Tour de Yorkshire: Joe Fry (Pedal Heaven)


Talking to first year senior Joe Fry from Pedal Heaven about his biggest race in his short career, the Tour de Yorkshire

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Tour de Yorkshire: Joe Fry (Pedal Heaven)

A young rider making a name in pro racing in Britain despite still being a teenager in his first season as a senior, Joe Fry (Pedal Heaven) had a tough time in the Tour de Yorkshire riding for his country. After the final stage, shivering in the cold so we kept the chat short, we spoke to him about his race.


“The race was tough from day 1” he says “but I’m really pleased to have been given this opportunity to race such a big event with the top riders and experience first-hand what it is like to ride with these guys.”

“I’ve learnt racing at this level that it’s a completely different style of racing. Here in the UK, it’s stop start, where as this was on at the start trying to get in the break and then it’s off and later on, when they are trying to bring the break back, its back on in a big way.”

“It was full on from the start today (stage 3). I tried to get in the break with teammate Wilkes (Ian Wilkinson) but found myself in no-mans land chasing and I thought it wasn’t a good idea to completely empty myself and get to the break and then get dropped from it a few k later.”


“It was a tough day though in the group. I was trying to protect Gabz when I could, get him in the right position, and hang on in the race as long as I could. On the second KoM I was in trouble though. I’d been dropped and after the descent, I couldn’t get back on and I had to settle for getting in the broom wagon.”

Joe wasn’t alone though with lots of pros going backwards. “At least it I could say to myself I’m not going awful and it’s actually a tough race today.”

Joe had won the Tour of Reservoir only a few weeks ago, a race with some big climbs of its own but in Yorkshire, the pace was a little different. “From the bottom to the top, it was one pace, full gas. It would start steady and then there’d be attacks so the pace is just on all the time”.

“I have a few racing miles in my legs now though which should set me up for the coming races. I don’t think I’ve ever been that deep in a race before but it’s good to know that I can ride and race with these guys.”






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