|Tour of California - Fan Report: An interview
with Justin England|
Stage 5 Individual Time Trial preparation with Justin England of the Toyota-United Pro Cycling
by Lyne Lamoureux
Before stage 5 of the Amgen Tour of California, Justin England
of the Toyota-United Pro Cycling team, took a few minutes during his time trial
preparation to answer my questions.
Jutin England answering a few questions
Photo c. Velothien
Justin England took up cycling in 2002 after a collegiate
distance running career at East Carolina University. In 2004, he joined Webcor
Builders, his first pro team, and worked for Chris Horner as he dominated the
domestic cycling scene. Justin quickly emerged as one of the sportís top
mountain climbers, crushing the sixteen-year-old Mount Tamalpais Hill Climb
record by nearly two minutes. Justin joined the Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
in 2006, and was sidelined for much of that season when he suffered a broken
collarbone after a crash at the CapTech Classic.
Lyne: Walk me through your preparation
Justin: Get up in the morning, have a good breakfast and try to get a lap in
on the course to check out all the corners. We make sure that the corners are
all safe and that we can take them as fast as we can. Then come back here (note:
team bus area), relax for a little bit and then get on the trainer and warm up
for about one hour.
Lyne: Do you do anything different or
special for an ITT compared to a road race?
Justin: Just a little more attention to how much I eat so my stomach is not
upset because it is an all out effort. Generally in a road race, you usually
start leisurely for a little bit, it's never too hard off the bat. For a time
trial, you have to be ready to go at 100% from the gun, so you try to eat well
and warm up well so you're ready to roll.
Lyne: What is your goal for today's
Justin: I'm hoping to just have a good time trial, as flat time trials
generally are not my specialty. But I'm hoping to have a good ride and maybe pop
into the top 25.
Lyne: What are your expectations of
your directeur in the follow car? What do you want him to do?
Justin: (laughing) Lean on the horn and yell at me.
Lyne: So you like to be yelled at?
Justin: (still laughing) Sure, it keeps me motivated and concentrated on the
effort at hand.
Photo c. Mark Adkison
Lyne: How is the form? (Note: Justin
was sidelined for most of 2006 with a broken collarbone).
Justin: I'm glad to have made it through so far without crashing as that's
always good for me. I'm just trying to stay healthy and have a good finish.
Justin finished 37th at the Stage 5 of the Amgen Tour of California.
Photo c. Velothien
The morning after the ITT, Justin gave us a review of his stage.
It was good, it wasn't great but it was good. Tough course, headwinds all the
way out. It was brutal. I was just fighting to make headway and tried to keep
the pace high on the way back. Crosswinds in many areas, the winds were coming
at one angle or another.
Thanks to Justin for taking the time to answer my questions.