Sports fans across Britain are this morning discovering what tickets, if any, they have secured in the ballot for seats at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and from what we’ve seen on Twitter, there are a lot of disappointed cycling fans out there – not least the family of Bradley Wiggins, who tweeted that his wife and children will have to resort to watching his bid to secure a fourth gold medal on TV.
Only rowers Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent, fellow cyclist Chris Hoy and pre-war swimmer and water polo player Paulo Radmilovic have won more gold medals than Wiggins, who should figure in the Great Britain team defending the team pursuit title it won at Beijing in 2008.
The Team Sky rider also won the individual pursuit gold there and at Athens four years earlier, although his hopes of completing a hat-trick on home soil in London were thwarted by the event being dropped from the Olympic programme.
Leaving aside the issue of why the country’s fifth most successful Olympian of all time should have to enter the public ballot to secure tickets for his nearest and dearest in the first place, huge demand from fans eager to see Great Britain's track cyclists attempt to repeat the Beijing gold rush has left most would-be spectators disappointed.
So, how did you get on? We’d love to hear that at least some fans have managed to get their hands on some of the coveted tickets for the events at the Olympic Velodrome.
If you missed out, how do you feel about the ticket application process, and do you think it could have been made fairer, perhaps by setting some tickets aside for those who are members of clubs affiliated to British Cycling rather than a free-for-all?
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.