Nathaniel Roberts

Started cycling since the age of 9 years old and bought my first bike at 18 (CX bike). I got into cycling to get me from A to B easier. In my local area and especially in the black community, football and basketball are the popular sports and I wanted to do something different. Cycling offers so much freedom and exploration. Growing up in a working class area, cycling wasn’t as advertised and only exposed to a certain demographic. What I love the most about cycling is the people you meet, learning about how to improve your bike, gaining skills and developing myself as a person. Cycling provides the opportunity to improve yourself which is what i love the most. Having tried a number of cycling clubs, some riders weren’t welcoming. I felt like I wasn’t good enough to join them or even talk to them because my bike wasn’t as expensive as theirs. I found Mani on Instagram and added me to this group. I have made life long friends and have improved my cycling ability to now be able to lead group rides.

What sport would you do if you were not a cyclist?
I would be playing Saturday/Sunday league football.

Who in the cycling world would you like to go for a ride with?
I would love to ride with CJ Williams, he’s an absolute tank in the crit racing scene and assists his team to the best of his ability.

Which other sport do you mostly follow and which club or athlete do you support?
Football – Manchester United all day!

What city would you most like to live in?

How do you relax after a hard day?
Nice yoga workout and then straight to bed!

What music do you put on when you want to get pumped?
Mike Williams, Tiesto, Oliver Heldens & Machinedrum.

What’s your favourite TV show?
Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation

What is one or two of your favourite smells?
When my mum cooks homemade cassava leaves with rice. Nothing beats homemade food, good for the soul.

Which of your scars has the best story behind it?
I got into a crash in the City of London where my rear wheel, rear mech, tyre and wheel got squashed. This left a mental scar 3 months prior to me cycling from London to Amsterdam (340 miles) for charity. Best part of that story was that I wasn’t injured at all. Took it to the bike shop and got it sorted out at a decent discount. I didn’t let that crash stop me from riding. Sometimes life hits you hard, you either stay down or get back up. Stay resilient, stay passionate!

What food do you love that a lot of people might find a little unfamiliar?
I love olives and feta cheese. My mates find it weird that into that kind of food. My personal opinion? Their loss, they are missing out on the amazing taste.