Throughout December we will be revealing Cycling Weekly‘s top 50 British riders of the year.
So far we have revealed riders numbered 50 to 45 on our list, and here’s the next two worthy British cyclists…
NO. 44: STEVE PEAT
It?s not just on the track that Britain?s riders enjoyed spells of complete domination. There was also a gold rush at the World Mountain Bike Championships in Val di Sole in Italy in June.
Peat is the finest downhiller never to have been crowned world champion. This year he went into the Worlds hoping to get his hands on the elusive title only to miss out by just 2.6 seconds to his compatriot Gee Atherton.
But he did win the Red Bull Lisbon Downtown race, which is held on a stunning street course near the centre of the city, for the seventh year in a row and the national championships.
NO. 43: ANNA BLYTH
It?s been a year of steady but constant progression for the 20-year-old from Leeds, but the recent Manchester World Cup seemed to herald a real breakthrough.
Blyth has been on the scene for a couple of seasons and has been knocking on the door without breaking into the top four or five in her events.
At the Copenhagen World Cup in the spring, she received a real boost when she beat the Chinese rider Jinjie Gong in the sprint competition to reach the semi-finals. Although she bowed out to Guo Shuang, it represented a step up.
Fifth in the World Championship Keirin competition after reaching the final in impressive style served notice.
Then she took two bronze medals in the European Track Championships, in the 500 metres and the sprint, in the under-23 category that includes world-class opposition in Sandie Clair and Miriam Welte.
Come the Manchester World Cup and she took a great stride forwards. Gold with Jess Varnish in the team sprint, she was fifth again in the Keirin and reached the medal races in the sprint, although she lost to Lyubov Shulika 2-0 to miss out on bronze.
Now the question is whether she can push on to challenge Victoria Pendleton.