Q&A Feature  – Matt Cronshaw (Madison Genesis)

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Birthday boy & winner of the Leicester Castle Kermesse, Matt Cronshaw of Madison Genesis, takes the VeloUK question and answer challenge

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Xmas Feature – Matt Cronshaw

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1. What races are you looking forward to most next season and why?
Matt: There are lots of races that I look forward to every year! Going into 2016 with the new partnership with the Cavendish scholarship, could hopefully bring some new races into our race calendar. Having the opportunity to travel to new places and race in new environments is really exciting.

2. Was 2015 a success for you personally and what were your highlights in 2015?
Matt: I would definitely class 2015 as successful. I won my first National A series race in a few years that also contributed to a small string of good results. I would say my highlight of the season would be the Tour of Britain though. I think that I had more of an impact on the race than the other times I have competed and I also learnt a lot about myself. I came out of it really happy with my performance, as I’d pretty much been on my knees since the 3rd stage in the break.

3. What race was the most fun in 2015 and why?
Matt: The Tour Series was probably the most fun whilst also being the most stressful. All the rules and regulations make for a stressful five weeks, but it is also a time that you live with your team for that whole period. Whether we succeeded on the night or failed, we would go back to the truck and have a good laugh, so I look back at the Tour Series with fond memories of racing with good friends.

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Matt (right) in the break on stage 3 of the Tour of Britain

4. What’s the best piece of cycling related advice you’ve ever been given by Roger H that has made a difference?
Matt: It would be counter productive to reveal this one, but the way Roger lays out our team talks has changed the way I think about tactics in a race.

5. How will you spend December?
Matt: A mixture of long rides and interval based training planned for the winter. For me, keeping training fresh is important, so a winter purely of long rides or just intervals would not appeal to me at all.

6. Cheeky Xmas – if you could have any cycling related Xmas present – what would it be!
Matt: I haven’t had anything cycling related for years now, but ever since I watched the Lachlan Morton doc, I have been building my dream training bike in my head. A steel frame with hydraulic disc and race geometry would be top of the Christmas list. The guys at Genesis may well be getting a custom build request from me soon!

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