Team GB Achieve Cycling Glory at the London 2012 Olympics
Men’s Keirin - SIR CHRIS HOY: Gold
From his role as the British team’s flag bearer during the opening ceremony, to winning two gold medals in the team sprint and keirin respectively, Sir Chris Hoy certainly had an incredible London Olympics. Hoy claimed his second gold on the last night of the games, storming to victory in the keirin with a time of 10.306.
Fact: Hoy’s 2012 Olympic victories in track sprint events mean that the Scotsman made the history books – becoming the first person in British history to win six gold medals.
Women’s Omnium - LAURA TROTT: Gold
Two days after winning gold in the team pursuit alongside Dani King and Joanna Rowsell, Trott took gold in the women’s omnium. Her closest rival time-wise was American, Sarah Hammer, who finished fourth.
Fact: Laura Trott first took up cycling with her mother and her sister because her mother wanted to lose weight. She was born with a collapsed lung and later diagnosed with asthma.
Men’s Sprint - JASON KENNY: Gold
Jason took gold in the men’s sprint final, with a 200m time of 10.308s in the final lap challenge against world champion, Gregory Bauge, of France. He also won gold in the team sprint with Sir Chris Hoy and Philip Hindes.
Fact: Kenny’s progression from domestic junior series to Olympic champion has been very swift, taking only three and a half years.
Women’s Team Pursuit - LAURA TROTT, DANI KING & JOANNA ROWSELL: Gold
The trio of Roswell, King and Trott, claimed a gold medal and a new world record with a time of 3:14.051 in the women’s team pursuit. They faced tough competition from Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bausch and Jennie Reed of the United States, who took the silver medal.
Fact: Including pre-Olympic races and the Olympic final, each time this trio has ridden together they have succeeded in breaking a world record.
Women’s Keirin - VICTORIA PENDLETON: Gold
Pendleton narrowly claimed the gold medal to become the first ever-female winner of the keirin in an Olympic games. The Australian, Anna Meares, took the early lead, but Pendleton overtook on the outside and also held off competition from China’s Shuang Guo.
Fact: Pendleton set a new Olympic record of 10.724 seconds in the qualifiers of the sprint, but lost to Australian, Anna Meares, in the final, after being controversially relegated.
Men’s Team Pursuit Sprint - STEVEN BURKE, ED CLANCY, GERAINT THOMAS & PETER KENNAUGH: Gold
The quartet were not only successful in defending their Beijing gold medal, but also set a new world record time of 3:51.659. They stormed to victory, beating their Australian opponents by three seconds.
Fact: The men’s team pursuit sprint also won a gold medal at the 1908 London Olympics.
Men’s Team Sprint - CHRIS HOY, PHILIP HINDES & JASON KENNY: Gold
The Great Britain team consisting of Hindes, Hoy and Kenny, won the gold medal in a record time of 42.6 seconds at the London Velopark on 2 August. France won the silver medal and Germany took bronze.
Fact: Sir Chris’ next big challenge will be competing at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014; however unfortunately he is 99.9 per cent sure we will not be seeing him at Rio 2016.
Cycling – road – Men’s Individual Time Trial - BRADLEY WIGGINS: Gold
Wiggins took his fourth Olympic gold after dominating the time trial at Hampton Court, beating German world champion Tony Martin’s time by 40 seconds. He finished the 44km course at 50 minutes and 39 seconds, comfortably ahead of his British team-mate, Chris Froome, who reached the finish line 68 seconds later.
Fact: 2012 has been a standout year for Team Sky’s professional road and track-racing cyclist, who also made history in July when he became the first British winner of the prestigious Tour de France, donning the coveted Yellow Jersey for fasted combined time. Wiggins is the only cyclist to have won the Tour de France and an Olympic gold medal in the same year.