Eight years after zooming to a hat-trick of gold medals in his last Track World Championships appearance, Sir Bradley Wiggins has world records rather than retirement on his mind as he prepares for his high-profile return at the London Velodrome.
The 35-year-old admits a combination of advancing years and the continued evolution of his sport has made training more unforgiving, and acknowledges that his reputation alone will not be enough for a final shot at Olympic gold in Rio.
A team pursuit world record would be a good place to start, the tantalising three minutes and 50 seconds barrier within reach this week according to Wiggins, who will reunite with Mark Cavendish.
He said: "We're all quite excited that we could break the world record, if the conditions are right. It will either be next week or in Rio because there is no other opportunity really.
"But as I learned with the hour record, you can't compare anything you do (in Manchester). You just don't know what the conditions are going to be like.
"There are six of us going for four (Rio) spots. You just try to make sure you do everything asked. It's not a given - I won't be selected just because I've got my Tour win.
"You get shown the numbers and if you're not up to scratch you go home. Reputations have got nothing to do with it."