Every month we meet a different member of the LCRC who gives details about their past and future cycling!
This month: Tom Stewart, Current and Future Star
1.WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT IN A RIDE / RACE?
It has to be winning the Bickerstaffe TLI road race, it would be between that and getting in the break with Ed Clancy in the Soens, but Bickerstaffe has the edge for me due to how different the outcome was from the expectation. I remember being on the start line with Andy Bennet, asking his opinion on whether I'd get dropped or not (which I was expecting since it was my first ever road race!), but then on the first lap, he told me to go and chase down a solo rider off the front for the Prime. I caught him and went past him and took the prime solo in huge disbelief. I thought to myself that I’d best drop back to the bunch, but then I turned around and I couldn't even see them, so I put my head down and thought I'd keep going to test myself. As each lap went by (10 laps of a three-mile circuit), I got to a point where a small glimpse of hope where I almost dreamed of staying. Lap after lap after lap went by each time becoming more realistic. It got to the last lap and I knew I had it. I was laughing to myself out loud thinking what I would do when I crossed the line, so I just stuck my hands in the air and hoped for the best. A day to remember.
2.WHAT IS THE FAVOURITE BIKE YOU HAVE RIDDEN?
since I've only been cycling just over two years, although I now have a few bikes, I've only really tested a couple of road bikes. so, I'd definitely have to say the new Canyon Aeroad. It's just lightning fast and handles brilliantly, and Ii haven't crashed it yet which is always a plus! the di2 also just makes the bike feel so smooth paired with the deep section carbons, it's just built for speed.
3.WHO IS YOUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE RIDER AND WHY?
Again, since I'm relatively new to the sport I haven't seen much professional bike racing, so I'd have to say Sagan. He makes everything he does look so easy and he's just cool as ice when it comes to pressure. His bike handling skills are phenomenal, and he can do a bit of everything. There is also a lot more to come from him.
4.WHAT ARE YOUR CYCLING HOPES FOR 2018?
If you had asked me that question 2 days ago, I'd have said just to win a race with the Adults, compete in the national series (isle of man tour is next month!) and get a respectable result in TT nationals. but now that's obviously down to just the last two after going solo on Wednesday. I'm really looking forward to the isle of man, just to test myself against the best juniors in the country properly for the first time, especially as it’s my last race before a month of hibernation from cycling as I sit my GCSE's. I'm not the type to set goals really, I've always rode and raced for fun. I never really think of winning, I just take that as an extra positive if I do.
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