Rider Interview – Dan Craven
What made you become a cyclist?
I grew up always being very active and eventually got into triathlon during my second last year of high school; living in a town without a swimming pool and where there was only one guy who owned a road bike… needless to say I was useless. Once I got to Uni in South Africa I got more and more into cycling and just fell in love with it – from there it became a case of just not being able to turn down a chance to chase my dream.
What’s the best thing about being a cyclist?
Wind in your beard, smile on your face, glint in your eye. I think every cyclist knows the feeling of swinging a leg over a top tube and feeling like a little kid again. Gritting your teeth and hurting someone who’s trying to hang onto your wheel only just adds to the pleasure!
And the worst?
Where to start… I’ve spent over seven years cycling full time in Europe and yet the number of ‘non cycling’ friends I’ve made in Europe I can almost count on one hand. Is a part of life passing me by?
Most memorable moment on a bike?
Every time I get back onto a bike after a lengthly period off – oh that smile!
How do you prepare yourself mentally and physically for a bike race?
If I’m nervous before a race I get all quiet and sullen – not something I’m terribly proud of – and just hide on the back seat of a team car. Needless to say, the better the form, the less the nerves and having a great bunch of team mates around to distract me and talk nonsense with is always a great thing!
Your biggest bike idol/inspiration?
I used to idolize Jan. These days I don’t tend to look up to many cyclists in the same way but I’ll always look up to Frankie Fredericks.
Anything made with love.
Ermmm… I feel the need to say District 9, not actually my favorite, but it’s South African and seeing something like that from ”home” on the big screen, with all of the little South African-isms (and thus many Namibian-isms) really made my day when I watched it. District 6… Apartheid… Bliksem!
Hobbies off the bike?
Reading – anything by Malcolm Gladwell or Bill Bryson.
Fixing up vintage bikes, onto my third one now.
And I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t admit to being addicted to surfing the net.
What are your goals for 2012?
Big ones for the year are the Ras, Tour of Britain and of course that small race around London in July… I qualified a place for Namibia at the Olympic Games back in 2010 and here we are, it’s just around the corner.
Dan will be making his debut for IG Sigma Sport on Sunday 29th April at the Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic
Gold medal for the IG Sigma Sport boys Wouter, Joe & Andrew
5th place for Pete Williams
8th for Ryan Mullen & a KOM podium for Matt Cronshaw
11th for Pete Williams in the British Nationals, 2nd for Joe Perrett in the U23 British TT and a win in the Irish U23 TT for Ryan Mullen