Ed Clancy

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Ed Clancy

Revised: July 2016

Disciplines
Team Pursuit, Omnium
Current Team
JLT Condor
DOB
12/03/1985
From
Huddersfield
Based
Manchester
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Biography

Born and raised in Yorkshire, Clancy was introduced to cycling by his father at the age of five and showed promise at an early age, catching the eye of coaches at a British Cycling event at the age of 15 and earning selection for the first intake into the newly-formed British Cycling Academy system.

Riding alongside fellow Academy riders like Geraint Thomas and Mark Cavendish, Clancy soon showed his promise as an international track rider, winning gold as part of the Great Britain team pursuit squad at the 2005 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles, just weeks after his 20th birthday.

It was the first of four world championship gold medals Clancy would win - other successes coming in Majorca two years later, in Manchester in 2008 and Melbourne 2012 - along with four team pursuit golds in the UEC European Track Championships of 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.

But it was in the Olympic Games that Clancy started to write his name into the history books, beginning at the Beijing Games in 2008. The team of Clancy, Paul Manning, Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins comfortably won gold, twice breaking the world record on the way to the final victory over Russia.

Four years later, in front of a packed and fervent home crowd in London, history repeated itself with the British team of Clancy, Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh twice breaking the world best mark, including a record time of 3:51.659, in the final victory over Australia, that still stands.

A jack of all trades

Such are the depth of Clancy’s track skills, however, that the introduction of the multi-discipline omnium for the London Olympics of 2012 also saw him become a force to be reckoned with in that event.

At his first attempt at an omnium on the international stage, Clancy won gold at the 2010 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Ballerup, Denmark, following that impressive start with a gold medal at the 2010 UCI Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia in December.

An omnium gold medal followed at the 2011 European Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, leaving Clancy as a medal hopeful for his home Olympics at Lee Valley VeloPark a year later. Not surprisingly, given the herculean efforts of the team pursuit squad in London, Clancy was fatigued by the time the two-day omnium took place but still turned in an astonishing performance to add an Olympic bronze to his two previous golds.

As befits a rider whose interests away from the sport include motor sports and motor bikes, the pure speed Ed displayed during the Olympic omnium - in which he competed the kilo event in a time of 1:00.981 - saw him experiment with switching over to the team sprint after London 2012. Riding the man three position vacated by the retirement of Sir Chris Hoy, Clancy managed to win a silver medal in the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Glasgow later that year before Great Britain coaches decided he should return to the team pursuit.

Despite his prolific track success - a total of 29 medals in the Olympics, UCI Track Cycling World Championships, UEC European Track Championships, UCI Track Cycling World Cup and Commonwealth Games - Clancy has also been a mainstay of the British domestic road racing scene, currently riding for the JLT-Condor team. His eight victories in the Tour Series was a record only beaten in June 2016 by his JLT-Condor team mate Jon Mould.

In September 2015, however, Clancy suffered a potentially calamitous injury, in the most innocuous circumstances, damaging his back while picking up an empty suitcase following a stage of the Aviva Tour of Britain. The result was a prolapsed disc and surgery which, Clancy admitted later, could have left him unable to walk, let alone ride professionally.

Amazingly, within three months of the operation, Clancy was back training with the Great Britain Cycling Team, regaining his place for the team pursuit final at the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in London, in which the hosts were narrowly relegated into the silver medal by Australia.

It was a sure sign that Ed was well on his way to a full recovery and that the Rio Olympics, and that possible hat-trick of team pursuit gold medals, was in his sights.

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Selected Career Highlights to Date

2016

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, London (UK)

Silver, Team pursuit

2015

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Paris (France)
Silver, Team pursuit

2014

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, London (UK)
Gold, team pursuit (qualifying round)

UEC European Track Championships, Guadaloupe
Gold, team pursuit
Bronze, scratch race

Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (UK)
Silver, team pursuit

2013

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester (UK)
Gold, team pursuit

UEC European Track Championships, Apeldoorn (Netherlands)
Gold, team pursuit

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Minsk (Belarus)
Silver, team pursuit

2012

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Glasgow (UK)
Silver, team sprint

Olympics Games, London (UK)
Gold, team pursuit
Bronze, omnium

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Melbourne (Australia)
Gold, team pursuit

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, London (UK)
Silver, team pursuit

2011

UEC European Track Championships, Apeldoorn (Netherlands)
Gold, omnium
Gold, team pursuit

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Apeldoorn (Netherlands)
Bronze, team pursuit

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester (UK)
Gold, team pursuit

2010

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Ballerup (Denmark)
Gold, omnium
Silver, team pursuit

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cali (Colombia)
Gold, omnium

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Melbourne (Australia)
Silver, team pursuit

UEC European Track Championships, Pruszkow (Poland)
Gold, team pursuit

2009

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester (UK)
Gold, team pursuit

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Melbourne (Australia)
Silver, team pursuit

2008

Olympic Games, Beijing (China)
Gold, team pursuit

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Manchester (UK)
Gold, team pursuit

2007

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Majorca (Spain)
Gold, team pursuit

2005

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Los Angeles (USA)
Gold, team pursuit

GREAT BRITAIN CYCLING TEAM KIT

Great Britain Cycling Team kit