Last Updated: February 15, 2012 11:40am
Laura Trott: Will feel close to home at the Olympic Velodrome
Laura Trott says she will feel right at home when she takes to the track at the Olympic test event in London this week.
The 19-year-old has been named as part of a 16-rider team for the Track World Cup event at the Olympic Velodrome and is expected to ride in the team pursuit and omnium.
Although she is now based at British Cycling headquarters in Manchester, Trott's family home lies just outside London in Cheshunt and she says she will feel right at home at the Velodrome.
"It is only 20 minutes to my house on the train, so it will be like going from home to home," Trott said.
"I have been there once already. We went down there for three days just before Christmas and it is a really nice track, especially for the team pursuit.
"I think it will be quick because it is really nice to ride, dead smooth because it is new.
"Obviously it changes after people have been on it and gets ridden in more, so it will be good to go and see it now and what it is like compared to when I rode on it before."
It was confirmed on Tuesday that Trott will ride alongside Wendy Houvenaghel and Joanna Rowsell in the three-woman, three-kilometre team pursuit at the World Cup event.
They are the survivors from an original dozen hopefuls, with relative newcomer Trott ultimately making the cut ahead of the likes of Olympic champions Rebecca Romero and Nicole Cooke and Paralympic champion Sarah Storey.
"It wasn't easy. I've had to beat a few people to get the place I did and it's down to four now - we have the four best going for three spaces," Trott added.
"I'm really excited - I can't wait for it to come now. It seems like I've been training a long time for it already, and there are still six months to go."
Trott combined with Houvenaghel and King to take gold at the Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn last March, a third team pursuit title in four years for Britain.
Australia will host this year's World Championships in April and Trott is keen to claim another rainbow jersey in Melbourne ahead of the London Olympics later in the year.
She said: "It's not the be-all and end-all as the worlds is just a stepping stone. Obviously we are not going to try to peak for the worlds because we want to do that for the Olympics.
"But to go into the Olympics as world champions - I think, again, that makes other squads think 'God, we still haven't beaten them'. I would definitely want to retain it."
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