Double Olympic champion Laura Trott admits the British Cycling National Track Championships cannot come soon enough as she switches her attentions from the road to the boards.
Trott has been confirmed on the 237-strong line up for the National Championships, which run from September 25-29 in Manchester and at the same time as the Road World Championships in Italy.
She came public with her opting out of the Road World Championships at the end of August despite a fine season with the Wiggle Honda team, which included victory at the RideLondon Grand Prix.
Instead Trott will concentrate on the track with World Cup events in Manchester and Aguascalientes as well as the European Championships in Apeldoorn before the turn of the year.
Trott will join forces with Joanna Rowsell, Dani King and Elinor Barker on the Wiggle Honda team pursuit squad in Manchester as four riders contest the women’s event over 4000m for the first time.
Along with Hannah Barnes, they will all go head-to-head in the individual endurance events while Jess Varnish and Dannielle Khan will compete in the women’s sprints.
Olympic gold medallists Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Andrew Tennant and Philip Hindes have also been confirmed and Trott is relishing the chance to get the track season up and running.
“I’ve been riding on the road with the Wiggle Honda girls during the road season so I’m looking forward to racing with them on the track again as well as competing against them in the individual events,” she said.
“The British Cycling National Track Championships mark the start of the track season and I can’t wait to get back on the boards and see who is in good shape going into the winter World Cups.
“So many great riders have enjoyed their breakthrough performances at the nationals, the atmosphere lifts you up a notch, so if you’ve never been, you’re missing out.”
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