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Jamie Staff at the Slipstreamers

Jamie Staff, the olympic gold medallist took time out to visit the Hillingdon Slipstreamers today. What a top bloke and inspiration for the kids that were there (not to mention the Dads). He gave his time graciously despite having flown in the day before and being woken at 5am.

He signed autographs and answered questions for a while. I couldn't resist and asked him about his training. Surprisingly, it is about 4 hours of road training and 4 hours of track work per week. But the track work, I guess, is at high intensity. In the sprint final Jamie completed the first lap in 17.1 seconds and I asked him about the kind of power he generates. He said that in training prior to the world championhips he was peaking at 2,300w for the lap but had managed to increase by over 10% to 2,600w for the olympics! And in case you are wondering he is still pumping out over 1,200w when he crosses the finish line for Lap 1. Unbelievable numbers, but that Gold Medal tells you how real those numbers are.

After questions and autographs a group ride up and down the track took place with all the kids given the opportunity to ride with an Olympic champion. And following club protocol Jamie wore a helmet! (There was a bit of merriment as he was stopped on the track and handed the mandatory headgear -- even Olympic champions have to wear a helmet at Hillingdon!!).

Jamie did an interview with Channel 5 news and gave more time for everyone. I cannot speak highly enough of his manner. No airs or graces, a true role model and ambassador for sport. Oh, and he's pretty quick.

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