Elinor Barker: Olympic champion surprised by World Cup points race win
Welsh cyclist Elinor Barker says she was pleasantly surprised to win the Track World Cup points race.
"It was a little bit unexpected," said the 22-year-old from Cardiff.
"Training been difficult since Rio and after having some time off it's always hard to get back into it so I was quite pleasantly surprised at that weekend."
Britain topped the medal table with two golds, two silvers and one bronze, and Barker believes it is a good indicator of the young talent coming through the ranks.
"We've mainly had young squads go around to the World Cup and European Championships so you might expect that the results may not be as good but they've actually been doing incredibly well," she said.
"I think it shows that the future is pretty bright for British cycling at the moment."
No Rio hangover
On a personal level Barker is relieved there has been no hangover from the British success at the Olympics.
"I anticipated it to be worse than it was, to be honest," she told BBC Radio Wales Sport.
"There's been a few training sessions which have been particularly horrible and maybe I'm not hitting the numbers that I was before Rio but that's to be expected, really.
"Motivational-wise it doesn't feel like a post-Rio training block at all."
Commonwealth Games dream
After the success in Rio with Team GB, Barker says she is looking forward to representing Wales at the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast.
Changes to the schedule mean there will be more cycling events for women than in previous Games.
"It's the first Commonwealth Games where there's equal events across all men's and women's sports so that's quite exciting," she added.
"Hopefully we'll be competing in the team sprint for the first time as Wales.
"I'll be a bit older and a bit more experienced but so will everybody else."