Late last year we had the pleasure of catching up, briefly, with Ritchie Porte, Mark Renshaw and Nathan Haas.
If you’ve been following pro-cycling at all over the past few years you’ll know these guys well. Watching Ritchie haul Chris Froome to Tour De France victory last year was extraordinary and Mark has, in the past, been famous for leading out Mark Renshaw to be the fastest guy in the world ( in a bike sprint). Nathan rides for Garmin-Sharp and over the past three years has taken out the Herald Sun Tour ( twice), The Tour of Utah and The Japan Cup.
It was a huge honour to be able to talk to these guys and rare as you’d not usually be able to get close to them at any major event without fighting the world’s media to their bus. However Bicycles For Humanity ( the charity I run) is partnered with Corporate Cycling Challenge who host these guys at their events. We were there so we had open access to chat to them. Altruism does pay off.
We’ll be posting parts of the other interviews over the coming weeks – In this one Ritchie outlines his plans for the coming year. His season is all about the Giro and there’s a lot of confidence that he can take it out this year.
He’ll follow that up with super-domestique duties in the TDF – once again. Team Sky look unbeatable with both Froome and Wiggans on board – the question on everyone’s lips is whether we’ll see another internal battle like we did between Armstong and Contador back in 2009 or Hinault and LeMond back in 1986.
As Ritchie diplomatically says – it’ll be interesting.