Ed Laverack began with John Herety’s team as a young Welsh teenager and has shown huge progression, going from a relatively unknown junior rider in 2012 to taking the overall title at the Bay Criteriums in Australia and winning the national under 23 road title in 2014.
Laverack excels on hilly terrain, he showed guts and determination in the 2016 Tour de Korea, attacking from what remained of the bunch and riding across to a breakaway move. The ride elevated Laverack to second in the young rider competition and tenth overall on GC.
Laverack, who hails from Llanelli in South Wales, has a naturally aggressive style on the bike, and laid-back temperament off it, which has helped him develop through the senior ranks. 2015, saw Laverack dominant in several Irish stage races and taking a hill top stage win and with it the overall in the Suir Valley 3 day.
Favourite Food: got a real sweet tooth for Parsnips at the moment. I do like a good Lasagne with mascarpone topping!
Training area: Riders always say that the best place to train is where they live. Around South Wales there are hills everywhere, flat bike lanes around the coast to cafes.
If you weren’t a cyclist you’d be: involved in Cycling. I just love this sport, so I would still do something under the umbrella of it, possibly a photographer, behind the scenes!
Favourite climb: not that I ride it often but Constitution Hill in Swansea (ToB 2010), it’s local, 23% and it’s the closest you get to tasting cobbled classics over here!
First cycling memory: Local club run on a MTB when I was 14 after playing 90min football game in my village. Double day!
When you are warming up you listen to: My Spotify Playlist, it’s named “Burn Me Alive”.
If you were stuck in a lift with anyone who would it be with: Depends how small the lift is but if it was the Worlds Strongest Man, we would defiantly be ‘Stuck’ in the lift!
What’s your favourite travel destination? Japan. When you’re in the countryside it’s like being on the set of King Kong.