'I got a job - it lasted for 4 days': Meet the rider aiming for the Olympics after a failed retirement

Matt Holmes is aiming to win medals for GB on the track after un-retiring, and is having fun on the bike again

Matt Holmes
(Image credit: Future/Andy Jones)

At the end of 2022, a 29-year-old Matt Holmes hung up his wheels after 11 years as a pro cyclist, the final three of which were at WorldTour level with Lotto-Soudal. The man from Wigan was simply not enjoying racing anymore. 

“I stopped because I didn't really enjoy it that much last year,” he told Cycling Weekly. “I got a normal job, I did that for like four days. I was working for a sports travel agency, I was going to be an ambassador. It was just a job, to help pay my bills. I wasn't in a good place at the time, everything went wrong all at once. I just didn't know what to do for a long time. I somehow managed to pay my mortgage, just through reaching out to people and doing different things. It was a random year.”

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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.