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Behind the Ride - At Home with Joe Dombrowski

During our last trip to Nice with The Col Collective I had the chance to sit down with Joe Dombrowski, now riding for EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale. I actually met Joe a couple of years ago at a team camp in Girona and it was quickly evident that the man from Virginia, USA, has big love for the mountains, so I was definitely keen to find out more. In this interview we delve into Joe’s career so far, from riding mountain bikes at 14 years old to racing on the World Tour in just seven years! I wanted to get Joe’s take on the super dynamic 65 kilometres mountain stage in this year’s Tour de France, and where did his idea come from for a one hour uphill time-trial for climbers? Although only 26 years old, Joe has had to overcome injury and adversity and what I like most about our chat is that there are plenty of golden take-aways that can be used in everyday life and not just when racing your bike the highest level.

Naturally, I couldn’t possibly spend the afternoon with Joe and not collar him for a few questions about his beloved steed. Although this is his training bike, it was interesting to dig a little deeper into the set-up of his Cannondale SuperSix EVO, what he uses day-in-day-out for training and what he reserves for race day only including some neat little nuggets that you’d find almost impossible to spot without some insider info. What gears does a climber like Joe run? What does he think of disc brakes? Where is the future for road bikes heading? We’ll be delving into this and a whole lot more. So sit back, grab a brew and enjoy!