Thursday, May 26, 2022
HomeInterviewsWade Mangham - Happy in Belgium and Working Hard

Wade Mangham – Happy in Belgium and Working Hard


The phone rings, it’s Vik;

“Why haven’t you spoken to that Wade Mangham boy? He’s getting round all right in Flanders.”

In line with VeloVeritas policy of trying to keep abreast of who’s ‘up and coming’ in the Flatlands, we tracked young Mr. Langham down – here’s what he had to tell us about dodgy club presidents, Shane Archbold’s mullet – and he has a chat with his bottle cages.

Wade Mangham
A move for Wade this year, from France to Belgium.

How old are you Wade, where are you from in NZ and how did you get into cycling?

“I’ve just turned 21, I’m from a place called Rotorua or (Roto-vegas) to some.

“I started hacking around the forest back home on the mountain bike and won some races as an U17 rider
including the national champs.

“I did some road riding and racing for training and did OK with that; coming 4th at the road nationals in the U17 race.

“With the mountain biking not being so big back home you don’t get to travel much and there’s no money behind it so I got hooked on the road and haven’t gone back to racing the mtb seriously.”

You didn’t come up through the NZ track system?

“Nah! I’m not a fan of the track, I’ve a done a few races though, but never really got into it.”

You had two seasons in France – how did they go?

“My first season in France (2009) was really cool I lived in Eastern France by the Swiss border in the hills with two other Kiwi guys; we rode lower graded races to build some confidence then we graduated to bigger races.

“But last year (2010) was a different story I had a good team (Blois Cac 41), good riders, but the president was not a good man and he shafted most of his riders – apart from two guys – he’s not very popular at the moment!”

Why Belgium for 2011?

“I have a friend in Belgium (Clinton Avery) and with the people he knows – and the people that they know, everything worked out well and I found a new team (Dunkerque Close2).

“I stayed ten days with Clinton last year and really enjoyed myself in Belgium so I was keen to find something up around here for this year.”

Wade Mangham
Wade and his new teammates training in Spain.

How does Belgium compare to France as a place to stay – and to race?

“As a place to stay I like it way better than France.

“My first year in France was really good, being around the hills and what not; but this year I have a lot of friends near by – it just makes things that little bit easier and more enjoyable.

“Racing wise, I enjoy both the same, the style of racing between the two is a little different but I enjoy the racing in France and Belgium equally – so I’m glad our programme this year is 50/50.”

Do you go home to NZ for the winter?

“Yeah, I always head back home and get another set of sunshine in before I come back to Europe.”

Wade Mangham
Getting his quota of sunshine in, before heading back to Belgium.

Where’s home in Belgium and who does the cooking – any good?

“I’m living in a place called Moorslede-Roeselare.

“The family I stay with do most of the cooking; but some times I have to get my hands dirty and whip up a sandwich or something along those lines – I don’t get too excited over cooking.”

What do you do with your time when you’re not training/racing?

“I was getting out on the town bike a bit; hustling around the joint.

“But otherwise its just movies or I might go for a stroll and clock up some steps on the pedometer – or just taking the piss out of people on Facebook.”

Wade Mangham
Wade likes chilling out with a bit of fishing when at home.

Is there an Anglo community you train/race/hang out with?

“Yeah I hang out with Clinton Avery a lot – and his girlfriend – and there’s a few other boys over here to have a laugh with and clock up some miles.”

Who’s your role model?

“Probably Same Bewley (NZ team pursuit rider) and Clinton Avery; their both from Rotorua and both at a high level – I train a lot with them and pick up a lot of good info from them.

“But Heinrich Haussler is right up there, though.”

Which team are you with, how did you get the spot, do they look after you?

“As I mentioned, I’m with Dunkerque Close2 this season.

“I got on the team by just knowing the right people, really – and they were interested in taking me when I asked. Yeah, they look after me well; the DS is Nico Mattan – he’s the man! – so everything has been set up well.”

Wade Mangham
Wade racing in last year’s Tour of Southland.

I see you had a big win at Oostrozebeke in 2010, tell us about that.

“Yeah that was cool, I spent 10 days with Clinton and we did some really good training – we both had good form so we rode together and none of the other riders knew what to do about us.

“It was a cool race to win and only my second race in Belgium.”

How are the 2011 results going?

“I haven’t had any results so far, so not the best, yet.

“I have had good form and have been up with the best guys in the races I have been doing, but I just haven’t been able to finish them off – but I’m working on it.”

Did you ride the U23 Ronde? – how did it go?

“Yeah, I rode the Ronde, it was awesome!

“I definitely want another go at, it although it didn’t go to well in the end; I lost two bottles in the first five K when I hit a pot hole (thanks bottle cages – I didn’t even want a drink!) so I just had a few sips off the other guys.

“Then at the feed, I lost another one – I paid for it big time in the end and only made it to the 130 km mark with the front group. After that I just shut up shop for the night really… lights out!”

