19 August 2016
Team GB’s 2016 Olympic Cycling Success
As the track cycling events drew to a close at the Rio Olympics at the velodrome on Tuesday night, the British nation have again, 4 years after London 2012, caught cycling fever!
Once again Team GB dominated on the track with every member of the squad taking home some kind of medal whether team-based or individually. Great Britain earned a jaw-dropping 11 medals in total at the Velodrome, and let’s not forget 3-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, who picked up Bronze in the road time trial event, which boosted GB’s overall cycling medal haul to 12.
The biggest success story came from the power-couple, the Posh & Becks of cycling, Jason Kenny and Laura Trott. Sprinter Kenny topped the table with 3 Gold medals in the Team Sprint, Individual Sprint and Keirin, with so much drama and suspense coming in the final event, the Keirin, where Kenny narrowly avoided disqualification after illegally passing the “man on the little motorbike”.
Nevertheless the newly crowned king of the velodrome brushed himself down to take an impressive 3rd Gold. Kenny’s better-half, Trott, equally dominated her disciplines in the Women’s Omnium and Team Pursuit. Record timings crumbled as Trott made history to become the first British female athlete to win 4 Olympic gold medals; and at the tender age of 24 the bar can only be raised even further in Olympics and World Championships to come.
A special mention must also go to Sir Wiggo, one of the most popular figures within Team GB and responsible for creating a buzz around cycling amongst the general public, led a team of four to Men’s Team Pursuit glory to blow away the competition in qualifying and the final to take gold for the third successive Olympic Games. Seasoned professional and one of the best starters Ed Clancy and young protégés Steven Burke and Owain Doull, who has recently signed for Team Sky’s 2017 season, completed the team.
Another remarkable story came from double silver medalist Rebecca James, who took 2nd place in the Individual Sprint and Keirin. James’ heroics follow a difficult 2014/15 season which nearly ended her career at just 24-years-old due to a cancer scare and long term knee injury only 12-months before Rio 2016. Needless to say Rebecca James is certainly one for the future and her achievements at this year’s Olympics are nothing short of incredible.
We couldn’t talk about cycling success without mentioning the 30-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish; love or hate his nonchalant attitude and seeming lack of enthusiasm, the Manxman reached another goal in an already glittering cycling career by adding silver in the Men’s Omnium competition. What’s the next milestone/challenge for Mark Cavendish? We wonder…
So, at another Olympic Games the GB cycling team has once again cemented their supremacy as the very best nation on track, again galvanised ever-popular cycling and made it the event everyone is talking about. Inspirational stuff!
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