One month after winning world time trial, Sir Bradley Wiggins said that he is focusing on preparing for Rio Olympic to be held in 2016.
Ian Drake, Chief Executive of British Cycling is sure that Wiggins will be able to reach a career high at Rio Olympics after which he can retire. In the announcement of British Cycling crossing 100,000 members milestone, Ian Drake said that Bradley Wiggins’s return to the Commonwealth Games is something he regards as fantastic and his display of commitment to the Olympic program will give cycling and also the Great Britain Team a boost.
Ian Drake regards Sir Wiggins’s career to be extraordinary. He is sure of Wiggins winning a medal in Rio just like he won at every Olympics since his first one at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. He is confident that Bradley Wiggins will be adequately prepared for Rio.
He also thinks that Wiggins is providing a role model for the new generation of British Cyclists.
According to Ian Drake, Sir Wiggins’s winning Tour de France also further encouraged the British team; they felt like they have won the first medal of the Commonwealth Games.
Drake said that Wiggins’s win coupled with the success of other British Cycling Champions like Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Laura Scott has helped the sport become more popular and encouraged a huge number of people to take up the sport.
Drake said that around the 2008 Beijing Olympics, they decided to increase the number of membership by using their success at all the major events.
Wiggins said they want to make Britain a cycling nation. He also said that their membership figure is comparable to that of some major political parties and hence their voice cannot be ignored.
Wiggins said that he has been a member of British Cycling since he was a teenager. How cycling has evolved into a sport since Chris Boardman won gold in Barcelona in 1992 is something that is incredible to Wiggins. It is very satisfying for him to see that cycling has become mainstream.