ED CLANCY does not remember too much about the heady days after he struck Olympic gold in Beijing.
After climbing to the top of the podium with Great Britain’s team pursuit quartet the former Holme Valley Wheeler and Geraint Thomas were on a mission, they drunk almost as quickly as they pedalled as they found their Olympic spirit at the bottom of bottle after celebratory bottle.
Clancy and Thomas were indulged in their alcoholic excesses by teammates Bradley Wiggins and Paul Manning but now, four years on, they have stepped up into the senior roles.
Manning retired after Beijing and is now a team coach, while Wiggins has found an alternative road to further storied success.
But Clancy and Thomas are determined to make there’s a double in London, with the team pursuit including two of Andy Tennant, Peter Kennaugh and Beijing bronze medallist Steven Burke.
“We’re ready to get it on, things are looking good and everyone is riding well and can’t wait to put it together on track and see if what we’ve got is enough,” said Clancy.
“I’m under no illusion that it’s going to be a battle. Australia beat us at the test event, we beat them at the World Championships, this is going to be the mother of all deciders.
“In Beijing we took the mick a bit, but we’ve got a fight on our hands this time. It’s going to come down to a few tenths of a second, stupid errors will be very badly punished.”