8 Things We Learned Riding With Geraint Thomas on Zwift
The group rode approximately 13 miles on the scenic Sand and Sequoias route in Watopia, at Thomas’s set easy pace of around 2.5 watts per kilogram. At its peak, the group boasted nearly 2,700 riders. Even former pro cyclist and Olympic gold medalist Dani Rowe was spotted in the pack, taking part in the chaotic fun: “What a great ride,” Rowe messaged to the group.
With so many riders, a lot of questions were thrown Geraint’s way. Here are some things we learned.
Thomas is currently training in L.A.
The first question he responded to: What are you doing in L.A.?
“I’m out training in L.A. for the start of the season,” Thomas said. “First time [was] in 2018 and that year went pretty well.” (That’s a bit of an understatement—2018 was the year Thomas won the Tour de France.)
Min jumped in with, “L.A. is actually a great place to train!”
Thomas also shared that he recently rode through Griffith Park, and that it was a “lovely ride.”
He hasn’t had an In-N-Out burger—yet.
When in L.A., what better place to get a true taste (literally) of Americana than at the renowned/popular fast-food mainstay, In-N-Out Burger? It appears that Thomas has yet to be initiated/partake, though, as one rider inquired.
“Is it good?” Thomas responded.
2020 is the year for the Tour and Tokyo.
In response to a question from Min, Thomas shared that he’s once again going to focus on doing well at the Tour de France.
His other big goal? The upcoming Tokyo Olympics, of course. Geraint Thomas is no stranger to the Olympics, either—he won gold in the men’s 4,000-meter team pursuit at both the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics.
Thomas has a fondness for triathlons.
After another question from Min, Thomas divulged that he won’t give up competitive cycling completely after retiring as a pro cyclist. He also said he wouldn’t mind trying his hand at an Ironman.
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A Geraint Thomas hour record? Maybe(eeee).
One rider asked if Thomas would ever attempt to break the UCI Hour Record—the furthest distance ridden in a velodrome in one hour. “Maybeeeee for the hour record,” he replied, though he would want to attempt it “just before Rohan does it.”
He’s referring to Rohan Dennis, who’s well known for his impressive time-trial skills, while also implying that Dennis’s hypothetical time might be too tough to beat. Dennis set the hour record back in 2015 and hinted last year that he would attempt to break it again.
The Classics will have to wait.
With his sights set on the Tour de France and Tokyo 2020, Thomas will have to forego some of the other major WorldTour races.
“No classics for me this year,” he said. “Maybe a year or two I will go again.” He’s referring to the legendary one-day races that take place every spring—like the Paris-Roubaix, La Flèche Wallonne, and the Milan-Sanremo.
Pro cycling really is a full time job.
Just how many hours does a top-tier cyclist like Thomas train every week, Min inquired? Thomas’s answer: a near-Herculean 35 hours a week.
American football might have been his back-up plan.
“If not a cyclist, I’d probably be an American quarterback,” Thomas responded to another question. He also said he watches “other sports” when he’s not on the bike, “just not cycling.”
That’s totally understandable when you’re already dedicating 35 hours a week to cycling. After all, variety is the spice of life.