Great Britain’s has been the dominant force in Olympic cycling for the past two Games, topping the medal table by a significant margin.
With several of Britain’s top cyclists – the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton – now retired and Britain faltering in some key international track events, there is a question mark as to whether the nation can continue its golden run.
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We recently asked Cycling Weekly readers whether they thought that Britain’s Olympic golden era was over, or whether it will be business as usual at the Rio Games next year.
Do you agree with the answers? Let us know in the comment box below.
It’s more like Britain expects due to previous success! The only thing is, the cat’s out the bag and the rest have caught up!
I think it will be very difficult for the team to do well in the road races as the other countries know the class of the riders that we have, so they won’t work with us. On the track we will really be relying on the likes of Trott and Doull to perform well for the team. Liam Phillips shouldn’t have any trouble in the BMX and with the likes of Nino Schurter and Julien Absalon, the hopes of a medal in the men’s XC is very low.
A few other nations have really stepped up their game since London 2012, notably the old rivals on the track – the Australians. Great Britain’s riders are going to have to fight for medals in the velodrome, particularly in the sprint disciplines where Britain no longer has clear gold medal contenders such as Chris Hoy or Victoria Pendleton.
And the team sprint is not good at all. Despite numerous experimental changes in the line-up, GB is still struggling with Man/Woman One. The omnium is a lottery, and having Mark Cavendish and Ed Clancy fighting over a place in the men’s event is not a good thing. Lizzie Armitstead is a front runner for the women’s road race, but GB can forget about the other road events.
It feels like a changing of the guard in the Great Britain team. Whilst there are a few who are still at the top of their game since the last Olympic Games, notably Laura Trott, Lizzie Armitstead and Ed Clancy, others have retired or faded. It still feels like GB is waiting for a new set of riders to mature and find their feet. Maybe Britain should chalk the 2016 Games up as experience.
I think there is an over-expectation. They will do well, just not as well [as before].
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Of course Britain will rule on two wheels. GB has some of the strongest, most consistent riders on the planet: Lizzie Armitstead, Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome… Keep the faith!
I think it’s over.
Think we still have something to offer on the winning fringe; but not as successfully as the recent past.
I’m not personally all that bothered about whether Great Britain wins as many medals as previous years, I love the Olympic Games for what it is: a unique competition that only happens every four years. The sight of the world’s best giving it that extra little bit of effort for Olympic glory makes it a spectacle that I can’t wait for.