|Full name||David Brailsford|
29 February 1964 |
Shardlow, Derbyshire, England
|Discipline||Road and Track Cycling|
|Role||BC Programme Director
BC Performance Director
Team Sky General Manager
|Infobox last updated on
28 February 2013
Brailsford was born in Shardlow, Derbyshire but brought up in Deiniolen, near Caernarfon in Wales, as a result of which he speaks Welsh. Brailsford competed in France for four years as a professional cyclist before returning to the UK at 23 to study for a degree in sports science and psychology at Chester College of Higher Education (awarded by the University of Liverpool) and then an MBA at the University of Sheffield Management School.
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 soon established its headquarters at the Manchester Velodrome, an Olympic-standard track, and Brailsford became programme director before becoming performance director. Under Brailsford's guidance, numerous cyclists have gone on to achieve success, including Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins, Geraint Thomas, Jason Kenny, Victoria Pendleton, Mark Cavendish and Laura Trott.
Brailsford led the British team to numerous victories at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics in Athens, Beijing and London respectively. Under his leadership Team GB has become the most successful track cycling team in modern history.
In 2010, Brailsford also became the manager of the new British-based professional team, Team Sky. As Sky Team principal he oversaw both Bradley Wiggins' and Chris Froome's victories in the 2012 and 2013 Tour de France.  He led the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Cycling team (covering track cycling, road racing, BMX and Mountain Biking) in Cycling at the 2012 Summer Olympics. The team finished top of the medal table for the discipline.
He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours. He was knighted for services to cycling and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the 2013 New Year Honours.
British cycling's 14 medals, including eight golds, at the 2008 Summer Olympics won him the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award on 14 December 2008. In November 2010, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by University of Chester where he studied Sport and Exercise Science.
In December 2012 he won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award for a second time.
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- "Sports Personality: Cycling's Dave Brailsford is coach of the year". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
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