Having devoured Tim Krabbé’s The Rider recently, our fourth reading of the classic cycling novel, we know that re-reading an old favourite can be just as (if not more) rewarding as the first read.
So, for those of you looking to revisit some of our most cherished interviews during these strange times, here is a list of the top ten most-read rider interviews on The British Continental so far.
Continental Divide: Daniel Whitehouse interview, parts 1-7
Our long-running interview and journal series with Kiwi-based Brit Daniel Whitehouse has been a hit with readers around the globe. Part 2 – which looked back on Daniel’s challenging time riding for Continental teams on the UCI Asia circuit – still attracts readers every week. Andy McGrath, editor of Rouleur, called the series “the most candid and insightful account of what life is like as a Conti pro” he’d ever seen.
I’ve enjoyed reading these interviews with Daniel Whitehouse. Combined, it’s the most candid and insightful account of what life is like a Conti pro I’ve ever seen https://t.co/qYNtSrGz9L— Andy McGrath (@Andymcgra) August 27, 2019
- Part 1, 23 January 2019
- Part 2, 3 February 2019
- Part 3, 22 February 2019
- Part 4, 19 August 2019
- Part 5, 25 August 2019
- Part 6, 19 December 2019
- Part 7, 29 December 2019
From architect to UCI race winner in 3 years: Damien Clayton interview
Rewind to the summer of 2016. Damien Clayton had just graduated as an architect and had little concept of road racing. In fact, he hadn’t ridden more than 10 miles in one go on a bicycle. Full stop. He was very far from the fast-improving, UCI race-winning, road racer he is now. This three-part interview follows his journey from road racing newbie to UCI race winner in just three years.
Part 1, 17 December 2019
Part 2, 26 February 2020
Part 3, yet to be published
Man on a mission: Alex Richardson interview
Alex Richardson – now riding for Pro Continental team Alpecin-Fenix – has a fascinating back story, one that involves his transformation from a shipping broker to a full-time cyclist in less than 12 months after he took up cycling in 2015.
In this three part interview, we discussed his difficult to start to 2018, his comeback win at the Lincoln GP, why he rode as an independent rider in 2018, his views on weight loss in cycling, why he thinks there are riders in the domestic peloton who are ‘blagging it’ and his belief in his ability to step up to the Pro Continental or World Tour ranks.
Part 1, 4 May 2019
Part 2, 11 May 2019
Part 3, 30 June 2019
Golden prospect: Ethan Hayter interview
Ethan Hayter needs little introduction to readers of The British Continental. One of the brightest British cycling prospects for some time, he already has a track world championship gold medal, a contract with Team Ineos and several striking road racing results to his name. One of our domestic riders to watch last season, we caught up with Hayter just before the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire to discuss his talented younger brother Leo, his successful 2018, his plans for 2019 and his Olympic ambitions.
Read it here.
James Shaw: “time is running out”
James Shaw found himself in a sticky situation at the end of 2018. He found out in September that year that Lotto Soudal had decided not to renew his contract. To make matters worse, James then crashed in his final race of the season, Il Lombardia, breaking his left collarbone in two places. As the end of the year approached, he was still searching for a team. In this brief interview – our first ever on The British Continental – we caught up with James to get an update on his contract situation and how he was feeling about his prospects of salvaging his career.
U23 rider to watch: Fred Wright interview
One of our riders to watch in 2019, Fred Wright proved why when he was snapped up by the Bahrain McLaren for 2020 after a stellar season. We caught up with him in April last year to discuss his journey into cycling, his road and track ambitions, his successful first year in the senior ranks and why he felt the GB Senior Academy was the right place for his development.
Read the interview here.
The accidental pro: Edmund Bradbury interview
We enjoyed a riveting chat with recently retired former JLT Condor rider Edmund Bradbury – and so did our readers judging from the number of views the interview has had. We interviewed with him at the end of 2019 to look back on his career and discuss his future plans. From his roundabout path into cycle racing, anecdotes about Eddie Dunbar’s love for pick ‘n mix and his thoughts on JLT Condor’s legacy, to being half-wheeled by Colin Sturgess for four hours, his unique self-sponsorship approach, and his reasons for retiring, Bradbury provided a fascinating retrospective.
Read in here.
Rouleur, Bretagne: Owen James interview
Welshman Owen James signed with SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling this season after a number of years learning his craft racing in France. We used our interview with him last May to find out more about him and his experiences of living in racing in France, his 2019 Tour de Bretagne win and his advice for other British cyclists contemplating a move across the Channel.
Read the interview here.
U23 rider to watch: Joe Laverick interview
As a regular journal contributor, readers of The British Continental will be no stranger to Joe Laverick. Last season we picked him out as one of ten U23s to watch. We interviewed back in March last year, at a time when he was still balancing studying for his A-levels with riding for his new Madison Genesis team. The interview clearly showed he was young man with a very level head and plenty of potential.
Read it here.
U23 rider to watch: Adam Hartley interview
Adam Hartley recently took the difficult decision to retire from cycle sport despite a very promising career ahead of him. So promising, in fact, that he was another of our U23 riders to watch last year. We interviewed him at the end of 2018, not long after we set up The British Continental, to ask him about how he got into cycling, his up and down 2018, his switch to the SEG team and his ambitions for 2019.
Featured photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com. 2019 HSBC UK National Road Championships, Men’s Road Race – Norwich, Norfolk, England – Ethan Hayter, Matt Bostock, Jake Stewart.