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James Moss – “I’m Much Further On”


In the autumn of 2009 James Moss was still a surveyor and a ‘weekend warrior’ on the bike — within weeks he was a full time pro with Scotland’s Endura Racing team, dueling with the Pro Tour squads in the Tour of the Mediterranean and Tour of Murcia.

We thought we’d catch up for a ‘Xmas end of term report’ on his first Pro season with the 25 year-old from Newcastle.

James Moss
James a little tired after stage five of the Vuelta a Murcia.

How have you been coping with the snow, James?

“It’s been pretty bad, we were supposed to have a team get together at the Endura factory in Livingston but a lot of the lads couldn’t get there due to the weather.

“I went off to Lanzarote for ten days with Ian Wilkinson to get some miles in under the sun; we did 1000 kilometres in ten days – just what we needed.”

James Moss
A rest break from training in Lanza.

Do you ‘cross’ train?

“I go to the gym two or three times each week and I’ve bought a cyclo-cross bike — I’ve been doing a few races, just to help with my condition.

“I started off in cycling as a mountain biker so I enjoy ‘cross — I ride the ‘cross bike at least once each week and ride a race at least once every fortnight.”

James Moss
James battles alongside ProTour riders at the TroBro.

How does your 2010 condition compare to 2009?

“I’m much farther on; when you go full time your body adapts to it — for example I’m able to do much bigger distances in training than I could at this time, last year.”

James Moss
Stretching during a stop in Lanza.

Lessons learned from your first pro season?

“You have to plan your training, not just go out and ride your bike; in stage races don’t go hammer and tongs on the first day, even if you feel good; and in stage races — save, save, save energy.”

Best ride of the year?

“I was very pleased to get a ride in the Tour of Britain – it was only six man teams.

“Paris-Correze was a good race for me, I made the split and was in the lead group of 30 or 40 on stage one and at the end of stage two I was at the front of the race, again — not just making up the numbers.

“That was satisfying, like I’d stepped forward.

“Another result which I was pleased with was third in the Warwick criterium; it wasn’t a huge race but I’m not a ‘crit guy’ so it was good to be on the podium.”

James Moss
On the podium: L-R. Oliphant, Partridge, Moss, Bauer, Camano, Blain.

Tell us about the ‘Wilkinson’s Tour Series crits laps out controversy.’

“It was a mountain out of a molehill, I didn’t see Ian take any laps out… and as for handslings, well…”

James Moss
James’ legs are a bit tired after the fifth stage of the Tour of Britain.

The Tour of Britain?

“It was a very strong start sheet and a big learning curve for me.

“I did so much work for the team on day one that I couldn’t go with the big move on stage two — some of the Pro Tour guys are just so strong.

“Some of the stages the parcours were so savage, straight into climbs from the ‘off’ — horrendous!

“I got through the hard days though and was able to do my job for Rob Partridge — who was top ten on GC at the end – on the flat stages and the last day in London, in particular.

“It was a great experience for me, particular when you think that the last few years I took time of work to go and watch the race.”

James Moss
James attacking in the Preston GP.


“The team will be bigger, better with more riders; we’ll be riding UCI stage races.

“I’d like to make the teams that ride the European races — there to get a result for the team – and for myself.

“In the UK I’d definitely like to make the podium in a Premier Calendar race.”

Have you met your new team mates, yet?

“I was supposed to but like I said the bad weather stopped that from happening, Dave Clarke (ex Pendragon) was there and Maarten De Jonge (Netherlands) — but I’ve still to meet Rene Mandri (ex AG2R), Paul Voss (ex Milram) and Alex Wetterhall (ex Team Sprocket.)

“We have a training camp at Girona in early January so I’ll meet them all, there.”

Look bikes, again?

“Yeah, the new 695 IPAC — I saw them at the London Cycle Show; they’re incredibly stiff, apparently.

“We’ll be on Zipp wheels — in my opinion they’re the best there is; SRAM groupsets and Continental tyres.”

James Moss
New bike for the Tour of Britain.

It’s a dual UK/Euro programme, I believe?

“Selections will be made based on a rider’s form and how well he’s suited to a particular race rather than having two separate teams on the go.

“We’ll be riding UCI stage races in Europe, Premier Calendars and the ‘Tour Series’ criteriums in the UK, the Tour of San Luis in Argentina, the Tours of the Med and Murcia and the Coppi-Bartali stage race in Italy.”

And if you could change one thing about UK cycling?

“The races are good, well organised but I’d like to see more finishing circuits used — take the racing to the public.

“The Beaumont Trophy in the north east of England is a good example of how it should be done with a finishing circuit taking the racing into town.

“I’d also like to see more stage races, there’s really just the Doon Hame Three Day at Easter.”

James Moss
There’s no mistaking who’s bike it is.

And how did you spend Xmas?

“I went home to my mum and dad’s for a slap-up meal – that’s what you’re supposed to do, isn’t it?”

Thanks for your time James, and hope you have a Happy New Year!

Ed Hood
Ed's been involved in cycling for over 45 years. In that time he's been a successful time triallist, team manager, and sponsor of several teams and clubs. He's also a respected and successful coach, and during the winter months can often be found working in the cabins at the Six Days. Ed remains a massive fan of the sport and couples his extensive contacts with an inexhaustable enthusiasm for the minutiae and the history of our sport.

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