Brailsford is nation’s coach of the year

British Cycling's performance director Dave Brailsford during the World Track Cycling Championships at the Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 28, 2010. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.
British Cycling's performance director Dave Brailsford during the World Track Cycling Championships at the Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 28, 2010. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.

Ilkeston’s very own Olympic hero Dave Brailsford has been honoured for his role in masterminding another record-breaking year for British Cycling.

The 48-year-old picked up the Coach of the Year awards at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony on Sunday night.

He helped guide Team GB riders to eight Gold medals for the second successive Olympics as well as overseeing a rush of medals in the velodrome for our Paralympic team.

On top of all that Daveis also a leading figure at Team Sky, which celebrated a historic Tour de France victory as Britain scooped an unprecedented one-two with Sports Personality of the Year Bradley Wiggins taking the top spot from runner-up Chris Froome.

Speaking to the BBC on Sunday, he said: “It is a huge privilege to get this award - this year of all years after a fantastic summer of sport.”

Dave is set to pick up a second honour on Wednesday night when he is given the Freedom of the Borough of Erewash at a special council meeting. See next week’s Advertiser for a full report from the ceremony.