9 February 2009: How British Cycling conquered the Olympics

This week’s show features Dave Brailsford, Performance Director of British Cycling, explaining how his team achieved a record medal haul at the Beijing Olympics. We also discover that Shanaze Reade (pictured left, racing in the team sprint with Victoria Pendleton) has never heard of fixed gear freestyling despite being a world champion cyclist in both BMX and track racing. Someone who is all too familiar with the fixed wheel phenomenon is BikeSnob NYC, who regularly wins gold medals for “systematically and mercilessly disassembling, flushing, greasing, and re-packing the cycling culture”. Over a few ales, the BikeSnob offers his reflections on 2008 and his hopes and fears for the coming year. We talk penny farthings, the Opinionated Cyclist and how to survive the New York winter on two wheels.

Photo credit: knackeredhack

Play on links below (MP3). Other file formats (e.g. Ogg Vorbis) over here.

9 Responses to 9 February 2009: How British Cycling conquered the Olympics

  1. salvarsan February 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm #


  2. LW February 16, 2009 at 8:48 pm #

    2nd!!!! Wooooooo

  3. profit February 16, 2009 at 10:35 pm #

    i hope i’m in the top 3 or else i won’t get funding

  4. cgb February 16, 2009 at 11:15 pm #

    Greenwich takes bronze!

  5. anonymous February 16, 2009 at 11:58 pm #

    top ten!!

  6. anonymous February 17, 2009 at 12:42 am #

    Me, in the top 10… I can’t believe it. UKers, you gotta step up their game people!

  7. Gnarles Darwin February 17, 2009 at 2:30 am #

    Top Ten, suckers!


  8. UKer February 17, 2009 at 2:27 pm #

    We feel, as collective, suitably shamed……


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