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Brailsford: Glasgow key on Rio road
Sir Dave Brailsford believes the Glasgow Commonwealth Games provide an ideal dress rehearsal for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics for Great Britain's track stars.
Racing at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome next summer will be fierce, with Britain's riders representing the home nations, plus the presence of some of track cycling's leading nations including Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
The event offers the chance for a young team - minus retired duo Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton, among others - to focus on a target in the summer months, just as the riders must for the Rio Olympics two years later.
Britain prioritised the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, which took place in March 2006, over that year's Track Cycling World Championships, but sent a youthful squad to Delhi for the October 2010 Commonwealth Games, instead focusing on the Olympic qualifying points available at the European Track Championships.
"For Glasgow it makes absolute sense for the age and experience of this group to go there and take it very seriously," British Cycling performance director Brailsford said.
"Everyone's training is geared around being at the best for the worlds, which is February, March time. We can use this as great experience for the youngsters to experience what it's like to try to hit a peak in the middle of summer, rather than March."
At London 2012 Britain delivered in front of a home crowd with seven gold medals from 10 events, equalling the remarkable haul from Beijing four years earlier.
Asked whether Glasgow being another home Games has an impact on the approach, Brailsford said: "It shouldn't do from a performance point of view.
"(But) there's nothing better than riding in front of your home crowd.
"When it does become the Commonwealth Games and it splits into the home countries, there's even more passion, as each home nation gets behind their riders.
"That's an added element of it, but it's not the reason for doing it."
Competition in Glasgow begins on July 24, but first come the 2014 World Championships in Cali at the end of February.