There is no doubt that British cycling is alive and well at the highest echelons of performance – Britons won the Tour, the world champs and pretty much the entire velodrome; there’s also no doubt that British cycling is alive and kicking at the grass roots level too – membership has doubled since 2007. It makes sense to assume that all is well in between, too, right? Unfortunately not; BC is the governing body for beginner’s racing, Regional racing (2nd and 3rd cats), all levels of women’s road racing, National level racing (Elites and 1st cats) and the semi professional/professional teams below Sky. All of these parts of the sport are in trouble – but particularly at the higher end.
What’s wrong with the in-between then?
The problem with all that lies between the two extremes of the Sky rides and the Sky team is that not only is there a large and almost unbridgeable gap between the likes of Sky and the next best British teams but that the races for those teams are getting s