Katie Archibald showed she was over the disappointment of the World Championships in Poland earlier this month as she produced a dominant omnium display on the first day of the inaugural Six Day Manchester track meet. 

Scot Archibald started brightly in the 7.5km scratch race before winning the 7.5km tempo race and then handing world champion Kirsten Wild a lesson in the 20km points race finale.

The 25-year-old also topped the elimination race as the good vibes from the Manchester boards helped the Olympic and triple world champion back to her very best.

And she recalled her giddy conversations with multiple world champion and Olympic medallist Chris Newton as a teenager at the National Cycling Centre – that same bubbly side clear for all to see on the first night.

“When things go well you’re keener to look at it. It’s almost easier to spot your faults when things go well because you think ‘I can go so much better’. There’s quite a lot of vanity in it,” she said.

“I’ve always been quite excited by bunch racing. When I was 19 I think I started racing here in Manchester and I remember coming off and chatting to Chris saying, ‘I did this, and I did that’.

“That enthusiasm, I’ve always held on to that really. But like I said before, it’s a lot easier when things are going well.

“When things are going badly, I’m very good at just putting my head in the sand.”

Possessing raw power in spades, Archibald showed all her tactical nous to make her crash - and subsequent concussion - in Poland seem a very distant memory.

“You have to figure out which is ‘the’ move, and in the tempo race we saw Elinor Barker and Laura Kenny up the track early, which looked like the one we had to counter.

“So, then you catch all of the big players on the back foot and everyone else is nailed because it’s been such an aggressive race. I cock it up quite often, so I was quite happy about that.

“Once I got the gap with Kirsten (Wild) it’s a real gamble. You’re thinking ‘How long do we share this work for before we have to fight each other?’”

Archibald thrived off all the British competition and interest but what she most sought to copy was the flat-backed, aerodynamic style of Kenny – something she learned was so, so effective at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil where Kenny became Britain’s most decorated female Olympian.

“My favourite thing to look at is Laura’s position at the Rio Olympics,” she said, in awe of the four-times Olympic champion.”