Edited version of a private ‘question and answer’ interview with one of Muswell Hill Peloton’s founding members.
What exactly is a “baroudeur”?
The Wattmeister: in a cycling context, ‘baroudeur’ means an attacking, punchy rider. Someone who will always attempt to initiate a move, especially into a strong headwind.
What is your second greatest fear?
TW: that Full English Breakfasts will be subject to VAT.
Which cause do you support outside of cycling?
TW: The Campaign for Straight Bananas
What is the most expensive thing you have ever bought?
TW: who told you to ask this question? Was it The Wattmeisterin?
Who would you invite to a dinner party?
TW: Freddy Merckx, Freddy Maertens and Freddy Mercury….(I never forget a name).
How often do you have sex?
TW: surely it’s on Strava?
What is the worst thing anyone has ever said to you?
TW: every Saturday morning Big Mig shouts…”get on the front you lazy git!”.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
TW: my Stephen Roche Special Edition racing bike…shit, can you erase that please? I meant to say The Wattmeisterin, The Wattmeisterlings and The Wattmutt
What is your favourite food?
TW: everybody else’s leftovers.
What keeps you awake at night?
TW: the thought that another rider might beat my time on Ridge Sprint Sign.
What is your favourite smell?
TW: carbon rims after the rain.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
TW: a surfeit of red wine blood cells
Finally, what is your favourite book?
TW: Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess