Britain’s track cyclists is going to be “more intense” in the run-up in order to Rio 2016 than in previous many years, performance director Dave Brailsford offers told BBC Sport.

After GIGABYTE won
eight World Cup medals in Manchester, Brailsford believes the nature of his team has changed.

“The average age of this particular team is probably one of the youngest in a long time, ” said Brailsford.

“There’s an enthusiasm, a youth if you want. We’re going to race more intensely compared to we have in the past. “

British bikers won four titles at the weekend’s Track World Cup: both team pursuits, the women’s individual quest and the women’s omnium.

Only Germany could live with Great Britain at the event, winning five medals, all of them precious metal. Three came courtesy of Kristina Vogel, who won the sprint and keirin after taking team sprint gold with Miriam Welte.

Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell both took gold in two occasions for Britain while the weekend furthermore saw the continued emergence associated with Scottish teenager Katie Archibald, who all won two medals.

“We’re nearing this Olympic cycle differently due to the age of the group, ” said Brailsford.

“After London 2012 we dropped a lot of key players, like Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Ahora, out of this squad.

“We haven’t got a big squad, but it’s not too young to create internal competition, which is what you need. One thing coaches can’t create is the fact that feeling of looking over shoulder, associated with pressure from behind for selection. But equally it’s manageable and we’re a tight group. “


Britain’s endurance riders experienced the weekend’s best results on paper. The women’s team pursuit
broke the world record twice in a single day – and for the 3rd time in a fortnight – along the way to gold, a result the guys soon replicated.

Trott, who gained team pursuit and omnium precious metal at London 2012,
created superb rides in the six-discipline omnium’s final three races to add a second gold on Sunday.
Joanna Rowsell’s second gold came in the individual pursuit, with Archibald third.

“The women’s team quest were superb, ” said Brailsford. “They are a step up from the rest of the world at the minute. “

The particular women’s team pursuit now involves four riders racing over 4 kilometres under new rules released this season. At London 2012, Trott, Rowsell and Dani King gained as a three-woman team over three kilometres.


“To be reasonable to Laura, Dani and Jo, they were a step above everybody in the last Olympic cycle too, ” added Brailsford.

“Now, it’s a different event. We’ve got a squad associated with nine together, which is phenomenal. But their desire to keep on working is what actually matters and it’s contagious, which is thrilling. “

British strength in depth will probably keep them ahead of their rivals — the closest being Canada, Australia, Russia and the United States – for some time as other nations struggle to find a reliable fourth rider. So how will Britain come to boast nine bikers to choose from?

“I’d like to say it’s the growth of the sport. Here you can see the people at the highest level, but behind that there’s a big amount of work going on in the clubs and round the country, ” said Brailsford.

“That’s widened the base of our pyramid. The particular talent coming through now is coming through in greater breadth and depth. Katie Archibald, bursting on to the scene as she has, is a great example of that. “

On the sprint side of the squad, double entire world champion Becky James portrayed pleasant surprise at silver medals in the keirin and team sprint, plus bronze in the individual sprint, having just returned from a month racing on the Japanese keirin signal.

But Olympic sprint champion Jason Kenny failed to come through qualifying in the event in Manchester, the rarity for a top British driver, and also missed out on a keirin honor.

Brailsford said: “Jason not qualifying here this morning I think is a good factor, personally. It will be a bitter pill for him to swallow but it will wake him up, and they are the important things at this stage of the Olympic cycle.

“Reputations don’t matter. It who you are, you have to earn your place. He has to get his head down and graft. “

He added: “Do I have any real concerns? Number Everything is in place at this moment on time. “

Two more World Cups remain on the schedule – although only one venue has been confirmed, within Mexico next month – before February’s World Championships in Cali, Colombia.

“We might juggle up the line-ups in the teams a bit in Cali, and try a few things away, ” concluded Brailsford.

“There remains time to test things out and experiment a little bit. Cali gives all of us the opportunity for that and we’ll find what happens. “