DAVE Brailsford the mastermind behind British Cycling’s successes at the Beijing and London Olympics is now committed to continuing on to Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Brailsford has two roles - British Cycling performance director and Team Sky principal - and suggested around the London 2012 Games he was prepared to take a step back from the national governing body and concentrate on the road with Bradley Wiggins’ squad, which includes Rotherham’s Ben Swift.
However, the 48-year-old is keen to remain with British Cycling and continue the jobs he has been doing for the past four years. He also ignored approaches from the worlds of sport and business; even more were forthcoming than in 2008, from those looking to emulate Brailsford’s model for sustained success.
The aim, should Brailsford say his goodbyes on Copacabana Beach at the end of the 2016 Games, before or afterwards, is for a seamless transition to a new era.
“I’m not sure that I was ever going to let go and walk away (completely),” said Brailsford, following the Track World Cup at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.
“In my mind I like to think that there was a safety valve where you can just go ‘Okay, let’s look at where we are going’. We might structure it slightly differently, we might think about longer-term succession planning.
“I’d like to think we’re building something which is sustainable; coming up to Rio if I just disappeared off sideways nobody would really notice and it would just carry on.”