D:O:B : Nov 96
From : Melrose
Height : 5ft 8
Nickname : Hay-meesh (read it slowly and you’ll get it)
Started cycling aged : 14
What inspired you to cycle : What inspired me to really start cycling was seeing all the adventure trips my dad had been on, seeing all the pictures from them and then hearing all the stories he had (the ones from Vietnam and Indian Himalayas being my favourite). From there he started to take me out and we got more and more into the racing as well as the touring (or at least I got into the racing and dragged him into it willingly!). My first experience of seeing a real bike race was going down to watch the Tour in London in 2007 and see the pro’s smashing it round the circuit there. The big thing for us was seeing Geriant Thomas racing in his BarlowWorld team, only Welsh rider in the race!
Favorite place to ride : It’s got to be Northumberland and the Scottish Borders! Most rides start with a blast along the river Tweed up to Kelso, from there it’s either North into the Lamamuir hills (brutal), or South towards the Cheviot hills and Rothbury moor. Think my favorite route is up into the Cheviots, stopping off at my sister’s house for a quick cuppa in the winter (or a mini-milk in the summer!).
Favorite race : There are two favorite races. In the professional calendar it’s Giro d’Lombardia. I love the iconic climbs, Autumn weather and unpredictable nature of the racing that late in the season. And from the racing that I’ve done it would have to be The Huge Dornan Memorial Race in the west coast of Scotland. Fantastic scenes and a brutal 20% climb each lap to contend with: the weather being as unpredictable as the racing.
Post race meal : Preferred post race meal is without a doubt baked beans on toast! Two slices of brown, full tin of beans with a little curry powder and topped off with grated red Leicester cheese.
What inspires you to keep going when on the limit : What inspires me to keep going when on the limit is focusing on the wheel in front of me, and just watching the distance between us doesn’t grow. And if it’s off the front, its focusing on keeping the legs turning all the way round and not thinking at all about whats happening behind.
Who is your cycling hero and why : Too hard to pick. 1 - My dad (no matter how cheesy it sounds it’s true) 2 - Mark Stewart, a Scottish cyclist and friend who pushed me as a junior and is now one of the top track cyclist in Europe 3 - The dream team that is Olly Moors and Dan Gardener, two former team mates and good friends who are gradually working the way into the pro-ranks
What has cycling taught you : I have a picture of my pops (Grandad) teaching me, riding along the track up to the house
Favorite music : I like folk-pop music and a good bit of indie rock. Favourite artists being Nick Mulvey, Arctic Monkeys, Jack Johnson and Biffy Clyro
Favorite film : Batman, Lord of the Rings and Ferris Buller’s day off
Interesting fact about you : An interesting fact about me is that when I was 14 years old I rode from the North to the South of France with Dad, carrying all our camping kit a clobber with us on the bikes. We followed the route of that years TDF as best we could, aiming to stop for a pastry in all the towns of the stage finishes