Cycling Weekly is counting down the top 30 British Riders of the Year thoughout December. The top 10 will be revealed in the December 19 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine.
NUMBER 15: DANI KING
World team pursuit champion and world record holder
It’s easy to forget that Dani King only staked her claim for a place in the Great Britain team pursuit line-up in 2011 and only truly secured that at the World Championships a few months before the Olympics. Now she is a fixture in the line-up, alongside Laura Trott and Jo Rowsell.
King was part of the world record breaking three-strong team that has now stepped up to set and then lower the world record now the event is contested by four riders per team.
The question now is how low they can go. The world record is already 4-19 but the team will have their sights on shaving another handful of seconds off that before they get to Rio for the 2016 Olympics.
Although there are some strong riders emerging from the junior ranks, and the prospect of Katie Archibald challenging for a place, King’s importance to the squad must not be underestimated.
Her focus has been strongly on the track but she also completed a good road season – taking the bronze medal in the road race at the National Championships in Glasgow.
British Riders of the Year 2013: Related links
NUmber 16: Dannielle Khan
Number 17: Katie Archibald
Number 18: Mike Cuming
Number 19: Tao Geoghegan Hart
Number 20: Joanna Rowsell
Number 21: Adam Yates
Number 22: Geraint Thomas
Number 23: Lizzie Armitstead
Number 24: Jason Kenny
Number 25: Evan Oliphant
Number 26: Ian Stannard
Number 27: Kenta Gallagher
Number 28: Emily Kay
Number 29: Owain Doull
Number 30: Katie Colclough