Simon Carr: Slipping under the radar

It’s rare a young rider gets a WorldTour contract with hardly anyone in their homeland’s cycling scene knowing their name, but that’s what young Brit Simon Carr has done. Paul Knott asks: who is this mystery man and what can we expect from him?

Simon Carr (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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In today’s all-seeing media age it’s unusual that a British rider can make it all the way to the WorldTour while barely raising an eyebrow on their home soil. After all, the results in far-flung countries showcasing up-and-coming talent are only ever a click away. But that’s exactly what 22-year-old British-born, French-raised EF Education-Nippo neo-pro Simon Carr has done.

It’s not hard to imagine that his dual national upbringing could lead to accusations of Carr being a ‘plastic Brit’ imported to boost the nation’s status. However, Carr’s upbringing has always had a British theme. “In terms of growing up, my parents made the choice to deliberately have a fully English upbringing in the house with English TV, English books and English radio,” Carr recalls. This despite only ever returning to Britain when his brother was also born in Hereford, and Simon studied at Writtle University College just outside Chelmsford. 

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Paul Knott is a fitness and features writer, who has also presented Cycling Weekly videos as well as contributing to the print magazine as well as online articles.  In 2020 he published his first book, The Official Tour de France Road Cycling Training Guide (Welbeck), a guide designed to help readers improve their cycling performance via cherrypicking from the strategies adopted by the pros.