Sir Bradley Wiggins will certainly face stiff competition in his mission to compete at a fifth Olympic Games in Rio, according to British Cycling chief Ian Drake.

Wiggins, 33, has won seven medals on the track and road, four of which are gold, at the final four Olympics and wants to compete in Brazil in 2016.

Drake said: “Bradley wanting to come back is great but competition is high.

“Decisions are made on performance basis plus podium performances, not what has been done historically. “

Wiggins won the time trial gold medal on the highway at London 2012 to add to their collection of six track medals through the Beijing, Athens and Sydney Games.

Only fellow cyclist Sir Philip Hoy and rower Sir Dorrie Redgrave have won more gold medals for Team GB — six and five respectively – having won five and
Wiggins has said he will quit road racing at the end of 2014 in an effort to imitate the duo.

However , Wiggins, which left the track to focus on the road after the 2008 Olympics, has recognized that making a return to the Group GB track line-up
would not be easy.

Plus Drake warned: “The strength detailed of athletes that we have got now could be phenomenal.

“Everyone who pulls at the Great Britain jersey now knows these are in a fight for those places.

“People have to earn that jersey. You simply have to look at what happened in terms of selections for London 2012 with Jason Kenny and Hoy. “

Kenny had been picked over Hoy in the individual sprint, despite the Scot being the defending champion, and repaid the selectors by winning the gold medal.

Speaking at the launch associated with British Cycling’s four-year strategy, which usually details the sport’s ambitions to 2017, Drake said the governing body had not set a honor target for Rio but wants to support Team GB’s aim to a minimum of equal its overall medal tally achieved at London 2012.

This individual told BBC Sport: “It’s a massive challenge and one set by federal government. Can we be the first country that has hosted a Games to undertake as well or even better in the following Games?

“The medals mean more than medals. We want to contribute to those Team GIGABYTE targets but equally as important is to get people riding bikes. inch

British Cycling has set a target of increasing once-a-week participation by 125, 000, while the body also wants to address the gender gap in the sport by getting one million more women cycling by 2020.


New president Frank Howden, who succeeded Brian Cookson when he left to get
president of world cycling’s governing body the UCI, also wants to increase British Cycling’s membership from around 80, 000 to 140, 000.

Changes to the appointment of board members should also see the first women join the British Cycling board, with three of the 10 board members being appointed as independent directors, rather than elected.