We’d expected to be able to hang this interview on another English class team pursuit gold in Glasgow – but not so.
And for the first time since 2009 the GB team failed to make the podium in the track Worlds back in the spring – probably no big deal in the overall scheme of things where The Olympics are what really count to BC, these days.
How times change.
The GB team pursuit Renaissance began in 2000 in Manchester and since then the men in the red, white and blue skinsuits – along with the Australians – have been the men to beat in this most precise and exacting of disciplines.
A man who was an integral part of the team’s rise – riding four Olympic Games and picking up a bronze and silver; 14 Worlds with a bronze and four silver medals; three Commonwealth Games winning a bronze and two silvers, not to mention 35 British championship medals is Bryan Steel.
Here’s what he had to say to us.