'Proper packing': Geraint Thomas' take on Josh Tarling's 455 watt hour power target

Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe are dropping some big World Championship wattages on their latest podcast

Josh Tarling claims bronze at the 2023 World Championship time trial
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455 watts for 56 minutes. That was Josh Tarling's own predicted average power for the World Championship time trial last week, according to his Great Britain and Ineos Grenadiers team-mate Geraint Thomas.

"He's super talented. He's proper packing. He's a big unit of a bloke," Thomas said on his most recent Watts Occurring podcast. "I asked him what he was going to average for the race, roughly – he said around 455 was the plan. I was like 'Jesus!'."

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.