Bournemouth postman Eamonn Deane really pushed the envelope when he rode the National
24-Hour Time Trial Championship in July, winning the event by a margin of 25 miles

How long have you been riding?
I?ve been cycling for about 25 years. I came into it from triathlon, which I started around 1985. I spent the first eight years of my life after school in the pub, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but I got a bit bored with it.

I saw the Nice Triathlon on the TV and it looked like fun so I decided to have a go. The next day I ran down to the beach and swam out into the sea, and really enjoyed it. We didn?t have a car at the time and I was only working about two miles away from where we lived, so I got a bike. I?ve now completed the Nice Triathlon twice, as well as lots of others.

How many bikes do you own?
I?ve got lots of bikes, and lots of parts, so it?s difficult to know. I have my road bike, my time trial bike, one on my turbo, a mountain bike, a tandem, a training bike. One for every day of the week!

Have you always been attracted to the longer distances?
Coming from triathlon it?s natural for me to prefer the longer distances, but I do ride road races and the club ?10? like everyone else. I used to like longer cross-country running races too.

The National ?24? Championship was your first attempt at that distance. What made you take it up now?
My daughter has been nagging me to do a ?24? for a couple of years, but I was never convinced, as I didn?t feel my fitness was at the right level. But the more
I thought about it the more I decided to have a go.

Did you expect to do so well?
I knew I was in with a chance, but I didn?t know how I would fare against the others. I always ride my own race according to how I feel, regardless of what other guys
are doing.

Do you have any other hobbies?
I love eating! But aside from that, I dabble with lots of things. I have a greenhouse, and I like to go sea fishing occasionally and catch some mackerel.

What is your favourite food and drink?
I?m lucky, because I happen to like all the things that a cyclist is supposed to eat, like muesli, pasta and fruit. I?d rather have a nice bowl of muesli than a full English breakfast! I like most drinks, but I never have alcohol the night before a race. I?m quite disciplined when I want to be.

If you could change one thing in cycling, what would it be?
I would get rid of the drugs. And it does annoy me that other sports have drug problems, but cycling seems to get more than its fair share of criticism. If I could change another thing in cycling, I would get rid of the mentality that says you have to be a road racer or a time triallist. We are all just bikies at the end of the day.

If you were stranded on a desert island, who would you take, and what one item?
I would take my wife, and a power boat.

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