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Clancy thinks focusing on Commonwealths might hinder preparations for 2016 Olympics

By Doug O'Kane, Sports Editor Thursday 27th March 2014
Ed Clancy receiving his bronze. Picture: Graham Chadwick.

Barnsley-born Olympic champion Ed Clancy says the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer will probably not have his full attention.

 

The 28-year-old former Springvale School pupil, who grew up in Ingbirchworth and still trains in Barnsley, has been part of the Great Britain pursuit team which has dominated the event in recent years but failed to reach the final at the recent World Track Championships in Cali, Colombia.

 

Clancy, who now lives in Holmfirth, told the Chronicle: "We are going to decide how much preparation to do for the Commonwealth Games in the next couple of weeks. I have never won the Commonwealths so that would be a nice box to tick, especially because it is on home soil, but it's probably not going to be my priority.

 

"I think I will almost definitely do the Commonwealths but my ultimate goal is Rio 2016 and Glasgow does not really fit into the preparation for that. Although we compete on the track, about 90 per cent of our training is on the road. It's where we get our core fitness. "

 

"Also, I am a professional racer and I have a responsibility to my team Rapha Condor to be focusing on their races rather than training for the Commonwealth Games."

 

Clancy is determined not to make any more mistakes as he believes poor preparation was behind the shock failure in Colombia. He said: "The team event in Cali was the most disappointing moment I can remember. It is not a nice feeling at the moment. Everyone is running around trying to work out what went wrong and a lot of people are being blamed. But maybe it is a good wake-up call for us.

 

"If this was the spring of 2016, we would be panicking, but we still have two years until the Olympics. We were under-rested and over-trained. We did a lot of track work and not enough road work and that worked against us."

 

As well as the Commonwealths, which start on July 23, Clancy is planning take part in the Milk Race in Nottingham as well as the National Tour Series. He is considering entering the Tour of Britain in September.

 

Meanwhile, Penistone man Dan Taylor raced for the first time since breaking two of his vertebrae in an accident as he finished 11th out of 124 in a time of 23-15 at the Bolsover CC ten-mile time-trial in Hatfield. Birdwell Wheeler Bob Waterhouse recorded a course pb of 26-02 to win his age category. Andy Cutts finished in 23-59 and Trevor Mayne in 24-26.