‘I want to entertain people’ – Archibald on ‘privilege’ of UCI Track Champions League

Katie Archibald told Orla Chennaoui that she wants to entertain people at the prestigious UCI Track Champions League.

The 27-year-old was an Olympic gold medallist in the team pursuit in 2016 and the Madison in 2020, and told Chennaoui that she was looking forward to the prestige of the event.






“I’m looking forward to the prestige of something like this,” began Archibald.

I’m really looking forward to being on the television if I’m totally honest, and having people excited about track cycling.

Coverage of the inaugural UCI Track Champions League season on Discovery platforms across Europe will feature some of the most distinguished names in the sport. discovery+*, Eurosport, Eurosport.com (premium subscribers) and GCN+ will broadcast live coverage from each of the five rounds of the brand news series set to feature 72 of the best track cyclists in the world.

Pan-European coverage of the UCI Track Champions League reads as a ‘who’s-who’ in the world of track cycling with a raft of Olympic medallists and world champions part of Discovery’s unrivalled team of experts. The highly-respected Chennaoui will front each round with six-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy and double Olympic gold medallist Kristina Vogel offering their expert analysis to millions of cycling fans worldwide throughout the three hours of live coverage.

Laura Kenny and Jason Kenny – the most decorated Olympic couple in track cycling history with an astonishing 12 gold medals between them – will be at the velodrome for each round behind the microphone offering their insights as the drama unfolds throughout the evening.

And Archibald added that competing at the event felt like a privilege and that she intended to entertain at the season’s curtain-raiser.

“It feels like such a privilege to be here and I hope that it [the Track Champions League] takes off and that we prove ourselves with some fast racing.

“Because that’s what sport is: it’s entertainment. I want to entertain people. And that means I get to have a lot of fun racing, but it’s what I would love to watch as well.

And so, yeah, to be, you know, part of the party.

Discovery’s coverage of the series won’t be limited to the live action in the velodrome with Eurosport’s weekly programme – The Cycling Show – previewing upcoming events and looking back at the best of the UCI Track Champions League while Eurosport.com will offer the latest news and views from the exciting new concept. In addition to the analysis via dedicated cycling platform, Global Cycling Network, Discovery will ensure fans have a full 360-degree vantage point of the UCI Track Champions League with every key story from every round told.


The 2021 series takes place over five rounds across four countries

Round 1: Mallorca, Spain – Saturday 6 November

Round 2: Panevezys, Lithuania – Saturday 27 November

Round 3: London, UK – Friday 3 December

Round 4: London, UK – Saturday 4 December

Round 5: Tel Aviv, Israel – Saturday 11 December

*discovery+ is available in Denmark, Finland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom.

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