Rider Interview: Ed Hood has been retaining his eye on the ‘younger weapons’ and Mason Hollyman has been exhibiting effectively with the Israel Biking Academy UCI Continental group and in his visitor appearances with Israel – Premier Tech WorldTour group. Ed caught up with Mason to listen to all about it.
Mason Hollyman, Jakub Bouček and Yuval Ben Moshe
‘Younger Brits doing the biz?’ Fred Wright, Ben Tulett, Ben Turner, Lewis Askey, Ethan Vernon to call however 5 – and the subsequent wave is on the way in which. There’s the likes of u23 Gent-Wevelgem winner, Sam Watson; and including to the listing is a person who’s produced two glorious rides in 2022. Mason Hollyman is that soldier, 20 years-old and a product of Flavio Zappi’s glorious ‘nursery’ group in Italy.
Success with Zappi
The younger man from Huddersfield is now driving for Israel Biking Academy continental group; he took fourth within the Italian u23 traditional Trofeo Piva and fifth within the extraordinarily robust u23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege. He’s additionally been driving on the highest degree with the Israel – Premier Tech World Tour group in races just like the Coppi e Bartali the place the massive groups joust with gung-ho ProTeams determined for recognition.
The win in Portugal
We began off by asking Mason a couple of consequence from 2021 – his win in Stage 5 of the Volta a Portugal, an occasion recognized for uncontrolled and frantic racing. Mason Hollyman: That’s for certain the largest win of my quick profession, it’s a tough race with the Portuguese continental groups very robust and giving the likes of Movistar and the ProTeams a tough time. That day was like a day within the Peak District of England with numerous 5 minute climbs then a 20 minute climb on the finish, it jogged my memory of a Child Giro stage. I ended up solo on the final climb and rode it like a time trial, gauging my effort with the group closing quick, I ended up successful by 35 seconds from Portuguese rider, Ricardo Mestre who’s a earlier winner of the Volta. Portugal was onerous nevertheless it ready me effectively for racing at the next degree.
PEZ: You then rode the Tour of Britain with the Israel World Tour group?
Mason Hollyman: After my trip in Portugal I used to be given that chance and rode the Tour Poitou Charentes, Tour of Britain and Tour of Sicily with the WorldTour group.
Hollyman with DSM’s Mark Donovan on stage 6 of the Tour of Britain
PEZ: Fourth within the Tour of Britain group time trial, that will need to have been enjoyable?
The final group time trial I’d ridden was again once I was a junior and I used to be very nervous earlier than the trip, not desirous to let the group down. We had Michael Woods and Dan Martin going for GC [Woods would finish an eventual fifth and Martin seventh on GC, ed.] and robust guys like Alex Dowsett and Andre Greipel so I knew it could be onerous!
PEZ: you rode the distinguished Italian semi-classics, Tre Valli Varesine and Coppa Agostoni on the finish of the season, how did they go?
I did 30 race days within the closing two months of final season so by the point these races got here spherical I used to be working out of steam a little bit bit. However I did my domestique duties and Alessandro De Marchi received the Tre Valli so it was day for the group.
Hollyman with teammates Chris Froome and Man Niv within the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali stage 5
PEZ: Coppi e Bartali with the WorldTour group to begin this yr.
To start out with I used to be a wee bit ‘off it,’ it was my first race again and my respiratory wasn’t good however I felt a lot better come the final two phases. The percorso in that race is super-technical, small roads and no ‘dash days.’
Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali stage 3 to San Marino
PEZ: Then fourth within the Trofeo Piva, any ‘what ifs?’
I made one mistake and it price me. On the third to final climb I acquired my positioning fallacious and was swamped going into what was a really slender street. A bunch acquired away and after the climb I bridged throughout 40 seconds , I had good situation however the vitality I used bridging was the vitality I ought to have used for a race successful transfer. . . [The race was won by Italian ProTeam rider, Marin Marcellusi from Bardiani CSF Faizane, ed.].
PEZ: Fifth at Liege.
The primary 80K have been simple then we hit the primary three hills, which are available in fast succession, on the second the Groupama-FDJ guys lit it up [FDJ would run out eventual winners with ‘new sensation’ Romain Gregoire who went on to win another two Italian u23 classics over the next three days, ed.] On La Redoute I went full fuel, closed to the break and was away with 5 others, I believed that was ‘the’ transfer however we acquired caught. The group set me up for the dash, I used to be at all times going to have my work reduce out however went early and gave it a go fairly than simply wait – I used to be pleased with my consequence.
Giro di Sicilia 2021 stage 1
PEZ: Would you prefer to be racing extra?
No, I’m pleased with my programme, I raced a lot on the finish of final yr, I’m having fun with coaching from my base in Girona, deciding on the races I wish to do effectively in fairly than driving every little thing that’s going. The fixed journey and racing takes its toll.
PEZ: Are you continue to with Dean Downing teaching?
Dean nonetheless performs a mentoring function however I’m coached, ‘in home’ now by our assistant sports activities director, ex-pro Ruben Plaza who was a Vuelta and Tour de France stage winner.
PEZ: And also you’re nonetheless in Girona?
I’m in my second yr there and having fun with it, there are just a few extra younger Anglo guys right here now – Ben Healey who’s with EF and Tom Gloag who’s with Trinity, for example and many Aussies so there’s at all times group to coach with. That mentioned, if I’m doing particular work I want to do this by myself.
Driving for GB
PEZ: And the most effective espresso in Girona?
I finest watch out to not upset anybody purchase I do like La Fabrica which is run by pro-cyclist Christian Meier and his spouse Amber. My favorite simple/restoration day is a run to Lake Banyoles and again, there are some nice espresso retailers there.
PEZ: What’s subsequent on the agenda?
I’ve a two weeks altitude coaching camp within the Sierra Nevada earlier than driving the 5 stage Alpes Isere Tour on the finish of Might as preparation for the Child Giro which begins on June eleventh – that’s my huge purpose for the yr nevertheless it’ll be a tough race. Groupama FDJ continental for example have a extremely robust squad with Gregoire and Lenny Martinez who was 14th within the current Tour of the Alps driving for the FDJ World Tour squad.
Simply out for a trip
PEZ: Season 2022 might be successful if?
I wish to present consistency, these final years I’ve tended to blow cold and warm however I wish to be ‘there’ all via Alpes Isere and the Child Giro .
# PEZ might be retaining our ordinary beady eye on the outcomes of each races and want Mason effectively for them. Some images equipped, because of all unknown photographers. #
Mason Hollyman – Interview at first – Settimana Coppi e Bartali 2022 – Stage 5