Welcome to Cycling Weekly?s countdown of the top 50 British riders of 2008.

It?s just like a traditional advent calendar except that instead of finding a picture of the Three Wise Men behind the window, you may find pictures of the Olympic team sprint champions bearing gifts of gold, gold and gold.

Between December 1 and Christmas Eve we will count down from 50th in our list to 11th. The top ten will be revealed in the December 25 issue of Cycling Weekly.

The list is bound to create debate as every fan is bound to have their own opinion. It?s been an extraordinary year, with Britain?s cyclists dominating the Olympic Games and Paralympics in Beijing and world champions being crowned on the road, off-road and on the track. And that?s not to mention the success at the Tour de France?

So, click on the advent calendar below to find out who is behind today’s door, and why they are in Cycling Weekly‘s Top 50 British Riders of the Year.

Scroll down below the picture for the full index of riders


December 24: No. 11 Emma Pooley
December 23: No. 12 Geraint Thomas
December 22: No. 13 Ed Clancy
December 21: No. 14 Jamie Staff
December 20: No. 15 Shanaze Reade
December 19: No. 16 Paul Manning
December 18: No. 17 Sarah Storey
December 17: No. 18 Ross Edgar
December 16: No. 20 Chris Newton and 19 Wendy Houvenaghel
December 15: No. 22 Gee Atherton and 21 Rob Hayles
December 14: No. 24 Joanna Rowsell and 23 Simon Richardson
December 13: No. 26 Rachel Atherton and 25 Ben Swift
December 12: No. 28 Lizzie Armitstead and 27 Steven Burke
December 11: No. 30 Andrew Fenn and 29 Sharon Laws
December 10: No. 32 Peter Kennaugh and 31 Josh Bryceland
December 9: No. 34 Jody Cundy and 33 Liam Killeen
December 8: No. 36 David Millar and 35 Ian Stannard
December 7: No. 38 Daniel Fleeman and 37 Matt Crampton
December 6: No. 40 Jessica Allen and 39 Daniel Lloyd
December 5: No. 42 David Daniell and 41 Dean Downing
December 4: No. 44 Steve Peat and 43 Anna Blyth
December 3: No. 46 Jonny Bellis and 45 Jess Varnish
December 2: No. 48 Luke Rowe and 47 Michael Hutchinson
December 1: No. 50 Katie Colclough and 49 Chris Froome