Track star Staff announces retirement
Reigning Olympic and former team sprint World champion Jamie Staff announced his retirement from competitive cycling via his personal website on Sunday night.
The 36-year-old has been a key member of Great Britain's team sprint squad, bringing home a gold medal as part of the winning GB trio at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 - a title he will not now help to defend at the Olympic Games in London, 2012.
"I've decided to announce my retirement from competitive cycling," Staff wrote on his website.
"I've been racing for 27 years and have accomplished all my goals in winning World and Olympic titles at two cycling disciplines.
"I now feel it's time to pass the challenge on to the younger members of the Great Britain squad in the lead up to the London Olympics in 2012," Staff said, in reference to the likes of young British sprinters Kenny (22), Edgar (27), David Daniell (20) and Matt Crampton (23).
Staff was not selected to ride at last week's 2010 Track Cycling World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, instead he attended the event as a TV commentator for British Eurosport. In the event, Britain's team sprint trio of Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Ross Edgar failed to win gold and came away with bronze.
"I feel that looking at the big picture I would struggle to compete with the best riders in the World at the London Olympics and be in a position to win the gold medal again," Staff wrote.
Staff went on to thank key staff at British Cycling, including team manager Dave Brailsford, and coaches Shane Sutton and Iain Dyer. The 1996 BMX world champion will now concentrate on coaching and creating his own bicycle company.
"I can honestly say that I have become a better person for being part of the British Cycling team and have had the time of my life, and for that I will be forever grateful," said Staff. "I am very happy and very content and so this is not a sad day."
Jamie Staff: Career highlights
Awarded MBE in 2009 New Year Honours
Track World Cup, Copenhagen, team sprint gold
National champion, team sprint
Track World Cup, Manchester, team sprint
Olympic champion, team sprint
Gold medal, team sprint Manchester World Cup
World champion, team sprint
World champion, keirin
Gold, team sprint, World Cup
Gold, ‘kilo', World Cup
World champion, team sprint
World BMX champion
Jamie Staff: Rider Profile
UCI Track Cycling World Championships 2010: CW's coverage index
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.
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