'Live to Ride. Ride to Live.'

Early years

My bike riding began in earnest in 2007. I joined the local Vectis Off-road club on the Isle of Wight, and became a keen mountain biker.

My first year of riding was spent learning the basics of cycling, and venturing into competition through off-road orienteering events around the south of the UK.

In 2008, I shifted my attention to rowing for a while; living on an island has always given me a fond association with the sea. I was recruited into an enthusiastic Junior crew at Ryde Rowing Club, and we won the Junior National Coastal Champs after just a year of training. I relished the kick, the power, and the finish line glory that rowing provided.

After a while though, our boat crew disbanded, as we headed our separate ways off to university and work. So, the time came to once again turn my attention to the two-wheeled world. I bought a carbon road bike in January 2010, with my internship bonus, and I haven't looked back since...

2011 season

I began my Economics degree at Warwick University in October 2010. At around the same time, I was asked to represent the Isle of Wight in the XC events at the 2011 International Island Games.

Never one to miss an opportunity, I built up a race bike,  and juggled training with Fresher's year. I achieved a respectable 13th place in the cross country race at the Games, against tough competition that included Commonwealth Games athletes.

By late summer of 2011, I was fully immersed in the world of cycling. In September, I traded carbon for steel, and saddled-up on an old road bike to undertake a 1400 mile tour through Spain and France.

Bicycle touring, much like the earlier season racing, was a serious adventure. We rode completely unsupported, on a route that included some of the most remote roads in the Alps and Pyrenees.

2012 season

In 2012, I made the transition from trails to tarmac for racing; signing for the Isle of Wight's Wightlink Road Race Team.

The 2012 season was a successful one. I gained my second category licence, with a fair few race wins. I also had a good string of results in marathon mountain bike racing.

2013 season

2013 was a year of significant change for me. I did my finals, and graduated from university. I moved back to the Isle of Wight, and I started a new job at Wiggle Bike Shop. All this in the space of a few months.

I had a great season road racing, circuit racing and taking part in several Wiggle Sportive Events.

2014 season

Things moved forward again in 2014. I moved teams, signing for Team Wiggle. The season then brought a mix of exciting circuit and stage racing on the road.

I also took on my first real venture into Endurance Riding: when I rode non-stop from Falmouth to London, an epic 300 mile marathon.

2015 season

2015 was an interesting and highly diverse year of cycling; racing multiple disciplines, in many foreign locations.

My main race targets were the mountain bike and road race events at the Jersey International Island Games. I came away with good results in both these events, as well as some respectable results on the domestic road racing scene.

2015 was a year with plenty of foreign travel: I rode some superb events like the Mallorca312, Etape du Tour, and the week-long Giro Delle Dolomiti; as well as my self-planned Mallorca1127 Challenge. It was an action-packed year.

2016 season

There was a significant change in focus for me at the start of the 2016 season: I moved away from short course racing, and turned my attention to endurance challenges.

The season began with the H12 MTB Race in Denmark, with the GripGrab team. 12 hours of dust, roots and laughs.

From Denmark to the Dolomites: June's X-Bionic MTB Cup and the legendary HERO Dolomites were next on the agenda. Both these mountain bike races proved to be fantastically challenging events, but I came away with podium finishes, against fields of amateur and elite Italian racers.

On the road, my events of the year were RideLondon100, and the Rapha West Country Prestige.

My final major challenge for 2016 came in September, with my long distance 'Coasts and Cols' tour: a 1,900 kilometre bikepacking expedition through France and Spain, including the Pyrenean Mountains - the blog series is worth a look.

2016 was a diverse year of riding: with mountain biking, road cycling, and touring all making substantial appearances. Variety is the spice of life they say, and this was certainly a flavoursome year!

2017 Season

A year of adventure on all manner of bicycles.

