Ed Clancy – 3x Olympic Champion – The most successful Team Pursuit Rider in the history of cycling
With three Olympic Gold medals and six World Championship medals, Ed Clancy OBE is among the Olympics GOATS, one of the leading Team Pursuit cyclists in history, having competed in four Olympic games.
Ed was part of the team pursuit group that achieved eight world-record times throughout his career.
He was awarded an MBE in 2009 and an OBE in 2017 for his services to cycling.
Since retiring from the team in 2021, Ed has built on his experience and is now the Director of his own Cycling Academy. He is a successful Performance Consultant and popular keynote speaker.
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Whilst Ed Clancy loved cycling from a young age, it wasn’t until he was 16 that he took it up professionally after being scouted by British Cycling. Just a few years later, he won his first gold medal at the 2005 World Championship.
And the success and medals didn’t stop there. Since then, he has competed as a track and road endurance cyclist as an individual and as part of the GB Team Pursuit, winning an impressive four Olympic medals, twelve UCI Track Cycling World Championship medals, seven medals at the UEC European Track Championships, and a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games. More impressively, his third pursuit gold medal gained at the 2016 Rio Olympics came after a period of injuries and surgery on his back.
Whilst retiring from professional cycling, Ed Clancy is still very heavily involved with the world of the sport. He has been an ambassador for the human performance specialists Pro-Noctis since 2017 and an ambassador for CAMS, specialising in helping cyclists involved in road traffic accidents. He remains a consultant for British Cycling’s Research and Innovation Team and the British Triathlon Federation. In early 2023, Ed took over from Dame Sarah Storey as the South Yorkshire Active Travel Commissioner, aiming to make South Yorkshire a safer place for people to cycle.
Ed Clancy is also an entrepreneur; in 2020 he launched the Clancy Briggs Cycling Academy with former teammate Graham Briggs, aiming to get children to learn to ride a bike. Then in 2022, alongside long-term mentor Phil Kelly, he co-founded Pursuit Line. Pursuit Line is a performance consultancy company aimed at building upon business and personal development.
Below: Ed talks about his quest for ultimate performance in the promo for sponsor Oakley
Ed’s experience on and off a bike has made him an in-demand public speaker, and he has since worked for both SME companies and blue-chip organisations, translating his cycling stories to help those in business. He also offers corporate ride-outs, guided group cycling sessions on the road or track to build team camaraderie.
High Performance: This talk looks at how to cultivate, nurture and breed a healthy culture of high-performing individuals.
Marginal Gains: Ed looks at how to use marginal gains to improve progression and success.
Teamwork: Ed provides anecdotes from his career about how a great team culture can create a thriving performance.
Promoting Resilience and Overcoming Adversity: Elite sport is full of highs and lows, from winning medals to injuries. Unfortunately, not everything is within our control, and Ed looks into how admitting you cannot control everything can improve your performance.
Leadership: Ed has worked with some of the best coaches in the sport over his career, and here he provides tips and tricks about empowering workers and creating compassionate and passionate leaders.
Ed Clancy clients include 9 Bar, Bupa, Costa Coffee, Cycle Show, EDF, General Electric Energy, Honda, JLT, McDonalds, Oakley, Skoda, University of Hull, Velo Events, and the Yorkshire Building Society.
Colleagues’ wellbeing is at the forefront of Marsh’s agenda and to help us promote men’s mental health, we asked Ed to kick off the discussion about what mental health means to him and the ways in which he has overcome challenges when faced with highly stressful competitive environments. Being male and a sportsman bridged the gap nicely when it came to discussing mental health within a male-oriented industry. The corporate world of insurance is very different to that of an athlete; however, Ed’s thoughtful approach encompassed the importance of taking control of your mental health, regardless what industry you work in. Ed’s message was relatable, honest and very well-received across the business. Ed is a great role model not just for his athletic capabilities; he has an incredibly humbling presence that always promotes positive engagement.
Leah Kalinsky, Co-Chair Mental Health, Marsh UK & Ireland
Ed is a true professional and role model; approachable, down to earth, meticulous, knowledgeable yet always willing and wanting to learn more… That is why we were so keen to have him as our brand ambassador. For the past three years, he has continued to naturally align with the values of our organisation and has proven to be a huge hit with our clients, especially during the difficult times of the COVID lockdown. Without hesitation and despite facing the personal disappointment of the 2020 Olympics being delayed, he joined numerous clients’ Zoom Calls and attended live webinars and Instagram Lives to help motivate and inspire our clients through what is an extremely challenging time for everyone. Ed is the consummate professional and we look forward to continuing our flourishing relationship long into the future.
Phil Kelly, Director and Head of Human Performance, Pro-Noctis Ltd.
Ed has valuable insights into performance and mindset for athletes of any level. We have had many helpful discussions about the effect of mindset on performance and the need to train both physically and mentally in order to be your best when it matters. He also highlighted the importance of physical and mental recuperation, something that can be easily overlooked. He has given great practical advice on how to actually achieve a change in mindset by working on it a little day by day. Having manageable goals and tasks that fit easily into the rest of my life made working on my mental game a source of satisfaction rather than a chore. You can sometimes get lost in what you “should” be doing – you can read so much conflicting advice and end up overloaded! Ed really helped me focus on what was important to me and the tweaks I could make to effect a positive change. I appreciate his guidance and respectful, conversation-based approach.
Anna Homer, Athlete