My family are my other team, my home team. My wife Thessa arranges everything, so I can focus on what I do well; riding my bike as fast as possible. We have a good balance. When I’m away for weeks at a time, I don’t have to worry about how things are going at home. Around the time of the 2017 Giro, I was only at home for a total of six days in eight weeks, so that’s important.
I teach the kids my values, or I try to. But I don’t push them into doing what I do; if we go to a restaurant and they want French fries, then they have them. They’re kids and they need that. We have three traditions when I come home from a race; we camp out on my boat, I make them a stack of my special pancakes in the morning and we go mountain biking in the dunes. That’s what they love to do.