If you were going to make a fly-on-the-wall document about Team Sky and Great Britain’s cyclists, this season would have been an obvious one to choose, with Bradley Wiggins targeting Tour de France success and a home Olympics in prospect four years after the success of Beijing.
Well, someone had Sky obviously agreed because this Thursday 30 August at 8pm sees the start of a five-part documentary series on Sky Atlantic and Sky Atlantic HD called British Cycling: Road to Glory.
Besides backing the ProTeam that bears its name, Sky is also sponsor of British Cycling, and among other things the series will follow Dave Brailsford as he carries out his dual role as performance director to the national team with that of team principal at Team Sky.
According to Sky the series, which is produced by Twofour, will “lay bare the extraordinary physical, psychological and tactical dimensions of both professional cycling and the bid for continued Olympic success at London 2012.”
A separate one-off documentary, directed by John Dower whose previous work includes the Channel 4 documentary, Thriller In Manila, will also be aired later this year, called Bradley Wiggins: Tour Of Duty.
It promises “a no-holds barred look at how one of Britain’s brightest sport stars balances his professional and personal life,” following his season as he prepares for the Tour de France and goes on to become the first British winner.
Obviously, to watch both you'll either need a Sky subscription yourself, or be very nice to someone you know who has one...
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.