Kris­tian House col­umn

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Last week­end the Tour of Bri­tain started and, while I’m not there this year, I think for me es­pe­cially and for most of the Bri­tish guys it’s great to have that level of rac­ing in the UK and the amount of sup­port it gets now. Even the Pol­ish guys that we have on the team at One Pro Cy­cling, they don’t show much of an emo­tional side usu­ally but they are ex­cited for it.

Prob­a­bly my ear­li­est mem­ory of the Tour of Bri­tain is one of the stages in Lon­don, I can’t re­mem­ber what year it was but it started off like a crit. I re­mem­ber be­ing ridiculed be­fore the race be­cause I was us­ing low-pro­file wheels; I was the only one on the team not us­ing deep-sec­tions, which is some­thing I kind of be­came known for.

I got in the break that day with Tom Southam and Chris Sut­ton among oth­ers — it got brought back for a bunch sprint, but I got the moun­tains jer­sey on a rel­a­tively flat stage. I was at Rapha-con­dor at the time and it hadn’t grown into what it is now, so it was quite a big deal for the team at that point.

The other early mem­ory I have is in 2006 when the race came down to Kent and went through my home town Can­ter­bury — it’s nice to ride through there. How­ever, there was a mix up with the race get­ting taken off course and the stage got nul­li­fied by the rid­ers in protest — I wasn’t al­lowed to race. I had to hold my words back when I was in­ter­viewed that day be­cause I was pretty dis­gusted with some of the rid­ers but I didn’t have the clout to say any­thing — no one knew who I was.

Prob­a­bly the best edi­tion for me was in 2009 — rac­ing the Tour of Bri­tain as na­tional cham­pion was great. Fin­ish­ing the last stage in Lon­don in the na­tional cham­pion’s jer­sey was pretty special, my fam­ily and grand­par­ents were there. I think I fin­ished 10th over­all that year — it was a rel­a­tively flat year and it was all about time bonuses.

My other high­light would have to be win­ning the moun­tains jer­sey in 2012. That’s partly be­cause of the way that I did it — be­ing on the attack and be­ing up the road. It brought me a lot of sup­port­ers.

Vet­eran do­mes­tic racer Kris­tian House rides for One Pro Cy­cling and has com­peted in 11 edi­tions of the Tour of Bri­tain.

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