2015 was a great year for British cycling with world titles, world cups and world records being claimed, set and broken!
One of the biggest winners of 2015 and one of the biggest faces of British cycling was Chris Froome. 2015 saw him claim a land mark second Tour de France victory to go alongside his 2013 win. The performance was even more impressive because as well as overall winner he was also crowned King of the Mountains, the first rider to take both the yellow and polka dot jerseys in the same tour in 45 years!
British riders have now won the past 3 out of 4 Le Tours with the other winner being Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012. After leaving Team Sky and founding his own team WIGGINS, Sir Bradley continued to enjoy some big success in 2015,
setting a new UCI hour record - riding 54.526 km and taking a gold medal at the European track championships as part of the British team that won the team pursuit.
Wiggins’ hour record was not the first time a British rider had broken it in 2015 either! Just a month earlier Alex Dowsett had set the new UCI hour record in Manchester with 52.937km though it only stood for 35 days.
Women’s cycling hero Lizzie Armistead continued to make Britain proud by taking overall victory at the Ladies Tour of Qatar, becoming a two-time UCI Women’s Road World Cup winner and becoming only the fourth British woman ever to win the UCI World Road Championship!
Dame Sarah Storey continued to build on her impressive list of achievements in 2015 as well with 4 separate world titles! Victories at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in both C5 500M time trial and C5 3km pursuit early in the year were followed in the summer with wins at the UCI Para-cycling Road World championships in both C5 road race and C5 time trial.
Back at the UCI Para-cycling Track World championships, Jody Cundy won his 13th world title in the C4 1km time trial, Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott became double world champions after winning the women’s B1km time trial and the women’s B sprint with their male counterparts Neil Fachie and Peter Mitchel repeating the same feat!
British success in world cups continued as Rachel Atherton put on an incredible performance at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, winning 6 out of the 7 rounds and claiming her 4th overall World Cup victory! Meanwhile Liam Phillips became the first man to win back to back UCI BMX Supercross World Cup titles when he repeated his 2014 victory.
With so much British talent moving into the 2016 Olympic year, it promises to be an exciting time ahead.
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