Macca offers his honest inside perspective on the athletes racing for the win in his absence.
For more of Macca’s thoughts on the race, watch Breakfast With Bob.
Crowie is the overwhelming favorite. I don’t know his mindset, but I think Crowie needs to stay relaxed and not prove a point by going, “Look, I’m a biker now” and close every gap. These guys like Andreas Raelert and Rasmus Henning to some degree, Eneko Llanos and Andi Boecherer, [Chris] Lieto, they can change the face of the race and how these main key players use the other strong athletes to their advantage will ultimately dictate the outcome of the event. It’s working out within your own team, how is [the athlete] going to win. I look at Crowie, he and I have spent some time together this year. We’re at peace, we’ve chatted quite a lot this year and he’s calm and confident. He knows what happened last year. And he thinks the problem is solved. That’s half the game; it’s what you think about the race. That’s what I keep telling these young kids. Kona doesn’t know names guys. Kona doesn’t care. You’ve got to step up thinking you’re going to win and until you really do believe it’s not going to happen. I’m wondering if the rest of these main players think they can [win], but I know one guy does and that’s Crowie.