Tom Scully – On the road at the Opening Weekend in Belgium

The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton

The season is underway and it was time to hit the cobbles for the first time this year with Opening Weekend up in Belgium. That’s two races in one weekend; Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne on Sunday.

I was travelling from Girona to Belgium with my EF Education-Nippo teammate Tom Scully so I thought it would be a great idea to take all of you on a road trip with us as we headed to the first classics of the season.

As you’ll hear, we had a bit of a false start because our COVID-19 tests were a couple of hours out of date for the Belgian regulations. So we had to go back home, get another test and do our Omloop Het Nieuwsblad “recon ride” on Spanish roads instead.

The journey gave me a chance to find out more about Tom and particularly his career path, which has taken him the long way round, from New Zealand to the US, to Britain then to the Drapac team that eventually became EF.

Listening to him talk was a real reminder of what it takes just to get to World Tour level for some guys and what Tom said about embracing the lifestyle of a pro rider off the bike; being organised, coping with the travel, dealing with your plans being changed at short notice and not letting it eat into your mental and physical energy really resonated with me – especially this weekend!

I hope you all enjoy coming along for the trip with us.

I’m off to the white roads of Tuscany this weekend and back to the regular programming of a spring edition of Strade Bianche.

Stay tuned for Talking Luft next week.




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Released: March 3, 2021