Tom Pidcock: Battling on three fronts

Tom Pidcock talks to James Shrubsall about forging his own path

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Tom Pidcock does things his way. If he was a junk food aficionado, his establishment of choice would definitely be BK (though he insists the worst it gets on this front is dark chocolate and digestives), while if he was a Rat Pack crooner, well…you know what song he’d sing. Thankfully for British bike fans, he’s neither of those things – instead, he’s one of the hottest young bike racing talents.

Few would argue that the 20-year-old Yorkshireman is not WorldTour material, despite his tender years. And yet at Trinity Racing – a team essentially built around him and named after his management company – Pidcock isn’t even in a UCI team. However, also key in his set-up is his sponsorship deal with Red Bull, whose striking helmet livery you will inevitably see him racing in, whether on road, cyclo-cross or MTB. Current titles on his palmarès include those of national champion in cross and also Under-23 MTB; he is also the current U23 Paris-Roubaix champ.

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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.