Podcast – Kelvin Batey
While over in the UK this Christmas I got a chance to hang out and record a podcast with one of my long time friends, Kelvin Batey over in Derby.
Both Kelvin and his brother Liam were top British riders at an early age, winning bags full of National and British titles and they were always a contender in both the European and World Championships they attended.
We talk about racing and traveling in the UK and Europe during the 90’s and 00’s, some of the teams he rode for and making the jump into the Superclass (Pro Elite) ranks at just 16 and competing with the UK’s top guys and progressing over the next few years in the Jr and Elite ranks.
We go into detail about the “all out drama” that surrounded Kelvin during the qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the hoops British Cycling made him jump though and the outcome, which was not competing in Beijing and his thoughts on it all today.
We also talk about Kelvin changing nationality to Ireland after 08, just missed qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics and moving into the Masters class in the next few years and capturing some World titles in the process.
We talk winding down his career, his great life today with is lovely wife Maria, and daughter. Kelvin and his wife both share their own successes with Kelvin working with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and still coaching and Maria is a social media blogger/influencer and heads her own notable make-up line.
Great to catch-up and hang out with Kelvin. It’s awesome he continues to have success in life. You guys will enjoy this one. Cheers.