'Just let me finish...': Katie Archibald column

'I just did my first road race of the season. I got dropped a lot but I got cheered on a lot more'

The best year I've ever had on the road was in 2017. After the 2016 Games my plan was to do all the fun bits of cycling all the time, so I raced a bunch that whole winter and did a big road season the following summer.

The Track Worlds weren't until mid-April, which would usually mean my road season wouldn't start until after that, but since I wasn't doing team pursuit prep I started racing road in March. I won the omnium at that Worlds, and for a few months afterwards it felt like nothing could go wrong.

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