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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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…”
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 thr