British cycling chief Brailsford ready to share control after London Games

Dave Brailsford is ready to loosen his grip, but not let go completely, on British Cycling after the Olympic Games.

Brailsford has been doing the job of two committed people over the last four years, doubling up his role as British Cycling performance director alongside that of principal of Team Sky, the road team which launched in January 2010 with the aim of winning the Tour de France within five years.

Two jobs: British Cycling Performance Director Dave Brailsford

Two jobs: British Cycling Performance Director Dave Brailsford

'The growth of cycling's enormous and there's only so much I can do in a day,' Brailsford said.

'There's no doubt about it that with all of the responsibilities that I have it's difficult to maintain the same level of detail across the entire British programme.

'I think we're all of an agreement that it would make sense for my role, or my job description, to shift slightly, but we'll review that after the Games.'

Brailsford led Great Britain to eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and recognised the potential on the road, launching Team Sky, whose riders include Bradley Wiggins and world champion Mark Cavendish, and his role is all-encompassing.

The success he masterminded has sparked a remarkable rise of cycling, for participation and sport, across disciplines as diverse as track, road, mountain bike and BMX.

Success: Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins

Success: Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins

While determined to remain involved in British Cycling, Brailsford is prepared to share responsibility in the build-up to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, with Team Sky set to take more of his focus.

'I've worked extremely hard for the last four years at both,' he added.

'I think now it's time to recognise that in order to get British Cycling in the best shape possible for the four years building into Rio we could probably change it and make it a bit more manageable. I think that's the right thing to do.

'The key thing is I want to maintain a strong link and involvement with British Cycling, it's just possibly a subtle change to some of my responsibilities, maybe delegate some of the more day-to-day operational stuff and still be involved at the strategic management level.'