Sutton Coldfield cyclist Paul Manning has said he does not feel any external pressure to win a gold medal at Beijing - he will put more than enough pressure on himself.
Manning has already won bronze and silver in the team pursuit at Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004, and the Great Britain team is the current world champions and record holders.
But Manning said the tag of favourites will not be a weight around their necks and he believes they will be able to ride even faster in China.
“We are in pole position because we know we can do the business in Beijing,” said the 33-year-old. “I think we can break our own world record again and we are still learning to push the boundaries of the sport.
“The only pressure we feel is what we place on ourselves and the spirit in the camp is superb.”
Team GB have every reason to be full of confidence. This is a golden era for track cycling in Britain and their are high hopes the squad will return with several gold medals.
Great Britain’s cyclists astonished the world when they won a record haul of nine gold medals at the World Championships in Manchester earlier this year where world records tumbled on the super fast track.
Victoria Pendleton and Chris Hoy both won two gold medals and Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins teamed up to win gold in a dramatic Madison race.
Former rower Rebecca Romero led the women’s team pursuit riders to gold and also won the women’s individual pursuit.
In the men’s team pursuit race, Wiggins led the team, which included Manning, to victory and a new world record and also took the individual pursuit title.
“It was great to all meet up again because we hadn’t seen each other since Manchester,” Manning said from Team GB’s training camp at the Newport Velodrome.
“We have all been doing our own individual training. We have been hitting the roads to keep us sharp, but it is great to get back on a bike on the track. We have wonderful facilities now, like here in Newport, and the team is more professional now than ever before.
“The banter was flying and it was a good first session. As you would expect from a squad that is successful, the morale is very high. No matter what you do, if you are successful then everyone is smiling.
“The thing is we know we can go faster. We have got some young lads coming through as well, which bodes well for London 2012.
“I won bronze at Sydney and silver at Athens, so now I want to complete the set. That is what keeps driving us on.
“As at the World Championships, I can imagine Australia will be our main rivals again but we have set the benchmark, and they have something to chase now.
“We can’t wait to get out there now and get down to the real business of winning medals.”
The future of the sport looks bright for the foreseeable future after Sky TV was confirmed as British Cycling’s principal partner for the next five years.
The multi-million pound partnership will provide increased support for cycling in the run-up to the London 2012 and beyond.
Every level of the sport is set to benefit from the investment, from the Elite Team of World, Olympic and Paralympic cyclists to British Cycling’s talent development programmes and grassroots initiatives in schools and local communities.
The partnership will cover all forms of the competitive sport from BMX to track cycling and road racing, with the aim of bringing on the elite teams and accelerating the development of emerging talent.