Danielle Khan relishing chance to test herself against the best at Track Cycling World Cup
Last Updated: 17/01/14 3:32pm
Danielle Khan: The two-time World Junior Champion looking forward to Mexico
Danielle Khan cannot wait to step up to the senior ranks at the season's third and final Track Cycling World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, later this month.
With Britain's places at next month's UCI Track Cycling World Championships already secured, Khan is one of four Academy riders who have been given the opportunity to make their world cup debut.
The two-time junior world champion believes the event, which takes place from January 17-19, will be vital for her development as a rider.
"I have only just come through the junior ranks, so this is going to be my first competition as a senior," Khan told Sky Sports News. "I'm pretty excited for it being at a World Cup and to get to race the big girls.
"It is going to be the best racing and against the best riders there so what more could you want? It's going to be a great opportunity for me to learn and a brilliant experience, so I can't wait."
Khan will join world championship bronze medallist Vicky Williamson in the sprint team in Mexico.
Youngsters keen to make their mark
Williamson believes that regardless of the relative youth of the squad, they will be under pressure to perform.
She said: "There is a certain amount if pressure just because of the name that we have [British Cycling], but the pressure is put on by yourself at the end of the day.
"The coaches don't go in and say you have to go and win or whatever. You just want to go out there and do your best and hopefully you will win with that.
"The track is going to be running really fast. It will be quite a bit faster because of the heat and the humidity and, obviously, it is at altitude as well.
"They all have a massive influence, not so much for the endurance guys, but for sprinters - as you saw in the last World Cup - all the time trial world records were broken. Hopefully there will be some more going."