Is there any more versatile cyclist in the world at the moment then Tom Pidcock?
From the Flemish Berg’s to Valkenberg, and with cyclo cross in between, Tom is continuing his dominance of the mountain bike scene with two wins in the opening World Cup.
Fortunately his last lap tail whips in this race ended wheel side down (unlike a cyclocross faux par earlier in the year). The short course event, which I’d never seen before, blew me away as an event. Twenty minutes of watts and mud which made the old city centre criterium events look pedestrian in comparison.
He also won the longer form cross country event.
Such is the impact of mountain biking on me at the moment, my time trial bike is sold and gone, and I’m in the market for a hard tail.
Now that might say a little bit about me, as much as it says about Leeds is finest.
But in Pidcock there is a cyclist who does it all and can pretty much make anything on two wheels sing. In fact, my daughter asked on the school run this morning, could Tom Pidcock beat me to school on a scooter? The answer is probably yes. Although I suspect his wouldn’t be pink and covered in LoL doll stickers.
Pidcock burst on the scene through the UK Trinity/Wiggins setup and has been always focused on multi-discipline.
You could argue that with mountain bike in his repertoire. He is more diverse than Wout Van Aert or Mathieu Van der Poel.
I love Tom Pidcock because he’s not afraid to get it sideways. He’s not afraid to jump. He’s not afraid to fall. Even in yesterday’s race in the Czech Republic. He was down after a crash, allowing fellow cyclo crosser Joshua Dubau of France to get ahead.
But Pidcock hunted him down, chased him and got the win. It was brilliant.
And whilst the Giro and the upcoming four days of Dunkirk will dominate my TV viewing this week. There is a mention for the fact that GCN are now showing the UCI mountain bike series. It’s different. It’s fresh, and for a 30 year veteran roadie like to think I want to have a crack at this, then something must be being done right.
So good luck, TP. Enjoy your break. And let’s hope that the summer road season yields more results, such as your Alp D’Huez win of 2022.
For me, soon, there might be even fatter tires on a bike that I will be chugging around the fens on so keep an eye out for that.