We are pleased to introduce you to the 2015 Ride Captains. The role of the HotChillee Ride Captain is to mentor and motivate you during the ride, provide assistance for the smooth running of the event, such as but not limited to, directions, peloton etiquette, drink breaks and advice.
The Ride Captains will also be leading the Training Rides so if you are able to make some of these you will get the chance to ask questions and get advice before June. Dates for the Training Rides can be found on the HotChillee 2015 Calendar by clicking here.
As head Ride Captain, David 'The Bull' Bryant, has been riding bikes for over 25 years and has been part of the HotChillee family since 2008. Bull, an Australian who's been in the UK for over 17 years, is passionate about discipline in the peloton and has a fierce reputation. David has been heard to say "I like the Roubaix cobbles, racing for post boxes and just enjoy riding hard". This is borne out by his completion in 2012 of the eight-day Cape Epic MTB stage race and the fact that a significant number of London commuters believe David is an ex Australian track champion as he rides a 49/13 single speed at 46kmph/ 100rpm. He hydrates on beer and is a coffee connoisseur.
Cyclist, mountain biker and endurance runner Juliette loves numbers, power data, expensive face cream, Prada shoes, coffee, porridge and sunshine but not necessarily in that order. A fourth place at the RTTC National Hill Climb and a sub-60 for 25M TT are an indication of Juliette's cycling ability. She is, in her own words, "slightly older, slightly greyer, slightly skinnier than the average Ride Captain, but still capable of pushing heavier guys up mountains" as she demonstrates each year at the Alpine Challenge.
Ian has competed in triathlon, mountain biking, road and criterion racing since the 90s. After winning the 2010 Alpine Challenge he was asked to become a Ride Captain and has now represented HotChillee at five editions of The LONDON-PARIS, two editions of the Alpine Challenge and at the Cape Rouleur in South Africa. He is a sports and remedial massage therapist and soigneur for Madison-Genesis pro cycling team where he works alongside ex pro and former British Road Race Champion, Roger Hammond. A fan of man bags and moisturiser...
'Captain' is a veteran Ride Captain with 17 HotChillee events under his belt. Australian by birth he has been riding and racing bikes for over 35 years and still has his eyes on the podium. In 2012 Captain completed the Cape Epic and he regularly races off road in the UK. Known for his ability to lighten the mood in the peloton David's humour has helped many riders out of the hurt locker to complete a gruelling HotChillee stage. By day he is a partner in a global commercial property company but his ultimate goal in life is to be able to pop a wheelie like Robbie McEwen or Peter Sagan. The latest addition to his bicycle collection is a blue and pink cyclocross bike. He is known to hate the limelight.
Dan 'Steely' Lawrence is an extended scope musculoskeletal physiotherapist who has competed at a high level in range of sports including semi-professional rugby in his native Australia. Although a late comer to cycling since finding the sport he has crossed England on a mountain bike, ridden 320km in one day and spent time climbing iconic climbs in the Alps and Pyrenees. A Ride Captain since 2012 Steely is a HotChillee strong man who has been known to push riders much of the way from London to Paris. A former rock musician he was once told by a record producer that his band produced a "hopeless dirge of sound".
A HotChillee Ride Captain since the early days James started racing slalom and downhill MTB as a teenager. He moved into triathlon representing GB in the World Age Groups Championships in Hawaii and excelled in equestrian sports but now prefers road riding. When he's not on two wheels you'll find him talking about, selling or with his head under the bonnet of a BMW. He is the proud parent of two Boston Terriers - Barry and Gerty.
Eddy has been a Ride Captain since 2007 and is a huge supporter of grassroots cycling through his involvement with Charlotteville Cycling Club and as director of cycle coaching and clothing company Dreadnought CC. Once the holder of a first category road racing licence he has also competed at the Masters World Track championship. He leads the 'group of champions' from London to Paris and was once rumoured to have smiled spontaneously...
