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PEZ Talk: ‘Crit King’ Daniel Holloway

Rider Interview: Daniel Holloway might be the ‘Crit King’, but he’s also pretty handy on the wooden boards of the ‘6 Days’. Ed Hood managed to hold Holloway down long enough to hear his story at the London ‘6 Days’ recently.

He has Oakleys for every day of the week, you best not mess with his coffee, he’s now a regular on the Euro six days and he’s the USA’s ‘Crit King’ for the second season running – it must be time for another chat with ‘Hollywood?’

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PEZ: How old are you now Daniel and still out of Morgan Hill Ca?
Daniel Holloway:
I’m 28 years old. Home base is still Morgan Hill and I’ve been there ten years but taking a serious look at relocating to Boulder. I’m not sure when the official move is going to be as I have lots of travel and racing planned this winter. This California boy has to stay warm.

PEZ: How may wins in 2015 – what were the dates of the first and last wins and how do you maintain form?
I’ve had 25 wins this year. Win numero uno came in February and the last one in September. I really listen to my body, I rest when I’m tired and sluggish even in the middle of a race block. Crits carry a different fatigue level so if you don’t dig yourself a big hole it’s pretty easy to get out of it with a couple long nights of sleep and couple days off the bike.

PEZ: Which was your best win and why?
I don’t have just one from the year. But lapping up twice at Athens to make it back to back wins (2014-2015) was special. Tulsa Tough was special because our team Alto Velo SeaSucker controlled the racing start to finish, I was so terrible the last day but my teammates never failed and dragged me around to get it done.


PEZ: United Health Care must love you. . .
I’m not sure. I use Kaiser Permanente for my health Insurance here in the US. Luckily I haven’t had to use it too much the last couple years. *knock on wood*

PEZ: Who’s the toughest guy to beat?
Myself. If I can stay out of my own head during hard races and just go to my instincts and rely on the hard work I’ve done at home.


PEZ: Tell us about your partnership with Aldo Ino Ilesic.
Working with Aldo has been fantastic. His first race with the team was Tulsa and I put all my trust in him to put me where I needed to be successful. Trust is always a key factor between a lead out man and sprinter. If there is any doubt between the pair, success will never happen. He knows I will always be on his wheel and I know he will always put me in the best possible position. Having him on the team allows me to put more focus towards my sprint rather than making sure the team is always in the front. It’s been an adjustment for me and I haven’t been perfect on following through, but I am excited for 2016.


PEZ: Does Colby Pearce still coach you – what’s your philosophy?
I am back to coaching myself a majority of the time. I still reach out for tips and suggestions, but I follow older workouts that I have had from Colby and also Jim Miller. My philosophy is to always be 100%. I do my workouts at 100%. I don’t do a ton of stage races or day after day racing – its important for me to be razor sharp for every race.


PEZ: The London ‘Six’ – your opinions please?
For a first time event I feel it went off really well. The organization did an outstanding job adapting to all the little quirks from the riders and staff. The venue itself is probably the best I have ever been in. The racing was full on for a majority of it, a different field and mindset on what gears to ride. I can’t see why the event wouldn’t continue to thrive and grow; I just hope I can be a part of it.

PEZ: What’s next on the agenda?
Some rest. I’ve been taking a full week off, mentally checking out on most things too. After that, its back full gas finalizing 2016 road plans. Then back on the bike for the slower more enjoyable hours on the road; look around and enjoy what we typically miss when we sole focus on going hard. I may be headed off to Australia for the first time, that should be exciting.


PEZ: How much of a break will you have over the winter?
I’ve taken a week off. I take multiple micro breaks throughout the season so by the time I get to October I am not completely mentally blown mentally and can focus on winter fun, aka Six Days.

PEZ: How’s the US crit scene looking for 2016?
We haven’t seen a schedule yet, but I imagine it will be similar to this year with lots a great races here in the US and plenty I would still like to put on my resume.

PEZ: How’s your team looking for 2016?
Lots of irons in the fire right now. Unfortunately Alto Velo won’t be back. They did a fantastic job for us as a brand new company. Other sponsors are still being worked out as we try and grow. I want to be able to pay guys what they are worth and still get to all the races.


PEZ: What’s still on the DH ‘to do’ list?
Never stop growing. I learned a ton this year about business relationships and team management. Still plenty of US races I’d like to cross the line first in. Maybe we can get to some international crits and make an impact. Maybe the Tour Series in the UK would have us over for a bit of UK v. USA criterium fun?

I have lots of ideas for bringing criterium action to the fans and getting them involved with our team more.

PEZ: What’s the latest DH coffee word?
Still blending Kerrygold and MCT oil in the coffee most days. I’d like to get a cold brew set up, but time will tell.


You can read Ed’s London ‘6 Days’ Part 1 and Part 2 here.

It was November 2005 when Ed Hood first penned a piece for PEZ, on US legend Mike Neel. Since then he’s covered all of the Grand Tours and Monuments for PEZ and has an article count in excess of 1,100 in the archive. He was a Scottish champion cyclist himself – many years and kilograms ago – and still owns a Klein Attitude, Dura Ace carbon Giant and a Fixie. He and fellow Scot and PEZ contributor Martin Williamson run the Scottish site www.veloveritas.co.uk where more of his musings on our sport can be found.

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