In the latest in our ‘show us your scars’ series, we caught up with Olympic pursuit star and top level crit rider Ed Clancy.
In the video Clancy talks us through some of the injuries he’s suffered and talks about how he and other young British Cycling Academy riders – including Mark Cavendish – got a bit over-excited in an early career race and nearly all of them took a tumble.
Since we spoke to the track star he has encountered another injury when he slipped a disc in his back. The ‘freak accident’ occurred when he was lifting a heavy bag and will now have to miss the European Track Championships in Switzerland.
This competition that was seen as key for his preparations in the lead up to the Track World Championships and 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Part of the gold winning pursuit team at the last two Olympic Games, Clancy may face stiffer competition for his place as more riders come up through the ranks and others return from the road.
Both Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins are vying for places on the track squad, with the former a possible threat to Clancy’s omnium spot and the latter pushing hard for pursuit selection.