Wednesday, October 27, 2021
HomeInterviewsDaniel Holloway - Going back to his roots

Daniel Holloway – Going back to his roots

"I want to go to the Tokyo Olympics and continuing winning in the meantime. I think that after Tokyo will be a good time to take stock and appraise where I go from there."


Goin’ back to my roots,” says the Odyssey song – and so it is with Mr. Daniel Holloway, former ‘Crit King’ of the USA.

But he’s now back on the boards in a big way with a World Cup omnium win in Chile and a memorable win in the 300 lap, 75 kilometre handicap Madison in the Copenhagen Six Day.

It was 15 years ago, in 2003 when the man originally from Morgan Hill, California won the novices 500 metres at the US track national championships.

He’s put in a few laps and road kilometres since then.

Within two years of winning that novices’ title he was winning a stage in Canada’s Tour de l’Abitibi – the ‘junior Tour de France.’

And further along the way he’s won US national titles on the track at U23/senior level in the scratch, points, team pursuit, Madison and omnium.

Whilst on the road he’s won stages in race as diverse as the Tour de la Province de Namur in Belgium, the Vuelta a Palencia in Spain and the Tour of Mexico.

In the US he’s won just about every race there is to win on the burgeoning criterium circuit, the national title in that discipline numerous times, not to mention the road race championship.

We caught up with him during the aforementioned Copenhagen Six Day as he waited on the massage table becoming free.

Daniel Holloway
Daniel Holloway. Photo©Ed Hood

What brought you back to the boards, Daniel?

“The opportunity to compete in the Tokyo Olympics for one last grab for glory.”

You live in Boulder, Colorado now, how is your body adapting to the altitude?

“My top end power is down, I can’t generate the big, big power I used to but my endurance is much better.

“I spent the summer there but haven’t been back since the World Cup in Chile in early December.

“Then I was at the team training camp in Poland prior to the Minsk World Cup – the track at Pruszkow is identical to the Minsk track so it was deal for preparation.

“We’re trying to iron out the problems before we get into Worlds competition – and it’s nice to be in the same time zone as the Worlds in Apeldoorn.”

You’ve had a good winter on the boards…

“In World Cup in Milton in Canada we were fourth in the team pursuit and I was fifth in the Madison with Adrian Hegyvary.

“Then down in Chile I won the omnium, which was great, I went in with no pressure and came out with a good result.

“The new format with no timed events suits me – scratch, points, elimination and tempo race.

“The tempo race is unique to the Worlds and it takes a bit of practice in getting your technique right.”

(There are points on the line, every lap unlike a points race where sprint points are usually awarded every 10 laps, ed.)

Daniel Holloway
Photo©Ed Hood

How/why the Copenhagen Six Day?

“The organisers, Michael Sandstød and Jimmi Madsen have always treated me well here and it fitted in well with my training programme.”

How about the 51 x 15 gear restriction after those World Cup monster gears?

“That’s tough to adapt to, for sure – a painful kick where it hurts!”

Which disciplines will we see you in at the Worlds?

“Team pursuit; where I’ll be man one as I was in Chile – and that’s sore.

“I was kinda thrown in at the deep end on that one!

“I’ll also ride the omnium and scratch race.”

Daniel Holloway
Daniel leads the “Ballustrade”. Photo©Ed Hood

What’s the plan between Copenhagen and the Worlds?

“We have a training camp in Mallorca until the 22nd then we travel up to Apeldoorn for the Worlds where we have four days before the racing starts.

“We’ll do a bit of road work in Mallorca but obviously the main focus is on track preparation.

“You usually get 90 minutes to two hours each day track time prior to the Worlds racing starting to train and familiarise with the track

“But at that stage you don’t need to do too much actual training.”

How’s the US team pursuit squad progressing?

“We’re getting down toward the four minute barrier.

“The 4:02:798 we did in Chile with me, Adrian Hegyvary, Ashton Lambie, Gavin Hoover was a national record.

“I feel sub 4:00 is possible, as a team we’re growing physically and emotionally – we want to qualify for Tokyo.”

What about the money the GB and Aussie squads throw at bikes and clothing?

“We have nice equipment; Felt bikes, Assos speedsuits and Giro helmets – all world class.

“I think that it’s important we think more about fitness, starting and changing technique before we get hung up about equipment – we have a lot to do.”

What’s on the agenda post Worlds?

“Go home, have a break then go to my road team’s training camp, Team Texas Roadhouse; the team is out of Louisville, Kentucky and at National Amateur level.

“My first race will be the Sunny King races in Alabama, 7th and 8th April.”

Daniel Holloway
Photo©Ed Hood

And how about all those ‘one of’ Oakleys you used to be famous for?

“I’ve changed allegiances – I’m now using ‘Ride 100%’ glasses, just like Peter Sagan!”

