Manning goes back to school

Beijing star prepares for life after cycling

North Beckton primary school received an education with a difference courtesy of Olympic gold medallist Paul Manning. 

Members of the school’s cycling club visited construction company ISG on Thursday for a cycling Q&A session with the world record holder, who will be joining ISG as an assistant construction manager having retired from professional cycling following his success in Beijing.

Paul, who smashed the world record in Beijing with his team Steven Burke, Edward Clancy, Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins, talked to the excitable junior cycling enthusiasts about some of his career highlights before taking to the floor for a Q&A session.

 “My infatuation with cycling started when I was very young,” Paul said after the event. “So it was great to see the same kind of enthusiasm from the younger generation, although I wasn’t sure if the questions would ever end!”

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