Climbing Connections: British Cycling and the MOAC

Everybody in the UK knows the name Bradley Wiggins after he dominated the Tour De France, eventually winning the event and helping his Sky teamate Mark Cavendish fire over the finish line on the final stage of the TdF in Paris. Not only did Wiggins win but the dominance of Team SKY was undeniable during the event.

It of course begs the question of who coaches this amazing team, well the head of performance at Team SKY is David Brailsford. Brailsford was raised in Deiniolen just outside Llanberis and after taking degrees in Sport Science and Psychology he went onto study a MBA at Sheffield business school. He now manages not only Team Sky, but is the British Cycling team’s performance director, where in 2008 he helped us win all those medals in the last Olympics.

His father was none other than John Brailsford who invented and developed the first purpose built climbing protection, the Acorn and subsequently the MOAC.

The world is one very small but amazing place. I hope Dave keeps up the success over the coming two weeks!

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