Train­ing Q&A

Cycling Weekly - - Fitness - What is your favourite train­ing ses­sion and why?

What is the best piece of train­ing ad­vice you have ever been given? Less is more. I love do­ing chain-gangs and train­ing races. I started rid­ing again in 2012 after a few years off the bike, just go­ing out on lo­cal club runs and hav­ing a bit of a laugh with a few other lads. I started en­ter­ing the odd road race and time tri­als and got the bug. I won a cou­ple of races and it went from there. And what’s your least favourite, and why? Five-hour en­durance rides in the rain, when you can’t feel your hands and feet — for ob­vi­ous rea­sons, it’s not so great. How do you stay mo­ti­vated? I’m just ul­tra-com­pet­i­tive and I love win­ning. The Tour de York­shire was the big­gest race I have com­peted in and was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence rac­ing with rid­ers I am used to watch­ing on tele­vi­sion. What’s the big­gest train­ing mis­take you have ever made? Train­ing when I’m ill. I’m still try­ing to master this. What’s the hard­est thing about be­ing a pro cy­clist? Fall­ing off. I’m try­ing to limit this, but this year’s Tour Se­ries in the wet did not help. What makes a suc­cess­ful hill-climber? Be­ing able to ig­nore the pain and put ev­ery­thing out on the road.

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