'You have to be smart & you have to be strong, you can’t be one or the other': Why 2018 was Katie Archibald's year

As well as penning a weekly CW column, Archibald has also found the time this year to etch her name onto the list of British cycling greats

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Katie Archibald was selected as Female Rider of the Year 2018 in association with British Cycling at the Cycling Weekly Awards 2018

Competitor. If there’s one word to sum up Katie Archibald’s style on the bike it’d probably be that. A self-confessed training-phobe, the Scot is never better than when there’s a gun and a finish line. It’s a characteristic she has attributed to her father’s unyielding attitude to games when she was young — no wins came for free. The Olympic and world champion is getting her own back now though.

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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.