Cycling Weekly is counting down the top 30 British Riders of the Year thoughout December. The top 10 will be revealed in the December 19 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine.


World team pursuit champion and world record holder

Elinor Barker stepped up from the junior ranks this season – and won her first senior world title in the team pursuit in Minsk, Belarus.

Dave Brailsford had described her performance at the World Cup meeting in Glasgow the previous autumn as one of the most accomplished senior debuts he’d seen.

But there’s no hiding place in the team pursuit, whether it’s a three or a four-rider team. Barker was impressive in Minsk and has quickly established herself as the fourth member of the squad, winning the European Championships in Apeldoorn after riding in both the qualifying ride and the final before lowering the world record to 4-19 on the faster track in Manchester.

Other riders will no doubt have their sights set on forcing their way into the first-choice team but, at the age of 19, Barker has already made an excellent start. As transformations from junior to senior go, the Welsh rider has made the transition look simple.

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Number 15: Dani King

Number 16: Dannielle Khan

Number 17: Katie Archibald

Number 18: Mike Cuming

Number 19: Tao Geoghegan Hart

Number 20: Joanna Rowsell

Number 21: Adam Yates

Number 22: Geraint Thomas

Number 23: Lizzie Armitstead

Number 24: Jason Kenny

Number 25: Evan Oliphant

Number 26: Ian Stannard

Number 27: Kenta Gallagher

Number 28: Emily Kay

Number 29: Owain Doull

Number 30: Katie Colclough