lee Valley VeloPark this October, but with the addition of UCI points Barker believes the overall standard will be higher than ever.
“The race being given UCI points means it will attract the biggest and best riders because everybody wants and needs those UCI points to try and qualify for World Cups and for World Championships, so people really want to be there,” she added.
“Every year these Six Day series events are getting bigger and better, there are more races, the prize money is increasing, there are UCI points on offer and it makes it so much more exciting because more and more riders want to be there and race really hard.”
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