Born in January 1985, Richie hails from Launceston on the island of Tasmania, and as such, it was probably always going to be the case that swimming would play a major part in his growing up, development and lifestyle.
FROM 3 SPORTS TO 2 WHEELS
“I was a swimmer originally, and from there I went into triathlon. That’s where it all started.” At the age of twenty-one, Richie decided to focus on cycling professionally.
IN AND OUT OF THE SADDLE
So far in his spectacular career, Richie has not only won various titles but also been instrumental in Tour De France victories for Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome. Set to become the lead rider himself in 2014, a chest infection prematurely ended his season. “So the doctors told me to get back in the pool...and it really worked.”
LEADER OF THE PACK
Now fully fit, Richie is competing in the 2016 season as one of the leaders of the BMC Racing Team. “I feel i’m at the optimum period of my career’, says Richie, and he’s already back in the pool to make sure that he stays at his peak.
BACK IN THE SWIM OF THINGS
Richie has loved developing the Speedo swim training plans with Mark, because as he says “swimming is still the thing I enjoy doing”. Then laughs when he adds “My biggest competition is my sixty three year old father... Oh yes, I beat him!”