Dave Brailsford

Dave Brailsford
Dave Brailsford

David Brailsford
Personal information
Full name David Brailsford
Born 29 February 1964 (1964-02-29) (age 47)
Derby, England, United Kingdom
Team information
Discipline Road and Track
Role Rider
BC Programme Director
BC Performance Director
Team Sky General Manager
Infobox last updated on
19 August 2008

David (Dave) John Brailsford CBE (born 29 February 1964)[1] is a Welsh cycling coach and is currently British Cycling's performance director, and the general manager of Team Sky.


Early life

A Welsh speaker,[2] Brailsford was born in Derby but brought up in Deiniolen, near Caernarfon in Wales,[3] a son of an Alpine mountain guide.[4]

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 before an MBA in Sheffield Business School.

Cycling management

He has been involved with cycling throughout his career, he was first employed by British Cycling as an advisor when Lottery funding began. He became programme director before becoming performance director.[5]

Brailsford's British cycling support crew led the British team to victories at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

In 2010, Brailsford also became the manager of the new British based professional team, Team Sky.[6]


His contribution to cycling was acknowledged in being appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours list.[5]

British cycling's 14 medals, including eight golds, at the 2008 Olympics won him the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award on 14 December 2008.[7] He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2009 New Year Honours.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Cycling's Taff at the top". BBC Sport. 17 August 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/cycling/7533548.stm. 
  2. ^ "Geraint Thomas yn gwneud argraff wrth ymarfer ar gyfer y Gemau Olympaidd". BBC Cymru. August 2008. http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/cymru/chwaraeon/media/geraint_thomas?size=16x9&bbram=1&nbram=1&bbwm=1&nbwm=1&bgc=000000&lang=cy. 
  3. ^ "Penisarwaun mum's pride as Brailsford wins Sports Personality of the Year award". Caernarfon and Denbigh Herald. 18 December 2008. http://www.caernarfonherald.co.uk/caernarfon-county-news/where-i-live/dyffryn-peris-news/2008/12/18/penisarwaun-mum-s-pride-as-brailsford-wins-sports-personality-of-the-year-award-88817-22499325/. 
  4. ^ We’ve been funded to win Olympic medals, not finish fourth The Times, 26 March 2007
  5. ^ a b MBE For Dave Brailsford British Cycling 15 June 2005
  6. ^ William Fotheringham (26 February 2009). "Sky to sponsor British Tour de France team". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/feb/26/cycling-tour-de-france-mark-cavendish. 
  7. ^ "Sports Personality 2008: Cycling". BBC. 14 December 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tv_and_radio/sports_personality_of_the_year/7771920.stm. Retrieved 16 December 2008. 
  8. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58929. p. 7. 31 December 2008.
  9. ^ Richard Moore (31 December 2008). "New Year honours list: arise Sir Chris ... and there's a medal for your mum as well". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/dec/31/new-year-honours-chris-hoy. Retrieved 3 January 2009. 

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