He doesn’t quite seem the natural personality to pull it off as well as others, but it’d be interesting nome the less and worth him giving it a go, nothing to lose.
I’d baulk at the cost but others have got away with similar, Chrissie Wellington used to do organised runs with motivational talks.
Did you see the pics of his pain cave? Had his bike set up in a shed. There was a railing that ran directly overhead, the length of his bike. Stuffed at the front of that railing was a giant plastic sheet. So it looked like a proper home made sweaty torture chamber. His idea of budget Kona prep maybe?
OK so I didn’t cycle with Ali Brownlee this morning but…
Second time in the office this week, lovely morning for a commute. There I was at a nice sub tempo pace, and I saw the shadow of another cyclist following me. I enjoy the company of other cyclists, but generally make sure that they don’t get an easy ride. So I picked up the pace a bit, then a lot, I was now pushing comfortably over 300w and pushing 400+ on the climbs… and this bike stuck to me like a limpit. After about 15km the other rider took a turn on the front, and for the next 10km we stormed through the suburbs of Zurich.
Finally we stopped, where our paths divided and had a brief chat. The other guy is called Marc Russenberger, he told me that he was a former pro cyclist, and is an AG Ultra off road cyclist. I just looked him up, looks like he was second in the Race Accross America in 2002
Well we passed him like he was standing still. He wasn’t quite standing still but was easing up to meet his mate who was waiting for him at the side of the road. They passed us when we stopped for a wee stop, he wouldn’t have done otherwise of course. We saw Graham Baxter and his son coming the other way on the way home.
I used to swim with that group Fridays. The lane next to them was almost always empty so I would jump in and use it. They were a friendly bunch apres swim, especially Jonny.