Olympic star Laura Trott undecided on 2017 World Track Championships fate
PUBLISHED: 10:24 16 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:29 16 September 2016
Laura Trott admits she is itching to get back on her bike, although she isn’t prepared to commit to defending her world titles in Hong Kong just yet.
Former Welwyn Wheeler Trott successfully defended her team pursuit and omnium titles from London 2012 last month in Rio, becoming Great Britain’s most successful female Olympian in the process.
This alone would have guaranteed her to be highly sought after upon her return to these shores, but add in the fact that her fiancé Jason Kenny also won three Rio 2016 gold medals – to take their combined tally of Olympic titles into double figures – and her phone hasn’t stopped ringing.
But while she has been enjoying her time in the limelight as one half of cycling’s golden couple, Trott hasn’t been able to stay away from her bike.
The 24-year-old has already snuck in a few training runs and while she is targeting November 1 as her first serious session, she isn’t about to guarantee she will take to the start line for the 2017 World Track Championships in Hong Kong in April, despite being afforded an entry as the reigning scratch and omnium champion.
“I can’t wait to get back to it and I think I am actually addicted to it as I have already been out doing a few rides. I find it hard not to get out there training because that is what I have been used to for all these years,” said Trott, who also won team pursuit bronze at the 2016 World Championships in London.
“It’s been great to do these things that we have been able to do off the back of Rio, like the other day we had lunch with Elton John which was mental.
“But cycling is really all I have ever known so it is hard to completely put it to one side which is why I have been out on the bike a fair bit.
“But I won’t properly commit until November 1, that is when I will seriously get back to it and get back to training and see where I am.
“That will give me six months to get ready for the World Championships in Hong Kong which is longer than I would normally have because they are usually in February but this year they are in April.
“But I am still not 100 per cent committed to them yet because I don’t know what kind of form and shape I will be in for them.
“I don’t want to do a half-hearted attempt at it and if I do them then I want to give them my all, I don’t want to give anything less than 100 per cent.
“As defending champion I get a place automatically but I don’t want to take the place of someone else and not give it my all because the British team is so strong.
“I don’t just want to think I am taking the place because it is there, I want to earn it and deserve it so we will have to wait and see.”
Trott was speaking ahead of the first round of this year’s Revolution Series in Manchester on Saturday, now in its 14th season and having undergone a whole host of exciting changes to make it bigger and better than ever, most notably the creation of a new Champions League.
Another change sees the 2016 season of the Revolution Series being the first to include the newly-formatted Elite Women’s Championship, and Trott can’t wait to get involved after heading to the National Cycling Centre this weekend to sign autographs and meet and greet the supporting public.
“As a kid the Revolution Series for me was absolutely huge. That is the first major event I went to and the first time I actually competed in front of a large crowd,” she added.
“The Revolution Series really made an impact on me and it is great that it is now in its 14th season and is getting bigger all the time.
“And the great thing about it now is that for us women we now have an event all for us which is brilliant.
“Before we used to rock up on the day and race but it didn’t actually count towards anything.
“But now it does and it counts to something which is brilliant for our sport. I am starting on the back foot sitting this first one out but I will be back and raring to go.”
See Team GB’s Olympic heroes go head-to-head in the Revolution Track Cycling Series, Manchester, tomorrow (Saturday).
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