I’ve always enjoyed the British publication ProCycling. They have some insightful writers, stellar photographers and celebrate the sport with passion and respect. It seems to me that they have fun with what they do, not that unlike how I look at my job and life in general. I also think their covers are some of the best in the industry (and I’m not just saying that because I’ve had the pleasure of being on one). It’s cool to be featured in the mag again, especially when my buddy Jens is on the cover.
Their November issue (#157) includes a chat I had with Daniel Benson. I must have been in a good mood because I’ve revealed more about myself than I typically would. Here are a few excerpts, but to read the full version of the interview please visit your local newsstand and pick up a copy of ProCycling.
Stranger Paths Have Been Traveled
“I started off rollerblading. Not quite the typical path into professional cycling…rollerblading was when I bought my first pair of tights.”
Music To My Ears
“…I’d make a mix tape and head down to the local church parking lots. The mix tapes were mainly based around musicals – Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, and Jesus Christ Superstar…”
“…One year I broke my arm an started riding my bike soon after. The first bike I owned was a mountain bike…”
Take it Easy Son
“…riding was perfect because I had a lot of energy but I needed to let it out in a positive way that would calm me down…”
I’m Old Enough to See This, Right?
“Movies had a huge impact on my life. The film Breaking Away had a big effect on me…
I watched all the superhero movies and a lot of violent films…”
“There were a few local comic shops where I lived and I’d spend time hanging out there…comics were pure escapism…Batman was my favorite growing up…now I’m the national champion in the time trial and Captain America is a nickname I’m sometimes handed.”
Ordering off the Menu
“I started watching a few documentaries and in conjunction with that I took a food sensitivity test. I had some allergies so the first thing I did was cut meat out of my diet. Then it was dairy…”
“I always wanted to set up DZ Nuts, a company that makes chamois cream for bike riders…”
“Maybe I’m seen as relaxed, and that’s a true trait of my personality…I balance my life and make sure I keep everything, my racing included, in perspective.”
“…it came to me one day that something needed to be done to try and raise awareness of road safety…”
Vegas Lounge Act
“It’s a spur of the moment thing when I sing at races…at the Giro d’Italia in 2009 when I did Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses at the start of a stage…”