Laura Trott

Week 125 (5 - 11 March 2016)

 British cyclist Laura Trott did her talking on the boards of the Lee Valley VeloPark in London this week by winning two golds and a bronze medal at the UCI World Track Championships, and she still had the energy to cycle home afterwards.

The British team included global cycling stars in the shape of Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, but it was the 23-year-old Trott, a rising star herself, who was the story of the championships.

Trott's gold medals came in the scratch race and the omnium whilst she helped lead the British women's team pursuit revival, after a poor initial qualifying run left them in fifth, to win the bronze medal.

After her medal haul she got back on her bike to cycle home, stopping for photos with cycling fans who spotted her at traffic lights in north London.

As the man who asked for Trott's photo put it: "I couldn't believe that someone we had just seen win a gold medal was then humble enough to be riding home afterwards."

Humility is indeed the word when it comes to Trott, and it comes across in her communications as well.

Describing the complexities of her specialist discipline, the omnium (which consists of six events over two days), Trott speaks plainly and puts it in terms easily understandable to UK sports fans:

"The best way to describe it [the omnium] is what Jess Ennis does, but the cycling version."

For a UK audience, that sums things up nicely, as many more general sports fans followed Jessica Ennis's journey to gold in the heptathlon at London 2012 than are currently familiar with the omnium.

Trott's post-race interviews with the media were also characterised by humility, as she pointed out that the real elation for her came from the success of her fiancé, Jason Kenny, who won gold in the keirin.

"Now, I can cry as much as I want to," Trott said, before getting back on her bike to cycle home.

Photo: British Cycling