British Cycling secures funding for elite cycling
British Cycling’s Chief Executive Ian Drake has welcomed the news that UK Sport has awarded the sports governing body over £37 million for elite cycling through to Rio 2016.
Ian Drake said: ‘At British Cycling, we take seriously the responsibility to deliver good value which comes with lottery funding. We believe that winning medals is not an end in itself but a means to growing the sport as whole.
‘Today’s announcement from UK Sport is recognition of the success of our riders, our coaches and the work we put into identifying new talent. It is also a challenge for us to do better over the next four years – particularly in para-cycling where we have received substantially increased funding.’
British Cycling’s key achievements for 2009-2013 include:
- London 2012 Olympics – eight gold, two silver, two bronze medals.
- London 2012 Paralympics – eight gold, nine silver, five bronze medals.
- Number of World Champions – from 2009 to 2012, there have been 24 World Champions.
- First British winner of the Tour de France. Bradley Wiggins was named Sports Personality of the Year 2012 on Sunday.
- In 2011, Mark Cavendish was crowned the World Road Champion and became the first person to do so since 1965 (Tommy Simpson). Mark was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2011.
- These successes have inspired the nation to participate in the sport. Sport England’s latest Active People Survey revealed that 200,000 more people are now cycling at least once per week than were 12 months ago. Since Bradley Wiggin’s crossed the line on the Champs Elysées, more than 13,000 members have joined British Cycling.
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