A chat with new signing Mike Cuming
Written by Velo Staff on 28th March 2017
We at VELO are very excited to have Mike Cuming on board for the 2017 race season.
Mike started racing when he was 17, his dad got him into racing- he was a professional cyclist in the 70’s and 80’s living and racing in Belgium.
Mike raced in England with team Raleigh/twenty3c orbea with spells in Belgium and France.
In 2011 he signed with Rapha Condor Sharp and stayed with them for 4 years.
He then packed my bags and lived and raced in Australia for the 2016 season riding for state of matter/MAAP.
After that he decided to return to the UK and racing in England and Europe for neon velo.
We asked Mike a few questions leading into the season:
What are your career highlights, Mike?
My career highlights are probably winning the U23 national road champs and winning the tour of Korea. And also a good memory was winning a stage of Korea a few weeks after breaking my collarbone whilst Rich Handley won a stage and Hugh Carthy won overall.
You have achieved a lot in your young career already, what are you goals for this season?
Goals for 2017 is defiantly to perform well in the premiere calendar races. They are all hard races so it will be no mean feat but I think I’m capable. Also the team have been invited to the an post Ras which does suit me well. I can see us as a team doing well in that race.
What motivates you to go out there and train everyday?
Things that motivate me include winning races, because you go through a lot sacrifice a lot and a lot of pain to win but the feeling is a very nice one.
Also making my friends, family, and team proud of me also motivates me.
How was your time racing and living in Australia?
The season I spent in Aus was a interesting one. I love the races at the start of the year like the bay crits , New Zealand cycle classic , Cadel Evans road race and the sun tour. Then it’s pretty quiet until the Australian NRS starts which are completely different to the premier calendars in that they are all stages races over 4/5 days apart from Melbourne to Warrnambool and Grafton to Inverell which are two big 250k + one day classics
The stage races are run in a more professional manner where teams are willing to ride the front and make the race more controlled. I really enjoyed my time in Aus. I met some really great people and travelled to some awesome places.
Thanks for your time, Mike. We really look forward to having you on board and helping you accomplish your goals this season.