This month we asked you on our social media channels if you had any questions for our Scotsmen Oscar Onley! After showing himself at Sazka Tour and enjoying racing on home soil with Tour of Britain, he sat down and answered your questions.
Q: What was it like riding the Tour of Britain?
A: It was a great experience, and I learned a lot riding with the WorldTour guys. Riding on home roads was special and with Cees winning that stage it was almost the perfect day. Unfortunately, it ended earlier than expected but I came away from that race with a lot of confidence.
Q: How many times a week do you train on average?
A: I normally train every day but split it into blocks of 2 or 3 days of proper training followed by one easy day, (normally a recovery cafe ride).
Q: Can you beat Matt Winston [Team DSM coach] in a sprint?
A: Ha! I’ve never sprinted against him but I’ve heard he’s pretty quick so probably not!
Q: What was your personal highlight of the 2022 season?
A: I would say my personal highlight from this season was the U23 Giro actually. We didn’t come away with any wins, but we raced really well together all week and had a great atmosphere within the team – it made for a really nice week racing around Italy.
Q: What would you suggest someone who is younger and wants to turn pro?
A: Firstly, make sure you enjoy it because the sport is too hard to turn pro if you don’t enjoy all the training, racing, travelling etc. I think it’s important to make contacts with lots of different people who can help you out with anything you might need. Everyone progresses at different rates as well so don’t be put off with people already turning pro at 18 – focus on yourself and if you work hard enough it will come.