We do a lot of paparazzi-style creeping on teams and athletes. Mostly in hotel lobbies. Not always, but mostly. Also, mostly around Team Cannondale. As you know, we’re intimate with many of the guys, our guys, the faves, we talk, we do interviews, we party. But. Realistically we’re talking about five dudes. Anyway, this year we’re getting access to the whole team more than ever, thanks Matthew. For photoshoots and what have you, which is how we recruit. This is where and when we do it. It starts with some eye contact. You vibe them out, they vibe you out. You ask them to do a cool trick for the camera, maybe they say yes, maybe they don’t. It’s a dance, really. With Toms it was clear right from the start. He had the look. We were ready for each other. We have no idea who this kid is, or where he comes from. All we know is that we like him. He’s got IT. You can just tell. And sometimes you just gotta go all-in. We went all-in. Here is an informative, interesting and entertaining interview with a 24 year old Latvian human cycling athlete. Please enjoy.
Not silent. However if I meet someone I’m most likely going to see once in my life I make it easy on them and say: ‘Hi, I’m Tom.“ In reality all male names in Latvian end with an “s”, except the awkward “o” or if your name is “Sasha”. Female names end with “a” or “e”. That’s Latvian 101 for you all.
Seen The Prestige? I’ve got a twin that no one knows about and we swap in stage races.
Find the biggest guy in your group and sit behind him as close as you can. Fantasy league team is trickier. Some inside info is always useful…
Find a place that someone still lives in and make them move out.
Was actually a long time ago, when I was 10 maybe. Friends of mine had come back from the States with this crazy dessert made on a bonfire. Was delicious. Since then, I’m a fan.
Color Me Badd – I Wanna Sex You Up: Damn that one is hilarious. Pretty much what all music nowadays is about, huh? I mean the “popular” music. Those guys were pioneers! Paula Abdul – Rush Rush: I’ve actually heard this one. Nice and mellow. A classic.
For sure I’m Baltic. But only because I’m from the Baltic. Although I’d say I’m chill too.
I don’t find any jokes offensive, because they’re jokes and who doesn’t love a good potato joke. Although sometimes they are a hard find and you’ve got to really dig for em. Here’s one for you. [35598 35599.]
“Olas” means “huevos” if you know what I’m saying. 50%of the song is literally “Keep calm like Kristaps Porziņģis” and the other 50% is pretty much them saying how cool they are. Not a great song.
Ice hockey over basketball any day. But I still enjoy a good NBA game.
One real good move was last year at Redding 120. I took a turn too hot and went off the road. When chasing back I overcooked another one and had to jump onto the grass, onto the sidewalk, and back on the road. Brian was almost pissing himself in the car. A few minutes later a wheel from the support moto came loose, started rolling towards me and almost took me out again. Craziest race I’ve ever done.
Gotten into a fight on a bike. The dumb thing was that I didn’t even manage to land a punch, just lost balance and crashed on my knee so bad I couldn’t ride for four days.
Andžs, one of my Latvian buddies. Just because we can talk in the native tongue and share our dreams about potatoes.
Final stage of Alberta 2015, I’m top 10 on GC, Trek is controlling the front. Me and Ty attack, I look back and a Trek guy is trying to follow us and says: “We won’t let you go.” My reply was: “Okay.” After which me and Ty proceeded to ride away, bridge up to the break and blow the Trek team apart. Orica brought us back, but still was pretty funny.
Crêperie Breton. It has a van inside the restaurant!
Ha. Not at all. I love the train. Best mode of transportation by far. I spent all 6 years of school going to class and back every day by train. Can get extra sleep in or do some homework.
It’s kind of a sissy version of street hockey. Some small differences: different sticks, different ball, played indoors and rules that don’t allow for much contact.
Martin Brodeur. He’s a legend.
If you know the system it’s not too bad as long as you have all the paperwork, which is the real trick
Between the two, Jurmala. Although I prefer the beach in Carnikava; it’s calm, quiet, but still soft white sand and warm temps two days a year.
- Tom’s of Maine: meh.
- Toms Shoes: sweet kicks.
- Tom Tom Club: YouTubing it.
- Transactions on Mathematical Software: love it. Anything that involves numbers is awesome in my book.
- TOMTOM: = two Tom = Toms. Might be why I’m so good with directions.