Riding toward Rio: Ed Clancy & Alex Frame

Ed riding the Individual Pursuit at the Revolution Series

JLT Condor have two riders vying to take home gold at this weeks Track World Championships and two riders, who are usually team mates but will race against each other in one of the most highly anticipated events, the Team Pursuit.

The timed event is a test of true physical capability and team work, four riders must cover a distance of 4km (16 laps) of the track in the fastest time possible. The time of the third rider over the line is taken as the result. Riders follow each other closely to get a drafting effect and reach speeds around 60 kph. Performances at the event puts each rider a step closer to their goal of riding in Rio 2016.

Ed Clancy will also compete in the Scratch event. We asked both JLT Condor riders how they were feeling ahead of the event.

Current World Champion Alex Frame and his New Zealand squad edged out Team GB at the 2015 World Track Championship. The NZ squad took home the rainbow stripes but after strong rides in the World Cup and a motivated Sir Brad Wiggins now fully up to speed it could go either way.

Watch the both JLT Condor riders compete live in the World Track Championship:
Live coverage of Team Pursuit qualifying is on Wednesday 2nd March, 1.30pm, BBC2
Live coverage of the Team Pursuit round 1 is Thursday 3rd March, 5pm, BBC2
Live coverage of the Team Pursuit finals is Thursday 3rd March, 9.15pm, BBC2

All smiles, Alex Frame takes one step closer to Rio.

How do you combat race day nerves?
Ed: I recite rational facts, such as: ‘I’ve done this 100 times before in training. I have trained five days a week and I am ready. And this is just like any other training ride.’ By reciting logical facts to yourself, you physically shift the blood from the ‘chimp’ part of your brain to the sensible, rational part of your brain, and that helps to calm your nerves.

How does it feel to return to the site of the London Olympics?
Ed: The atmosphere is amazing… It’ll be a good experience, I’m looking forward to going back and hopefully re-living a few memories.

How did you get into the sport and what is it about cycling that you love most?
Ed: My dad bought me a bike when I was 5. I liked going fast on it. When I was about 15 I was talent spotted at the British Cycling event and I qualified for the academy. I was in the same academy class as Mark Cavendish and Geraint Thomas.
Alex: I got into Track cycling just for a bit of fun after seeing it on the TV. Speed, risk and the reward (when it all goes to plan) – it is a motivating combo. 

When you aren’t cycling, what do you do in your spare time?
Alex: At the moment with the heavy load of training I’m just super tired. I like to go out of my way to kick it to the beach. There are a few really nice beach towns about 40mins away from where I live. I love music and collect a lot of vinyls. I also paint a bit when I’m in the zone. Abstract stuff on canvas, mostly.
Ed: Just chilling with my mates, maybe riding my motorbike.

Alex first outing in JLT Condor colour, saw him leadout Chris Lawless for a stage win.

You come back to Britain for the Tour Series racing in the JLT Condor colours? Do you know about the series and the event, are you looking forward to working with Ed C and Chris Lawless in the sprints?
Alex: Very excited to be back in the summer racing for JLT Condor!
Chris Lawless is super fast and a really good all round dude. We roomed together at NZ cycle classic and enjoyed handing the yellow jersey back and forward!
The guys talk about him he sounds like the world nicest dude! Im more then happy to do my part to help the boys smash it in the sprints of the Tour Series! Should be a mint year!

2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships – TV schedule

Wednesday 2 March

BBC Red Button – (Live) – 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Eurosport 1 – (Live) – 6:55pm – 9:05pm
Eurosport 1 – (Repeat) – 11:00pm – 12:30am

Thursday 3 March

BBC 2 (Live) – 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Eurosport 1 – (Live) – 6:55pm – 9:10pm
Eurosport 1 – (Repeat) – 9:30am – 11:00am
Eurosport 2 – (Repeat) – 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Eurosport 1 – (Repeat) – 5:20pm 6:50pm
Eurosport 1 – (Repeat) – 11:10pm – 12:40am

Friday 4 March

BBC 2 – (Live) – 7:00pm – 8:30pm
BBC Red Button – (Live) 8.30pm – 9.35pm
Eurosport 1 – (Live) – 6:55pm – 9:40pm
Eurosport 1 – (Repeat) – 10:00am – 11:30am
Eurosport 1 – (Repeat) – 2:15pm – 3:45pm
Eurosport 1 – (Repeat) 11:25pm – 12:55am

Saturday 5 March

Eurosport 1 – (Live) – 6:55pm – 10:05pm
BBC Red Button – (Live) – 7:00pm – 10:20pm
Eurosport 2 – (Repeat) – 9:30am – 11:00am
BBC1 – (Highlights) – 1:00pm – 1:50pm
Eurosport 1 – (Same day delayed) – 5:30pm – 6:55pm
Eurosport 1 – (Repeat) – 11:30pm – 1:00am

Sunday 6 March

Eurosport 1 – (Live) – 9:55am – 12:15pm
Eurosport 1 – (Live) – 1:55pm – 6:00pm
BBC 2 – (Live) – 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Eurosport 1 – (Repeat) – 9:30am – 09:55am
Eurosport 1 – (Repeat) – 1:15pm – 1:55pm
Eurosport 1 – (Repeat) – 11:30pm – 1:00am

Read more at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/gbcyclingteam/article/20160222-How-to-follow-the-2016-UCI-Track-Cycling-World-Championships-0#cspkALr2t7O4qXEG.99

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