TorTour Cyclocross Switzerland (February 2017) - The season began early, with the TorTour Cyclocross Stage Race in Switzerland. Mud, snow, sweat, and sub-zero temperatures. An awesome event, which was both impeccably organised and super challenging, as well as being great fun. 4th place, in an international field containing professional riders and national champions.
Read the TorTour Cyclocross Ride Report here

Strade Bianche Grand Fondo (March 2017) - The next event on the calendar was the Strade Bianche Grand Fondo, on the white roads of Tuscany. The weather was not kind for this early season Spring Classic; rain turned the white Tuscan roads to sludge. Narrow tyres squirmed and skidded on the rutted roads.
Read the Strade Bianche Grand Fondo Ride Report here

The Dirty Reiver (April 2017) - In reality, both the TorTour Cyclocross and the Sportful Strade Bianche Grand Fondo could also claim to be 'gravel events'. Yet, it was The Dirty Reiver that really took gravel 'grinding' to the next level. On the borders of Scotland, over 200 riders raced the historic routes of the border Reivers. I came away with another 4th place finish, and enjoyed a fantastic day on the bike.
Read the Dirty Reiver Ride Report here

The Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride (May 2017) - A week in Yorkshire following the Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling Team was followed by a great weekend with Maserati. A Friday night dinner sat next to David Millar, was followed by a 4:30am start for the Maserati Sportive...  I rode to the start and then completed the route in the fine company of a good friend. After refuelling in the Maserati hospitality area, I headed back out into the Yorkshire Dales to round my ride totals up to 211 kilometres, with 4100 metres of climbing. A grand day out.
Read the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride Report here

Recon of the 2017 Etapé du Tour (May 2017) - On the day that the Col d'Izoard opened, I rode the route of the Etapé du Tour with Wiggle High5's Emma Johansson. The sun was setting as we crested the final climb. We rode between banks of freshly drifted snow, and pulled on winter jackets and gloves for the descent. The Alps in springtime are a beautiful place to ride.
See more photos from the day here

The St. Boniface Down Everesting (June 2017) - Mount Everest stands at 8848 metres above sea level; to complete an 'Everesting' you need to achieve the height of Everest in elevation gain in one ride, on one climb. I completed the mammoth hill repeat challenge to raise awareness and funds for the Ellen MacArthur Children's Cancer Trust - a local cause, which I am always keen to support. Despite challenging riding conditions, this was a very memorable day in the saddle.
Read the St. Boniface Down Everesting Ride Report here

The #5MaratonasChallenge (July 2017) - Since its inaugural edition in 1988 the Maratona dles Dolomites has taken five challenging routes through the Dolomite passes. Over the course of five consecutive days in July, I rode each historic route.The week of riding totalled over 55 hours riding time, 1073 kilometres, and 36,500 metres of vertical elevation gain. It was an incredible adventure from my base at the Ustaria Posta hotel.
Read the #5MaratonasChallenge blog series here

The Hansen's Cykelløb Gravel Race (August 2017) - Denmark has fast become one of my favourite countries in Europe; in part because of the great riding I have experienced there, but mainly due to the great company I receive from the team at GripGrab. The Hansen's Cykellob race is a fun race, sponsored by the local ice cream parlour. The feed stations are stocked with fresh (giant!) ice creams, and fresh coffee and sandwiches. The finish is all about the BBQ and catching up with friends. I loved all aspects of this special event.
Read the Hansen's Cykellob Ride Report here

The #7Countries7Passes Tour (September 2017) - Exploring seven European countries, and the three high mountain regions of the Alps, Dolomites and Pyrenees, all in one 3000 kilometre self-supported tour. The 7Countries 7Passes was a mammoth and spectacular adventure. You see so much from the saddle of a touring bike; I visited many beautiful places, as I linked up with friends and family across Europe. A fantastic way to end the 2017 season.
Read the blog series from the #7Countries7Passes tour here

Why I ride...

There is something incredibly relaxing about riding a bike. Concentrating just on the physical task in hand, and the mental determination to push yourself further; it provides a welcome respite from everyday life.

Cycling is a real passion for me, and I am driven to succeed in it. This blog follows my exploits and insights into the world of two-wheeled pedal powered adventure.

Rider Profile

  • Age: 26
  • Height: 181 cm
  • Weight: 69 kgs
  • Home: Isle of Wight
  • Bikes: Link
  • Likes: Bikes, boats, oats and coffee
  • Dislikes: Icy roads and indoors
  • Favourite film: Forrest Gump
  • "It doesn't get easier. You just go faster"

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