Name: Pete Michaliszyn
AKA: Polish Pete
From: Bielawa, Poland
Joined the team: January 2011
On duty: Head Race Technician
Off duty: In summer, there is no off-duty
In winter , gym, running, hiking, drinking vodka with family, rallying my Subaru, spending time with my girlfriend Lucy – and now fixing up our new house.
Previous Lives: Road Cyclist, Hippie, multi skilled labourer
How did you get this job? They begged – eventually I gave in.
Responsible for: Product R&D, testing, sponsor orders and feedback, managing the workshop and all the bikes, other mechanics, pits setup, helping with all other duties
Best bit of the job. Travelling, working with the best athletes, everyone here giving 110%
Worst bit? Setting up the awning and … taking it down.
Secret talent? Computer geek
Secret vice? Control freak in the kitchen with a timing food cooking obsession
Favourite words: “if in doubt, flat out”
Quote: “If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.”
Photographs: Sven Martin and Laurence Crossman Emms