Our next installment of the Better know an argyle series is another young Aussie, Nathan Haas. Haas is in his sophomore year at the WorldTour level and with the Garmin-Sharp team.
What is your first memory involving a bike?
When I lived in Rome when I was five my dad bought a bike that was way too big for me and I remember sitting on it and actually crying because I hated it so much. It didn’t fit and I felt like I was going to die!
Luckily it’s been somewhat of a change since then! It’s ironic that I hated it then and love it now.
What is for favorite race and why?
For me it’s the Tour Down Under. It’s the first race I did with Garmin-Sharp so it’s the first race I did as a WorldTour rider. It’ such an awesome thing to be racing in your own country. I think I did 85 race days last year and only five were in Australia. It’s such a nice race, the weather is great and having all the Aussie fans there is just brilliant.
If you were not a professional cyclist what career would you have pursued?
Before I became a rider, in any professional sense, I was studying philosophy at university so I would probably be in some dungeon office thinking about things that are irrelevant to the world. And not making any money doing it!
What do you think is a little-know fact about you?
I’ve been playing saxophone for over ten years and love playing guitar/bass guitar. I dabble on the piano a little bit. Music is everything for me.
I dabbled in the school bands; but me and friend and his brother have a little jam band back home. We don’t have a name yet though.
What do you do for fun besides cycling?
Actually fishing, believe it or not. I really love it; sort of takes you to another world. A lot of people think it’s quite boring, for me I’m just locked-in for however many hours I’m doing it and it’s something I try to do as much as possible.
I managed to slip my fishing rod into the bike bag a lot. I got some great fishing in with JV in Colorado this year, some good walleye. Fishing is huge in Australia; it has a lot of rivers so we fish for trout. I’m trying to hone my fly fishing skills.
Why not, man? It’s brilliant. Anyone who is a fan of cycling knows exactly why we do it. It feels great and I’m happy after I do it, before I do it and happiest while I’m doing it. If I can stretch this career for as long as I can that will make me a happy person.
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