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Por­tal is a fas­tid­i­ous note-taker, writ­ing down in­for­ma­tion about poor road sur­faces, gen­eral wind di­rec­tion and tricky cor­ners as well as thoughts that could feed into rider se­lec­tion.

“I’m con­stantly writ­ing things down: po­ten­tial race sce­nar­ios, which rid­ers will work on this ter­rain – every­thing. When Sean Yates was the lead DS he used the big Miche­lin maps that are used a lot by hik­ers and moun­tain bik­ers. They are packed with de­tails. He showed me how to use them. They are re­ally good ac­tu­ally. They have all the con­tours, the size of the roads, zones where the roads are busy or whether they’re un­der tree cover. Now there are not too many sports di­rec­tors who use this kind of de­tailed map be­cause they don’t know how to read them; they are too com­pli­cated. But when you have learned to ab­sorb the in­for­ma­tion

Por­tal shows the team ‘Char­lie bit my fin­ger’ on Youtube one more time

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