An Interview With Mickey Woods

Mickey Woods is a regular bagSOLO customer and keen road cyclist, competing in various international events including the Mallorca 312, l’Etape and numerous IRONMAN editions. As he prepares to enter l’Etape in France for the 3rd year in succession, we caught up with him to gain an insight into the life of an globe-troting cyclist.

It’s not long until l’Etape 2018 – how long have you been training for?

The last couple months have really included preparation for it, though it’s safe to say the last month has been particularly structured with loads of specific routines and training methods. I had a couple of weeks of relaxed cycling after the 312 in April, and it’ll definitely be the case again after l’Etape.

It’s safe to say you enjoy sportives – do you plan on entering more in 2019?

Yes it’s true, I get such a buzz out of sportives. The whole process is something I really enjoy – training, heading overseas and ultimately testing myself as much as I can. I’ve been getting into my triathlons recently though and next year I fancy a big IRONMAN. I have my eye on one in Peru next April – I hope you can ship my bike there!

We were going to ask where you’re dream cycling destination would be…

I’d love to cycle through the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, but honestly the one ride I’ve not done but want to the most is John O’Groats to Lands End.

Including the sportives, how often do you normally cycle overseas?

Probably 4 or 5 times a year. I try to do 2 sportives or events, and then I also like to do a winter training camp, as well as a a coupe of breaks with the family later in the year. I did a winter camp in Mallorca this year which was great prep for the 312, and I’m off to Italy in August with my family.

For someone who travels abroad with their bike as much as you, how convenient is a service like bagSOLO?

Immensely convenient! I honestly can never see a reason why I’d take a bike on a plane again.