With the Tour de France keeping us as gripped as ever, we turned to Tissot as the official timekeeper of the Tour for their 2017 Special Edition race watches, along with some first-hand updates!
Now available at Fraser Hart, for 2017 Tissot have introduced two Special Edition timepieces to celebrate this year’s race.
The T-Race chronograph is a durable timepiece made to withstand adrenaline inducing activities and perform under pressure, just like the Tour de France cyclists. Complete with silicone strap in the tour’s iconic black and yellow colours, this piece is a must have for any Tour fan. In similar style, Tissot have also created the Chrono XL Tour de France timepiece, which comes complete with a Nato strap, also in the Tour de France colours.
Tissot had the incredible privilege to speak with Dani King & Steve Cummings ahead of this year’s race.
With three world championships, an Olympic gold medal and the current world record in the women’s team pursuit to her name, British cyclist Dani King has proven her talents on the track. Now, having this year joined Cylance Pro Cycling as leader, King looks set to mirror her success on the road.
How did you find the OVO Energy Women’s tour?
It was brilliant – there were incredible crowds every day on the road, the races were well organised and it was great to have coverage on ITV4.
What do you think your chances are for the nationals?
I think it will be quite an open race and my chances are as good as any. Obviously I need a bit of luck and to be feeling good on the day, but I’m healthy and have done everything I can to put myself in the best shape possible.
What are you looking forward to in the rest of the season?
Ultimately the selection for the world championships in Norway at the end of September – it’s my biggest goal after the nationals. In between then there’s a few races that suit me as well, the Crescent Vargarda in Sweden being one – I’ve done it a few times and had some good results.
How important is time in your training?
It’s absolutely essential. Everything I do is based around time, whether that’s the duration of a ride for or the specific efforts within it. Every day I use time and power to ensure my training is as efficient as possible. Even off the bike you need to make the most of your time – I’ve always been the sort of person to plan my day down to the minute and make sure rest is incorporated into the day as well as my training.
Steve Cummings is often described as an opportunist – the type of rider who seems to have an innate sense of the right time to attack. These decisions are usually made in an instant, at a crucial turning point in the race – and his ability to sneak away has delivered two stage wins at the Tour de France in as many years.
Team Dimension Data is a team that really seems to love being at the Tour de France?
I would say its true for every team, the Tour is the pinnacle of our sport and a good Tour can satisfy team sponsors and fans for the year. A good Tour is vital
As a professional athlete what’s the importance of time?
Crucial. Our sport often comes down to seconds after three weeks’ racing. Time trials obviously are also referred to as ‘the race against the clock’, so quite simply the quickest to go from start to finish wins. In track cycling these margins break down into hundreds and thousandths of a second.
Winning a stage at the Tour is hard, so winning two stages in back-to-back years is quite some achievement – has there been any secret to your success?
To be honest I just love riding my bike. I train hard, look after my body and try to arrive to major races like the Tour in the best possible shape. I’m not a rider interested in making up the numbers.
Riders who are ‘over reliant’ on their power meters have come in for some criticism in the past couple of years. Are you a stats guy, or a sensations guy? Does the beauty of racing remain undimmed by the influx of modern technology?
I am more of a sensations guy, I tend to train more off of feel, heart rate and time, I have quite a set routine – where I train and the routes I train on – so I can judge from markers on the road and distance covered etc. I’m not against the advances in technology, each to their own I guess. I stick with what I know works for me and let the others crack on with what works for them.