2018 Men's Tour Champion: John Hale
July 3rd, 2019
JH: I think on the first road stage when we executed our WORX team plan to make sure myself or Jamie was in the break - we ended up with both of us in it! Then the second road stage when I pulled off the win up Kidd's Hill after the team burnt themselves out for me, that was special. I guess the TTT then capped off the weekend with a win for all of us.
JH: I'm not sure exactly why we got on so well, but I think we were a pretty chilled group. It's nice not to stress too much over all the details sometimes. Since the race we've barely seen each other really - Jamie's been off racing with ActiveEdge, and the rest of us have been pretty busy with work. Plus I've moved to Oxford for my job, so sadly don't get the chance to go riding with the other WORX guys much.
Ditchling Beacon Individual Time Trial (3rd Place)
JH: I paced this all wrong. I should have listened to the advice I was given: don't burn too much energy for the first drag - stay aero and chill out - it gets much harder! Mind you... it worked out in the end!
Kidds Hill Road Race, Ashdown Forest. To jog your memory, you won this stage in the boiling heat and wearing the yellow jersey!
JH: Maybe the yellow jersey helped reflect the heat..? I would advise pacing this stage. The climb saps the legs, and attacking every lap is not the quickest way round the course.
JH: I came into cycling at the end of 2016 following 15 years of rowing. I'd gradually made my way up towards the top of rowing, but realised I was never going to make the GB squad. I finally called it quits and needed a new challenge to fill its place. Given that this is only my third season racing the bike there are plenty of exciting challenges left to keep me interested.
JH: For sure. The main message for me is to do it because you enjoy it. I try not to go into races with too much pressure on myself because it's not fun anymore. Race hard.
JH: I've been racing a few Nat B's this year and also the Ras Mumhan in Ireland. I've been going surprisingly well given work commitments, and might just nab my elite license. Next up are the BC National TT and Road Race - I didn't expect to get a place in either, so nothing to lose!