Name? Will Harrison
Do you have a cycling name and if so, what is it and why? The Baron. This is something that Lowell came up with. Possibly some sort of reference to ‘The Red Baron’ due to the fact I ride a red bike in the winter. It may also be some sort of reference to my sometimes random, and usually fruitless attacks when out on the road.
What do you do when you’re not riding a bike? I work for one of the London boroughs at the moment. I also occasionally DJ.
What’s your cycling history? I started on a BMX when I was about five. I then got what I think was a Falcon, and then at 13 or so I got my first ‘proper’ bike – a Specialized Hardrock. My best friend and I became obsessed with bikes (and still both are), cycling at pretty much any given opportunity between the ages of about 8 to 16. We never rode far though, and instead spent most of our time doing wheelies, jumps and bunny hops, and generally mucking about. I gradually changed to road when I started cycling to work in London. After a short stint living in Oxford and being a member of the cycling club there, I was truly converted to the world of road cycling.
What have been best and favourite cycling moments? Quite possibly cycling solo around the top of Scotland one summer. I’d never ridden long miles before, got off the train on the first day at Inverness and cycled about 80 miles on a cup of tomato soup and a packet of sweets. I was completely unprepared and in complete bits at the end of the first day. But the next day I settled into it. Going across the very top of Scotland in the sunshine and then down the West Coast to Loch Inver was an amazing journey.