Megan Barker eyeing wins at first Six Day London
03 September 2018
As the sibling of a former Six Day Series winner, Megan Barker need look no further than sister Elinor for advice as she prepares for her first event in London.
The 21-year-old will make her debut at Six Day London after missing out on the race’s last edition due to injury.
Elinor was crowned 2017 champion after victory in Mallorca but remarkably, with Six Day London now less than two months away, the younger Barker sibling is still yet to enquire after tips.
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“I haven’t asked her yet but I will be,” she said.
“She really enjoyed doing Six Days and racing all over the place and getting the win – I’m sure she enjoyed that part, so it’d be cool to do the same thing.
“I haven’t really seen what other riders will be there this year, but [I’m sure it will be] fast.”
Megan has enjoyed a real breakout year – the most successful of her career thus far – as she got her first win in the Tour Series in Motherwell, and then quickly followed it up with a second in Redditch.
And she has just recently returned from the U23 European Track Championships with three medals – silvers in the team pursuit and the Madison, and bronze in the omnium, which proved something of a relief.
“I was really nervous – I went in with quite high hopes, so it was a relief when I medalled in the events I targeted,” she continued.
“I probably could’ve enjoyed it more. I was just a bit nervous.
“When it’s your target for the year – I’ve done a lot of races this year, a lot more than I have done in previous years – this was always the end goal of it, so I guess it was a few months’ work bubbled up into this nervous thing. I think it helped me focus.
“I think it’s really helped with my fitness this year. With every race, I do I get a bit more confident with riding in a bunch and cornering, so every time I race, I just feel like I’m getting better. The more I race, the better I am.”
Barker will ride the Madison again in London, a discipline in which she is growing in confidence every time she lines up on the track.
And while she is by no means expecting to repeat her sister’s feats in first Amsterdam and then Mallorca, Barker is heading into London with targets of her own.
“The Madison is always good for ladies to race because it is going to be in the Olympics now, so the more events that have a women’s Madison, the better,” she added.
“I raced it at the Euros and it was a bit of an overwhelming race to be in, so I think it’s good to do that. And then the individual events; I’ll just give them my best shot.
“I’d like to get a few wins if possible. There’s quite a few races each night, so there’s more chances. I’d hope for some wins.”
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