The last time VeloVeritas spoke to Douglas Dewey was at the British National Time Trial Championships in Scotland back in June where he finished fourth.
But it wasn’t all places of honour for the Surrey man; there were six good wins in France, too.
And some UK wins as well – but ‘they don’t count.’
The six wins obviously counted with French Division One team, Union Cycliste Nantes Atlantique, his équipe for season 2014.
The club was founded in 1909 and since then has won two European, 27 National, 109 Regional and 93 Area Championships.
Previous riders from recent times include solid French pros Franck Renier, Pascal Derame and Lilian Jegou as well as six day star turned commentator, Australian Scott McGrory.
We spoke to Douglas as he enjoyed some down time in France before he returns to the UK for the winter and buckles down to the hours on the bike and in the gym that he’ll need to win in the cut and thrust of the top level French amateur classics.
Congratulations on the team place, Douglas – remind us of your 2013 palmarès, please.
“I had six wins in France – some in England too, but I don’t really count them – I won a two-day tour, a couple of one day races and a couple of stages in other stage races, so I was happy there was a good mix.”
The highlight of 2013?
“My win in the two Fléche d’Armor stage race – I had to defend the jersey against attacking riding by some pretty good guys – that was cool to win overall.”
And the low point?
“I had a few dodgy moments; the worst was when I injured my heel – initially I didn’t really know what was wrong or how to sort it out.
“But overall I was pretty lucky during the season; I had very few crashes, for example.”