“Tough Few Years at British Cycling” – Team Great Britain Director Reflects on Tokyo Olympics 2020 Dominance

Published 08/09/2021, 1:08 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Cycling – Track – Men’s Team Pursuit – 1st Round – Izu Velodrome, Shizuoka, Japan – August 3, 2021. Charlie Tanfield of Britain crashes with Frederik Rodenberg of Denmark REUTERS/Matthew Childs


The Tokyo Olympics 2020 proved to be a welcome distraction for fans across the globe. They offered sports enthusiasts a chance to watch their favourite athletes once again, after an extended break of one year. Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the officials in Japan managed to successfully curb the spread of the virus and ensure the safety of all the participants.

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Team Great Britain put up a strong display, building on their impressive outings in London and Rio. They concluded this year’s Summer Games with a medal tally of 65, including 22 gold, 21 silver and 22 bronze medals. But one particular field in which the folks from the United Kingdom stamped their authority was – cycling.

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In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Team Great Britain director Stephen Park that it was “relief and pleasing” that British cyclists were able to perform both on the track and other disciplines.

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“We’ve had a tough few years at British Cycling, different people taking different views. I have always been very conscious of the legacy of the British cycling team. The question was whether we could maintain top team status. For those listening three years ago I was saying the dominance of the track would not be the same because of the movement in equipment. That’s proven to be the case.”

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Cycling – Track – Women’s Team Pursuit – 1st Round – Izu Velodrome, Shizuoka, Japan – August 3, 2021. Katie Archibald of Britain and Neah Evans of Britain crash after the race. REUTERS/Matthew Childs

“If you want to keep shouting, if you want to keep sniping, then feel free to give me a call. I’ll make sure there’s a bike available if you think you’re good enough,” Park said in the interview.

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England’s dominance in cycling came as no surprise as they equalled their tally from the previous two editions of the quadrennial showpiece. They returned home to the UK with 12 cycling medals, falling short of 2 from their all-time highest tally which came at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

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