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 14: ELINOR BARKER
World team pursuit champion and world record holder
Elinor Barker stepped up from the junior ranks this season – and won her first senior world title in the team pursuit in Minsk, Belarus.
Dave Brailsford had described her performance at the World Cup meeting in Glasgow the previous autumn as one of the most accomplished senior debuts he’d seen.
But there’s no hiding place in the team pursuit, whether it’s a three or a four-rider team. Barker was impressive in Minsk and has quickly established herself as the fourth member of the squad, winning the European Championships in Apeldoorn after riding in both the qualifying ride and the final before lowering the world record to 4-19 on the faster track in Manchester.
Other riders will no doubt have their sights set on forcing their way into the first-choice team but, at the age of 19, Barker has already made an excellent start. As transformations from junior to senior go, the Welsh rider has made the transition look simple.
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