Why do you ride your bike?
Freedom. Liberation. And a sense of speed. Ultimately, it makes one feel like a kid again whilst keeping fit and sane.
Favourite place to ride?
Torture chamber? Regent’s Park aka RePa.
Up or down mountains?
The Thames Valley Audax, riding from dusk till dawn. Getting my top 10 in RePa. And every time I’m out relaxing, enjoying and not worrying.
Sicario in the mist
How long does it take you to change a flat?
Regular clinchers with inners, 4 mins. Tubeless, hmm.
Advice to a new cyclist?
Key is to enjoying yourself and finding like-minded people to enjoy these moments with. Test yourself, set limits and see where you go. Whilst never forgetting this is for fun when people see your achievements.
Also, use chamois cream.
Sicario’s a man for all seasons
Steel, Carbon or Ti?
Carbon is tried and tested.
Grand tours or Classics?
Classics and sprint sections on the GT’s.
Sicario also likes choosing mountains
Gels or potatoes?
Headwind or rain?
I wish I had been told that…
Get a bike fit. Having a goal that maintains form over the year, rather than a fleeting flash that leads nowhere. Enjoy the winter; it can be some of the best riding out there.
Nick leads out on a London-Cambridge-London ride
What is it like being a Baroudeur?
Demonstrating camaraderie with sparks of fight and competitiveness. Getting out in all conditions. Being fast, free and having fun.
Advice to someone wanting to join the Baroudeurs?
Come for a ride. Find out what you can do. Hold onto a wheel. If you’re new to road-cycling; reflect and enjoy. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Sicario the ‘Astronaut’
What does your cycling future hold?
Climb faster. Ride a Classics. Keep having fun.
:: Meet more of the Baroudeurs