Comical, severe and forever fighting: James Shaw's return to WorldTour stage racing after four years away

The British rider shares his experiences of a week of brutal racing in northern Spain

James Shaw
(Image credit: Getty)

James Shaw would be a fine restaurant critic.

"You know when someone tells you how amazing some food is," he starts, the analogy still forming in his mind as the wind blows, "and then you try it and you're like, 'yeah it was good, but it wasn't that good. It's a bit like that."

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.