Ross Edgar is a British track cycling champion. A consummate sprinter, Edgar actually prefers the tactical battles of the Keirin. Though born in Suffolk in January 1983, the rider identifies himself as Scottish and chooses to compete under the Saltire during the Commonwealth Games. He has recently made a late career shift to include road cycling alongside his track commitments from 2013.
Edgar attended the UCI Sprint School in Switzerland from 2002; in the same year he won a bronze medal in the Team Sprint during the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, riding alongside Chris Hoy and Craig McLean. His next Commonwealth outing would show a marked improvement, taking gold in the Team Sprint in Melbourne and adding silver in the Sprint and bronze in the Keirin.
2007 saw Edgar take on the World Championships and he was rewarded with silver in the Team Sprint and another Keirin bronze medal. Though 2008 brought another silver in the Team Sprint at the Worlds, this was far outweighed by Edgar’s greatest career success to date, silver in the Keirin at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Over the next three year the Scottish rider continued to claim medals in the Team Sprint at the World Championships; he failed to make the cut for the London 2012 Olympics, however. Increasingly drawn away from the track and towards the road in search of new challenges, Edgar signed to the new IG-Sigma Sport cycling team for the 2013 season.