When last we spoke to Mark Stewart, back in April, he’d just been cut adrift from the GB track squad on the strength of an admittedly below par ride in the World Points Race Championship, despite an excellent series of World Cup results over the winter:
Winning the Points Race in Minsk ahead of double 2020 Worlds medallist Seb Mora of Spain, second in the Omnium in Glasgow to 2020 World Champion Benjamin Thomas of France, despite not knowing he was riding until just hours before the race.
Third in the Madison in Hong Kong with Fred Wright to winners, reigning 2019 World Champions, Roger Kluge and Theo Reinhardt of German who finished third in the 2020 Worlds and Campbell Stewart of New Zealand who paired with Aaron Gate to take silver in the 2020 Worlds behind the ‘Danish Dynamite’ of Michael Mørkøv and Lasse Norman Hansen.
On the one hand he was happy to be away from the train, train, train philosophy of the GB squad – not the best for a man who loves to race his bike.
But it’s never nice to, ‘get the heave’ and it wasn’t hard to detect the sadness in his voice.
The other day, when we rang 2020 New Zealand Omnium Champion, Mark Stewart we were back to speaking to ‘our Mark of old’, full of enthusiasm for life and his sport.
It was great to hear.