CYCLING: Sky Atlantic to air British cycling documentary series

Sky Atlantic will broadcast six documentaries charting the rise and recent success of British cycling, following some of the most high profile names in the sport.

With cycling more popular than ever and following huge interest in this year’s Tour de France and the Olympic Games in London, British Cycling: Road to Glory will offer a unique behind-the-scenes insight into the inner workings and stars of both the professional road outfit Team Sky and the national British Cycling team.

It promises to lay bare the extraordinary physical and psychological demands that are placed on the riders charged with making sporting history.

Beginning on August 30, the five-part Road to Glory series will also feature key coaches behind the bid, including Dave Brailsford, performance director of British Cycling and Sky Procycling team Principal.

At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Great Britain emerged as the dominant force in cycling with an incredible haul of 14 medals, eight of which were gold.

As the likes of Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins became household names, team director David Brailsford set his sights on achieving even more.

In 2010, Brailsford took charge of professional road outfit Team Sky with one aim in mind – to couple further Olympic success at London 2012 with a first-ever British victory in the Tour de France.

British Cycling: Road To Glory will exclusively air on Sky Atlantic from Thursday, August 30 at 8pm, while another Sky documentary focussing on one of Britain’s most popular sportsmen will follow later in the year.

Bradley Wiggins: Tour of Duty, which will give a no-holds barred look at how one of Britain’s brightest sport stars balances his professional and personal life.

Cameras will follow Olympic Gold medallist Wiggins across some of Europe’s toughest races as he trains for the Tour De France and succeeds in becoming the first British rider to win cycling’s most iconic professional race.

The documentary, directed by John Dower (Thriller in Manila), will also look to capture the personality of Wiggins as he trains and competes for the Tour, following his journey and speaking to those closest to him.

Sky’s head of factual Celia Taylor commented: “With these documentaries we want to shine a light on what will be an extremely exciting time in the world of cycling.

British Cycling: Road to Glory will be a behind the scenes look at the riders who compete for Team Sky and their nation, whilst Bradley Wiggins: Tour of Duty will take us underneath the skin of a hugely successful sportsperson.

“We are thrilled to bring them to Sky Atlantic HD, the home of great storytelling from around the world.”

Sky has been the principle partner of British Cycling since early 2008 and is committed to the partnership until the end of 2016. In addition to the highly successful road race team, the main aim of this partnership is to get one million more people cycling regularly by 2013..

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