10 August 2013Clancy backs county festival
The event takes place over this weekend in central Stafford and Shugborough Hall and Estate.
As well as attracting Clancy and his colleagues from the leading British team Rapha Condor, the Festival also has events for newcomers.
Today's races include a 35-mile event for beginners and 75 miles for those who want more of a challenge.
The festival builds on the popularity of the Stafford GP which is in its third year and is an important part of this weekend's events.
Clancy is pleased to be supporting the festival and competing on what he rates as a challenging circuit.
He said: "First and foremost I am here to race. There are a lot of town centre races in the UK at the moment and one advantage is you don't have to worry about attracting a crowd because they are already there.
"It is an interesting course, quite tight in places so you have to keep as much corner speed as you can so you are not always braking and accelerating again."
The modest Clancy admits he's still amazed when the public thank him for his efforts at the London Games last summer.
However, he hopes Great Britain's Olympic success and the efforts of Tour de France stars Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome has encouraged youngsters to take up cycling.
He added: "The sport has record memberships with more kids doing racing than ever before so British cycling is in good shape."