Top British track sprinter Craig MacLean is the latest signing for the Hertfordshire based Plowman Craven / Evans Cycles team. The world, Olympic and Commonwealth games track medallist joins the team with less than twelve months to go before the Beijing Olympics and will be working hard to ensure qualification and selection for the British team.
"It's nice to feel part of a team," said MacLean. "I have not been part of a racing team since I was with the City of Edinburgh and that's going back a few years. The coming year is going to be quite intense. I imagine that the majority of my duties with be with the GB team and concerning selection issues for Beijing but there will be plenty of opportunities to pull on the Plowman Craven top in events like the national championships and the Revolution track series in the UK."
Britain is currently blessed with multiple world class sprinters and MacLean will have to work hard to secure his Olympic team place. "The qualification process will start from the World Cups in November and run all the way to the World Championships in Manchester in March," continued the 36-year-old Scot, "All of your results will count towards your individual ranking and qualification. Then there are the issues with team selection where basically we have seven sprinters going for three places. It is going to be a tough year."
Plowman Craven / Evans Cycles has recently launched its 'Race Clean' initiative which systematically tests the athlete's blood to provide them with 'Blood Passports' which highlight the normal levels of Haemoglobin and Hematocrit in their system.