This month we asked you on our social media channels if you had any questions for Nicholas Roche. After returning back from our team camp, Nicholas sat down to answer five of our favourites!
How are you liking your new Scott bike?
The new Scott bike is pretty amazing, I have to admit. I was quite surprised with the work on the aerodynamics – the bikes feel really, really fast. I enjoy a bike that is rigid in the front as I’m a rider that’s quite often out of the saddle and I really found that in the new bike. The geometry is nice, the paint job is beautiful and I’m going to enjoy riding it throughout the year!
How many tattoos do you have in total and what’s your favourite one/why?
I’ve lost count how many tattoos I have, I would say it’s over 25! Also, with adding tattoos over time, a few of them have just become one big one now. As for my favourite, I’m not quite sure. Some have been favourites at different points in my life and that all changes as time goes on. I guess one that will always stay as one my favourites though is my family crest that I have on my right rib.
What was the hardest moment you’ve experienced on the bike throughout your career?
It’s difficult for me to find one hard moment in my career. Cycling is a difficult sport and you’re always met with new challenges, new downfalls, set backs, crashes, sickness, lack of performance and so on. Every year it’s a new adventure; there’s always a couple of hard moments. I would say one of the hardest moments of my whole career was in 2018 when I suffered from depression and it was very difficult for me to get things right on the bike. My mind was always caught up in some of my life problems and I really struggled to perform at the highest level in the spring of 2018.
What’s it like being one of the more experienced riders on the team, do you enjoy teaching the younger guys but learning something from them too?
I really love spending time with the young guys in the team. It’s great to see how interested they are when they ask about my experiences. The more they want to know about me and the more they ask, the happier I am to give them information – it’s great to have an engaged audience! It’s also great for me to be with them as I get a perspective on 2021. My point of view and my experience is one thing, I know a lot about racing, and sometimes they have fresh ideas that are brought up with modern techniques and are more ready for 2021. It’s great for me to get some freshness in their comments and it makes me think and reflect, and gives me more depth to my experience with adapting to 2021 and how these young guys see the world today.
What’s your favourite race and why?
My favourite race has to be the Tour de France – I always dreamed about it as a kid. As a rider, one of the races I’ve learned to enjoy the most is the Vuelta a España. It’s a race I know how to be ready for and it’s the race that has given me the biggest results of my career.