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Archibald relishing ‘super cool’ Schmidt matchup as Europeans gear up for Brisbane battle

08 April 2019

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Six Day Brisbane presents Katie Archibald with a truly unique opportunity in her eyes – the chance to race alongside Denmark’s Trine Schmidt.

The pair will take to the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane looking to form a European dream team and leave the home riders in their wake.

It is a formidable pairing combining Olympic gold medallist Archibald, 25, with Six Day veteran Schmidt – already a winner at Six Day Berlin earlier in the 2018/19 series.

They will join forces for the Madison and team elimination, and the Scot is relishing how the event removes the traditional track racing format which tends to keep riders from different countries apart.

“Teaming up with Trine Schmidt is a super cool opportunity,” she said.

“It’s not often on the track you get to be teammates with other nations. Track tends to keep people competing with their home countries so that is something I am excited for. 

“It’s interesting with Manchester rounds it was the cream of the crop from Great Britain. This time there will be the depth with the Aussies.

“I feel I know the Australian girls and expect they will be looking to get stuck in – knocking bells out of each other as well as the foreign riders.”

The velodrome in Brisbane, hosting Six Day from April 12 to 14, is one well known to Archibald.

The event is almost exactly a year after she won a gold in the individual pursuit and silver in the points race at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

But both of those came representing Team Scotland and surrounded by fellow British riders – a luxury she does not have for Six Day.

“It will be strange because all my memories there are attached to Team Scotland,” Archibald said.

“That’s one big thing which comes around every four years. It will be a totally different atmosphere racing against people from across the world and not just the Commonwealth.

“I had forgotten how hot Australia can be. That’s my last memory of going to the Gold Coast.”

Last time out, in Manchester, Archibald did not have to worry about hot weather – but was able to shine on home boards.

She beat out compatriot Laura Kenny to take the gold in front of a rapturous home crowd, a knowledgeable and appreciative fanbase that even the best riders benefit from.

Archibald is expecting a similar level of partisanship from the Australian crowd for their riders and she knows the cycling fans down under know how to create a high-octane atmosphere.

“I raced in Australia for the Commonwealth Games and I remember a big and raucous crowd,” she added.

“That was something special but it would never be the same as racing at home. The support of a home crowd is something you can’t replicate.

“I remember the crowds in Rio when we went to watch some of the volleyball and athletics at the Olympics – that was a crowd you did not want to beat a Brazilian because they would turn on you. 

“My experience of Australia was not like that so I expect it to be good fun for everybody.”


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