Tom Danielson Interview
Success has taken Tom to the top of the 'Next Lance Armstrong' list.
IM: How has this year gone for you so far? What are your goals for the remainder of the season?
TD: The year has obviously been a success. With the highlight being the Tour de Langkawi victory, wins at Pomona Valley and Iron Horse (record), 3rd overall at Redlands and a stage win, 2nd overall at Sea Otter, and 2nd at Time Trial Nationals things seem to be moving in the right direction. Of course, my goals are over across the
IM: There has been a lot of talk about you being the next 'big'
TD: Sure, it is nice to hear, but the reality is I have to make it happen. People can say all they want, but for me I want to go out there and do it. I try not to pay too much attention to the press because I really need to focus on myself. I know my goals and it is just extra motivation to know that people are behind you!
IM: You are part of a wave of mountain bike riders who are crossing over into road racing? Why is this happening?
TD: Well, I'm not really sure. My best explanation is the fact that when I was introduced to cycling, the mid 90's, mountain biking was raging. It was everywhere and the most popular bike being sold was a mountain bike. To be honest, I really did not know all that much about the road simply because everywhere you looked it was mountain biking. I would guess many of these guys who are switching over to road were in the same situation. Today, and before the mid 90's, road cycling is the most popular and you see many new cyclists starting on the road. I feel my strengths are best used on the road, but mountain biking was simply my gateway into the cycling world.
IM: Have you had an opportunity to race much in
TD: I have not really had many opportunities to race in
IM: What are your views on the present state of the