What’s the goal for 2011?

“Just to get some results really – the same as any cyclist over here I think!”

And what’s your opinion on Shane Archbold’s mullet?

“Funny you ask me about this – I stayed with the track boys in Blauberg at the team house and I got to run my fingers through the thing.

“He has done well for himself, though – maybe we can get him in a shampoo and conditioner TV add and get him to do a little flick here and there?”

With thanks to Wade for his time, and wishing him good luck racing in the heartland this season!

Ed Hood
Ed Hood
Ed's been involved in cycling for over 47 years. In that time he's been a successful time triallist, a team manager, and a 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 for some of the world's top riders. 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.

Related Articles

Guy Smet; Big Scores in Belgium

The score may have been Dunfermline 1 Queen of the South 2 at East End Park, the other night, but in Flanders just now it's Guy 24, Mario 22.

Mario Willems – Most Successful Kermis Rider This Season

"Ed! All this Tour de France nonsense - you should be talking to Mario Willems, he's the top man in the Flanders kermis' right now!"

Jake Scott – An InterClub Win at Zandhoven!

One result which caught our eye recently was a win in the InterClub race at Zandhoven over 138 K where Englishman Jake Scott beat Stef Vermeulen of KWC Heist Zuiderkempen to take the win. InterClubs are ‘big deal’ races and the pro teams keep a close eye on the results – naturally, they’re not easy to win.

Dan Patten Blog – Aiming For the Highest Level in the USA

Dan Patten has been a regular blogger on our site over the years. Dan came late to cycling, a talented runner but a niggling injury saw him turn to the bike. His first race was in July 2006, it took him 10 races to get his first win. We’ve always respected his single mindedness in pursuing his ‘Flatlands Dream’ – but for 2013 it’s ‘all change’ for the man from Essex.

Please Welcome Our Newest Blogger: Josh Cunningham

Hello. I suppose I had better start with an introduction! My name is Josh Cunningham, I am 20 year old, and for two years I have committed myself to the formidable task of "making it", in the world of professional cycling, or at least get as far as I can possibly go in realising these utopian dreams.

James Shaw – Winner of the Junior Kuurne Brussels Kuurne 2014

What have Geraint Thomas, Adam Blythe and new sprint star – he was only narrowly beaten by Boonen at Kuurne – Moreno Hofland all got in common? There’s a clue above in the place name: they’ve all won the junior Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. And adding to that illustrious list is another Englishman; 17 year-old James Shaw from Heanor in Derbyshire, he rides for HARIBO Beacon Cycling Team in the UK and took the honours with a perfectly timed move in the finale of one of the world’s premier junior races.

At Random

Double Challenge: TdF 2010 Stage 8 (mountaintop)

Double Challenge. Mountain stages in bike races are inevitably decisive in sorting where riders finish in the race overall. They pose a number of challenges to a team atop the obvious physical barrier of the terrain itself.

Michael Mørkøv – “Whoever is involved in the lead out, we’re getting it right!”

Quickstep's win total for the year now stands at 24 with the victories not just down to one man but spread across the team – remarkable. How do they do it? To find out, we got in touch with our old friend and key leadout man in the QuickStep machine, Michael Mørkøv - who was instrumental in Jakobsen’s most recent triumph and similarly ‘pilot fished’ Hodeg to a stage win in the Tour of Catalonia – to get ‘the word’ from the horse’s mouth.

Ross Edgar – British Keirin Champion

We caught up with Scottish rider Ross Edgar recently to chat about the World Championships and the British team setup; here's what he had to say...

Scottish Olympic Time Trial Championship 2007

Showing he's lost none of the form which would have kept David Millar (Saunier Duval) in Slipstream Argyle pattern - rather than the red and blue hoops of British champion -- in time trials next year (had the Fort William man's front tyre not exploded), Jason MacIntyre (Edge RT) put more than four minutes into second placed Arthur Doyle (Ivy CC) in Sunday's Scottish Olympic Time Trial Championship 2007 over 27 technical miles at Irvine.

Andy Smallwood – Ribble Cycles CEO Talks Tech, Teams and Traditions

When Sasha Castling of Ribble Cycles contacted us to ask if we’d be interested to hear more about the company’s decision to run a TV ad. campaign promoting their wares during the Tour de France, we took the opportunity to ask the man behind the company, Mr. Andy Smallwood a wide range of questions about his business, the sport and that, ‘tech stuff.’

Early Shows Of Form

Early Shows Of Form... The “Mini Liege” Stage has been done and dusted, and the next big thing in bike racing (if he isn’t already there) has shown he will be competitive at the very highest level. Peter Sagan entered the stage as one of the favourites for the win, and was flawless in executing his victory. He is not as quick as Cav (and never will be) but can contest so many more finales as he is able to stay with the leaders on tougher stages.