Anyone who was closely watching the Rio 2016 Olympics over the last few weeks would have seen the British cycling team perform sensationally during their events.
Collectively, they took home 12 medals, including six golds, smashing the awards tables in the sport. In fact, they won four more golds than any other country during the Brazilian Olympics, and twice as many medals in total.
But the question remains, how did the likes of Laura Trott, Jason Kenny and Sir Bradley Wiggins perform so well during the competition?
Some have suggested the Brits had a superior kit to other nations, investing some of their finance in good quality bikes and custom design cycling wear.
A British cycling insider told The Telegraph that Team GB’s kit gave them a “five per cent performance advantage” over the other competitors. However, it was also acknowledged that this could have just had a “placebo effect” on the athletes, who performed better as they felt they were using the highest quality equipment.
It cannot be forgotten that the cyclists themselves are incredibly talented and should be given credit for their achievements.
British Cycling puts a lot of investment in their talent programmes, and selects the best riders very carefully. It is incredibly difficult to get chosen for Team GB, showing just how talented the cyclists have to be to get picked.
Whether it is investment in the players, the kit, the training programmes, facilities or equipment, British Cycling provides well for its riders. This all helps the cyclists to be prepared and supported during huge competitions such as the Olympics and helps pave the way to their success.