Dan Martin

Name : Dan Martin

Age : 23

Sometimes we go beyond the club membership to interview someone else. With the European road racing season about to start, here is Dan Martin.Dan rides for the Garmin-Transitions team and despite being only 23 he probably has to think about his best momenet on the bike, whether it's making the top-10 in the Tour of Lombardy, being Irish national champion or going head to head with Alejandro Valverde in the mountain stage of the Tour of Catalonia.

What bike do you ride : Felt F1 SL with Shimano Di2

What made you start cycling : Just growing up in a household where I was surrounded by the sport I guess. Mainly for fun though. go on the Saturday cafe stop ride in the summer, that's what its all about [Webmaster :Dan's father Neil was a pro in the 1980s and his uncle is the Giro, Tour and World Championship winning Stephen Roche].

What was your best performance or ride : Training ride or performance :Training ride has gotta be the coast road from St Feilliu towards Tossa de Mar, but turn right before Tossa up a climb to St Grau. Beautiful road. As for performance :probably Lombardia. Sticks freshest in my mind and to be competing with the best in the world in such an historic race and what was really my first attempt was a great experience.

What was your worst day on the bike : A stage of the 2009 Paris Nice. It was freezing cold but sunny. I had the fatigue syndrome thing that we never really found the cause of but didn't know it at the time. I spent the 200km stage trying to stay awake. I was literally fallling a sleep on the bike. Yawning and just no go. Luckily for me it was a pretty cruisy day with the small break going early so it didnt get hard until about 30km to go, when I promptly got dropped and had to ride in to the finish.

Who is your favourite pro or inspiration : Not really. I admire how professional Christian Vandevelde is, and that's mainly due to me seeing his leadership skills up close. I just have heaps of respect for him. He's like my big brother.

What is your favourite bike food : We're pretty lucky in that we have Clif Bar as our sponsor so we can vary our food. They have a ton of different flavours so it doesn't get boring. A coffee and chocolate croissant is by far the best riding food, although not too practical for racing!

Where is your favourite cycling location : Girona, that's why I live there. More often then not good weather and a great variety of roads that are quite empty most of the time.

Most likely to say after a race : "owwww that hurt" or "or I did my best".

Least likely to say : "I could have gone harder".