“Nobody prepares you for being famous, but I just go with the flow," Laura Trott says. "It really doesn’t bother me: I like listening to people’s stories and I’m talkative.”
However, Trott was not ready for the slump in motivation after London 2012, which the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Victoria Pendleton also experienced following past Olympics.
“I thought ‘l’ll never suffer with that, I love it’. But when you get back in and start riding again, it is so hard. It took me two years to go from junior level to winning the Olympics, I just wanted to be back at that level straight away – and I wasn’t. I didn’t win the omnium at the next world championships [Minsk 2013], which was a disappointment. It is hard bringing yourself back round, I think I sort of took it for granted”.
She started 2014 with World Championship team pursuit gold as part of Great Britain’s imperious quartet. However, rival Sarah Hammer beat her to the omnium title. While Trott, still only 22, initially relied on her raw talent, she has had to sharpen her tactics. “I could get away with messing up a few events because my other ones were quite strong. I do think my tactics have improved,” she says.
Trott became national road race champion ahead of British star Lizzie Armitstead in June. Is there any chance of her switching to the road scene?
“No way in hell,” Trott says, laughing. “Track is where my heart lies, I don’t get the same feeling on the road. Nationals victory sort of gave me a taste for it, but I know I only enjoyed it because I won.”
This is an edited extract from Rouleur's interview with Laura Trott, which appears in the programme for Round 1 of the 2014-15 Revolution Series, taking place at the Olympic Velodrome this weekend.