THE MOTHER of Team GB cycling guru David Brailsford has spoken of her pride after he won the BBC Sports Personality Coach of The Year Award.
Brailsford, a Welsh speaker originally from Deiniolen, took the accolade after a masterminding a watershed year for British cycling in his role as Team Director of Team Sky and Team GB.
Under his management, Bradley Wiggins became the first ever Britsh winner of the Tour de France in its 99-year history, with teammate Chris Froome also claiming second-place.
In addition, the riders took the gold and bronze medals respectivley in the Time Trial as Team GB cyclists won a staggering 12 medals at this Summer’s London Olympics.
Mother, Barbara, was watching the awards ceremony intently at her Penisarwaun home.
She said: “Wasn’t it unbelievable. I only saw it through tears, so I didn’t have the clearest view of it! I was welling up watching the television. I just can’t believe it, it’s so wonderful.
“He’s worked so hard this year, not just with his success, but with the hassle from the doping scandal, so I’m so proud of him.
“I remember him telling me when he was a teenager, ‘I’m going to be a millionaire, mum’, and I took it with a pinch of salt, but he had his plans.”
The former Ysgol Brynrefail pupil will now enjoy a Christmas break at his Derbyshire home, before returning to work to plot Team Sky’s mission to retain the coveted yellow jersey at next year’s Tour de France, and his mother has some ideas of her own on how to do it.
Mrs Brailsford added: “I’d like to see Froome being the lead rider next year. He very much supported Wiggo at the event, and I think he deserves a go for himself, he’s a very talented rider. I wouldn’t dare offer him advice though!”