Rider interview: Yanto Barker

Velo Hols are incredibly pleased to be hosting Le Col's Yanto Barker in April and caught up with the ex-Team GB cyclist to hear all about Le Col's Team Wiggins launch.

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO?

My name is Yanto Barker, I am an ex-professional cyclist and now founder and MD of Le Col ltd (a performance cycling clothing company). I remain a keen cyclist and try to stay fit, I appreciate all things quality and premium, I still feel like a pro deep down.

WHAT'S YOUR CYCLING BACKGROUND?

I was a full time professional for around 17-18 years, representing Team GB at 5 world Championships, 2 Commonwealth Games, numerous other races for GB along with racing for UK and international professional teams. I raced all over the world during my career, saw many beautiful places, met many very cool people and built a broad understading of cycling from a diverse mix of people and places.

 One of our favourite Le Col Jerseys

One of our favourite Le Col Jerseys

FAVOURITE RIDE & SEGMENT?

Box Hill, I love that climb, I do it almost every weekend and never get bored, I don’t have the strava but the guy who has, drove out there with a turbo warmed up, smashed it, got back in his car and drove home, I haven’t done that (That’s my excuse ha ha..) apart from Box Hill I did the ‘Circle of Death’ ride in the Pyrenees last year with my frineds at Zwift and it was an amazing ride. The most notable  climb was Le Col de Tourmalet. What a monster.

 Le Col's Team Wiggins kit

Le Col's Team Wiggins kit

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE RECENT TEAM WIGGINS ANNOUNCEMENT?

Yes, we have been working for a while to get Sir Brad as a Le Col ambassador and we were finally able to announce that partnership which included the team sponsorship of young and up-coming stars of the sport. There will be much more to come, Sir Brad has a full range ready to be released end of April beginning of May time which we are really excited about. It started and feels like the beginning of a really exciting chapter for both Le Col and Wiggins!


WHAT'S ONE OF YOUR CYCLING GOALS FOR 2018?

Travel a bit more to Europe, I miss racing a bit but will probably only participate in a couple of events, not like I used to. But really my goal is just to stay fit and enjoy cycling in beautiful places.

3 TIPS ON PREPARING FOR A GRAN FONODO?

Train as much as you can as far in advance as you can ;) ha ha.. Simple really! In more detail, be prepared, do the distance at least a couple of times before you go to these kind of events and make sure your bike is properly serviced and working, mechanicals are very annoying when they ruin a foreign trip to somewhere special to do a Gran Fondo.
 

 The Le Col & Team Wiggins launch

The Le Col & Team Wiggins launch