Hello from an uncharacteristically quiet National Cycling Centre.
In the last month we’ve gone from being really busy to being fairly quiet here in Manchester as the track and BMX squads have been out and about racking up the qualification points at various competitions around the world – a sign that we’re now well into the build-up for Rio.
The main news this month though is that Sir Bradley Wiggins has once again put himself firmly in the record books and reaffirmed Great Britain as the cycling nation to contend with. I was never in doubt that he would break the hour record, for me it was always a question of by how much. Your support of Brad was phenomenal, whether it was in the Velodrome itself or watching it on the TV, and it played a part in spurring him on when he really needed it. It was pretty special to be involved with such an historic achievement and I hope you enjoyed it too.
The National Time Trial and Road Race Championships are taking place in Lincoln this week and it’s always great to welcome the British road pros back to the country. I’m particularly pleased to see Lizzie on the start-list after her crash at the Aviva Women’s Tour last week, but she is one tough cookie and she’ll be back on form in no time.
The Nationals are swiftly followed by the Tour de France which hopefully will have some strong British representation this year. I wonder if we’ll see the newly crowned British national champ in the mix?
Here’s to another great July for British Cycling – and hopefully we can deliver some more inspirational performances throughout the summer.
Until next month,