Q & A Feature – Edmund Bradbury


Re-signed with NFTO for 2016, Silver medallist in the British Time Trial Championships, Edmund Bradbury is looking forward to next season

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Q & A Feature – Edmund Bradbury


1. With your team all sorted for 2016, what races are you looking forward to most next season?
Edmund : The NFTO team for next year is a great mix of experience and strong riders. In 2015, the harder the race, the more the strength of the team was made clear. I think that is where the team will shine in 2016, the toughest courses of the elite road series and UCI road races. Those are definitely the ones I am looking forward to most. Ryedale GP, Tour of Yorkshire, Velothon Wales etc. I would also love to ride the RAS next year.

2. What were your highlights in 2015?
Edmund: Highlights for me have to include a silver medal at the British Time Trial Championship which was a great experience and also 4th at Wiltshire GP which was my first elite road series race. Getting in the break with three of the strongest riders on the UK scene was a great result, especially as traditionally I have been considered a ‘tester’.

3. What race was the most fun in 2015 and why?
Edmund: That is a toss-up between two very different races. The Totnes-Vire stage race in early season was great fun just because of the terrible weather, brutal courses and tough racing. Another one I really enjoyed was winning Denbies Duels hill climb in October which is a 5 round man-against-man knock out hill climb. There is something very satisfying about winning a race like that, and it definitely was one of my most fun race days!


4. What’s the best piece of cycling related advice you’ve ever been given and who gave it to you?
Edmund: I think the best bit of cycling advice I have been given was back when I was a junior doing Kingston Wheelers club rides around the Surrey Hills. I was told ‘remember that the hills are hurting everyone’. When you are suffering in a race it is easy to look around and think you are the only one hurting, so I think the advice has stuck with me!

5. Tell us about your winter training bike, what is different about it compared to your race bike?
Edmund: Most of my training is done on my NFTO Felt F1 and ENVE 3.4 carbon clinchers. It is a great bit of kit, and the wheels are remarkable training wheels – great tough wheels, but actually I would be happy racing on them also!

When the weather gets bad, I also have my winter training tractor which is an old cross bike with 38mm knobbly tyres and mud guards. It is impressively slow but I enjoy chugging out some winter miles on it!

6. How will you spend December on the bike?
Edmund: I am out in Mallorca at the start of December riding with the GB Rowing Team, who do a winter cycling camp, easing into winter training. I will be back home mid December and by then I will be doing a combination of long base miles and sub threshold intervals. It is important to build strength and base at this time of year but equally easy to burn your matches to early. I like to think of it as training to train.

7. A cheeky Xmas one – if you could have any cycling related Xmas present – what would it be?
Edmund: When we get our suitcase of NFTO Castelli kit in January, it always feels like Christmas to me anyway – but if I could get one cycling related Xmas gift this year it would have to be a thermos flask which fits in a bottle cage. Fill it with sweet milky tea, I think that would be great for half way through a cold wet six hour ride!



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