Whether leading off the team GB pursuit squad in Rio or saving his teammates from a missed opportunities, Ed Clancy, MBE has emerged as a golden-rider and unsung hero of Britain’s cycling medal haul. In the new colours of JLT Condor, 2017 will see Ed Clancy step back from his track career to focus on riding on the road. He talks us through his next move.
“I’m back racing in Australia, the first time since the 2012 Track World Championships.” explains the Yorkshire-man.
“It was in Melbourne, good memories and we won the World Championships.”
Being a World Championship, Ed would have had little time to look around Melbourne on his previous visit, as he notes.
“There was no cafe time, we were very dedicated at doing our job on the track in my last visit. So next week I’m looking forward to being out in Melbourne seeing the place by bike, see the sites, see a Kangaroo and Koala.”
Clancy predicts tough racing
After sightseeing, Clancy’s first agenda is the the Bay Crits. A three day race series beginning on New Years Day. The series has been attended by JLT Condor since 2011, but this will be the Yorkshireman’s fist ride in the event.
“There are going to be a lot of Australian riders in good form at the race. They’ll be targeting it as they have their National Championships a few days later.”
Although the competition looks fierce Clancy is confident the team line up has plenty of firepower to compete with previous winner, Caleb Ewan of Orica GreenEdge.
“We’ve got a great team, Brenton Jones won the series here before and there is no reason why we can’t win again, I feel good and I think we can go well.”
After the Bay Crits, Clancy and ten riders from JLT Condor will head north into the the state of Victoria for a training camp in Bendigo. “We’ll stay in Bendigo for a few weeks. Each day we’ll head out for a few hours on the bike. Mostly likely practise leadouts and various things like that.”
“The Bendigo camp will be a good build up for the New Zealand Cycle Classic. It is a stage race and the opening stages are flat. I’ll be looking to help out sprinters out on the opening stages, before the GC guys take over for the Queen stage.”
Once the New Zealand Classic is wrapped up, Ed Clancy is straight back to the UK, whilst the rest of the team stay in Australia for the Sun Tour.
“A month of training, with a few races is ideal for me. I’ll travel to Majorca after that to avoid any naff British weather. I don’t fancy riding in snow.”
Ed who initially has a support role to other sprinters in the team takes charge in Croatia in the beginning of March. He will link up with his three Yorkshire based team mates Tom Moses, Graham Briggs and team leader Russell Downing. “Before you know it, its March and I’m heading out to Croatia. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in. The calendar I have worked on with John Herety is really interesting. It will be great to ride the season with the guys.”