Of course, it’s not uncommon for kids to give up cycling as they progress through their teens – we asked Chris why he thought that was.
“As kids get older, into teens, they get a driving license, cars become the thing and other sports take their attention. In the past cycling wasn’t seen as a very cool thing to do but I think that’s changing.”
Success on the World stage, he said, was pivotal in that changing attitude – explaining: “Role models and people out there winning medals at the Olympics and Tour de France, keeping it in public eye, keeps the public interest.”
Chris will be a spectator to the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and he was hopeful that Team GB can pull another Olympic haul out of the bag. He said: “I don’t think we’re going to see a dominance similar to Beijing and London, I think that would just be expecting too much. It’s not to say it couldn’t happen.”
He added: “A great games for the British Team would be three gold medals, maybe four, with maybe a couple of silvers and bronzes thrown in, that would be phenomenal, and I think that will happen. The men’s and women’s Team Pursuit, Laura [Trott] in the Omnium, they’re our best chances at Gold I think.”
There’s so many little factors in there – which, if the team get it right, if momentum shifts, morale boosts, and things suddenly just start working again.
Outside of cycling, Chris’ own motorsport career is flourishing, he and his team mate took first place at the first round of the European Le Mans race over the weekend.
He attributed his success to support from the GT Academy, but also to the mind-set and dedication he already has from cycling – saying: “No doubt the competitive instinct I have [has an effect].”
You want want to improve yourself and try and become better and faster and just do the best you can. Ultimately that’s what it’s about.
He added: “I’m never going to become a real, professional driver as such, but if I can become a good amateur, then that’s the aim – as good as I possibly can.”
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