I started cycling at the age 14 when my brother started racing. II was often getting into trouble at school and was very unfit. I used to be bored sat in the back of the car having to watching by brother race so my dad bought me a bike to try and encourage me. I wasn’t very keen on the sport and at that age if you stood me with my school mates in a line to pick the future Olympic medallist, I would have been one of the last people standing there! However, I feel I was very lucky because as I developed there were people there to support me at the right time to move to the next level.
After my fourth Olympic games and winning my silver medal I was give the best advice I had ever had. I had started to fall out of love with the sport and I was encouraged to step away from it for a period so that I could come back when the time was right. I knew I would be back but after that Olympics I didn’t touch a bike for 8 years. In the meantime, unbeknownst to me we were starting to see how cycling was having such an impact on the general public.
Since 2000, when I won my first Olympic medal to today, and from the success of the British cycling team there has been a massive boom in the sport. But it is still the same sport from when I was 14 in that cycling is a lifestyle - it doesn’t matter your size, age, fitness and how fast you would like to go. I know I won’t be going as fast as I did at the Olympics again but I still try to ride my bike each day.
My mission is to make sure that the millions of people riding a bike each year have the same opportunity of falling in love with the only sport that is for everyone.
With the success of The British cycling team in 2012, I started Bryan Steel Cycling, developing a range of services, packages and programs to support people into cyclin. These programs are designed to embrace the sport as a lifestyle. Through our pathway you can start cycling in our Engage outdoor and Engage indoor programs. As you develop you can then move into our Bryan Steel Cycling Community and if you so choose have a pathway into our performance programs to achieve your cycling goals in fun, friendly, safe, social and exciting atmosphere.