Rider Bio – Nick Pilling

 Name – Nick Pilling

Height – 6′ 4″ nickpilling

Weight – 82 KG

Riding style – Probably riding a bit too hard

What’s your story? Why did you get into cycling?

I dabbled with some mountain biking as a teenager but always played football and golf growing up. 2 years of rowing training while at University introduced me to road cycling as cross-training. I have been doing long-course triathlon for the past few years but have taken the plunge to drop the swimming and running in favour of some road racing.

  • What was your first bike?
    • The classic route into road cycling – Specialized Allez. Before that I had a Trek 4100 mountain bike that served me well for almost 10 years.
  • What are your trademark traits that people know you by?
    • Laid-back but very competitive.
  • Who is your cycling hero, past / present?
    • Past – Merckx
    • Present – Wiggins
  • Apart from cycling, any other passion or addiction that would be impossible to give up?
    • Cookies! In particular buying a bag of cookies and devouring the contents before leaving the shop.
  • What do you avoid like the plague?
    • Unnecessary faff
  • What’s your party piece?
    • The volume of pizza I can consume
  • What’s your power track?
      • Linkin’ Park – Numb/Encore

  • What about your karaoke track?
      • If I am ever caught near a karaoke machine then please remove me.
  • What’s your pre-race habit?
    • Haven’t got one yet but will probably involve being on the minutes.
  • Best ever achievement on the bike?
    • Cycling from Bolton to London through the Peak District – 400km
  • Favourite bike race?
    • Le Tour
  • Perfect three course meal?
    • Carbs, carbs, carbs
  • Favourite Film?
    • Shooter
  • If you could do just one more ride, what or where would it be?
    • Anywhere with smooth roads, great scenery and big hills
  • Best decision ever made?
    • Stopping playing football.
  • What one piece of advice would you give to anyone thinking about bike racing?
    • I’ll let you know at the end of the season…

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