Sport-by-sport - Cycling
|Chief Executive||Ian Drake|
|Performance Director||Dave Brailsford|
|Funding Award (2009-2013)||£26,032,000|
|London 2012 Performance||8 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze|
|Athletes on World Class Performance Programme||85|
|Past Performances||Olympic Games, Beijing, 2008: Gold (8) - Nicole Cooke (road race), Chris Hoy / Jamie Staff / Jason Kenny (team sprint), Chris Hoy (keirin, sprint), Bradley Wiggins (individual pursuit), Rebecca Romero (individual pursuit), Bradley Wiggins / Ed Clanc|
|Press Officer||Abby Burton|
|Press Officer tel||0161 274 2035 / 07515 606 702|
|National governing body||British Cycling|
"The bottom line is, without UK Sport, the support I received through Lottery funding and the World Class Performance Programme, I wouldn't be where I am today. I would still be in the sport I'm sure, but there's no chance I'd have achieved these goals. It's simply not possible at this level and in this day and age."
Sir Chris Hoy
Cycling has been one of the great British sporting success stories over the last decade and Team GB head into London 2012 with medal prospects on the track, the road and in BMX. Their fourteen medals in Beijing four years ago, including eight golds, was an extraordinary performance by the team and a reflection of UK Sport's significant investment into the sport over the last fifteen years.
Currently there are 85* athletes on British Cycling's World Class Performance Programme, including multiple Olympic champions Sir Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins CBE. Both athletes have been on the Programme since UK Sport was founded in 1997 and will be aiming for further medal success in London.
In addition to the funding of athletes and their performance programme, UK Sport has worked closely with British Cycling to design and develop equipment in line with the UCI's technical regulations. They have developed track based measurement tools and systems to accurately monitor athletic performances in partnership with BAE Systems, McLaren Applied Technologies and Sheffield Hallam University.
Other projects include targeted investigations into understanding training responsiveness to speed and power stimuli, and support in the development and implementation of an injury surveillance programme.
UK Sport has also worked with British Cycling on an extensive programme of events across a number of key disciplines. In total UK Sport has invested over £2 million into thirteen cycling events since 2007 and the BMX World Championships in 2012 was the last World Championships staged in the UK before the Games.
As well as partnering British Cycling to host events in various locations around Britain, UK Sport supported two of the official test events on the Olympic Park ensuring that GB athletes had the opportunity to compete against high level international competition prior to the Games.
Looking to secure a sporting legacy from London 2012, UK Sport worked with British Cycling, EventScotland and Glasgow City Council on the successful bid for a round of the 2012/13 UCI Track World Cup series for Glasgow's Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. The event will see British Cycling deliver an event in which the world's best riders will compete at the venue for the first time.
Furthermore Paul Manning, who works with the women's team pursuit, and Chris Newton have both been helped in their development by UK Sport's Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme (ECAP) which ensures they are among the best trained and most knowledgeable in the world.
Did You Know?
Cycling was the first sport to benefit from UK Sport and BAE Systems' wind tunnel testing programme, which improved the aerodynamics of cyclists. Wheelchair Racing and Skeleton Bobsleigh are now also taking part.
*Accurate as of May 2012
Next major event
UCI 2016 Track Cycling World Championships
- 24 - 28 February 2016