Well, what a fantastic Olympic games it has been for British cycling, all members of the British cycling team have won a medal, so let us first congratulate them hugely on this success.
Jason Kenny and Laura Trott are a true Olympic power couple holding 10 Olympic gold medals between them. Kenny, 28 has already surpassed Sir Bradley Wiggins’ medal total and Trott aged just 24 has won more Gold medals than any other British female Olympian…ever!
Trott was in the Women’s team pursuit that won Britain another Gold medal alongside her team mates Joanna Rowsell, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Ciara Horne.
However, as usual, with success inevitably follows some form of controversy, notably the claims as to why the British cycling team always perform so poorly in the World Championships and somehow manage to pull it out of the bag in time for the summer Olympics.
Since 2008 there has been a direct correlation between the performance in the World Championships and the Olympics. For instance in 2008 Britain won nine world championship golds and went on to a very successful Beijing Olympics claiming seven golds, three silvers and two bronzes. In the World Championships of 2009, just a year after the success in Beijing, Britian won just two gold medals. Their success didn’t really peak again until the 2012 World Championships, five months prior to the home Games where they won six gold medals, leading to seven golds, a silver and bronze during the London Olympics.
During the years in between then and now the World Championship success took another dip, to the similar tune of that in 2009-2011. They then picked up once again in this year’s world championships in March to claim 5 gold medals, three silvers and one bronze.
So why is the performance of the athletes so different in Olympic and non-Olympic years?
The answer – the funding and training. UK Sport, the organisation that determine how public funds are allocated to elite-level sport apparently target their funding into podium wins at the Olympics. Those who do not reach their targets are at risk of getting their funding cut so assumedly, the focus for the training is built around the Games rather than the World Championships.
The World Championship is a year-in-year-out competition yet the Olympics are every four years so; the team tend to perform better at the World Championships that are held during the Olympic year.
Regardless of the statistics and figures, we at Aladdin’s Bikes are hugely proud of Team GB and love to see the legacy of London 2012 living on in young, up and coming champions.