I failed my track cycling accreditation - the Olympic dream is over

I won't be pulling on a GB jersey anytime soon, it seems

Track cyclist at Lee Valley Velodrome holding a track bike
(Image credit: Future/Tom Davidson)

On Sunday afternoon, I took one of the biggest humblings of my adult life. 

It has been difficult to tell people about it. Until now, only my nearest and dearest have known the extent of my calamitous track cycling assessment. I told my Editor about it yesterday in confidence, and he thinks the world (Cycling Weekly readers) deserve to hear the story, so here it goes. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.