Sport Beth Tweddle on her way to securing a bronze at last year’s Olympics

London 2012 bronze medallist will open academy to unearth stars of the future

Sport on TV: Triple-jumper can't help men come in from cold in Minsk

It is not as if the wheels have come off, it's more a cycle of death and rebirth. As Jonathan Edwards introduced "the next chapter" for Britain's cyclists at the World Track Championships (BBC2, from Wednesday) he described the footage of the golden daze of last summer as "something to make you smile and cry at the same time". The former triple-jumper wasn't referring to his own presenting style; the tears could be from all the emotion, or from mourning the passing of those halcyon days.

Jason Kenny wins the keirin

Cycling: Jason Kenny rides his luck to seal gold after Frenchman cuts a corner

Briton had originally missed out on final before reprieve while Yates wins points race

The Hut saddles up for cycling craze as it ponders IPO

The online retailer backed by the former bosses of Marks & Spencer and Tesco has bought a bike accessories website, in its latest acquisition ahead of a possible flotation this year.

The Hut buys into craze for cycling

The online retailer backed by the former bosses of Marks & Spencer and Tesco has bought a bike accessories website, in its latest acquisition ahead of a possible flotation this year.

Jason Kenny and Ross Edgar on their way to winning gold in the men's team sprint final

Cycling: Ross Edgar makes road move

Ross Edgar will take to the road in 2013 after 12 years as a member of the Great Britain track team.He has signed for IG Sigma Sport.

Jess Varnish (front) and Victoria Pendleton at the Olympics

Cycling: Varnish aims to shine in Glasgow after London low

Jess Varnish stood out at the London Olympics. It was the 21-year-old who took the Mark Cavendish mantle – the one nobody wanted to settle on their shoulders; like the Manxman in Beijing, Varnish was the lonely unfortunate among Britain's garlanded cyclists, the one who did not win a medal amid the happy clamour of the velodrome.

Carol Ann Duffy has been Poet Laureate since 2009

New Carol Ann Duffy poem hails Olympic heroes

Britain's Olympic triumph has been immortalised in verse by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

Donald MacInnes: My pan-sexual crush on our magnificent Olympic cyclists

Mirrored shades are always sexy. Maybe it’s the instant nonchalance they bestow on the wearer. Or perhaps it’s the fact that all you can see when you look at them is your own gaze. Not only can the wearer see that you are looking into their eyes, but that’s all you can see, as well. It’s all about them. And confident acceptance of being regarded by others is, as we all know, extremely attractive.

August 7, 2012: Sir Chris Hoy became Britain's greatest ever Olympian with gold in the keirin final

Hoy wins sixth Olympic title as Team GB reach 22 golds

The knight in navy Lycra pedalled his way past all others last night, becoming Great Britain's most successful Olympian in his final Games appearance.

Sir Chris Hoy poses with his gold medal

Crowned: Sir Chris Hoy - our finest Olympian, our finest Olympics

The knight in navy Lycra pedalled his way past all others last night, securing the crown of Great Britain's most successful ever Olympian in his final Games appearance.

The Sports Matrix: Wednesday 8 August 2012

Double tops for Trott and Hoy as Queen Vic downed

4 August: A boy waves the GB flag as riders pass through Wellington Arch during the women's triathlon

Leading article: The welcome return of the Union Jack

The flag has been rescued from the connotations of lost Empire or unpopular Union

Cyclist Jason Kenny has his eye on world domination

Team GB's Jason Kenny plans to dominate the cycling track for years to come

Jason Kenny has said that he wants to dominate the track cycling’s ­individual sprint after becoming Britain's first double gold medallist.

Dave Brailsford says London has presented new challenges

British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford in tribute to Victoria Pendleton

British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford paid tribute to Victoria Pendleton ahead of her Olympics swansong in the velodrome tonight.

The 24-year-old from Bolton was selected ahead of Sir Chris Hoy, the 2008 Olympic champion in the event

Team GB's Jason Kenny sets Olympic record in men's sprint

Great Britain's Jason Kenny advanced to tomorrow's quarter-finals of the men's sprint in straightforward fashion on day three of competition at the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome.

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