Together with The Lion King, The Wattmeister went to visit young professional rider Yanto Barker, owner of cycling clothing brand brand Le Col, at his premises in Shepherd’s Bush, with a view to upgrading and expanding the current MHP club kit.
Shepherd’s Bush holds a special place in The Wattmeister’s palmares, for in 1978 he backed the winner of the Epsom Derby, Shirley Heights at 8/1, in a Ladbrokes betting shop at the Bush. Hawaiian Sound, ridden by U.S legend Willie Shoemaker made most of the running before Greville Starkey conjured a strong finish out of Shirley Heights to land the spoils. If The Wattmeister were a racehorse, he would be fitted with blinkers and ridden by Lester Piggott.
Yanto, who finished 9th in the 2005 Tour of Britain and won the Lincoln cycling Grand Prix in 2014, was not at all intimidated by meeting The Lion King, winner of the most recent MHP sprint in Regents Park, and The Wattmeister, Strava King of the Mountain on Sprint to Ridge Sign. However, when TW produced his 3 Paris-Brest-Paris jerseys, ostensibly to illustrate the quality of construction, there was a quiet moment of reverence and genuflection which added a certain gravitas to the negotiations, (and may have got the reflected strip thrown in for free).
The Wattmeister knows a good bit of schmutter when he feels it, and Le Col most definitely produce some good gear. He looks forward to sporting the new kit at all the major races in 2015.