King warms up for road battle

Olympic Gold medal winning cyclist Dani King during the BGC Partner's Annual Charity Trading Day, at Churchill Place in Canary Wharf, east London.
Olympic Gold medal winning cyclist Dani King during the BGC Partner's Annual Charity Trading Day, at Churchill Place in Canary Wharf, east London.
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Dani King will bid for the British Road Race Championship jersey on Sunday.

The former i-Team talent, who spent her formative years racing around the Mountbatten Centre track, will face 61 rivals in the fight for national glory.

A gold medallist in the team pursuit at London 2012, King races for the new Wiggle Honda team, which is backed by the Portsmouth-based online tri-sport and bike retailer Wiggle.

Alongside her fellow Olympic champions Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell, she will take on eight laps of a 14.2k route for a combined race distance of 113.6k.

The battle will start and finish at Glasgow Green and each lap includes six short, punchy climbs while also featuring elements of the proposed route for the 2014 Commonwealth Games road race.

King and her team-mates contested the British Time Trial Championship yesterday with the 22-year-old posting a time of 53min 15sec for 13th place.

The event was won by Rowsell in 49.25, with Lizzie Armitstead – who took a silver medal in the road race at London 2012 – second and Katie Colclough in third.

Highlights of the championships, which also include Mark Cavendish’s assault on the men’s road race crown, will be broadcast on ITV4 on Monday (7pm).