Tony Cruz Interview
Smooth recovery leads to high ambitions for the remaining part of the 2008 season.
a peak, and to have been able to race the way I did there was definitely a pleasure. I have been training well and my BMC fits me so well that my bike fit has helped me also reach a high level of fitness. Bike fit to me is very important and my BMC fits me probably better than any non-custom bike I’ve ridden.
You are known as a sprinter, but in fact you consider yourself more of an all-rounder, right?
TC: Definitely. I really enjoy climbing and when I’m fit, I’m pretty confident in how well I can hang in there. At Redlands, I don’t think anyone expected me to be in the front group on that hilly road race. And then I nearly won the final day’s sprint too.
Is there something that has happened this year that has reminded you why you love racing so much. Something that has made you say, “yeah, this is why I still do this!”?
TC: Really, for me it’s being on this team. Gavin is so willing to help all the guys on the team, he just wants to make it possible for everyone to be at their 100% best. It gives me a lot of pride in the team and motivation to do as much as I can to contribute. For example, he has already switched out my bike three times – immediately and no questions asked – in order to help me get the perfect fit. The fit is so important to me and my success, but on other teams it was always such a nightmare to try and get something like that done – they usually would never do it. But I really like my BMC because it is so comfortable, and you can see from my results and my general fitness this year that it really suits me well. Last Saturday I was only supposed to do four hours, but rode for six because I was loving it so much and it was so comfortable. Those are the moments that I know I am doing what I love. I felt awesome, I could have ridden nine hours that day!