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Article posted: 20/12/2012

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World Junior cyclo-cross champion, eight times national cyclo-cross champion a fourteen year professional career.  Seventh in the Olympic road race at Athens 2004 and with a 3rd and 4th place in Paris Roubaix.  There's very little Roger Hammond doesn't know about riding a bike.  So we were delighted when he agreed to join our expert panel.

Five Quick Questions with Roger Hammond.

When did you start riding?

RH - A long time ago. I was brought up in a cycling family, so it was always part of the family culture, I was really keen on football though and played that until I was 17. I was playing a match though, got kicked and ruptured a muscle in my thigh. The best rehab was riding a bike so, that was the first year that I rode all winter, I rode cyclocross and went on to win the World Championships. I thought I might be quite good at this and never played football again.

What in your opinion was the best race of your career?

RH - Even though it was twenty years ago, winning a home World Championships is hard t beat. It was an amazing experience and even thinking about it now makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I can still see the faces of people in the crowd as I was riding round, nothing compares to it. The only thing I have regrets of or that I’m really jealous of is being part of a home Olympics team. With the profile cycling now has it would have been amazing.

What are you doing now you’ve retired?

RH - I’m manager of the Madison Genesis Road Team, back in the UK and still riding my bike a bit. Rather than spending hours on the bike, I now spend hours on the telephone. It’s a different type of stress.

What do you miss about being a pro rider?

RH - I miss the continual hunger of trying to achieve something, waking up knowing exactly why I’m training and what my goals are. With my new job these feelings are coming back now but aren’t focussed about being on the bike.

What don’t you miss?

RH - I don’t miss waking up, looking out of the window, seeing it’s lashing down and knowing I’ve got to go out and ride for five hours.

What advice would you give to a young rider?

RH - Ride cyclocross. The skills you’ll learn are invaluable for any form of group racing or riding and it’s a great way of keeping motivated through the cold and dark winter months.

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