Geraint Thomas and Ed Clancy will swap the Olympic Velodrome for Salford Quays promenade on August 30 as they head the line-up at the next event in the Nocturne Series; the Salford Nocturne.
The British Team Pursuit World record holders demonstrated their criterium skills at the Smithfield Nocturne on June 7, dominating the racing from start to finish. Thomas was victorious on that occasion and now the Barloworld pro is looking for a repeat performance at the Salford event.
"The Smithfield Nocturne was a good event," said Thomas. "I came to race for a bit of fun and didn't expect to win but really enjoyed it. It's not often I get to race criterium events so I'm looking forward to the next Nocturne in Salford."
Thomas and Clancy have the small task of winning Olympic gold to deal with first. As world record holders in the discipline, the GB team are hot favourites and Thomas is 100 percent focused on delivering the goods. "This is going to be a level up and I am really looking forward to it," he commented. "I have ridden three World Championships, numerous World Track Cups and the Tour de France as well so this does not phase me.
"I visualise a ride but I try not to think about it too much. Before the race I picture the perfect ride in my head and do that."
Whatever the result, Thomas and Clancy will receive a heroes welcome at the Salford Nocturne and will join the likes of Chris Hoy as star attractions as they make their first appearance following the Beijing Games.
The Salford Nocturne is free to the public with roller racing open from 3pm and racing starting at 6pm. Full details can be found at www.salfordnocturne.com.