Jamie Staff Retires from Competitive Cycling
Posted: 28th March 2010 | Source: GB Cycling Team
Above: Staff pictured recently at the 2012 velodrome. 'Man One' now plans to pass on his vast experience to younger GB riders in the lead-up to London 2012.
Olympic Champion Jamie Staff MBE has announced his retirement from competitive cycling after a racing career spanning 27 years.
In his statement, which can be viewed in full at www.jamiestaff.com; Jamie said: "I've accomplished all my goals in winning World and Olympic titles at two cycling disciplines. I now feel it's time to pass the challenge on to the younger members of the Great Britain squad in the lead up to the London Olympics in 2012."
Jamie plans to concentrate on coaching and setting up his own bike company, saying: "I intend to stay within the sport of cycling as a coach. I am in the process of setting up a number of projects to help guide young athletes in the right direction and am also in the process of establishing my own bicycle company."
Jamie's cycling successes began in the early ‘90s where he won numerous British and European titles before moving to California to earn his living as a BMX pro. Jamie was crowned as the World BMX Champion in 1996. With the World Champion title under his belt, Jamie turned his attention to track cycling with the ambition of winning an Olympic medal - BMX wasn't an Olympic discipline at this time.
Jamie's BMX talent transferred seamlessly onto the Velodrome boards and he was selected for the GB team after just a few sessions. A year after he took up track cycling professionally, he became a member of the GB Team Sprint that won Gold in the World Championships in 2002, and since then Jamie has picked up medals across numerous Sprint disciplines.
The Team Sprint is probably the discipline Jamie is best known for, and also the discipline where he realised his Olympic dream of a Gold medal, back in Beijing 2008. Jamie led out Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny to victory, putting in the fastest lap time ever on the way, and earning him a place in the 2009 New Year's Honours List.