Shane Sutton, performance manager for British Cycling, has received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to sport.
The Australian has worked with the Great Britain team as coach and mentor since 2002, and contributed to their enormous success at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.
He moved into coaching after a career as a road and track cyclist where he won numerous titles, including gold in the team pursuit at the 1978 Commonwealth Games and victory in the 1990 Milk Race.
“It’s obviously a huge honour to be awarded with an OBE and it’s something to be proud of,” said Sutton. “For me though, it’s not a personal accolade. The riders, the coaching team and the support staff I have around me make up a big percentage of what we’ve achieved so the recognition is for all of the GB Cycling Team to share.”
Dave Brailsford, performance director at British Cycling, said: “Shane is an integral part of the GB Cycling Team and brings an amazing energy and understanding of the riders which few other people can match. He is a major contributing factor to our success and it’s been great fun working with him over the years.”
Other cycling awards in the Birthday Honours list include John Lloyd (organiser of mountain bike enduro and marathon events in Wales) and Melvyn Perkins (a founder of Heather Hawks Cycle Speedway Club 44 years ago) being made MBEs.