Roadbook: WASP and Metallica
Today marks the beginning of our second week on the road. At this point, we’ve seen various sides of the AMGEN Tour of California and California the state, and have met plenty of interesting people. We have not, as of yet, been able to hook up with the one interview subject we’d been hoping for: Tiago Machado.
Why Machado? Because he’s one of those rare gems you might call a fantastic B-side if you were a music fan.
Before the advent of the iPod and CDs and even cassette tapes, musical artists released vinyl record singles. On these singles, there was the song that was intended to be popular, and then there was the B-side, the song you knew about if you were a real fan.
We’re real fans, and we’ve been hunting this interview with the Portuguese cycling star since before anyone ever arrived in South Tahoe or Sacramento, but these things are not always so easy. Machado is a WorldTour rider on the Katusha-Alpecin team, with a long list of career results. It is his job to focus on his team’s goals for the day of racing ahead, yet he has graciously granted us time for a quick interview.
Machado emerges from the team’s rental motorhome [it’s hard to transport a WorldTour team bus from Europe]. As it always goes, these athletes are much smaller and fitter looking than photos suggest. We ask questions and he answers politely. Mostly, he answers the way he’s been taught. Until we get to music, and we find out he’s a huge fan of heavy metal—specifically W.A.S.P. and Metallica—and we learn he loves to play the guitar.
Yes, we’re real fans.
SRAM: What do you do when you’re not racing your bike?
TM: I try to spend time with my family, my wife and my son. And my hobby sometimes is to play guitar and bass. I’m not super talented but I like to play.
SRAM: What do you like to play?
TM: Ahh, we do some covers like the Ramones and Pink Floyd, but normally I like to listen to, like, W.A.S.P. and Metallica—but it’s not easy to play that. [laughs]
SRAM: So you like metal?
TM: Yes, my kind of music is metal like W.A.S.P. and Metallica.
SRAM: What’s your favorite song from each of those bands?
TM: From Metallica I have two: For Whom the Bell Tolls—I know how to play the bass [part]. And, from the same album…what is the name…Fade to Black. And from W.A.S.P., I have a lot of nice songs that I like: Animal and I Wanna be Somebody. And they have a really nice one, it’s a like a ballad—Hold on to My Heart.