Sir Dave Brailsford is widely credited as the driving force behind Team GB's phenomenal results in both the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and London 2012. Under his leadership Team GB is the most successful track cycling team in modern history.
Dave spent four years as a competitive cyclist in France before returning to the UK to study for his first degree in Sports Science. He subsequently went on to study for an MBA at Sheffield business school. Dave Brailsford has been involved with cycling throughout his career. He was first employed by British Cycling as an advisor when Lottery funding began in 1996.
British Cycling based itself at the Manchester Velodrome, an Olympic-standard track, and Dave soon became Programme Director before becoming performance director. Under Dave Brailsford's guidance, numerous successful cyclists have been directed by him, including Sir Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins, Jason Kenny, Victoria Pendleton, Mark Cavendish and Laura Trott.
In 2010, Dave Brailsford also became the manager of the new British-based professional team, Team Sky. In 2012 as Sky Team principal he oversaw Bradley Wiggins' victory in the Tour de France.
Sir Dave's contribution to cycling was acknowledged in being appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours list. He was then appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2009 New Year Honours. And in November 2010, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by University of Chester where he studied Sport and Exercise Science.