One of the big goals for Wiggle Honda this year will be the team time trial at the World Championships in Tuscany in September, held over a 37.93 kilometre course from Pistoia to Florence, and open only to trade teams.
The team has three riders who are world-beaters when it comes to riding as a unit – Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell, who last year smashed the world record time and time again as they rode to World Championship and Olympic success.
Those victories were achieved by three riders over 3 kilometres on the velodrome track, of course, a very different proposition to more than ten times that distance on the road, and with six team members taking to the start.
In this video from Wiggle Honda’s recent training camp in Italy, the team has been practicing its drills in the team time trial as it looks to succeed last year’s inaugural world champions, Specialized-Lululemon, while Trott and King also talk about adapting to life on the road.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.