A transformation from Olympic curling medallist to Scottish Track Championship cycling finalist in a matter of months seems designed to attract the attention of WADA, world sport's doping police, and Claire Hamilton certainly hopes so.

The 25-year-old, who won bronze in Sochi as the lead for the GB rink, took a huge step towards justifying the extraordinary decision to switch sports by winning a silver medal in the individual pursuit at the venue named after one of her sporting heroes last weekend.

Four months after she began cycling seriously, the result suggests enormous potential, but the new sport may have a considerable rival for her time if the anti-doping agency gets wind of her abilities.

Even while she was part of the fully-funded GB curling programme, the qualified pharmacist was continuing her career as a locum and, having studied initially at Strathclyde University, she is now at Glasgow University undertaking a Masters in sport and exercise.

Her understanding of what is required to compete at a high level and to push herself in two such apparently disparate sports, would seem potentially invaluable to those on both sides of the sports science battle and thankfully she is genuinely excited by the idea of being on the side of the angels.

"Something like that would be absolutely amazing," she said to the suggestion that her skill-set would make her the perfect person to help WADA pursue the cheats.

"I am totally fascinated by the lengths Lance Armstrong went to, but there's probably something in every sport people can take to enhance their performance."

That, in turn, had been a response to her own observation that the course she is now undertaking "will hopefully help my sport as well as getting me a good job".

It could be argued that she gave one of those up by opting out of the elite sporting environment in which she had been operating ahead of the Winter Olympics, but she realised that, while curlers need to be a lot physically fitter than most people think, for a more dynamic sport it was now or never.

Drawing inspiration from the likes of Rebecca Romero, Neil Fachie and Lizzie Yarnold, who have all switched disciplines to win medals at international Games in second sporting careers, her conditioning work had stimulated an interest in cycling.

"I've always done a bit of cycling in my training. It was definitely the thing I favoured doing in the gym, as opposed to running and I wanted to find out how well I could do," Hamilton explained.

Testing at Glasgow University, where she now studies, established that she was much better designed for endurance than sprinting.

"It all makes sense now why I did well in cross country running at school, but asking me to sprint 100m was the equivalent of entering a Shetland pony into the Grand National," she said.

The wide variety of cycling disciplines available at the Paisley Velos club persuaded her to join them, even though she knew no-one there. Their website now proudly proclaims that Hamilton: "... has already achieved some great results, winning the Fife 10-mile time trial and the Fullarton Wheelers 10-mile Marymass time trial individually. She also drove our ladies team to victory in the Ecclefechan 3-up TT."

That was ahead of last weekend's Scottish Championships where her individual performance followed an incident that, albeit painfully, enhanced her credibility within the cycling community.

"I crashed during the points race the previous evening so I was pleased I was able to come back the next day and do well," she said. "It didn't hurt too much at the time. I've got some fairly torn gear and a few bumps and bruises down my right side, but it was on lap nine out of 80 so I managed to get back on and finish the race and they do say that you're not a real cyclist until you've had a fall."

Doing well there was also all the more special for her because the venue is named after Sir Chris Hoy.

"I've always looked up to him because of his achievements and the pressure he dealt with," she said. "He came and did a Q&A session with all of the curlers ahead of the Olympics where you could ask him anything you wanted. In the first half I must admit I was a bit shy but he was great with us."

Since the Winter Olympics it has been the other way around as she discovers the impact their success has had on the wider world and she has enjoyed the ambassadorial duties, in particular working with "early secondary school kids".

"I am still surprised by the number of people who watched it," she says of that Olympic experience.

There is no question of having turned her back on the sport of curling either. She believes there is still time to do more in that sport.

"I've been curling since I was eight and admittedly it wasn't gold but I feel I've achieved most of what I set out to," said the former world and European champion, who grew up in the curling hotbed of Lockerbie. "I think when it becomes your job it does change it a wee bit, but I've not ruled out returning at some point and the girls who just won the Olympic gold are a bit older, some of them maybe in their late 30s, so I know that there will still be time to go back to it at some stage."