Trott excited by Melbourne Test

28 March 2012 / 17:11

With her usual effervescence, Laura Trott has travelled to Australia laden with excitement and determined to build on her ever-burgeoning reputation.

Trott is not the first teenager to travel Down Under in search of themselves, but the 19-year-old knows her talent better than most and is eager to enhance her reputation at the Track Cycling World Championships, which begins in Melbourne on April 4.

Ordinarily the event marks the end of the track season, but for Trott and the other 15 riders in the Great Britain team, it is about the bigger picture in four months time - the Olympic Games.

"I just want to do it," Trott said. "I'm just excited. I just wish I could go out and do it now."

She will have to wait, but the next time Trott travels to a competition will be for the Olympics, which is 20 minutes by train from her family home in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.

Having learned the lesson of lost baggage on a trip to Colombia in December 2010, when she had to wear Victoria Pendleton's kit, Trott packed her favourite pair of race shoes and a whole set of kit in her hand luggage for her first trip to Australia. Also included was a set of hair straighteners.

Trott is set to ride in the multi-discipline omnium and in the three-woman, three-kilometre team pursuit, an event in which Britain are defending champions and set a world record in winning gold at February's Track World Cup in London.

Trott, champion in Apeldoorn 12 months ago alongside Dani King and Wendy Houvenaghel, added: "I want to win it again. The worlds is the last competition before the Olympics - it would be nice to go into the Olympics being world champion."