Horne hoping to cement team pursuit spot ahead of Rio 2016

04 November 2014 / 13:47

Ciara Horne admits she is looking to rubberstamp her spot in Great Britain’s women’s team pursuit at the first round of the Track Cycling World Cup in Guadalajara.

The 25-year-old is one of Britain’s rising stars in cycling, having won the European team pursuit title in October alongside world champions Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell.

That outing earned Horne – a former swimmer and triathlete – her first ride for Great Britain at world level after being called up for the first round of the 2014/15 Track Cycling World Cup in Guadalajara, which kicks off on November 7.

And Horne is determined to stay in the mix as she turns her attentions to starring for Team GB at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

"I wasn't in the European qualifier but it was a brilliant opportunity to cheer on my teammates,” said Horne. “I felt very proud watching them qualify first - that was awesome. I see, day in, day out, how much hard work they all put in.

"The following day I was called up for the semi-final and the final. It was a huge opportunity. I came off and I was absolutely buzzing.

"The main goal for me is to try and get a spot at the World Championships for the women's team pursuit and the biggest goal for me is Rio.

“More, than anything I want to be on that start line in the team pursuit. That's a dream goal and I'm going to do everything I can to achieve that.”

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