"When I was starting out in cycling, someone stole my bike, and the only bike I could find was too small for me. I'm 6 feet tall, and that bike was meant for a midget! Still, I went to races with it. I never won, but this guy called Zuzu thought I was good. So he told Nicholas about me.
"Looking back, I think I should be thankful to the thief who stole my bike. He made me more determined."