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Date: 23/6/2010

My name is Ed Clancy and I am a professional track and road cycle racer. For the last 4 or 5 years I have specialised in the Team Pursuit. This is where four guys take it in turns to race 4km on the track. It takes around 4 minutes but we currently hold the World Record at 3 minutes and 53 seconds.

I spend half of my year, October to March, on the track and then April to September out on the road. During the road season I get to train hard ready for the autumn and also make some money.

It was actually quite late in sport that I took up cycling. I had a BMX and Mountain Bike when I was younger and always enjoyed cycling. However I was 16 when I first went to a British Cycling talent event where I had to do a 3 minute endurance test and a sprint test. I was then selected for the Junior Track Squad and had to train every day. From there I was invited to be part of the GB Academy where basically six of us lived in two houses in Manchester and trained together full time. I was 19 years old at this point.

My training varies quite a lot. For example I could go to Majorca for 6 to 8 weeks to do 30 hours of training on the road across each week to build my endurance. Some days I do split training with 3 hours on the road and 2 hours on the track. Another day I may have to do 5 hours of endurance training. In the week before a competition I would maybe only train for 5 hours in a whole week so my body can rest before an event.

My greatest achievement has to be the Gold medal we won at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. It was something we'd been working towards for a long time. What made it even more special is the fact it was won with some great friends. They are more than team-mates now after so long racing together.

When it comes to what I eat, it's simply all about common sense. It wouldn't do me any good to have takeaways and eat chocolate all the time. But occasionally these things are OK - as a nice treat. As long as I am eating a balanced diet and getting enough protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, fibre and just generally being healthy it's fine. When you are training for 5 or 6 hours a day you need to make sure you eat regularly as the food gives us the energy we need to train.

One question I regularly get asked is will I be aiming for 2012? I will certainly try my best and hope to be there. Cyclists often reach their peak in their late 20's and I will be 27 at the next Olympic Games so my chances are high. I have just got to keep training hard and looking after my body.

I hope that has given you a good introduction to who I am and what I do. Next month you can find out more about my road cycling - where I've been and what I've been doing.

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