Welshman Mould on his Commonwealth silver and dreams of Flanders
On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your last race?
It was the Tour of Britain, which is always a good race on home roads with home crowds. I’d give it an eight but if you had asked me halfway through the team time trial up Whinlatter Pass it would have been a bit lower.
What’s been the highlight of your season so far?
The silver medal at the Commonwealth Games road race was the highlight. Just because I went there to try and win a medal on the track and had a really disappointing time in Glasgow four years before it, so I was really up for it. Then it didn’t come off on the track as I finished sixth or seventh, so was close but actually nowhere near. Then in the road race I just rode it right and it was one of those days where it comes off, so I was really chuffed. I thought I was riding for Luke [Rowe] all day, and hadn’t even thought about it. I just turned up to ride a bike race and it came off. Sometimes if you’re not trying as hard it just works out.
If you could win any race in your career what would it be?
Probably the Tour of Flanders, that would be a mega one. Not that it would ever happen but that would be the best. I always watched Flanders and Roubaix when I was younger and they were always the ones I wanted to win.
When did you know you wanted to be a pro cyclist?
I don’t know, I started riding when I was 14 so it was actually quite late. Then I got on to the Academy and moved up when I was 18. So that was kind of it really, and I haven’t done anything else since.
What would you be if you weren’t a pro cyclist?
I haven’t really thought about it to be honest, but it would probably be something within cycling such as a coach or something.
Best piece of advice you have ever been given?
When I was young it was always a case of having fun and I kind of always try and pass that on to people now. When you are enjoying it everything seems easier and that’s what I’ve done since I started. I always liked bike riding from the beginning and if you’re not enjoying it then I think you should try something else. If there are bad days you just need to crack on through them and keep going and see how it goes.
Who has been the most important person in shaping your cycling career?
There have been a few to be honest; definitely my family when I first started, as they were taking me here, there and everywhere, as I was a junior rider. Then John Herety, he is probably the best team manager I’ve had for a while and took me on at the end of 2015. And, of course, my girlfriend, who keeps me on the straight and narrow.
What gets your vote as the most annoying thing a rider can do in the peloton?
It winds me up when you’re riding along in a bunch and people start to look around for their mate, as you do, but then end up overlapping the wheel in front and nearly crashing. It’s quite common, as a lot of people do it, but it’s just like, “Concentrate on where you’re going!”
Mould’s motivation is based on a foundation of fun