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‘Mullet’ Mitch Docker Talks Profession & Podcasts


Rider Interview: A hair model and a moustache could be your commerce mark, however there’s way more to Mitch Docker as his 14 years within the professional peloton attest. Ed Hood caught up wit the now podcaster to listen to about his profession and life now again ‘Down Underneath’.

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A choice of Docker kinds

I owe this interview to my canine, Seoras. On the weekends I take him for giant walks and have began listening to podcasts as we take pleasure in The Fife Coastal Path and the mighty River Forth.

My favorite hear is, ‘Life within the Peloton’ hosted by the person with the mullet, ‘tache and natty alternative in head put on – Mitch Docker. I’m going method again with Mitch, to June 2010 after I interviewed him after his stage win within the UCi 2.1 Delta Zeeland Tour within the Netherlands. He was a Skil Shimano man again then however moved on to GreenEDGE in 2012; along with his closing group being EF who he was with from 2018 till he closed out his profession on the finish of final 12 months, in Paris-Roubaix. I believed I ought to meet up with Mitch and ask about his new profession as a ‘podcaster,’ but in addition run again over his early years too.

PEZ: You have been a observe man initially, with a win within the legendary Bendigo madison again in Oz however you didn’t pursue a observe profession?
Mitch Docker:
In Australia you experience each street and observe, the 2008 Worlds in Majorca was my final critical marketing campaign on the observe, I may see there was no future in it for me.

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Tour de Langkawi 2008 with Drapac

PEZ: You have been within the Aussie junior group pursuit squad which went all the way in which to the Worlds closing – however you didn’t get to experience the ultimate, that should have been a heartbreaker?
It was a heartbreak and it will have been a straightforward level to show away from the game – no closing, no medal. But it surely truly made me extra decided to succeed, it was in all probability the perfect factor that would have occurred to me at the moment.

PEZ: Your first professional group was Drapac in Australia; that seemed like a fantastic little group.
It was a extremely good group, it began with three riders the primary 12 months, then six riders the next 12 months and within the third 12 months we went Professional Conti. The philosophy of the group was to supply properly rounded human beings with a very good schooling, not simply bike riders. It was an alternative choice to having to go and dwell in Italy and struggle to get a group. I went to college throughout that point and would do the belongings you do at uni – get drunk on a Friday evening however nonetheless race on the Saturday.

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Gent-Wevelgem 2009

PEZ: Skil Shimano – how did the contract come about?
The thought behind Drapac was that they’d ultimately push riders up in to the skilled ranks. We rode the Tour of Qatar and obtained our asses kicked however I shone slightly within the race and while I by no means received large I used to be per some good outcomes like second on a Tour de l’Avenir stage and second on a Tour de Langkawi stage the place I completed high 10 on GC. The primary professional 12 months was onerous, I used to be getting kickings in all my races, I stated to my DS, the previous Dutch Skilled Street Race Champion, Rudi Kemna; ‘why did you signal me, Rudi?’ He replied; ‘I’m undecided!’ That wasn’t the reply I needed to listen to however in my second 12 months I received that Zeeland Tour stage after which one within the Route du Sud, Rudi stated to me; ‘that’s why we signed you!’ However that’s what professional bike racing is about, serving your time in a harsh atmosphere, studying the ropes.

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Roubaix with Mitchelton-Scott

PEZ: GreenEDGE, an Aussie group, that should have been cool?
It was nice for quite a few causes, it was an Aussie group with Aussie tradition, it was World Tour and I used to be group mates with guys who have been my idols, Stuey O’Grady, Robbie McEwen, Baden Cooke. . . I used to be there for six years however then didn’t get supplied a contract renewal as a result of the group was altering route, they signed Matteo Trentin – and maybe I’d develop into complacent? It was one other of these instances when it was in all probability the perfect factor that would have occurred to me – a get up name!

PEZ: Then EF, the group’s straightforward vibe seemed made for you?
It was an identical vibe to early GreenEDGE, I might be myself, it was a breath of recent air.

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Vuelta a España 2019

PEZ: You ended your profession there – at Paris-Roubaix.
I had two youngsters by then and needed to get again to Australia to dwell. I had thought of ending my profession after Paris-Roubaix in April however ending your profession mid-season didn’t appear proper, so when the race was re-scheduled for October it was good. However in fact, I needed to get chosen for the race and it was a bitch as a result of I broke my elbow on the Benelux Tour, three weeks earlier than Roubaix and needed to work onerous to get chosen. However after I was within the race I didn’t wish to be there, I had a crash early and was scared, I had a foul crash in Roubaix in 2016 and know the results that crashing on the cobbles can have on you. I soldiered on to Arenberg the place there some guys from my fan membership and so they gave me a raise to the end. It was a great way to finish, in a automotive with my followers having a beer with them, a celebration – not coming in to the velodrome an hour down or in another group’s automotive, filled with distress.

PEZ: It strikes me that along with your nature that you simply’d be superb DS materials?
I like working with individuals, that’s true however the DS function entails being away from dwelling and household for prolonged intervals and that’s not one thing I wish to do. There are couple of younger guys I’m mentoring over right here and I’m having fun with the expertise.

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Roubaix with EF

PEZ: You’ve gone again to Oz after your profession ended, I believed you have been properly settled in Girona?
I had 14 years in Europe and it was a good time however I’m an Aussie by and thru, I wish to wish to wander in to a pub and chat to the barman about nothing for some time – I can’t try this in Belgium or Spain. I’ve three youngsters now and I would like them to develop up in Australia, round their grandparents – and I wish to have a chilly beer with my dad every so often.

PEZ: Closing query in your profession – the experience you’re most pleased with?
Paris-Roubaix 2011 after I was within the break and sprinting for a high 10 spot – I completed fifteenth and all the time tried to dwell as much as that efficiency, it drove me.

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Paris-Roubaix 2011

PEZ: Podcasts?
Once I’d come again to Australia individuals would all the time ask me concerning the professional peloton and what it was all about. I believed it will be good to start out the podcasts so of us may acquire an understanding of what it was all about. To begin with they have been fairly common however have morphed into the place they’re now.

PEZ: Has anybody ever knocked you again for a podcast chat request?
Typically, assist employees particularly don’t wish to be within the limelight, they’d fairly keep within the background. And also you do get of us who lead you on, let you know they’ll come on and allow you to down. . .

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Vuelta’19

PEZ: Who would you wish to have on the podcast however haven’t but – Lance maybe?
Tom Boonen, that’s a hero type of factor, I messaged him however he by no means obtained again to me. I messaged Lance however by no means obtained a reply, he’s not somebody that I’d notably consider however I suppose everybody thinks about him.

PEZ: Regrets?
There are heaps of issues the place you suppose, I ought to have accomplished this, or that however I believe that worrying like that shortens your profession. It’s a must to be comfortable within the peloton in order for you an extended profession – I had 13 years within the European professional peloton and don’t have any regrets about my time in any respect.

PEZ: And the newest podcast, Mitch?
It’s with my former EF group mate, Joe Dombrowski of the USA, he’s with Astana now. He received the Child Giro in 2012 and received a stage within the Giro, final 12 months – he’s an articulate and fascinating man, properly value a hear. . .

# You’ll be able to sign-up for the Mitch’s podcast ‘Life within the Peloton’ HERE and if you happen to’d wish to learn one of many very first interviews with Mr. Dombrowski, from method again in 2011, test it out HERE #

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