“As a junior my whole ambition was to become world time-trial champion and I did that and then it was straight onto the track, so there’s no time to sit and think ‘I did this for me and I feel good, I can have a break now’,” Barker said.
“Instead it’s ‘what’s next? Let’s move on and smash that.’ I think that’s what’s happening now and I really like that way of thinking.
“I like to always have a goal to work towards otherwise you’re just riding your bike aimlessly. As much as I enjoy riding my bike, it’s nice to have it specific and working towards a goal.
“As soon as you’ve achieved one, what are you now working toward? You’ve got to come up with a new goal that you can motivate yourself to.”"
Following an incredible 2012, King believes complacency won’t become an issue for her as the prospect of adding to a growing medal collection keeps her focus red hot.
“I put quite a lot of pressure on myself every time I race,” said the Southampton-born cyclist. “I’ve got high expectations of myself. I don’t think of the worlds as a lesser competition and I’ll go out to do my best and hope it’ll be enough to get me another jersey.
“We never sit back and relax. Even as world and Olympic champions, we can’t just think we’re the best. If anything, it makes me train even harder because I want to be in the team for every single race."
REALLY useful and fun post on which women will be racing at the Track Worlds next week - if you’re a track fan, you have to click through and read it!
I WILL get a chance to ride worlds one year without incident. It seems like a long time ago I got 5th at the world champs, but this has been my best ever season. I’m enjoying racing more than ever this year. I have big plans for the summer and next season although I haven’t got any specific goals planned yet.
The support was unbelievable I have genuinely never had so many people cheer for me the entire way around the course reaching deafening levels in places. For that I want to thank every single person who cheered for me it was truly incredible. Thank you."
Helen’s excellent Worlds race report - click through and read!