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Neil Wood - Rider Profile - Team Chronomaster

   Words by Beth Noy

   on 01/01/2017 09:41:00


Photos courtesy of Mark Power at karlkramer.co.uk

Tell Us About Yourself

  • Job Title: Proprietor Chronomaster Wristwatches
  • Nickname: Woody
  • Ideal Meal: Mozambique Tiger Prawn salad, Vienna Schnitzel and fries, Ice cream and cake.
  • Poison: The cyclists staple of strong coffee and Belgian beer, but not at the same time.
  • Favourite Possession other than your bike: Given my job I have to say it’s a wristwatch. It really is. It’s my dad’s old watch that he bought for himself in 1974. He had difficulty reading the time in later years, so I swapped it with him for a more legible watch that he could see. He got the better end of the deal but I had to keep his watch. This is because when I saw that watch for the first time in 1974 I fell in love with it and it was the thing that sparked a lifelong interest, so it’s something that I will always treasure.
  • Top Tip:  There is always somebody better or faster than you, so don’t let it get to your head if you are beaten. Just stay fit, stay strong and have some fun.
  • Cant do without: Apart from the obvious, my little family, I cannot live without biscuits and cake. I have tried to give up and it doesn’t work, so I just have to go along with it. Jaffa Cakes are my favourites, you get the best of both worlds.

Tell us a joke…

Never use a broken pencil…..it’s pointless.

Worst Crash

Apart from very average and boring crashes with road rash and ripped clothing, nothing spectacular stands out. Worst recently was not during, but after a training ride. It was a particularly difficult ride in gale force conditions, I got home, showered and dressed. Walking into the kitchen my legs suddenly gave way and I face planted the door frame, giving me a nasty gash to my forehead. Being a brave (or stupid) soul I avoided being stitched up A&E due to long waiting times so now have the scar to remind me of something I have been told all my life “must try harder”!

What bike do you ride?

My bike this year is a Specialized S-Works Tarmac Dura-Ace. It is a high specification model and is not getting any upgrades from myself apart from putting on a Specialized Power Saddle and changing to my favoured Roval CLX 40 wheels for flat course races. Everything else remains factory built.


Photos courtesy of Mark Power at karlkramer.co.uk


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