Afternoon Interview: Tao Geoghegan Hart

Words by: Ryan & Tao

Photos of Tao by: Russ Ellis & Getty Sport

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It’s the afternoon. You’ve just finished a big training day or you’re in the midst of post lunch procrastination at your day job. Either way, make a coffee and digest the first installment of Eastman Training Co.’s Afternoon Interview with none other than Tao Geoghegan Hart from Team Sky.

I met Tao in 2014 at our training camp when we both raced for Axel Merckx’s Team. I could instantly tell he was different. The way he pedaled. How his mind worked. His outlook on life. I could tell he was going to be successful in a big way. Shortly after that camp I began to look up to someone three years younger than myself.

Enough of me talking. Here is Tao talking:

What influences outside of cycling affect your motivation, style, and outlook on the sport?

I think a lot of different sports definitely influence and especially motivate me. I am a big football fan, (no not NFL!), so I watch a lot of premiership to relax and really enjoy a lazy afternoon on the weekends after training watching a game. It is a really different sport but I have followed it super closely since I was a young child and I am definitely in awe of the beautiful game. Aside from that I really respect other endurance sports, especially running, it is so fluid and an elite runner at top speed is something pretty special in my opinion. I'd say the biggest thing is stories, no matter the sport or even non-sport related, it's all about the people, where they have come from, what they have achieved, who they are. To list a few from sport; Thierry Henry, Anthony Joshua, Kipchoge, Bradley Wiggins, Steven Gerrard, Axel and Eddy Merckx. 

 “no not NFL!”

“no not NFL!”

“You live simple, you train hard and live an honest life” -Kipchoge

How do you see cycling evolving over time, in a way most people wouldn't realize?

As Cycling becomes more and more technological I think a clever and inspired few will really hold on to the personal, romantic, adventure and a little less tangible or quantifiable aspect of the sport, hobby and simple beauty of bicycles. I think those few will take much more from the sport and their training, than those too obsessed or reliant upon numbers, computers and metrics. I also think their passion and energy will outlive those slaved to the screen.

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What are the top character traits you have gained from cycling that would translate into success outside of the sport?

Resilience. An ability to plan and work for the short, medium and very long term, irrespective of the hurdles along the way. An unwavering belief, in one-self and others. A desire to always push for more, to always want to improve and to be utterly unrelenting. Passion. Strength. An ethos that the future is utterly self-determined, for better or for worse. But most importantly, love. 


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How do you think suffering on the bike makes someone a better person? 

It gives you a place to empty your head. And it is a place that as long as you have your bike, you can always find, no matter how far from home you stray, or how long it has been since your last visit.


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What was the latest book, podcast, song, or article you consumed that had a lasting effect on you?

At the moment I am reading a book on Pep Guardiola, focused on his time at Bayern. He has definitely changed the game and his unique style is incredible to watch. By all accounts, he is the definition of unrelenting. 

 Click or tap photo to see more about the book Tao’s reading right now.

Click or tap photo to see more about the book Tao’s reading right now.

How has your view on training changed from when you began cycling till now? 

I started as a 14 year old searching for something to be as good as I possibly could be at. Something I could consume myself in and that might make for a good adventure along the way. Essentially I am still the exact same person, just a few chapters into that journey, still training as long and as hard as I can, still with the fire inside me to push for more.

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Want more of Tao? Follow him here:

Instagram: @taogeogheganhart

Twitter: @taogeoghegan

His Team: @TeamSky

His Agent: @CorsoSports

Thanks for the well spoken words, Tao.

-Ryan


Smoke Runner - Trip to the Sierras

 Lake Alpine

Lake Alpine

 Lake Alpine

Lake Alpine

 Lake Alpine

Lake Alpine

 Arnold, CA

Arnold, CA

 Seek and explore the trusty old school way

Seek and explore the trusty old school way

 Dad’s cabin in Arnold

Dad’s cabin in Arnold

 The spot to properly re-lube after a long dusty day in the mountains

The spot to properly re-lube after a long dusty day in the mountains


Rouleur Magazine’s article on my transition away from pro cycling

 Words by: James Stout  Photo by: Kit Karzen  Click photo to read Rouleur’s article

Words by: James Stout

Photo by: Kit Karzen

Click photo to read Rouleur’s article


Boundless Locomotion Snow Day

 The funny thing is we thought this was a lot of snow at the time

The funny thing is we thought this was a lot of snow at the time

 The feeling set in that today wouldn’t be like most rides

The feeling set in that today wouldn’t be like most rides

 One man’s race bike turned into another man’s tool that rebuilt his love for cycling

One man’s race bike turned into another man’s tool that rebuilt his love for cycling

 If there is a chance for snow, always bring whiskey, always

If there is a chance for snow, always bring whiskey, always

 This is life

This is life

 Cody sliding it

Cody sliding it


Pop Up Ride - Mairn

 All my good friends roll

All my good friends roll

 Dig DEEP

Dig DEEP

 Bolinas Ridge

Bolinas Ridge

 This is Bruno

This is Bruno

 Gravel King & The man behind THE FLANNEL GRINDER

Gravel King & The man behind THE FLANNEL GRINDER

 Lagunitas, CA (and yes, where the beer originated)

Lagunitas, CA (and yes, where the beer originated)

 Had to buy a 6er

Had to buy a 6er


More to come as the adventures roll on

Bye for now

Check back soon

K bye

-Ryan