Q & A: Nathan Smith (Cycling Sheffield)

Question and answer with Nathan Smith of Cycling Sheffield who completed his second proper road season in 2019

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Q & A: Nathan Smith (Cycling Sheffield)

2019 – a success or could do better?
Nathan: 2019 was a good year for me, my second proper season racing and a lot of good experiences.

What was the highlight of the 2019 season for you?
Nathan: Finally winning a race in my final race of the season (Lancaster University Cycling Club Autumn Series 1)

What was the most fun/enjoyable race in 2019?
Nathan: Yorkshire regional champs, hilly and hard, but that’s why I liked it…

What was the toughest race in 2019 and why?
Nathan: Ryedale GP, it was very windy and was my first experience of a Nat A race.

What’s the hardest thing about British racing?
Nathan: A combination of grippy roads and full gas racing.

Do you think next year the racing will be more open with less UCI teams?
Nathan: Yes I think so.

Are you missing the racing yet?
Nathan: Yes partly, but it’s nice to have a break.

Most annoying things you see riders do in the peloton?
Nathan: Riders chasing you down, then sitting on and not pulling a turn.

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Most impressive rider in the British peloton in 2019?
Nathan: James Shaw.

Hardest part of the race is?
Nathan: I’d say the start when everyone is fresh.

Is there anything you would change about the British calendar on the road?
Nathan: More variety in terms of the terrain used.

Favourite piece of your Bioracer kit?
Nathan: All of it!

The most used item of Bioracer Kit?
Nathan: While in the UK, the winter jacket.

Best thing about being in an Elite team…
Nathan: The racing opportunities and great support from everyone involved.

Favourite training route?
Nathan: Leeds to Kettlewell and back.

Its raining – Do you get out there or get the turbo out?
Nathan: Depends on the session. If I can, I’ll go out.

When did the serious training begin this winter?
Nathan: November.

Is your winter training structured?
Nathan: Usually fairly structured.

Do you train alone or is there a chain gang in your area?
Nathan: There are a few guys I go out with from the Leeds area quite a lot over winter. Then the chain gang starts in April.

Finally, what races in 2020 are ones you really want to work towards being part of.
Nathan: I’d like to go well at Ryedale GP, the course suits me quite well, plus the start is 2km up the road from the family home.

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