One rider who enjoys avoiding cliché cycle-babble is Nathan Haas. He is set for a season of discovery with the Katusha-Alpecin team in 2018 so we wind back the clock and ask about how he first came to cycling.
There’s no denying that Nathan Haas tells a good story. It took only a few words to prompt him to explain the long journey it took from 14-year-old MTB enthusiast to road cycling professional.
His intention was to study and possibly pursue cycling as a hobby. He enjoys his chosen sport – no matter the discipline: MTB downhill, cross-country, or road racing – and, as a young man, he never took it too seriously.
Ultimately success would lead him to an offer than he didn’t refuse. He would join the Genesys Wealth Advisors team, eventually become the leader… win the Jayco-Herald Sun Tour, win the Japan Cup, earn a contract with a WorldTour team. Etcetera.
The story isn’t new but it is still interesting to hear him tell it as he begins the Next Phase of his pro cycling career.
– Click the link below to watch Nathan Haas explain his evolution in cycling. –
Click the YouTube link to find out how Nathan Haas rode into the pro peloton…
This is his seventh year in the top-tier of world cycling and Haas has big ambitions in 2018. The nationals didn’t go exactly according to plan but those who follow his progress recognise that his achievements are indeed impressive. Fifth in the road race was a great result – considering he was the only Katusha-Alpecin rider – and he can take inspiration from his fifth in his first attempt at the elite time trial… yet he was still frustrated. Once again he missed out on scoring a green and gold jersey but that doesn’t mean he’ll give up trying.
Those who watched in anticipation of what might be at the TDU also realise that he had a bad moment when he needed a good one. That’s life. It happened. He’ll move on.
These incidents were so much losses, but he takes such ‘defeats’ to heart and doesn’t exactly hide his emotions. He also bounces back but only after expression his frustration with honesty and a sense of pride.
He is a good bike rider. He likes to race. And now, in his appraisal, is the season to win.
I hope you enjoy one of the easier interviews that I’ve done for this ‘Talking Cycling’ series. It doesn’t take much prompting to get Nathan to talk and his answers are fun and interesting.
– By Rob Arnold