Colne Cyclone selected for the Olympics in Rio

Olympic gold medallist Steven Burke has been selected to represent Team GB at the Games in Rio
Olympic gold medallist Steven Burke has been selected to represent Team GB at the Games in Rio

Olympic gold medallist Steven Burke has been named by the British Olympic Association as one of 16 track cyclists who will compete for Team GB at the Rio Games.

The 28-year-old Pendle rider, who was awarded an MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list for services to the sport, joined Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh and Geraint Thomas in the team pursuit at London 2012 to claim the greatest prize while setting a new world record in the process as they finished ahead of Australia and New Zealand.

The Colne Cyclone, also a bronze medallist at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 where he competed in the individual pursuit, was selected in the men’s track squad alongside Jason Kenny, Phillip Hindes, Callum Skinner, Owain Doull, Ryan Owens, Clancy, former World Champion and 26-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish and Seven-time Olympic medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Team GB’s Chef de Mission, Mark England, said: “The fantastic performances our cyclists delivered at both the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games cemented the sport’s place as one of our most successful in modern times and it’s great to be able to welcome another strong squad to Team GB.

“The mix of Olympic, World and Tour de France champions alongside talented debutants is enormously exciting. In the build-up to Rio 2016 the team have shown great form and will no doubt be looking to continue this at the Olympic Games this summer.”

British Cycling programmes director Andy Harrison said: “I am pleased to announce such a strong squad of riders who will represent Team GB in Rio this summer.

“Our team has proven to be the leading nation for cycling in the past two Olympic cycles and our aim is to continue that momentum and be a sports team that Britain can be proud of.

“We’ve seen some good results across the disciplines this season and I’ve every confidence we can step it up once more for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”