Olympic champion races in Stafford
Team pursuit gold medallist Ed Clancy to take part in tonight’s Stafford Grand Prix

Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy will be among the cyclists taking part in the Stafford Grand Prix tonight (Thursday 8 July).

The Beiijng Team pursuit gold medallist will be one of around 50 cyclists to compete on a 900-metre city centre circuit from 7pm, with practice runs starting at around 6.15pm.

The Stafford Grand Prix is the third round of this year’s National Elite Circuit Series. Thousands of spectators are expected to turn out for the event, which starts and finishes in Market Square.

The event was organised by Leadout, a communications company run by Stafford-born cyclist Paul Rowlands, in partnership with Stafford Borough Council.

Paul told the Staffordshire Newsletter, “I’m a Stafford-born lad and cycling has always been my passion. It’s given me the chance to work on events like the Tour de France and Tour of Britain.

“Cycling is increasing in popularity all the time in the UK. We’ve got riders competing amongst the very best in the world and this is a chance to see some of them battling it out on the streets of Stafford.”

Lifelong lover of most things cycling-related, from Moulton Mini adventures in the 70s to London bike messengering in the 80s, commuting in the 90s, mountain biking in the noughties and road cycling throughout. Editor of Simpson Magazine (www.simpsonmagazine.cc).