Looking to the future, Muswell Hill Peloton have a progressive attitude to encouraging young talent.
Inspired by the annual renewal of the big Spring Classic races, (yesterday saw a cagey edition of MIlan-San-Remo), The Wattmeister has been surveying the ranks of up and coming rouleurs, baroudeurs and puncheurs, who form the core of this illustrious group.
Let us begin with Faustino S, a new recruit to the group. Aged 58, he may be one of the more mature youngsters, but with his prodigious climbing skills, the future looks very rosy.
Iron Mike may be on the verge of his 58th birthday, young for a GC contender, but he is riding like a man possessed (of an engine in his downtube). He shows no mercy on the road and will NOT be denied his place at the head of affairs.
Big Mig, who will not be 58 until November, is still learning his profession. Within the hallowed band of wielrenners, he is known as ‘The Undroppable’
The Wizard is a magical, avuncular figure. Rumour has it that he was asked to play Bumbledore in ‘The Wizard of Alpe d’Huez’ due to his amazing time up the mountain on Strava. He is purported to be 56.
The enigmatic Pistol Pete is just starting to come through the ranks at age 54. He arrived from the Antipodes back in the day, and was found behind some bulrushes on Hackney Marshes. His career could have gone either way, but Muswell Hill Peloton has been the making of him and a Classic win looks assured for this versatile performer.
You do not receive a moniker like Killer Kay for no reason. At age 55 and two thirds, he is developing into one of the fastest sprinters in his street (even numbers), with a ruthless attitude to winning.
Young Long Tom is only a baby a age 52, however, his embryonic youth has not prevented him from knocking out a series of fast times on Swains Lane, and he combines this climbing prowess with a mean finishing kick in the Over 50s Regents Park Sprint. A Man For The Future.
Finally, The Wattmeister who will be 58 in September, has enjoyed a stellar junior career (in his own mind). There is not enough space here to document his under 50s achievements. It is extremely difficult to believe that the best is yet to come.
Watch this space.