HUDDERSFIELD’S Ed Clancy plans to make his cycling career as long as possible after landing individual gold for the first time.
A consummate team performer with three World Championship titles and an Olympic gold from the four kilometre pursuit, Clancy starred in his own right with victory in the omnium at the Track Cycling World Championships in Denmark.
“If you’d asked me a couple of years ago I would probably have said that after 2012, I would pack it all in,” said Clancy, who was Huddersfield’s first Olympic gold medalist since swimmer Anita Lonsbrough when he won in Beijing.
“Right now, though, I’m looking to go on as long as possible.
“When I’m too old and useless to get any results and to make a living at cycling, then I’ll have to think about getting a proper job.
“But to be honest, in my mind now I think I would struggle with having an office job, so I’ll work as hard as I can for as long as I can to keep picking up a wage from cycling.”
He is in a maelstrom of media appointments at the moment with tv, radio and newspaper slots to fill, but his next racing is just around the corner, snow permitting!
“I’m going road racing with the boys again on Friday up in Scotland, three days of work which should bring me back down to earth again!” he joked.
“There are two or three events coming up at home and I’m really looking forward to them.”
ED CLANCY’S FAVOURITES
Food: pasta carbonara
Music: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Comedy: I don’t do funny!
Film: The Hangover
TV: EuroSport (for cycling and motorsport)
Car: Honda (I have a sponsorship deal with them!)
Other sport: Formula One.