As part of their new Sporting Superstars study, Essential Living has done some digging around the top British cyclists of all time and their successes.
With the British cycling team, Ineos Grenadiers, soon to be setting off at the Tour de France, and the Olympics in Japan upcoming, British cycling is back in the limelight. While Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, the resurgent Mark Cavendish, and co. have impressed on the road over the last decade, the British track cycling team has been a dominating force.
Team GB cyclists have brought an impressive 23 Olympic gold medals to their home turf, so here are the top five that helped make it happen and their defining career highlights…
Sir Chris Hoy – 6 Olympic gold medals
P.O.B – Edinburgh
The now-retired 11-times world champion, Chris Hoy was the first British athlete to win 3 gold medals at a single Olympic game in over a hundred years (since Henry Taylor in the 1908 games) and is the most successful Olympic British Cyclist and the second most successful Olympic cyclist ever with seven medals – one silver and six gold.
Hoy has received many honours including an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of St Andrews and an MBE. Now a British racing driver, the former olympian is still pursuing the rush of competing.
Jason Kenny – 6 Olympic gold medals
Y.O.B – 1988
P.O.B – Bolton
Before the age of 23, Kenny was already winning world and European titles. With 6 Olympic Gold medals, he is tied with his former teammate Chris Hoy for the most Olympic Golds for a British Athlete. Kenny was recently appointed a CBE in 2017 for services to cycling.
After briefly considering retirement, Kenny bounced back claiming he felt 18 starting all over again as he will aim for his 7th gold medal in this year’s 2020 Olympics.
Sir Bradley Wiggins – 5 Olympic gold medals
Y.O.B – 1980
P.O.B – London
Born into an athletic family, Bradley Wiggins’ father was also a professional cyclist. Racing from the age of 12, Wiggins competed in the London Youth Games in his teens, forging a place in the London Youth Games Hall of Fame.
From winning Tour de France to many Olympic gold medals, Wiggins has shown versatility in cycling, tackling both track and road racing. The cyclist was awarded a CBE in 2009 before retiring in 2016.
Laura Trott – 4 Olympic gold medals
Y.O.B – 1992
P.O.B – Harlow
With a total of four Olympic gold medals, she is Team GB’s most successful female Olympic athlete. Laura was appointed an OBE and a CBE for her services to cycling.
This incredibly decorated athlete continually dominates her competitions with seven World Championships, 14 European Championships under her belt.
Y.O.B – 1980
P.O.B – Stotfold
This former multi-talented athlete is not only a cyclist but also a jockey, Pendleton’s success has earned her the place amongst the most successful female British Olympians. With nine world titles, she has been added to the European Cycling Union Hall of Fame.
Her sporting success has given her many medals and both an MBE and CBE, she has also become a household name appearing in magazines and gaining partnerships with beauty brands, even appearing on shows such as Strictly Come Dancing.