'If it's not 9pm and I'm not scrubbing toilets... no session on the bike will be as hard as that': Scottish rider Mark Stewart on heading for the WorldTour

From being dropped by British Cycling to getting picked up by a Kiwi team, the Scottish rider on his pandemic journey

Mark Stewart
Mark Stewart at the Commonwealth Games in 2018
(Image credit: Getty Images)

In the end, it was all about love. I mean, of course it was.

With apologies to Musa Okwonga and his excellent novel, but love really is the reason Mark Stewart ended up in New Zealand. Therefore, it's behind his new-found motivation, his return to loving cycling, in fact possibly his future.

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Adam Becket
News editor

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.