Wiggins talks of 'years of hard work' behind knighthood for boss Brailsford
OLYMPIC cycling boss Dave Brailsford, from Ilkeston, was knighted for helping Britain become the leading nation in the sport.
As British Cycling performance director, the 48-year-old helped Team GB win eight gold medals at this summer's games and, as Team Sky principal, led Bradley Wiggins to become the first Briton to win the Tour de France.
British cycling is now the envy of the world. During the Olympics it was claimed Britain's wheels were "magic"; Brailsford responded by saying they were rounder than all the rest.
There was an element of truth in Brailsford's joke as he is famed for his marginal gains philosophy, his detail, controlling the controllables and focusing on performances, not the outcome.
The outcomes over the course of Brailsford's career with British Cycling have been impressive: seven out of 10 track titles won at the Beijing Olympic Games, a performance replicated in London, on home soil.
The controllable environment of the velodrome and on the track was the initial focus for Brailsford, who has since branched out on to the road with Team Sky and to great success.
Brailsford has been courted by other sports and big businesses seeking to replicate his method of sustained success but he remains committed to cycling.
Mr Brailsford, who plans to lead Britain and Team Sky for the next four years, recently said: "If I wake up and I'm not motivated, I'm not excited by it, I will step aside, because somebody else should be doing it,
"I'd like to think we're building something which is sustainable.
Coming up to Rio if I just disappeared off sideways nobody would really notice and it would just carry on."
Bradley Wiggins, who was himself knighted in the honours list, said that he was indebted to Brailsford for his success.
He said: "You don't get knighthoods for just doing something overnight," Wiggins said.
"It's for years of dedication and hard work, and, just as my performances have been over the last 12 years, Dave's been pretty much there for the whole of my Olympic career since Sydney.
"Everyone saw what he did this summer with the Tour and the Olympics, and in Beijing.
"But he was there in Athens and in Sydney so it's years and years of hard work and success.
"It's fully deserved."
Sir Bradley heads a sparkling list of sporting heroes, including sailor Ben Ainslie, who receives a knighthood, para-cyclist Sarah Storey, who is made a dame, and Jess Ennis, Victoria Pendleton, Mo Farah and David Weir, who all get CBEs.
And there was also recognition for the people who made the games such a success, from Lord Coe, who becomes a Companion of Honour (CH), to Jean Tomlin, who was in charge of the Games Maker programme and receives an OBE.