Sunday, September 24, 2023

Matthew Dinham, the new rising star who ran in the amateurs a year ago

Glasgow has left us thousands of stories This last week at the World Cup. Mathieu Van Der Poel’s win, Koppecky’s hat-trick, a new rainbow jersey for Ricardo Ten…

But there is another, slightly more humble story that has not gone unnoticed. He was itThe appearance of the very young Matthew Dinham. The 23-year-old Australian was one of the revelations of this World Cup where he arrived a more than respectable seventh place finish in his first appearance at an elite World Cup.

The DSM rider, who is currently competing in Arctic Race Norway, He seemed a bit surprised when we approached him to talk. He still seems embarrassed after his Glasgow success and inevitably found it difficult to see the media success his performance brought.

“It was a pleasure to have an opportunity like this at the World Cup. Yes, maybe he hadn’t expected to be this high up there with the best, but he knew he’d arrived in good shape And as the season progressed, I saw myself capable of something like that. In Amstel, which is also a long and difficult circuit, I was good too. I also notice that my form has improved significantly as I run“He explained it to us first with a smile and pride in working with the best.

Life has changed in 9 months

And it so happens that Matthew Dinham’s life has completely changed in a year. While still competing in amateur races in Australia nine months ago, now at just 23 years old he can say he has already competed in his first Tour de Francehis first world championship and his first sporting hangover in front of two such demanding scenarios.

“I still feel the tiredness from my first Tour de France. I think it’s time to get my feeling back. Now I have some days that are better than others, but yeah I hope that the legs continue to react in the Arctic Racesaid the Australian from DSM.

A young man with a lot of ambition

As for the future, Matthew DInham is not hiding. His ambition has taken him from competing on an Australian continental team to riding a Tour de France and a World Championship in less than a year. And it shows in his words when we talk about the Dinham of the future.

“As a Grand Tour rider, I’m still in the development phase. It’s still too early to tell what kind of driver I can be in the future.” I really like the one-day races I’ve ridden this year (Ardennes Triptych and Milan – San Remo), but it’s true that the ultimate goal is to be able to fight for the general classification. “In addition, I notice that the development in recent years has been positive in this sense,” he explained to us and at the same time confessed to us what his weak point is at the moment. “I have yet to focus on it. Improvement in very long days”.

Keep an eye out for him at Arctic Race Norway

As the first litmus test in a general classification Matthew Dinham has a chance to see how far he can go in this Arctic Race. And all the more so since their leader Andreas Leknessund has not yet started on this first day. “I’ll try not to lose any time and the race will put me in my place in the end,” he said in conclusion.

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