British Cycling has outlined its strategy for the next four years, just days after Bob Howden became its new president – including an ambitious target of emulating or exceeding the country’s London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games tally at Rio in 2016, and promoting greater equality for women within the sport.
Howden, who was elected British Cycling’s new president at the weekend, has acknowledged that Cookson will be “a tough act to follow.”
Jason Kenny will contest the Men's Sprint at the London Olympics next month after being given the nod ahead of Sir Chris Hoy, the current Olympic Chamion, when the final Team GB track line up was announced this afternoon.
Sir Chris will ride in the Team Sprint, along with Kenny and Philip Hindes with Ross Edgar named as reserve, and will be Team GB's representative in the Keirin in which he is also the defending Olympic Champion.
Tom Boonen and Thor Hushovd, who both started the Tour of Poland last week with the aim of honing their form ahead of challenging for gold in the Olympic road race a week on Saturday, are both looking doubtful for London. Boonen, who has a fractured rib, will attempt to train later this week, while Hushovd will reportedly announce his withdrawal from the Olympics this afternoon.
London could be without its Boris Bikes during the upcoming Olympic games as workers who operate the scheme join the list of those seeking extra reward for extra work ahead of what is expected a phenomenally busy Olympic period.
Jake Humphrey, best known for fronting BBC1’s Formula 1 coverage, will be the Olympic host broadcaster’s main presenter from the Olympic Velodrome at London 2012 next summer.
Following today’s announcement of the main presenters of the BBC’s coverage of London 2012, initial reaction on Twitter from both those within the sport and fans alike focused on why Jill Douglas had not been selected for the role.
British track cycling star Victoria Pendleton has confirmed she will retire after next year’s London Olympics, where she is targeting winning three gold medals. The 31-year-old from Bedfordshire revealed the news in an interview with The Sunday Mirror.
David Millar may be free to compete for Great Britain in the London Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) described a rule introduced by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2008 preventing athletes who had served a doping ban of six months or more from competing in the next Olympics after the end of their suspension as “invalid and unenforceable.”
Tickets for the Velodrome may seem harder to come by than gold medals and Box Hill will be out of bounds to all but a lucky few wanting to watch the road races, but cycling fans in the UK will still be able to watch every second of competition in next year’s Olympic Games, after BBC Sport confirmed that all events are to be shown live on its website.
With just 366 days to go until the start of the 2012 Olympics in London, all British eyes are turned on which athletes will be representing Great Britain in the various disciplines. Cycling in particular.
Sir Chris Hoy has revealed that he is postponing making a decision regarding his retirement until after next year’s Olympic Games in London. The track events at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will take place in the velodrome that bears his name, but the Scot has said that he is unwilling to make any firm commitment yet regarding whether he will compete there.
Hoy, who has amassed four Olympic gold medals in his career to date, was speaking yesterday at the launch of the Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow.