British Cycling’s Julie Harrington: ‘Jess speaking out has been the catalyst for change’

Chief executive of British cycling is confident she can oversee a change of culture, after the bullying and sexism allegations, without damaging the medal count

Julie Harrington is watching youngsters hurtle round the BMX track inside the National Cycling Centre on the outskirts of Manchester. She has walked up the biggest ramp before, several years ago when she came here on a coaching development day while working for the Football Association.

“I was encouraging people to look outside the game for best practice,” she says. “I invited the likes of Sir Dave Brailsford to St George’s Park to talk about how football might do things differently, ironically.”

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