Just one gold. That’s all we won at the World Track Championships two years before Beijing, so it’s certainly no lie when Dave Brailsford says we’re in a much better place in the build-up to London 2012.
We’ve become so accustomed to track success that it’s hard not to be disappointed when we don’t completely dominate the medals table. Of course, our three golds could so easily have been five with Victoria Pendleton and the team pursuiters missing out by the narrowest of margins, but most importantly we came out top in the Olympic events.
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The BBC certainly did us proud with its coverage. Two hours, prime time on its two main channels, but I got the impression it would have liked a little more British success to shout about.
We have such high expectations of Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton that it comes as quite a shock when they are beaten. One gold apiece still gave us plenty to cheer but it was Ed Clancy’s success on the final day that was my personal highlight.
It still doesn’t mean that I approve of the omnium but I like it a little more when we win it. Three TTs and two distance races, theoretically it could be quite exciting, but the points race is still pretty incomprehensible.
Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly