|THE MOTHER of Team GB cycling guru Sir David Brailsford believes her son has ‘reached the top’ after the announcement of his knighthood in the New Year’s Honours List.
The former Ysgol Brynrefail pupil, who grew up in Deiniolen, has received his honour for services to cycling, after masterminding Bradley Wiggins’ inaugural Tour de France win and Team GB’s twelve medals at the 2012 London Olympics.
Mother Barbara Brailsford, from Penisarwaun, believes his son has reached the pinnacle of his career following the announcement.
She said: “I heard on the news on Sunday, and it’s been hard to keep my feet on the ground, I was elated to hear it.
“It’s nice when singers and performers get it, but I don’t think they’ve worked as hard as David, so it’s very nice to see him get recognised.
“I’m not sure how much more there is to achieve, I think he’s reached the top now."
The 48-year-old is due tomake his third visit to Buckingham Palace, after he was awarded an MBE in 2005 before receiving a CBE four years later.
It was the second successive Olympic Games Brailsford led Team GB two eight cycling gold medals, which capped off a stunning year in which he led Team Sky to an historic 1-2 with two Britsh cyclists.
David Brailsford said: "It is a bit surreal really. It is quite humbling and it really is something to try to get my head around.
"I'm very lucky and aware that the sport of cycling has grown and that we have had great success because it is a team effort over a long, long period of time.
“I guess the acid test is that if I were to win the lottery and had so much money that I would never have to work and could do anything I'd want, I would still do this.
"It doesn't feel like a job, and it is a privilege to be able to do what we are doing.”