Triple Olympic cycling gold medallist Bradley Wiggins has described the ticketing process for London 2012 a “shambles”.

The 31-year-old has won medals at three consecutive Games and is bidding for a fourth next year. But he has criticised the system for deciding who will get tickets to the Olympics.

He told the BBC: “I think, as most of the public feels, it’s a bit of a shambles the ticket allocation.

“It’s a shame when you know what works so successfully in other Olympic Games, certainly Athens, that they couldn’t implement those ticket systems here.”

Wiggins had previously bemoaned the system on social networking site Twitter, and has again reiterated how unhappy he is that many of his family will not be able to watch him after missing out in the ticketing ballot.

He said: “I’d love to have my family there. I grew up in London and would love to have my mum and everyone there watching me but you know that’s the way it is I suppose, you just get on with it.

“It’s a shame but there’s nothing you can do about it.”

The London 2012 Organising Committee (Locog) confirmed that Wiggins, and all competing athletes, would receive two tickets each for events they are competing in to give to family or friends.

A Locog statement read: “We have developed an “athlete friends and family initiative” – a first – which enables all cyclists to buy two tickets to every event they compete in, so their friends and family can be there.”