09/04/2017, Canyon Canyon at the Tour of Britain
60 Seconds with Chris OpiE
The Tour of Britain has cemented a reputation for consistantly producing unpredictable racing. A lot of credit for that can be given to the British domestic teams that qualify for the race and mix it up with the top WorldTour outfits. Their knowledge of the terrain and high ambitions often throw the best-laid plans of the WorldTour regulars completely off the rails. Still in their first season, Bike Channel Canyon have made waves throughout 2017 and were rewarded with a spot on the start line in Edinburgh. We put Chris Opie, star sprinter and one of the team's most experienced riders, on the spot before the race got underway.
Describe your season so far with Bike Channel Canyon in 3 Words?
Up and down
What is your favourite Tour of Britain memory?
Helping Pete Williams at One Pro Cycling win KOM & Sprints Jersey 2015.
If you could add a ninth stage, where would it be?
On my home roads in Cornwall.
How big was it for the team to qualify for the Tour of Britain?
It’s massive, it’s such a big gap at the end of the year if you don’t do it and it’s the national tour – everyone wants to ride their national tour! It’s an epic eight days of racing too.
Do you have a Strava KOM that you are most proud of?
Yes, I got one the other day actually – it’s where all cycling clubs in Cornwell hold their hill climbs – Portreath Hill. I was told it was unbeatable but I managed to take it.
Which stages at the Tour if Britain are you looking forward to the most / least?
Least – TT, not really my thing. Most – Cotswolds stage that goes into Cheltenham because I used to live there and it’s the closest thing to a home stage for me this year.
How does the Aeroad get on with UK roads?
Perfectly, it’s fast and handles well and it’s been bombproof for as long as I've ridden it, which is more than I can say for all the other team bikes I’ve had in the past. It’s the only one I haven’t managed to break or wear out!