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Trott aims to get even better

Laura Trott is targeting self-improvement between now and her Olympic title defences in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

The 20-year-old capped a year which saw her win team pursuit and omnium titles at April's Track Cycling World Championships and August's London Olympics with another double at the Track World Cup in Glasgow.

Trott's target is surpassing Sir Chris Hoy, Britain's most decorated Olympian with six golds, and Rio is already on her mind.

"This year, out of any year, is the least pressure year for me," said Trott.

"Although I've just done what I've done, it's stepping stones. I just want to make sure that I'm the best I can be at Rio, rather than worrying about the worlds in the middle.

"If it means having come away from the worlds say, having won the points race, but lost every other event (in the omnium), then so be it, because that's the event that I really need to work on."

Trott, who is part of a group which travels to Australia for training on Wednesday for one month, is seeking to build for February's Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk, Belarus and Rio by improving in the bunch events.

Poor results in the points and scratch races have made her omnium victories tighter than they might otherwise have been.

"I've seen sunlight for one day, so it will be nice to see it for a month, to escape the bad weather," she added.

"I come back for Christmas and hopefully then I'll be fighting fit for worlds."

Hoy, who is taking a season off from competition, is flying out to Perth to join his team-mates for his annual training pilgrimage.

For the Scot, 37 in March, it is a test to see whether his body can cope with the rigours of training to carry on until the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow at the arena which bares his name.

Also in Perth with the Commonwealth Games on their minds will be Jess Varnish, 22 on Monday, and Becky James, who won medals in Delhi aged 18.

Both Varnish and 20-year-old James, who rode in four and three events, respectively, over the weekend, combining to win the team sprint on Friday, enjoyed the Glasgow event.

"I'm definitely going to come away from this having trained the legs and also the head," Varnish said.

"It's really good to get out there and race tactically well."