British Cycling gets £1.8m extra cash to fund BMX and Madison medals

Extra funding falls short of the £5m originally requested by the national governing body

British Cycling has seen the number of athletes it can have on its programme boosted to 100 as UK Sport also handed it an additional £1.84m to support its bid to gain medal in the Madison and BMX Freestyle Park at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

UK Sport currently funds places for 92 elite cyclists and this will be raised to 100 to accommodate the opportunities for more medals. This is, however, still short of the 110 spots it funded before they were cut in April 2017.

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.