Every month we meet a different member of the LCRC who gives details about their past and future cycling!
This month: Michael Boyes: Big Miles Man
1.WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT IN A RIDE / RACE?
That’s a difficult one! Theres been loads. I think cresting the bwlch-y-groes during the wild wles challenge was certainly up there, for sheer relief more than anything else. It was like something out of deliverance, a billowing headwind, torrential rain and thick fog that meant you could only see 2 meters in front you. Epic!! The Dragon tour also provided some great moments too, descending the bwlch (in south wales), was awe-inspiring due to the amazing scenery!
2.WHAT IS THE FAVOURITE BIKE YOU HAVE RIDDEN?
Probably my first one, it was a Giant TCR advanced composite 2, although the trek emonda I have now is glorious, there’s nothing like the connection you have with your first bike regardless of what it is. I’d love a classic steel-framed bike or an audax/tourer; something like Andy Brookfield’s pristine Colnago or a bespoke Titanium bike. Perfect!
3.WHO IS YOUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE RIDER AND WHY?
That’s a difficult one, I’m relatively new to the world of professional cycling. I’ve always like the dry banter Geraint Thomas has with interviewers and his recent stellar performance further enhance my admiration – it was a monumental effort. I also like Mikel Kwaitowski, I think his climbing ability and assistance of Froome/ Thomas throughout the years has been exemplary, he never fails to absolutely bury himself for the benefit of his team.
4.WHAT ARE YOUR CYCLING HOPES FOR THE REST OF 2018 and 2019?
I’ve got a fair few things planned for the latter portion of this year. This coming Sunday (2nd September), I will be taking part in the 100mile Ride of the Roses which passes through the forest of Bowland. I’ll be doing it with Brookie, it’s therefore only right that it has some brookie madness involed, so we will be riding out and back – 160miles in total! The following week (7th-11th September) I am visiting Sam Hughes in Switzerland. He has planned some epic routes that take in some amazing climbs, including Grimsel pass, Furka pass, St Gotthard pass and Col du Sanetsch. The first day promises 68miles with ~13,000ft of climbing and for the second day; 82miles with ~11,000ft of climbing. Savage!!! Next year, I’d really like to continue with the epic distance riding. In addition, having marshalled the 12hr TT, I was inspired by the brilliant performances of everyone involved but especially those of Colin, Simon and Chris; I’d love to take part next year!
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