Gold for Katie Colclough at Cycling World Championships
Cycling star Katie Colclough has claimed her maiden world title.
The former Sleaford Wheeler claimed the gold medal as part of Specialized-Lulumon’s dominant victory in the women’s Team Time Trial at the UCI World Championships in Toscana, Italy.
The 23-year-old from Frieston and her team mates were on superb form to see off the challenge from Rabo Women’s Cycling by a convincing 71 seconds.
It is the second time in two years the team has claimed the title, but it is a first for Colclough.
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“I’m really happy,” said Colclough, who claimed individual bronze at the Great Britain Time Trial championships this summer.
“It was the best feeling. I’ve never won a world title before, so I’m really pleased.
“To do it with these girls who I’ve ridden with for the last three years is really good, they are my best friends.”
Of the 12 teams that lined-up for the race, Colclough’s were one of the few who managed to cross the line with all their riders.
The six of them worked hard over the course and were on top at every check point of the 47.2 kilometre course and averaged a speed of more than 50kph.
“It was hard from the start. We were well drilled though and all the work we’ve done on the track paid off,” said Colclough.
“It’s so nerve wracking in the wait before. But once you are out there you are in the zone it is pretty straight forward, nice straight flat all the way for the first 30k, then we hit the town.
“I don’t think we have lost a time trial in three years. I didn’t ride last year, but coming in to a team that is defending its title is a lot of pressure.”
Colclough’s world championship has not ended their though.
Next up is the chance to play a part for Great Britain team and hopefully help Lizzie Armistead to gold in the Women’s Road Race on Saturday.
Colclough will be riding alongside Olympic silver medallist with Nikki Harris and Lucy Garner.
“I think I’ve got good form, hope I can do a good job for her,” said Colclough.
“It’s a different type of event and course and I think I can do something well for her.”