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Golden Olympian backs Let’s Get Cycling bid

Great Britain's Ed Clancy celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's team pursuit final at the velodrome in the 2012 London Olympics. Picture by David Davies/PA Wire.

Great Britain's Ed Clancy celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's team pursuit final at the velodrome in the 2012 London Olympics. Picture by David Davies/PA Wire.

Yorkshire’s most decorated Olympic cyclist has added his name to the growing list of sports stars and celebrities backing our Let’s Get Cycling campaign.

With Tour de France winner Chris Froome, Otley rider Lizzie Armitstead and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg already on board, Ed Clancy is urging people in Yorkshire to embrace the cycling legacy of the Tour de France.

The 29-year-old, who was born in Barnsley and lives in Huddersfield, is a two-time Olympic champion in track cycling’s team pursuit and has a bronze medal in the multi-discipline omnium.

He also has four world titles and a quartet of European gold medals across the two disciplines.

A man who loves cycling, he believes this year’s Tour de France represents the chance of a lifetime to get people out on their bikes.

“The Tour de France is the biggest bike race in the world and it’s worth having a gander even if you’re not interested in cycling,” he said. “There’s ample opportunity to feed off a bit of inspiration and get your bike out. It won’t happen very often so make the most of it.

“For me personally, cycling is a great thing that I’ve made a career out of.

“But for anyone, it’s a great way to keep fit. Unlike some sports it’s good for not getting too many injuries – assuming you’re not falling off – and it’s good for your knees because it’s a low impact sport.”

 

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