I have been told I should put something of my cycling background on this site, so reluctantly, here is a little bit about me and my cycling story…....
From the moment I had my first 2-wheeler and could wobble down the pavement, I was hooked. Down to the playing fields, round to my friends, into the woods. I rode my first bike until the tyres wore right through! My cycling adventure had started.
At secondary school, Loughborough Grammar School, there was a cycling club and we used to go on tours and the occasional ESCA races. When was 14 my family moved to SolihulI. I joined Solihull Cycling Club and that was it. I decided cycle racing was everything and it was my focus for the next 10 years, with some success. I raced for Solihull CC for 4 years, then joined Keighley Road Club when I went to University. I raced every possible event I could find, all year round; road racing and cyclo-cross being my real passions. Within a few years I was living the cycling dream; representing Great Britain on the road and cyclo-cross, going over to race in Belgium and Holland at weekends, cycling for a French team ASPTT St. Brieuc in the Summer, and mixing it with past and future Tour riders.
When I was 24 I moved to London, got a serious job and sold all my bikes. For me it was all or nothing. If I couldn't race at the highest level then that was it. Work and family took over. That was until, many years later, out of the blue my wife bought me a mountain bike for my Birthday, and then a road bike at Christmas. ( I'd moved back to the dark side!)
A couple of cycling trips to Europe and joining a cycling club again, Marlow Riders, had reignited the passion. And now cycling is everything again. They say life goes round in circles!
And when I can combine cycling with Kefalonia, that’s my idea of heaven!