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Cycling Coach Dave Braisford becomes Sir Dave!

Posted on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 12:28PM by
TEAM GB cycling boss David Brailsford laughed and smiled with the Queen as he was knighted for his outstanding contribution to the sport and Olympic Games. Ilkeston-born Sir David said the monarch wished him a happy birthday as stated in This Derbyshire this week

Sir Dave Brailsford with his award, which was given to him in recognition for his contribution to cycling and the Olympic Games.
He then revealed they shared a "chuckle" when he said he was actually born on February 29, and so could only celebrate it on the correct day every four years.
Sir David was knighted for leading Britain to eight cycling gold medals at two successive Olympic Games and Team Sky to an historic one-two in the Tour de France.
The 49-year-old mantra of "marginal gains" – which included washing hands, sleeping with the same pillow and using single stripe toothpaste – will all go down in sporting history as the formula that helped Team GB's cyclists win 12 Olympic medals at London 2012
The performance director said he loved every moment of his day at Buckingham Palace yesterday
He said: "I'm honoured. It means so much and is such a humbling experience.
"The Queen congratulated me on my birthday, which is actually on the 29th, which made her chuckle.
"We talked about the Olympics and how proud everyone was and what a great event it had been."
Sir David said he felt warm inside when he thought of the cyclists' achievements.
"I have seen their development for many, many years and all the background work, all the laughter and the tears and the pain.
"It was fantastic for the country, of course, but particularly good for the riders and cycling itself."
Before the ceremony, Sir David said: "I'm very excited. I'm a humble guy but, instead of holding back, I'm going to embrace the day because it's a unique moment in my life. I've been involved in cycling for most of my life and, in the last few years, British Cycling and Team Sky have really progressed and helped make the sport more mainstream.
"I'm here on behalf of the sport – what the riders, the back room staff and our partners have helped achieve. We've all contributed to the progression of cycling and I'm the lucky person who's here to represent all that."

Sir David John "Dave" Brailsford, CBE (born 29 February 1964) is a British cycling coach. He is currently performance director of British Cycling and the general manager of Team Sky.

Brailsford was born in Ilkeston, 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 Sheffield University 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. In 2012 as Sky Team principal he oversaw Bradley Wiggins' victory in the 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.

Honours: 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. Cycling solutions

We have seen a massive uplift in demand for cycle products since the Olympics and certainly the outstanding input that Sir Dave has put into the sport has got to have contributed to this. More and more success on the track has come from cycling success in the UK. More and more youngsters are looking to buy a bike and store it securely. More and more schools, Universities and workplaces are making sure that provision is made for safe storage of bikes to promote this eco friendly way of getting from A to B! 

Thank you Sir Dave from us all.