From the guardian.co.uk website
ON DECIDING TO RETURN TO COMPETITIVE CYCLING
What are your main reasons for making this comeback now?
There are two parts to it. There’s the physical, competitive part but there’s also the [Cancer] Foundation part. But I had to know that I would be competitive before I went out and did this because otherwise it would have kind been a joke. Of course there may still be some unknown there although I think I’ll be strong – because I’m strong-willed. I had been mulling it over before racing in Leadville. But it was not very serious and I had not told many people about it. It was just a wild idea.