Last time we spoke you mentioned the Red Hook races.

(Road criteriums, but on track bikes with no brakes, ed.)

“I rode a couple but somehow they weren’t quite my thing.”

Daniel Holloway
Hans Pirius and Daniel enjoyed the Copenhagen Six Day, particularly winning the 75km Madison. Photo©Ed Hood

And what’s still on the Daniel Holloway ‘to do’ list?

“I want to go to the Tokyo Olympics and continuing winning in the meantime.

“I think that after Tokyo will be a good time to take stock and appraise where I go from there.”

And then it was time for massage in preparation for another night of trying to match Michael Mørkøv and Kenny De Ketele on those Ballerup boards.

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.

Related Articles

Gent Six Day 2012 – Saturday Night

There are tired legs in the bunch but on a wet and windy Saturday night at the Gent Six Day 2012 all roads again led to Het Kuipke for another sell out beer and bike racing fest.

Gent Six Day 2012 – Friday Night

Here in Gent Friday night has always been the big night of the Gent Six Day 2012. It's not just about the beer, it’s about the cycling and fans of all ages bring the wife or girlfriend to what is for all concerned a big night out. A number of the revellers are ex-riders many of whom no doubt spend the night reminiscing on their time pedalling around the hollowed boards of Het Kuipke.

Gent Six Day 2012 – Sunday Finale

The final day of the Gent Six Day 2012 promised a big tussle between the Belgian World Madison Champions De Ketele / Van Hoecke and local hero Iljo Keisse with Glenn O’Shea. They didn’t disappoint.

Don Allan – Six Day Legend, Part One

f you know your Six Day stats then you'll be aware that the Australian pairing of Danny Clark and Don Allan is the ninth most successful ever, based on wins, with 15; but fifth most successful ever based on points from top four finishes - 15 wins, 15 second places, 11 third places and 12 fourth places.

Gent Six Day 2012 – Thursday Night

Contributor Steve Penny summarises the action for us from Het Kuipke (the little oval) last night, as we reach the halfway point in the Gent Six Day. The crowds filed into Het Kuipke in the thousands to meet friends, drink a beer or two and watch the 72nd Gent Six as it approached the all important weekend. Before the racing started it was announced that Wim Stroetinga was out of the race – for now - with a stomach problem. This would explain why he and partner Peter Schep had not been scoring many points over the first two nights.

Berlin Six Day 2012 – Day Four

Berlin Six Day 2012 and Jackie summed it up best when I asked if he'd slept well; 'yeah, but just not long enough!' But Dirk had a take on it too; 'why can't we just go straight from Saturday to Monday?' There's always a down beat Johnny Cash kind of vibe to Sunday afternoons sessions; 'the beer I had for breakfast wasn't bad, so I had one more for dessert.'

At Random

Joanna Rowsell – On the Olympic Build-up

As the world is gripped by Tour Fever, it’s easy to forget that just days after the Champs Elysees protocols are done and dusted, it’ll be time for the Olympic Games, in London. VeloVeritas was lucky enough to get an interview with a lady who’s been an integral part of the dominant GB ladies team pursuit squad.

James McCallum – Winner of the David Bell Memorial 2011

Rapha Condor Sharp's James McCallum has been at it again; winning, that is-the 46th edition of the Davie Bell Memorial, this time. VeloVeritas unfortunately couldn't make it down to one of our favourite races, but we were on the phone to 'Jamesy' and organiser Chris Johnson, soon after the dust had settled.

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...

Gent Six Day 2010 – Nights Five and Six, Iljo-Schep Hold On

It's Monday morning, I'm sitting in some horrible 'theme' bar at Charleroi Airport. My flight home to Edinburgh is cancelled due to the snow in Auld Scotia and the best I could wangle was Charleroi to Dublin, tonight then Dublin to Prestwick in the morning. My pal Dave has booked me into a hotel at Dublin airport, so I'm as sorted as I can be. The alternative flight from here was late on Wednesday night. The six all seems a long time ago...

The Scottish Junior Road Championship 2016

Velo Club Vitesse, an Irvine based club, is proud to have been selected to run the Scottish Junior Road Race Championship for 2016. This is the first occasion for quite some time that Scotland’s junior road riders have had a separate championship race of their own. We are pleased to be reinstating this important event and bringing it to the challenging roads of North Ayrshire on Sunday 11 th of September.

Tour of Britain 2007 – Day 1: Prologue, Crystal Palace

After making such a good job of his diary for Pez in the Tour of Ireland, DFL professional Evan Oliphant will be giving VeloVeritas the low-down on his home Tour, which started in London today at Crystal Palace and finishes in Glasgow on Saturday; the Tour of Britain 2007. We caught-up with Evan, in the DFL team car, stuck in traffic, listening to the chart show [at max volume] on Radio One, here's what he had to say, (I think!).