"I try not to get too stuck in superstitions and habits because
something will happen on race day and maybe you can’t have your
favourite water bottle or you’ve not got your lucky socks on and it’ll
mess with you. I make myself not rely on anything so I’m able to cope
with whatever’s coming. Don’t risk losing your lucky charm."
"Sometimes I take deep breaths and stuff. Some sports psychologists have
said after your warmup, before you’re lining up, just sit down for a bit.
Close your eye and start breathing in and out really slowly."
You must train together a lot. Races when you don’t know your rider
are a little bit difficult. When you train together you know exactly what
the woman or the man can do. Talk a lot. That’s important… actually
it’s the most important. You must ride a little but higher, a little bit
lower. At the end you can go faster. Every time: communicate."
"Wow, the secrets. When you have a good boy behind you there aren’t so
many secrets. But you must think from their point of view. Sometimes
you’ll be riding a six day and when they’ve had a really bad day, you
must think like a father. Protect him. You like to think you can win
every time, but when you enter a fight you must know what you can do.
"If I was that age, the one thing I could have learned, is just that like, you’ll
have good races, you’ll have bad races. There’s no need to worry about a
fucking thing, on the bike or off it."
"This is a popular thing that a lot of people do, and I do it as well.
Imagine yourself in the race, think about what you’re planning to do in
the race and imagine yourself winning. Of course you can never plan it
perfectly but it’s good to know what could happen and play it through
in your mind. It helps when you get there.
"When I was younger I got so stressed about races, especially in a race
like today where there’s a massive home crowd. But just relax, take in
every moment and enjoy yourself.
"Do a proper warmup before, don’t really speak to anyone. Put some tunes
on, get pumped. House, dance, like techno kind of thing - hardcore beats.
If you’re going to get up for it, get some bangers on."
"Revolution is big because it chucks you in at the highest level with the some
of the world’s best riders on the track. It’s very important. You’ve got to stay positive. Keep your mind free. Chuck all the negative thoughts out. Stay positive and do everything you would on a normal day to make sure you stand the best chance of doing well."
"I think the biggest secret - well, it’s not a really a secret - but the race
is not for me. I like to win but if I go for it and the rider isn’t able, I will
probably lose their second place. So reducing yourself, your ambitions
to try and get the best out of your riders is really important."
"When you really have to perform I make myself angry. I search for an
object. It works for me.
It’s hard to lead a normal life. I once found a picture that said, ‘Eat,
Sleep, Study, Repeat. That’s my life. Oh, and love…"