We recently ran an interview with Liverpool Mercury stalwart, Ricky Garcia; we’re sure that Ricky would agree that perhaps the best rider The Mercury ever produced never really realised his full potential. His name is Dave Rollinson; twice British Amateur Road Race Champion, Tour de L’Avenir stage winner, French amateur Classic winner and twice a Worlds top 20 finisher.
We caught up with Dave at his home in Spain recently to discuss a career which looked headed for continental professionalism – and not just to make up the numbers.
How did you get into the bike, Dave?
“In Liverpool there were no opportunities, I had a second-hand ladies bike and it meant freedom for me, I used to pedal off into North Wales with a bottle of water and a jam butty.
“Before I joined The Mercury I used to pedal up to Anglesey and back, that was 95 miles each way – but I wasn’t sure if I was good enough to join a club.
“I was in Jim Soens bike shop and when I told him about the Anglesey runs he said; ‘I think you’re very capable of being a club cyclist, son!’ and