How to: Elinor Barker’s track cycling tips

Team pursuit world champion shares advice on getting started, training and stepping it up

Welsh wonder Elinor Barker is one of the rising stars of British cycle sport after her almost seamless transition into the senior women’s team pursuit squad.

Having burst onto the world scene with an unexpected team pursuit debut at the UCI Track World Cup, Barker, who also rides for the Team USN track trade team, followed it with a crucial role in Great Britain’s world championship success in Minsk, Belarus, in February.

Elinor Barker, second right, joins her team pursuit team-mates on yet another podium (pic: Alex Whitehead/

Now clad in the rainbow stripes, Barker and her team-mates, Jo Rowsell, Laura Trott and Dani King, have smashed world record after world record since the discipline was altered to four riders over four kilometres.

Alongside Katie Archibald the girls form arguably one of the most fearsome squads in world sport.

So it is fair to say, 19-year-old Barker knows a thing or two about track cycling (as well as being a former world junior time trial champion on the road).

If you want to get involved with track racing, or have just always wondered what it takes to make the grade on the boards, check out Elinor’s track tips over the following pages.

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