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Midfield enforcer

Pat Hayes
Pat Hayes
Managing director, BeFirst
Pastimes ● December 12, 2019

I took up cycle racing after I watched Stephen Roche in the Tour de France at La Plagne on television. I’ve always ridden a bike but I’d never actually raced. You get into it.

When I was at college I was a footballer. I played football a lot, not at a particularly high standard, but the better end of park football, I suppose.

Because I was good at running around and hurting people, I was central midfield – but a holding midfielder, ball winner rather than passer. I used to be very fit and I was always good at running around. No skill. I overheard someone once, who said: "Pat, he’s got no skill. If we play a reall...

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