Dannielle Khan will make her senior World Cup debut for Great Britain when she races in the team and individual sprint in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Khan joined the British Cycling Olympic Academy Programme last year after impressing in the UCI junior Track World Championships in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow. The 18-year-old brought home the 500m time-trial and sprint titles. 

The young cyclist is now a full-time athlete and trains with Welsh rider Becky James, who is a double world champion in the individual sprint and keirin, and Jason Kenny, who is an Olympic and World champion.

Khan said, reports British Cycling: “I'm just so excited. I never expected to be going to a world cup this soon.

“Obviously this is my senior world cup debut and I've only just turned senior after Christmas, so it's just a dream really to be able to step on to the big world stage and race against the best in the world, race the big girls, I can't wait.

“Since the worlds in August I feel like I have improved quite a bit. From when I moved up here being able to get access to the best coaching, the best training sessions and whatever I need really - off and on the bike - has really helped me.

“It's been a vital part to my improvement.”

The British cyclist is still studying at college, and is trying to balance her education with adjusting to life as a full-time athlete.

Khan added: “It is hard but it's so enjoyable and I love being a full-time athlete so it doesn't bother me, I knew it was going to be hard work when I stepped into this programme so I’m fully prepared.”

Khan has been preparing well for the trip to Mexico by training alongside fellow athletes Becky James, Jess Varnish, Victoria Williamson and Katy Marchant, as well as elite international riders.

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