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5 Minutes With: Peredur ap Gwynedd

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We catch up with Peredur ap Gwynedd Welsh rock guitarist from the renowned band Pendulum to delve into his love of cycling. It might come as a surprise, but you can listen to Peredur on S4C covering the Giro and Tour de France, as his part-time gig is as a commentator for Welsh language TV. You may also know his name from Ned's Never Strays Far podcast, and that ear worm of a jingle. 

The Road Book: What sparked your interest in cycling?

Peredur: Watching The Milk Race on tv when I was a child. We couldn't get the Tour de France on TV where we lived, so my first memory of bike racing was watching Robert Millar and Malcolm Elliott on the BBC.

RB: Can you remember your first bike?

P: It was a black Raleigh Chopper with chrome decals. I thought I was Evel Knievel.

RB: What has been your cycling highlight?

P: Going to training camps in Livigno, Italy. I've been lucky enough to be invited to ride many times pre-Tour and pre-Vuelta with some of my pro cyclist friends.

RB: Favourite cycling race to watch (on TV or in person)?

P: Paris-Roubaix. It's six hours of utter insanity.

RB: Mountains, Sprint or Time Trial stages?

P: Mountains. The action and excitement lasts for a lot longer.

RB: Grand tours or the classics?

P: Grand Tours. I'm actually more of a Classics fan, but three weeks of cycling on tv trumps one-day races.

RB: If you could cycle with anyone dead or alive who would it be?

P: My friend and ex-pro Manuel Quinziato, it's been a few years since I rode with him last. 

RB: Where’s been your most memorable (or favourite) place to cycle?

P: The 17km stretch of road between Port de Pollença and Cap Formentor in Majorca. It's the most picturesque 17km of road I've ever ridden on. Beautiful climbs, a little forest and the most incredible sea views.

RB: Team, Club, or solo rides?

P: Club rides. It's been a while since I've ridden with a club, but I used to have a lot of fun riding with the Pretorius Bikes crew in Hackney. There were quite a few hitters on these rides, and Tao Geoghegan Hart and Dan Craven used to sometimes join us for our raids into Essex and Hertfordshire.

RB: Post-ride drink?

P: Beer


You can follow Peredur and his adventures on Instagram and Twitter


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perry ap gwynedd cycling in Livigno with team BMC

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Harry Watkins
Harry Watkins

I’m in total agreement with most of Peredurs answers. I’m fortunate enough to cycle around the elan valley in mid Wales, the climbs are nothing like the grand tours. I don’t know how they do it. Will have to try and check that 17k route in Majorca, sounds lovely.

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