Olympic legacy and British Cycling

26 Sep 2011 by Karl Hallam

Even the Today programme's half past the hour sports slots could not ignore the news that Mark Cavendish is now the World Champion of road cycling. Here is a man who if he were Belgian or French would be the most famous person in either of those countries. His win and the boom in cycling of all sorts is a great sporting participation success story, but the are not many others as we approach 2012.

One of the first bits of work that we featured on our website was on sports policy. We interviewed Richard Caborn then and he was very excited about 2012 could offer, but last week his frustrations about the lack of legacy were reported.

It would be easy to retro-fit the cuts as an excuse, but there was plenty of doubt from day 1 about whether 2012 would deliver, for example, any health benefits to the nation. British Cycling stands apart form other sports in that it had a strategy that put emphasis on both elite performance and grassroots development. Football's understanding of this kind of approach continues to be light years away from where it needs to be. 

The result: 1 British World Champion cyclist and now world cup since 1966.

your comments

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Reply #1 on : Thu May 24, 2012, 21:58:36
Hembrow is correct. Cycle tirniang is is fine but it does not address the fact that the road network is designed for motor vehicles. This makes the thought of cycling a daunting prospect for many, a message reinforced by images of children undertaking cycle taining wearing hi viz jackets and helmets.The cheapest and easiset way to make streets safer for cyclists would be the introduction (and enforcement)of a blanket 20mph speed limit in all residential areas.

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