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.