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Cycology’s Prod-a-Pro #3: Interview with Luke Rowe

28 October 2016

Luke Rowe Interview with Cycology Travel

A Team Sky pro-cyclist. A track and road champion. Part-owner of a pro-coaching company. An accomplished sportsman who seems to collect medals like bottle caps. All this and he’s only 26 years old. Luke Rowe is a pretty remarkable person.

That’s a lot of achievements for someone under 30. So we’re thrilled to be interviewing this distinguished athlete for our bimonthly interview series where we dig for information, inspiration and just enjoy general chit chat with our favourite professionals from the world of cycling.

So, we’ve already established that Luke’s career is nothing short of impressive. But there’s more to him than what you read in Cycling Weekly. Look a little closer and you’ll discover that Luke Rowe is also a normal, everyday, rather ordinary guy. Just like the rest of us…..except he has a fondness for Bridget Jones’ Diary. Mostly, he’s just an ordinary twenty-something. A Welsh lad who loves the local pub (according to his Twitter profile), a true Brit who enjoys a roast, and someone who spends his wind-town time fearing soggy bottoms on GBBO. But right now, he’s living the high life out in Monaco and is soon to be married to fiancé, Cath.

In his early years, Thomas The Tank inspired him to want to become a train conductor. But by eight years old, he rode his first ever bike in tandem with his dad, Courtney. And he hasn’t looked back since. With a cycling coach as a father, racing cyclist Matt Rowe as a brother, and Olympic Gold medallist, Dani King MBE, as his training partner, it’s clear that the world of cycling really is all-consuming for this talented pro-cyclist.

After joining the Maindy Flyers youth cycling club and becoming a member of the British Cycling's Olympic Development Programme at a young age, Luke went on to win gold at the 2007 UEC Junior European Track Championships, and three National Madison titles in the same year. But this was just the start of his career. Two years on and Rowe beat rivals, John Degenkolb, Elia Viviani and Taylor Phinney for his first major road victory in the ZLM Tour. More success followed at Tour de l’Avenir, Tour of Berlin, and the Commonwealth Games. After winning the ZLM Tour for the second time, 2012 saw him being signed by Team Sky and he has continued to go from strength to strength ever since. What’s more, he’s the third Welshman ever to ride in Tour de France (with his debut in 2015).

Luke is also heavily involved with the family coaching business, Rowe & King, which is run with this incredible network of cycling experts; Cycology are proud to work in partnership with Rowe and King to deliver The Collective Coaching, a five-star coaching holiday experience in the stunning Mallorcan countryside. Dates for 2017 are out now!

On with the interview.

Cycology: What’s your favourite food?

Luke Rowe: A Sunday Roast dinner, especially in the winter!

Cycology: What’s your favourite race and why?

Luke Rowe: Paris Roubaix – it’s just epic on all fronts. It’s a real tough race, which is why I think it is so prestigious.

Cycology: Where and when was your last holiday? And who did you go with?

Luke Rowe: I feel like I am on a permanent holiday living in Monaco – I can nip to the beach easily enough whenever I like and the weather is pretty much always good. I’ll be getting married next month and will be going to Norway with my wife-to-be, Cath.

Cycology: At what age did you start riding?

Luke Rowe: I was 8 years old, on the back of a tandem with my dad.

Cycology: If your house was burning down and you could save only three things (apart from family) what would they be?

Luke Rowe: My Tour de France signed jersey from when Froomey won in 2015 (my first tour), my Rolex watch and maybe some photos.

Cycology: What TV programme are you watching at the moment?

Luke Rowe: The Apprentice and the Great British Bake Off.

Cycology: What’s your favourite type of music?

Luke Rowe: Dance – great to get you in the mood to race!

Cycology: Can you sing?

Luke Rowe: Absolutely not.

Cycology: Have you ever been star-struck?

Luke Rowe: Not really, but I do appreciate great people. Nobody in particular springs to mind.

Cycology: What was the last film you saw at the cinema and was it any good? Where did you sit?

Luke Rowe: I watched Bridget Jones’ Baby and I sat smack bang in the middle for a good view!

Cycology: If you were President for the day, what three things would you change about the world?

Luke Rowe: Poverty, war, and I would promote sports heavily from a grass roots level through schools.

Cycology: Tell us something not many people know about you?

Luke Rowe: I’m pretty good on the drums!

Cycology: Who in your team is the most fun to be around – and why?

Luke Rowe: Wout Poels, because he has a screw loose just like me!

Cycology: What was your favourite toy when you were younger?

Luke Rowe: Thomas the Tank Engine sets – I always wanted to be a train conductor. Until the age of 5 when I changed my mind!

Huge thanks to Luke for taking part! Keep an eye on our blog for more interviews with pros from the cycling and sports world!

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