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MEDAL-WINNING cyclist Jamie Staff is gearing up to take on the world after his success at the Commonwealth Games.

Staff marked his Games debut with an individual bronze and a team silver but will be aiming for gold in the next month's World Track Cycling Championships in Copenhagen.

There the 29-year-old, whose family live at Brabourne Lees, near Ashford, will team up with the two men who beat him in the 1km time trial in Manchester, gold medallist Chris Hoy, from Scotland, and fellow Englishman Jason Queally.

The trio, who will ride as Great Britain, have already savoured success, winning a World Cup race in Moscow where they beat the Games gold medallists, Australia.

Staff's success at the Commonwealth Games was remarkable given that he only started focusing on track cycling three months ago.

He has, until now, been more renowned as a BMX racer, twice winning the world title in that sport.

Staff, who is now based in America, followed up his Commonwealth bronze in the 1km time trial by coming fourth in the 200m sprint.

His ultimate dream is to compete in the Olympics and he has already had the nod for the Games in 2004.

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