Early yearsMy 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 seasonI 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 seasonIn 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 season2013 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 seasonThings 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 season2015 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 seasonThere 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!
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.
- Age: 25
- Height: 181 cm
- Weight: 68 kgs
- Home: Isle of Wight
- Likes: Bikes, boats, oats and coffee
- Dislikes: Icy roads and indoors
- Favourite film: Forrest Gump
- "It doesn't get easier. You just go faster"
- 1910 Challenge
- 50 Climbs in 'Mountain High'
- Carretera Austral (Chile)
- Coast to Coast MTB Ride
- Highland Trail 550
L'Etapé du Tour
- La Marmotte
- Lands End to John O'Groats
- North Sea Cycle Route
- Pamir Highway
South Downs Way in 24hrs
- The Great Divide
- The Pacific Coast
- TORTOUR Ultra-race
- Tour Aotearoa NZ
- Tour du Mont Blanc
- TransAtlantic Way
Triple Imperial Century Twice Round the Isle of Wight Welsh Dragon Ride