The quiet consistency of Hugh Carthy

“I like to make a mental note of places I have really enjoyed and would love to come back to later in life.”

 

Hugh CarthyHugh Carthy aimed for a strong start to his third season with EF Education First Pro Cycling Team. The 24-year-old closed out the 2018 season with consistent showings over hilly terrain: third overall at the Colorado Classic, top ten finishes on climbing stages at Tour of Utah and Tour of Britain.

 

“I think it’s important not to waste race days regaining fitness,” said Carthy. “It’s important for my confidence to start well. It shows the team I’ve trained seriously over the winter.”

 

Message received at Tour du Haut Var, Carthy’s second race of the year. The Briton played a key role in Sep Vanmarcke’s opening stage victory and finished third on stage three to round out the general classification podium.

 

 

His signature tongue wag will next make appearances at Volta Catalunya and Pais Vasco. Romandie follows. He’s on the long list for the Giro. He’s coy about his ambitions for the first half of the season.

 

“I don’t like to quantify potential success too much and put extra pressure on myself,” he said. “To live and race to the best of my abilities whether for myself or for a teammate is the best answer I can give.”

 

His best life included off-season traveling.

 

 

“I visited my sister, who lives in Bulgaria, in the off-season. It’s a completely different country to any that I have previously visited. I really enjoyed my time there and tried to experience as much as I could,” Carthy said. “I also went back to England for a little while to reconnect and relax with friends and family.”

 

While race season involves plenty of opportunity for travel, Carthy is quick to point out that it’s quite a bit different than vacationing.

 

“Sometimes exploring can be difficult at races,” he said. “We get wrapped up in the bubble and need to stay off our feet while off the bike and stay focused when we’re on it. I try and absorb what is around us whenever I can – whether that’s looking out the windows during the bus transfer or chatting to the hotel owner or staff about what’s ‘local’. I like to make a mental note of places I have really enjoyed and would love to come back to later in life.”