When not in Whitby, Catherine is a professional riding for the Konica Minolta team in South Africa. Her selection for the Worlds is not unexpected, following her return to the UK in June to finish 9th in the national championship, riding without team support.
This year’s world championship circuit is in Copenhagen, Denmark, which means that it is relatively flat. Probably not the course best-suited to Catherine’s strengths.
Expect the race to finish in a sprint and Catherine’s role to be in support of the team leaders, Nicole Cooke and Lizzie Armistead. Having said that since the world championship is a single race run over 140 kilometres, anything could happen.
It is not unknown for the supporting cast (known as ‘domestiques’) in the race to upset the predictions and take the race.
On Sunday, the GB men’s team has its best chance of a world championship win since the days of the only British winner, Tommy Simpson, who took the crown in 1965.
This year, a strongest-ever men’s team is led by Mark Cavendish. The Manx Missile is hoping to exchange the green jersey he won in the Tour de France for the Rainbow Jersey of the world champion.
Tune in to British Eurosport at 12:30 on Saturday to cheer Catherine on.