This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com.
With a little under a hundred days until the start of the 2012 London Olympic Games, Cyclingnews begins its recap of some of the greatest moments in Olympic cycling history by taking you back to the Barcelona Olympics of 1992.
In the summer of 1992, Great Britain was a marginal player at best in world cycling – far removed from its standing in the sport today. It can be argued that Chris Boardman’s record-breaking performances on his way to Olympic gold in the individual pursuit helped to start the cogs of revolution that bore fruit in eight gold medals at Beijng sixteen years later, and a boom in the sport that shows no sign of slowing down. Cyclingnews caught up with Boardman to reflect on those three golden days in Barcelona that changed British cycling forever.
Recalling the eve of the individual pursuit final, Boardman was fully aware of the magnitude of the situation he found himself in. “I struggled mostly with stress and nerves because I just wanted it all to be over,” he told Cyclingnews. “It was so big. This was it: four and a half minutes to change the rest of your life, or not as the case may be. It’s a massive thing to be aware of, as was the fact that there were 62 million people watching the final live.”
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