Number 31: Jason Kenny
Last year’s position: N/A
Watch out Sir Chris, Jason Kenny is after your place.
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The London Olympics are a year-and-a-half away but they are coming into focus now and it is beginning to sink in for the wider audience that places in the Great Britain team are going to be at a premium.
The riders themselves are only too well aware, of course, and for Kenny, the 22-year-old who took a silver medal behind Hoy in the sprint at Beijing two years ago, the task ahead is simple.
If he wants to ride the individual events in London, the sprint or the Keirin, he must topple Sir Chris Hoy and be ahead of him in the pecking order come summer 2012.
It’s as straightforward as that because each nation will be able to field only one rider in each individual discipline.
It has been a very good year for Kenny. At the World Championships in Copenhagen he beat Azizulhasni Awang, the flamboyant Malaysian, in one of the early rounds but lost to Kevin Sireau 2-0 in the last eight.
But the current track season got off to a great start because he defeated Sir Chris in the semi-finals of the sprint at the National Championships and went on to claim the gold medal for the first time over Matt Crampton.
Then Kenny beat the best Europe had to offer in the Keirin at the European Championships in Poland, which are now open to elite riders instead of being an under-23 competition.
And his progress since a move to the man one position in the team sprint has been impressive.
Cycling Weekly’s Top British Riders of 2010 advent calendar: We will reveal one rider per day behind the virtual doors of our sparkly advent calendar from Wednesday December 1 to Christmas Eve, Friday December 24. The top eight will then be revealed in Cycling Weekly magazine’s final issue of the year, which will be in the shops on December 30 2010.