Future of British cycling is in safe hands - Kenny

Updated: 

Six-time Olympic gold medallist Jason Kenny believes Great Britain can sustain its dominance of track cycling through to Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

British cyclists have led the way in the velodrome at the past three Games, with Kenny joining Chris Hoy as the nation's most successful Olympian thanks to his three golds in Rio de Janeiro this year.

The key for British Cycling will be sustaining the momentum of a golden generation that also includes Kenny's wife Laura - Britain's greatest female Olympian with four gold medals.

And Kenny is confident there is sufficient talent coming through to ensure Team GB are the dominant force on the track for years to come.

"There's loads. Not so much individuals, but Kevin Stewart is a coach that British Cycling brought on board a few years ago and he's done a really good job with this younger group of riders that are coming through now, and they're all looking really strong," Kenny told Omnisport.

"They're all moving on together, so we've got a really good wave coming up.

"Hopefully by Tokyo, and then the subsequent Olympics, particularly on the sprint side, the team will probably look different but it should be really strong."

Kenny acknowledges that there are always improvements that could be made in the nurturing of young talent, but insists British Cycling is at the vanguard of athlete development.

He added: "It could always be better, but I think we have a good system in British Cycling. I think they're leading the way really.

"We're bringing people in and spotting talent, and it helps really to have the new venues around the country.

"When I started, this [Manchester] was the only indoor velodrome and it wasn't that old.

"But now we've got London, Derby, Newport and Glasgow, so we've got a much larger pool of potential. It's just a case of making sure they get the right guidance and giving them the best possible opportunity.

"I think British Cycling do a good job."

***Laura Trott and Jason Kenny: The Inside Track by Laura Trott and Jason Kenny is out now in hardback, price: £20 (Michael O'Mara Books)***