British Track Rider of the Year
1. Laura Trott
2. Becky James
3. Joanna Rowsell
British cycling’s golden girl, Laura Trott, showed no signs of slowing in 2013.
Having become a double Olympic champion at London 2012, the 21-year-old has continued to blaze a trail in 2013, forming part of a women’s team pursuit squad which has smashed multiple world records (though Trott sat out of the event in the Mexico World Cup, when Katie Archibald, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Elinor Barker set the latest mark) and added another World Championship rainbow jersey to an ever-expanding collection.
Trott also won omnium silver at the worlds, and team pursuit and omnium gold at the European Championships, as well as no less than four titles (team pursuit, individual pursuit, points race and madison) at the British National Track Championships.
As a result Trott claimed nearly fifty per cent of the vote ahead of Becky James, who became a double world champion (individual sprint and keirin) in 2013, and Joanna Rowsell, who has enjoyed success both on the road and track.
There’s been no shortage of success for women’s track cycling, then, and one RCUK reader called it a “very, very diffidult choice, but Laura has done so well overall and has done so much to heighten women’s cycling profile.”