Meet our Guests – Dr Richard Cook
Dr Richard Cook
How long have you been riding for?
Mountain bikes for 25 years, road bike 7 years.
How many bikes do you own? Which is your preferred one and why?
Not enough-only one road and one mountain. Trusty Boardman road bike still going strong.
Why did you start Cycling? Fitness, injury, midlife crisis?
Fun/the outdoors/ bit of peace and quiet and “me time”.
Favourite region to ride in Europe? Why?
Pyrenees. Beautiful area, first HC climb there, not too many Brits, lots of hail.
What?s your ideal cycling ride fuel?
Triple espresso, banana and brie filled baguette.
Dream place to ride in the world and why?
Scandinavia-never been there and it looks cold and challenging.
Have you ridden Alpe D?Huez?
If yes what did you think of it?
100 times better than I expected-lovely challenging climb, full of history. I thought it may have been over hyped-it hasn’t.
Favourite local climb near home? What is unique about it?
Ditchling Beacon. I can see it from work, you can cruise it or try and nail it. It’s over quickly, great views from the top and the ride home from there in to the wind is awesome.
Best region to ride at home?
Love it locally in Sussex but the Yorkshire Dales was fantastic this year-deserted, beautiful views and some very challenging steep sections.
Favourite Coffee stop? What?s your order?
Top of the Tourmalet-double espresso (two of them).
Favourite pro peloton rider past or present?
Wiggo. I like Sagan (great recent Worlds result) and a lot of respect for Richie Porte.
Most memorable moment on an LDT tour you?ve been on?
The awful realisation on arriving at the hotel (finally) on day 1 of the inaugaral KOM that I had bitten off more than I could chew.
Recovery shake or beer after a long day in the saddle?
Coke and double espresso.
What event / tour are you planning for 2016 and why?
Riley’s gaff in Nice September 2016. Good group of lads, Riley to keep us in check. I might not be last up every hill….
Funniest cycling story?
Cycling isn’t funny!! However, a colleague once nearly lost his crown jewels when the seatpost snapped and I ended up having to stitch him up on our sofa as the wait in A+E was so long. He still complains about the scar 20 years later.
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