The UCI World Road Championships in Bergen are just about in full swing, with Regan Gough having ridden the U23 men’s time trial, and both Jack Bauer and Linda Villumsen rode the men’s and women’s team time trials. Hamish Bond is about to make a unique ‘sort-of-debut’ at the elite men’s time trial though.
Hamish Bond is no stranger to major championships and major championship success at that. Bond has an illustrious list of accolades which include two Olympic gold medals on the water; but not until now has Hamish Bond ridden a major championship.
Bond has applied his well-respected attention to detail and unyielding focus to cycling, and for the first time he will come up against the world’s best professionals including Tour de France and Vuelta á Espana winner, Chris Froome (GBR) and Giro d’Italia champion Tom Dumoulin (NED).
His target is the test against time over a controversial 31km course, much shorter than the usual, but with plenty of undulations and a daunting 3km climb to the finish that pundits believe could equal a mountain-top finish of a road race.
Bond has shed over 10kgs since he stepped out of the boat and spent time in Europe with a time trial specialist coach and club and has trained over the course.
We took the chance to catch up with Hamish and get his thoughts on the upcoming challenge in Norway.