Elinor Barker broke into the Great Britain team pursuit squad when she was still a teenager and at a time when the demands of the event changed dramatically, going from three riders racing 3,000 metres to four riders over 4,000 metres.
But the Welsh rider staked her claim for a place in the team and is now an established part of the quartet.
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Barker won her second world team pursuit title in Cali, Colombia, in the spring, alongside Laura Trott, Katie Archibald and Joanna Rowsell.
Although the young, talented Australian squad are improving, the British team are still the best in the world and after the London World Cup some were asking whether the women’s team pursuit line-up is the top-performing British team in world sport.
Add to that a silver medal in the points race and a bronze in the scratch race at the Commonwealth Games and it’s been a fine year for the 20-year-old.
We will be counting down the 20 best British riders of 2014 throughout December, with the top 10 published in the December 18 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine