Dani King shifts focus to Olympic road race but relishes track return at Six Day
After her Olympic track hopes were dashed by injury in 2015, Dani King will focus 100 per cent on the road next season, with the Rio road race on her radar
Dani King at the Redditch Tour Series event (Andy Jones)
By Pippa Field/Sportsbeat
The contrast between the last 12 months and the prospects for the year ahead could not be starker for Olympic champion Dani King1. Team pursuit gold medallist back at London 2012, King s world was thrown upside down last November when she suffered a life threatening training crash2 that left her with eight broken ribs, a punctured lung and a bruised liver. The 24-year-old has already signalled her intention to spend 2015 riding on the road3 for Wiggle-Honda before returning to the track in time for Rio 2016.
With this in mind she focused her efforts on getting back into racing shape at the start of the year before spending a month back on the track in July. It was at this point that her Olympic track dreams were shattered though as British Cycling advised her to concentrate on the Rio road race4, and she was consequently left out of their track plans for Rio 2016. As a result, King s target is now on securing a place on the team for the Olympic road race, and earlier this month she re-signed to Wiggle-Honda for another 12 months.
Results are already looking promising for King and her team who missed out on a podium finish in the team time trial at the recent World Championships in Richmond5. Throw in getting engaged to long term partner and fellow cyclist Matt Rowe this week and King admits things are firmly looking up.
It s been really positive couple of weeks for me. I m in a really good place at the minute and I m looking forward to getting back out there and turn all my attentions to trying to make the team for next year, she said.
To be honest I ve not yet put in a full season on the road so for next year I will be 100 per cent focused on that and knowing exactly what my goal is.
I had some good results this year but that was without a full season of training so going at it 100 per cent next year, I m really looking forward to seeing what I can do with Wiggle Honda.
I was really pleased with being so close to the podium at the Worlds. If you had said that to us a week before the Championships, we would have taken that.
We had not much preparation so it bodes well for the future, when we are going to be focusing on things a lot more.
Laura Trott and Dani King, Women s Tour 2015, stage two
While a full season on the road lies in the way for King, she will however return briefly to the boards next month for Six Day London6. Featuring the world s best riders, it promise to be a packed programme of events at Lee Valley VeloPark from October 18-23 and King admits she can t wait to return to the scene of her London 2012 triumph.
With being a track cyclist I had heard about six day racing but I had never heard of the UK having a Six Day competition.
I thought it would be a nice event to go and watch.
And then when I heard it was going to be held in London and that there was women s racing too I got in touch to see if I could ride.
Every time I go to the Olympic velodrome it gives me Goosebumps.
It s a big factor in why I wanted to compete in Six Day London, as it s just such a special place.
Come and see the world s best track cyclists in action and be part of an electric party atmosphere at London s Olympic Velodrome.
- ^ Show us your scars #7: Dani King (video) (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ Dani King feared the worst after training ride crash, says father (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ Dani King to focus on road for 2015 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ UCI confirm Rio 2016 Olympic Road Race and Time Trial courses (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ BMC retain Worlds team time trial title ahead of Etixx-Quick Step (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ London to host six-day track meeting in October (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ It would be great to see Froome on the track, says Merckx (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
- ^ www.sixday.com (www.sixday.com)