Team GB's most successful Olympian, Dame Laura Kenny, revealed she suffered a miscarriage back in November. She shared a message on her Instagram, after her return to this week's UCI Track Cycling Nations Cup. “Back at a bike race!
I didn’t expect to be back at a race any time soon but life doesn’t always go to plan does it,” Laura Kenny wrote. “Since the Olympics we haven’t had much luck and it’s been the hardest few months I’ve ever had to go through.
Jason and I fell pregnant immediately after the games and we were absolutely chuffed to bits. “But unfortunately in November when commentating at the Track Champions League I miscarried our baby at nine weeks. I’ve never felt so lost and sad.
It felt like a part of me had been torn away. “I grabbed for my safety blanket, bike riding! I found myself back in my happy place training again. “I then caught Covid in mid-January and found myself feeling really very unwell.
I didn’t have typical covid symptoms and I just felt I needed to go to hospital. A day later I found myself in A&E being rushed to theatre because I was having an ectopic pregnancy. Scared doesn’t even come close.
I lost a fallopian tube that day. “I’ve always known I was tough, but sometimes life pushes you to an unbearable limit. If it wasn’t for Jason and Albie getting me through the day to day I’d have been broken.
“But here I am, with the support of my family, friends and team-mates, on the podium of a nation’s cup”. The Kennys already have one son, Albie.
Archibald and Kenny blazed to victory in the Madison in Tokyo.
Double Olympic champion Katie Archibald said: “I’ve got so many great memories of riding and competing in Glasgow and it’s always brilliant to ride in front of family and friends, particularly after the challenges that Covid has created for sport over the past couple of years.
“I was pleased with my form off the back of the Tokyo Olympics last year, but we're into a new season and new demands. I've unfortunately kicked it off with a back injury, but I'm still very motivated to be in the best shape I can for the UCI Track Nations Cup.
It will all lead into the Birmingham Commonwealth Games this summer and the world championships in Scotland next summer before we know it, so I want to make the most of each step along the way."