Cycling Weekly Awards: Katie Archibald wins Female Rider of the Year Award

A phenomenal season sees Archibald walk away with our Female Rider of the Year Award - and some huge ambitions for the future

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It’s late 2014 and 20-year-old blue-haired Katie Archibald is writing in one of her many journals. This one asks her a question each day, things like who are you closest too? Or what’s your salary? You repeat it every year to create a record of your changing relationships, status and ambitions.

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.