Rouleur podcast: The Medal Factory with Kenny Pryde

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British Cycling and the cost of gold – from rank amateurs to world beaters, but at what cost?

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Author Kenny Pryde joins us to discuss his new book The Medal Factory: British Cycling and the Cost of Gold.


Britain has dominated the sport – especially on the track – for more than a decade – but at what cost? That’s the central question in a new book “The Medal Factory” by one of the country’s most experienced cycling journalists.


Kenny talks through the extraordinary transformation of British Cycling from its underfunded, amateur past to its world beating, gold medal and Grand Tour winning present.  The success has come with controversy: the Jiffy bag, allegations of bullying and sexism, and the complex relationship between the lottery-funded national national squads and the commercial Team Sky.  And how much longer can this golden streak last?


Plus, Rouleur’s Desire Editor Stuart Clapp goes starry-eyed over Colnago’s new gravel bike and explains why Adam Blythe has been helping him recover from pneumonia.


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