April 25 - British Cycling have confirmed their roster of Olympic and Paralympic Programme cyclists that will receive National Lottery funding.
A sensational showing from British cyclists at London 2012 saw them take eight gold, two silver and two bronze medals, and the roster announced today features a host of stars from last summer's Games, as well as dozens of young stars that will work with the Academy and Development programmes.
"Following another successful Olympic year, the management and coaches are keen for the momentum to continue as our focus switches towards Rio 2016," said British Cycling performance director Sir Dave Brailsford.
"We continue with a strong squad of podium riders, all of whom we believe have medal potential for 2016.
"It's exciting to see Becky James progress on to the final stage of the performance pathway and fill the big gap that Victoria Pendleton left when she retired.
"Professional road riders Josh Edmondson, Lucy Martin and Katie Colclough are also included on the 2013 Olympic Podium Programme.
"This year, we are able to re-introduce the Women's Endurance Academy as the young duo of Lucy Garner and Amy Roberts move up from the Olympic Development Programme (ODP).
"These girls are all signed with road teams, but show exceptional talent on the track with Elinor Barker already stepping up and winning a gold medal in the team pursuit at the World Championships in Minsk which puts her straight onto Podium level funding, so it's great that they can continue their development on the British Cycling pathways.
"We also welcome new recruits on to the Sprint, Men's Endurance and Mountain Bike Academy Programmes.
"This puts us in a very strong position in the first year of the Olympic cycle as we have this depth of talent which we can develop towards Rio.
"It's great to see the ODP squad high in numbers again, with plans for a new Paralympic ODP squad taking shape.
"We have some real young talent in there across the board, for example we have a World BMX Champion in Quillan Isidore and Tao Geoghegan Hart showing real talent out on the road.
Britain's Paracycling team also produced an impressive performance at London 2012, securing 22 medals in total, including eight gold, and Sir Dave spoke of the mix of Paralympic veterans and promising youngsters that have been included in the roster.
"The Paracycling squad is also looking good for 2013, with the podium programme now comprising of long-standing athletes such as Dame Sarah Storey and Jody Cundy and new athletes such as Mark Colbourne who made a fantastic Paralympic debut after less than 18 months training with the squad," he said.
"It's good to see former Academy sprint cyclist Pete Mitchell make the switch to tandem pilot and I'm looking forward to seeing how he develops over the next couple of years.
"Overall, I think we're in a good place on the pathway to Rio."
Olympic gold medallists such as Sir Bradley Wiggins, Phillip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Laura Trott are all on the list, along with Paralympic stars such as Dame Sarah Storey and Jody Cundy.
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