This week’s guest is a young guy who’s made a big splash in his first couple of months racing in the World Tour this year.
I knew the name Tom Pidcock because he’s been racing cycle-cross on the coat tails of Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert for a couple of winters now, but I’d never actually met him or spoken to him before.
When I got a message to say Tom would love to come on the podcast I was really keen to find out more about a guy whose reputation preceded him.
Now racing for Ineos-Grenadiers, we’ve seen how well he’s fitted right in at the top level of the Classics this season; as of today, winning De Brabantse Pijl, taking third place in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and fifth at Strade Bianche. These are results that pretty much anyone would be happy with, but Tom is a 21-year-old neo-pro!
In this episode I hear about Tom’s early years getting into cycling, we talk a bit of cyclo-cross and hear his thoughts on making the transition to the World tour.
I must admit I probably had a preconceived idea of what Tom would be like. No doubt, he’s a confident guy on and off the bike, but he was also really down to earth and a pleasure to chat to. I hope you all enjoy finding out a bit more about him.
Stay tuned next week for a bit of fun on Talking Luft with Tom.
The theme music for Life in the Peloton was composed by Pete Shelley, who was lead singer of the punk band Buzzcocks. It was commissioned by the production company behind Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de France in the 1980s and was used as the theme music for the nightly highlights show. Pete died in December 2018. We were given permission by Pete’s widow and his manager to continue using the music for the theme tune to Life in the Peloton. To hear more about the music, listen to the Andre Greipel episode of Life in the Peloton.