• Adam Blythe resplendent in his new national champs kit for Aqua Blue Sport (Getty)Source: Getty
British national champion Adam Blythe has started the 2017 season with different personal and professional priorities.
By
Sophie Smith

Source:
Cycling Central
5 Feb 2017 - 5:39 PM  UPDATED 5 Feb 2017 - 5:43 PM

The soon-to-be first time father opened his season at the Dubai Tour, winning battles for wheels and notching a consistent string of top 10 finishes across the five-day race that finished yesterday.

“It’s not podium, but it’s solid,” Blythe said. “I just need to do a bit of work and get further up that bloody top 10 than lower down.

“I’m really happy and it’s going good for the first race of the season.”

The 27-year-old led Ireland's first Pro Continental team, Aqua Blue Sport, at the tour, cutting a distinctive figure in his all white national champion kit.

“I think I’m the only British champion to have a shamrock on his,” he laughed of the gold emblem that harks to his team’s registration.

“Everyone is like, ‘you’ve got to wear black shorts,’ but there’s no rules to it. I prefer white shorts - everyone wears black shorts.”

 

Blythe has always stood out from the crowd with his fashion sense and custom paint cars, which he knows won’t be practical when he becomes a dad in the European summer.

“I’ve got a kid coming, I’ve got to look after someone now and I can’t wait,” he said. “It’s brilliant, I think it will be mega.”

The personal change, which has seen Blythe relocate from Monaco to Alderley Edge, near Manchester, also marries with professional developments.

He has penned a two-year deal with the budding Aqua Blue Sport, which he is relishing after working with single season contracts all at different outfits the past three years.

“It will be nice to settle down and build relationships with the staff, rather than try and build it quickly in a year,” he said.

“I’m enjoying it. It’s the most fun I’ve had in a while in a team. We’re finding out about each other and what we need and don’t need still but everything is going well. There’s no complaints.”

Blythe, who hit one of his targets in the British national championships last season, is hopeful the increased stability will contribute to increased results on the back of his consistent showing in Dubai.

“I only targeted two things last year, nationals and worlds, and I did well in them but I need to get more out of myself, which I can do,” he said. “I think I’ll definitely be able to do that.

“Going into the Tour of Britain I’d love to do well in that, and the Tour de Yorkshire finishes in [hometown] Sheffield so that would be good to do well.”

Blythe is keen to defend his national title in the Isle of Man later this year, but can’t yet fully commit to the cause.

“My missus is due on the Friday before it so we’ll have to see. I definitely want to go there and have a good crack at it, but I think [Manxman] Pete [Kennaugh] might be going quite well,” he said.