Martin Anscombe

Name : Martin Anscombe

Martin Anscombe is new to the club but has already ridden the Etape du Tour and has a sweet tooth, except when it's 40°C.

What made you start cycling : Fitness, speed, cost, environment, trying to halt the ageing process. The usual...

Why did you join Kingston Wheelers : I’d watched the forum for a few weeks and there is a good level of banter and sound advice. And not a lack of passion either!I’d like to get my 10m TT down to below 25...hours.

Date you joined the Club : February 2008.

What bike do you ride : Pretty dull Trek 2100 and Merida hack.

Give us a brief cycling background : First bike at perhaps 7 or 8. Have commuted for the last 20 years or so, with a few pauses on the way.

What was your best performance : Finishing a few sportives. Dragging my sorry a*$e up the Aspin and the Tourmalet for, err, fun/training/pain.

What was your worst day on the bike : Dragging my sorry a*$e around the Etape in 2006. No water. Only sticky cake left (under normal circumstances, would be great!) in 40°C temperature. The Alpe d’Huez was very, very, very long.

Who is your favourite pro or inspiration : The usual suspects.LA, Merckx, LeMond etc.Although lunatics like Tyler Hamilton and his alleged tooth grinding phase and Gino Bartali for helping subdue political arrest, do deserve a mention. And proper hard men, like Hinault and Kelly had better be mentioned also!

What is your favourite bike food : Cliff bars. Anything sweet...

Where is your favourite cycling location : Pyrenees are pretty cool.

Most likely to say : "What...right to the top : "

Least likely to say : "No thanks, I’m on a diet"