Why do you ride your bike?
It keeps me fit, gets my competitive juices flowing and allows me to see some amazing scenery.
“Find a cycling club that is inclusive and will teach you the key fundamentals of cycling the right way. “
Favourite place to ride?
Very tough one! In the UK it has to be the Lake District and overseas it has to be the French Rhone-Alps (Tenerife is up there too!).
Up or down mountains?
Always up! The effort is usually rewarded with a great view.
Representing GB at the Granfondo World Champs in the Dolomites. A very humbling yet amazing experience riding with such strong riders over some challenging but beautiful mountains. Completing the triple Ventoux and joining the Club des Cinglés is also up there too.
How long does it take you to change a flat?
I’m tubeless so I don’t have to…
Advice to a new cyclist?
Find a cycling club that is inclusive and will teach you the key fundamentals of cycling the right way.
Preferred frame material?
Carbon. The lighter the better!
Grand Tours or Classics?
Gels or potatoes?
Gels during, potatoes after!
Headwind or rain?
Headwind (hopefully it turns into a tailwind on the way home!)
Disc or rims?
I wish I had been told that…
The cycling industry will take all of my money!
What is it like being a Baroudeur? Not a trick question
It is an honour to wear the iconic B on my jersey and ride with such a classy club. Being a coach myself, I’m a stickler for the details, so I knew I was in the right place when I had to earn my place in the club over a 3 month period.
What advice would you give someone wanting to join the Bs?
You need to be humble, patient and willing to learn. It will all be worth it when you hopefully get presented with that B-eautiful jersey.
GC predictions for 2023?
Pog (TdF), Remco (Giro), Ayuso (Vuelta)
What’s cyling got for you this year?
More sportives, more mountains and hopefully another granfondo world champs.
I plan to complete an Everesting in September.
“Find the right balance of scientific approach and keeping it fun” – Loui aka ‘Boba Fett’
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