Cycling Success


What a day for British Cycling! Chris Newton won Bronze in the points race, and Steven Burke won Bronze in the pursuit. Bradley Wiggins won Gold in the individual pursuit, having come from behind. Chris Hoy and Ross Edgar were formidable in the Keirin - an event I'd not seen before these games - I like it!

Add to this the Gold for the GB Sprint team of Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny and Chris Hoy, the Gold for Nicole Cooke, and the Silver for Emma Pooley in the Women's Time Trial. Also there is the Women's Individual Pursuit; we have an all British final between Wendy Houvenaghel and Rebecca Romero and it's looking really great for British Cycling.

On top of all this, Mark Cavendish has yet to compete.

The cycling achievement of the year for me wasn't an Olympian though. It wasn't Mark Cavendish in the Tour (who will compete in the Olympics on Tuesday in The Madison). It was Mark Beaumont, who broke the world record for cycling around the world. The documentary of his achievement is worth watching (even if you don't like cycling, but like travelogues), and can be seen on BBC1 from Monday to Thursday next week at 22:35. I have seen this as it was previously shown on BBC Scotland (thanks, iplayer!), and it makes for great television (you may know him from the 'Orange' advert)

I just hope that British Cycling use this high profile when they return to parlay this success into a promotion of 'everyday cycling' in the UK - i.e. cycling for the rest of us. After all, Nicole Cooke started out just riding to school in the mornings. Elite British Cycling has never been in better health. Let's see this reflected on the streets with a big increase in secure cycle parking availability and other bike-friendly features (and not just in London)

Oh, apparently we also did well in some water-based activities. Rowing and Swimming, I think it was.