Katie Archibald arrives as first among equals and leads a stellar line-up of Elite Women to take to the track at Phynova Six Day London 2019.
The series returns to the Lee Valley Velodrome for the fifth consecutive year with a British female contingent laced with medal winners at last week’s European Track Championships.
Olympic champions Laura Kenny and Elinor Barker, team pursuit gold medallists at Rio 2016, will pair up with Barker aiming to replicate the form that saw her crowned Six Day champion in 2017.
Kenny, who is the most decorated female track cyclist in the history of the Olympic Games, made her debut in the series at the inaugural Six Day Manchester and can’t wait to compete alongside Barker.
“I love Six Day and can’t wait to compete in London,” Kenny said.
“There’s just nothing like it in the racing calendar, with the music, lights and fans creating the most amazing atmosphere.
“Being paired with Elinor again will be great fun, and we definitely know how to bring the best out of each other, like we did at the 2016 Olympics.
“We’re great friends, but also big rivals, so will be challenging each other to perform and hopefully bring home the gold for the UK fans.”
Recently-crowned scratch race European champion Emily Nelson will be joined by Manon Lloyd but it is Archibald whose Six Day records stands on its own.
The Scottish rider will be partnered by Neah Evans, victorious at last season’s Six Day Hong Kong after she pipping Nelson to the title by two points.
Archibald won the overall crown last season following wins in Manchester and at the Six Day final in Brisbane last April.
The 25-year-old boasts the most wins and podium finishes of the elite women across the series with 13 and 17 respectively. Her tenacity is spoken of in glowing terms by rivals and partners alike.
Teams from all over the world will compete in a hotly-contested field with Australian duo Ruby Roseman-Gannon and Nicola Macdonald hoping to rival the host nation.
Ireland is well represented with Alice Sharpe and Emily Kay riding, as well as Shannon McCurley and Mia Griffin while former world scratch race champion Rachele Barbieri lines up with Simona Frapporti in Italian colours.
Tamara Dronova, who won bronze in the individual pursuit at the 2019 European Games, will team up with multiple UCI track world cup medallist Maria Averina.
The programme sees the elite women take part in an omnium on Friday 25th, the Madison and Team Elimination on Saturday 26th, and the 20km Madison and 10km Scratch race on Sunday 27th.