“Do you remember the James Cambridge boy we were talking to at that kermis in Sersekamp, four or five years ago?” says Viktor.
“Red Specialized, great tan, pro’s legs and a cool Craft undervest?” I reply.
“That’s him; he was top ten in the Rutland race, last weekend — he’d be a good boy to talk to.”
Why did you go to Belgium, James?
“I first went as a junior, on a Graham Baxter training camp.
“When I was there, I met Alan Peiper and he invited me to stay with him; then a family took me in.”
How many seasons?
“I was there for seven seasons, I stayed in Ninove, near where the Tour of Flanders finishes.
“I only came back to England once during the season in that time — I damaged my back and had to come home to get it sorted out.”
What was your best year?
“In 1998 I had six wins; five kermesses and an Inter Club, a hilly one at Flobecq.”
Was that Inter Club your best result?
“I’d say my best result was the same year, in a pro kermesse; which I could ride on my Belgia