The long road to Apeldoorn: Katie Archibald column

'I had left school with a plan to spend a year working abroad before going to university, but when the Glasgow velodrome opened I knew I wanted to ride that track, a lot'

Katie Archibald

My first outing in British kit was at the 2013 European track champs, in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. I was an off-programme rider and had gone to Manchester for the two weeks prior to train and trial for the squad. The championships were my third trial. My two previous forays south had gone well and left me enthusiastic for more improvements in my performance, but ultimately I was still an amateur cyclist.

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