Games stars ready to hit road
Olympic champions Laura Trott and Dani King are excited ahead of a fresh challenge on the road in 2013.
The Britons are part of the women's Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling team, which was launched on Friday and is backed by Tour de France champion Sir Bradley Wiggins, through his foundation.
For Trott, who won the six-event omnium and team pursuit gold alongside King in London last August, the road is rather an unknown.
Double London 2012 champion Trott said: "It's going to be really exciting and focusing on something different, taking the pressure off of winning all the time.
"We'll get the chance to help other people win, rather than just focusing on ourselves."
Like her attitude inside the velodrome, Trott's goals are simple.
Listing them, she said: "Just getting stuck in. Maybe helping out in (sprint) leadouts and maybe even taking on a race myself, a time-trial.
"A bit of everything, just trying new things and I'll see what comes."
Trott is pleased to be taking on the road in the company of King, who emerged at the same time as her to win two Track Cycling World Championships team pursuit titles before Olympic gold.
Trott added: "It will be the same challenge for the both of us.
"We'll face the same hurdles - we'll have to learn how to ride the road before we can expect a result."
Like Trott, King is relishing her chance to ride in the leading road events.
"It's incredible for me to have this opportunity," King said.
"It's great for women's cycling as well. It's such a professional set-up and it's great.
"I can't wait to race with the team. It's going to be a great year.
"Track still is my number one focus, but hopefully I'll be able to help the team perform and get a result myself, once I've found my feet a bit."
The pair will race on the road together for the first time in April, but their initial focus is the Track Cycling World Championships in Belarus next month.
King said: "We've spent the last two years living with each other day-in, day-out. I think I can put up with her for a bit longer, if I have to."
Whether they ride on the road at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 depends on a possible further overhaul of the track programme.
King anticipates she will be on the track in Brazil.
"I'll be aiming for the track, but never say never," she said.
"I haven't raced on the road yet - I might fall in love with it. At the moment, track's what I'll go for."