The anticipation for the upcoming European Championships has reached a fever pitch. But this anticipation comes with a sudden twist. Katie Archibald, a two-time Olympic champion, has decided to continue her race on a different track.  While Archibald’s decision is bound to raise a few eyebrows, her absence would on the other hand open the stage for a powerhouse, the Great Britain Cycling Team at the European Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. This sudden strategic ripple is about to send shockwaves through the cycling community.

As the curtain rises, the GBCT’s pursuit of Olympic qualification and such an unexpected decision is soon to unfold a narrative that transcends the boundaries of the velodrome.

Katie Archibald’s bold choice and Team GB’s dominance at European Championships


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Breaking away from the norm, Kate Archibald has decided to take a calculated step back. Although she holds an ever impressive record of 20 European titles she is sidelining herself from the European Track Championships. The 29-year-old cyclist has earned her 18th, 19th, and 20th European titles in 2022. But in the upcoming race in the Netherlands which has been scheduled for January 10, Archibald will not be a part of the GBCT team. 

The Great Britain Cycling Team (GBCT) has recently unveiled this surprising move. A press contact shared that Kate Archibald would now be primarily focussing on the UCI Nations Cup events in the first half of 2024. Before the 2024 Olympics which is soon to be held in August, three rounds of the Nations Cup are supposed to be taking place. Each of the three rounds will carry more qualifying points than the European Championship.

In 2023, at the UCI Track Champions League, Katie Archibald shared that the “big one” would be the Nations Cup round which is to be held in Adelaide, Australia. The event is to be staged for 2-4 February. She would also then compete in another round in April in Milton, Canada.

Jon Norfolk in a press release shared, The track squad enters 2024 with strong momentum from the previous season which saw nine world and 12 European medals won, and I’m excited to see what a good block of winter training produces out in Apeldoorn” He further added, “There is real strength and depth in our current track squad, and the European championships will provide good competition experience as well as an opportunity for riders to showcase their abilities as we head towards Olympic selection”

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Champions, comebacks, and Olympic dreams at the European Championship


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The European Championship is to be held from January 10 in the Netherlands at the Omnisport Velodrome in Apeldoorn.

The women’s endurance squad, featuring world champions Anna Morris, Josie Knight, Meg Barker, Neah Evans, Elinor Barker, Sophie Lewis, and Jess Roberts, promises a thrilling display of strength. On the men’s side, Ineos Grenadiers rider Ethan Hayter makes a comeback, joining forces with former team pursuit world champions Ollie Wood, Dan Bigham, and Ethan Vernon. They are aiming to score the qualifying points for the Olympics after the setback in the 2023 World Championship. 

This unexpected twist in the events will lead to a lot of speculation. Fans and cycling enthusiasts would be left eager to decipher the consequences of this unpredictable decision.


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