“I am very passionate about cycling, I believe in in and not just from an elite racing point of view. When I retire after Tokyo, I see myself riding bikes for as long as I physicaly can, I think Tokyo (if selected) will be my last ever race but I am going to continue to ride my bike. I like the fact people use their bikes to commute into work, I like the fact bikes bring people together, families, communities. Its hard for kids these days, in terms of education, welfare and so on they have never had it so good but there seems to be lots of mental health issues. Social media is great but I think they need to be able to play like kids used to play, run around, ride bikes, have fun and not be worried about living up to an image, its hard for them….. Graham Briggs came to me with idea initially, most sports have after school clubs, weekend clubs but there is nothing for cycling, the set up has been hard work, fortunately we have some amazing sponsors and partners, HOPE have been brilliant, Condor have given us bikes and equipment, simple things like a van, there is a lot of equipment required. We don’t want to exclude anyone from cycling, ultimately with the Clancy Briggs Academy we want to be able to get big companies sponsoring, we want to get council grants and we want to be able to take it to everyone and anyone. I have always had more ambition than talent, I am a big dreamer, i dont have any kids of my own but who knows where this could end up, if every road circuit around the country has a Clancy Briggs Academy teaching kids, even just once a week, that’s what we want to do, we want to be all around the UK, that’s the ultimate ambition!”
*The Clancy Briggs Academy is currently based in Doncaster but they are keen to reach all over the UK including the South. What about a "Pop Up" day at the Bournemouth Velodrome or the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth or even your local school?
Are you interested in having a Clancy Briggs Cycling Academy in your area? The Clancy Briggs Academy are always looking to expand into new areas of the UK, visit HERE for more details