From a recent BBC Sport post:
British Cycling boss Peter King says this country's riders are the best in the world and will be GB's best hopes of Olympic glory in 2008 and beyond.
King told BBC Sport that Britain's fine display at the recent world track championships and continued success elsewhere added up to top status.
"We were number one in 2005 and will be again this year," said King.
"We are the most professional team in cycling and we are the most professional Olympic sport in Britain."
"Cycling in this country is massively on the up," said King.
"On the one hand you have the whole green agenda, our transport problems and the new focus on public health and fitness. They are driving participation levels up and the sport is booming."
"And on the other hand you have our huge success at elite level, across a range of disciplines, not just the track. Everything is coming together at the same time."
"Cycling may be the most popular or second most popular sport in other countries but it probably peaked about 20 years ago there."
"A decade ago the British Cycling Federation, as we were, was struggling a bit and we had only 13,000 members. We now have more than 20,000. That is an increase of 50% - which other sport in this country can match that?"