And if you haven't got that, it doesn't matter how much talent you've got, you're never going to get sustained success."Olden returns: Brailsford's wins Athens 2004 4 medals Two golds, one silver, one bronze.Golds are Chris Hoy in the 1km time trial, and Bradley Wiggins in the individual pursuit.They're always ringing and asking 'What shall we do? The target has since been dropped, but if we get even close to it, cycling will have played a significant part."When I started cycling, 25 years ago, people looked at me, when I rode through Wales, as if to say, 'What on earth are you up to? "Now, local Welsh people, from Carnarvon and Llanberis, come up to me with an awareness and an excitement. "You have to work out, is this athlete intrinsically driven?Is there that burning desire inside them, to continue to compete, to continue to improve, to continue to go through all the pain and the hard work, the nutrition, the lifestyle, the sacrifices you have to make. it's not to do with anyone outside, it's what's inside them, they're special in that respect.We work hard to make sure that your safety and privacy are never compromised. You can use our site on your computer, tablet and mobile phone. If you’ve been on the site for a while it might be time to give your profile a makeover.Updating your profile will make it feature higher in searches and attract more people. Read More We are two sisters from a farming background, who have always had a passion for the countryside and the outdoors.So if you’re single and looking for someone who’s not averse to a bit of mud, we’re the site for you.Your security is our number one priority, so all new member profiles are manually vetted and scrutinised by our in-house customer service team to make sure only genuine country people are on this site. So we've made Muddy Matches to reflect your busy, outdoors lifestyle. Lots of people live in the country but enjoy the buzz of the city, or some are city dwellers who like to don their wellies at weekends Take our Muddy-Townie quiz to get your ratio, wear it like a badge of honour and search for other members by their Muddy-Townie ratio.
It is a problem, the sport has got this reputation based on what's happened in the past, but you've got to stick to your guns and show that you can do it clean, and give everybody hope and belief that if you do things cleverly, if you do things with a brain, and you get behind athletes and support them you can achieve fantastic results."A home games too, has presented new challenges. "In Beijing, I think I went 13 different times to figure out how we were going to operate in this challenging environment, whereas here you just jump on a train and go down to London."The one thing that is really interesting.We're told that many of the best business ideas are developed in the pub, and this is where we were in 2006, mulling over the changing perception of online dating sites and their increasing popularity in urban areas, when we came up with the idea for Muddy Matches.Since then, the site has gone from strength to strength, with thousands of people from the UK and Ireland joining every month and many thousands of success stories.It did not take long for the green verge that slopes down from the Velodrome towards the vast screen perched on stilts in the River Lee to be christened Hoy Hill.He is the brightest star, though not by much, in Britain's extraordinary cycling firmament.Beijing 2008 14 medals Stunning performances from the cyclists yield eight golds.2011 World Championship Mark Cavendish becomes first British road-race winner since 1965.2012 Tour de France Under Brailsford at Team Sky, Wiggins becomes first ever Briton to win the Tour.London 2012 6 medals Six medals won so far in ruthless displays at the Velodrome.Whilst our team has expanded over the years, we're still a family-run business, operating out of a converted barn on a farmyard in Northamptonshire, and pride ourselves on our friendly customer-service and the fact that we are the only independent dating site for genuine country-minded people.Whatever you are looking for, we wish you luck on Muddy Matches!Finding someone who shares your interests or lifestyle is important for lasting happiness.At Muddy Matches we have over 200,000 members from the UK and Ireland who all have one thing in common: they love the countryside!