Journal / Cycling

  • Local Riders Q&A - Alex Howes

    Alex Howes is an American pro-cyclist who is currently riding for UCI world-tour team Cannonade-Drapac. Born in Denver, Colorado Alex turned full-time professional in 2012 and has completed all three major Grand-Tours; the Vuelta (2013, 2015) Le Tour (2014, 2016) and the Giro d'Italia. (2017)  Many thanks to Alex for talking the time to complete the Mamnick 'quiz'.  As a racing cyclist, which results are you most proud of and why? My two stage wins in Colorado (2014 & 2017) are probably my two favorite results. The feeling of winning at home is just amazing and both had absolutely wild crowds. Which...

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  • 42.21 by Tom Southam

    Forty-three nineteen. Krabbé’s twenty was clean as a whistle. Tim Krabbé – The Rider   Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. One day in March 2005, I was out training with a group of Spanish pros near Madrid. It was a fairly decent group; there was David Plaza, from my team, Pablo Llastras from the team I always think of as Banesto even though it hasn’t been Banesto since 2003, and the great Pavel Tonkov.   It’s always cool to be riding with senior professionals when you are a young pro. But while most guys are just pros...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Neil Phillips

    Neil Phillips hails from Cornwall and has been living in London for over 8 years. He has been road racing for Kibosh for a couple of years and is “pretty average” by his own admission, which is rather humble considering some of his other bike-exploits. The Kibosh team doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously, with its witty #youaintprobro hashtag you may have seen on Instragram.  Neil has ridden the Transcontinental Race twice; once as a pairing with Timothy France finishing as first pair also, coming second in the solo category the next year - finishing with a time of...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Michael Barry

    Michael Barry is a former world-tour professional cyclist who rode for a number of world-class teams including T-Mobile, High Road/HTC-Columbia, U.S. Postal Service, Discovery Channel and Team Sky. He raced 5 Giro d’Italia and 5 Vuelta a Espanas and one Tour de France. He has supported Lance Armstrong, Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins and many other top names over the years. In 2004, he wrote his first book Inside the Postal Bus. He most recently wrote Shadows on the Road in 2015. Barry has also written two other books, one being the great; Le Metier: The Seasons of a Professional Cyclist. When...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Jay McCarthy

    Jay McCarthy is an Australian racing cyclist who is currently riding for Bora-Hansgrohe. He has completed both the Giro and Vuelta as well as finishing 3rd place at the Tour of Turkey in 2015.  I met Jay when I was cycling with a friend in Lucca (Italy) a over a year ago. That is where Jay lives. He was kind of enough to ride at my pace over the rolling hills and quiet roads of Tuscany in the sun, a memorable moment for me on the bike. I asked him a lot of the questions during that ride and followed up the...

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  • Local Rides Q&A - Jonathan Tiernan-Locke

    This is a long overdue entry to the Local Rides Q&A as me and Jonathan exchanged these email nearly a year ago, so my apologies to Jon for the wait on completing this. There are also a few more Q&A's to go up on this journal over the next couple of weeks too so keep your eyes-peeled.  Jonathan Tiernan-Locke's major breakthrough as a professtional cyclist came from winning four stages during the 2012 UCI Europe Tour, including the Tour of Britain while riding for Endura Racing. He has also rode for Rapha-Condor Sharp (2011) and Team Sky (2013-2014).  Now JTL is riding for a team he co-founded,...

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  • Not So Local Riders Q&A - Carlos Verona

    Carlos Verona is a Spanish cyclist who currently rides for Etixx-Quick Step. Whilst on holiday in Lucca, Italy, my good friend Bruno Schooling managed to ride with Carlos and persuade him to answer the Mamnick local riders questions. His answers are below. Big thanks to Carlos (and Bruno) for his time and co-operation and Etixx-Quick Step for providing images.  As a racing cyclist, which results are you most proud of and why? At the moment I have limited myself to work for others so I have not had so many chances to ride for myself and get results. If I have...

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  • In Conversation with Camille McMillan

    I first came across the work of Camille McMillan when I saw Le Metier, the book of ex-Team Sky rider Michael Barry. A full season in the world of a pro-cyclist. The images stood out to me, as it wasn’t your usual ‘sports photography’. How the pro’s prepare, behind the scenes images, have always interested me. It's as close as some will get to being on the 'inside' of the sport and images of this ilk I've always found interesting and inspiring.  There was something different about the details and aura of the images that Camille captures that were different to what...

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  • Local Riders - Mark Walsham

    Mark Walsham was born in Dronfield, his first cycling club was Chesterfield Spire. He turned professional in 1985 for the Raleigh Weinnman team and rode as a pro until 1998, riding for the Percy-Bilton team amongst others. Finally he finished his career with the Linda McCartney Racing Team. During his career Mark won over 200 races including many stages in the classic and now defunct Milk Race.  As a racing cyclist, which results are you most proud of and why? Grand Prix of Wales 1987 – 138miles, won alone by almost 3 minutes.  Manx International 1984.  Around 200 race wins;...

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