Ian's cycling life began in the 1970s as a Saturday shop boy alongside LONDON-PARIS Mechanic Nigel Hill. Narrowly beating Nigel in a sprint up Eltham High Street led to years of club racing in the South East, 10-mile time trials and cyclocross races. A successful career in private equity forced a 27-year retirement from cycling but since returning to the sport he has competed in regional cyclocross league events. In 2014 Ian (aka 'Goose') completed the Tour de Force - the entire route of the Tour de France and raised £49,000 for the William Wates foundation. He can track stand no handed. For real......
A former professional cyclist who raced in the UK, Belgium and northern France, Martin is one of the most experience cyclists within the HotChillee family having ridden and raced bikes for over thirty years. He lives and works in Hastings where he was a founder member of the former Bayeux Cycling Team (now Mid Sussex RC). Martin once rode the length of the 400-strong, one kilometer-long HotChillee LONDON-PARIS peloton in less than a 90 seconds whist still maintaining a conversation.
Cycling coach Jay has a background in sport science and, through his company M1Performance Coaching, has helped many HotChillee riders achieve their cycling goals. He has competed in road racing, Ironman, duathlon boasts a clutch of top 10s in 12/24hr MTB races. A passion for Enduro MTB stage races has seen him on the start line of the Cape Epic and the Andalucian 6 Day and his dream is to complete the Tour Divide, from Canada to Mexico. Known as 'Jedi' Jay he hates junk miles and loves data - although it's rumoured he once did a ride with no tech.
'Nibs' started riding bikes as a teenager and dabbled in road racing before having 12 years off the bike - a time when he turned to running, triathlon and equestrian sports. Now safely back in the (cycle) saddle his first Ride Captain tour of duty was The LONDON-PARIS 2014. A fan of coffee, cake and long, flat riding (he calls Norfolk home) he is rumoured to have a day job but needs to delete his Strava account if anyone is going to believe him.
Susie is a journalist specialising in travel and cycling who gets paid to travel with her bike. Introduced to HotChillee whilst on assignment for the FT she has been part of HotChillee since 2013 and has ridden The LONDON-PARIS, The Alpine Challenge and The Cape Rouleur. With a background in road and criterion racing she has ridden with some of the best female riders in the UK but now prefers to interview them instead, finding it less painful.
John's cycling history spans two decades and includes time spent road racing and time-trialling. Since retiring from high-level racing 'Tenterfield' has "discovered" long distance riding and has been a Ride Captain since 2012 on both the Alpine Challenge and THE LONDON-PARIS. A born climber with a passion for the mountains he also enjoys distance running, mountain trekking and cross-country skiing. He has been known to wear leg warmers in July to avoid shaving his legs.
Rower turned cyclist 'Whisk' is a natural rouleur with "a big diesel engine" who is happiest on a "nice rolling route into a big headwind". A HotChillee Ride Captain for five years, he thinks nothing of pushing riders much of the way from London to Paris whilst maintaining a few hundred watts. At the inaugural Dunkerque-Roubaix he made light work of the cobbles of northern France. By day David is COO of the London branch of a South African bank. He does the occasional Ironman to keep fit.
With a background in canoeing and rowing 'DT' admits to being "a bit larger than is ideal for a cyclist". But as a veteran of six editions of The LONDON-PARIS David believes the advantage of being statuesque is that, "I'm the perfect size to tow others behind me into a headwind". Known for having the patience of a saint David cites one of his cycling highs as the thrill of riding in to Paris with the Stoke Mandeville hand cyclists. Off the bike DT is earning himself a reputation as a pretty mean baker - you may see him on Great British Bake Off soon.
Will started working in the cycling industry 25 years ago as a skinny, mop-haired university dropout. A veteran of the 90s XC mountain biking scene, he once partnered World MTB Champion Ned Overend at the Mountain Mayhem 24-hour MTB race. On the road Will has ridden a sub six-hour Fred Whitton Challenge. Having retired from MTB Will's passion is for road riding in the mountains. He is a born climber who loves "the pain and purity of climbing and the kick of the descent". A veteran Ride Captain he has completed seven editions of The LONDON-PARIS and is the proud owner of a fine beard.
David Williams lives the dream cycling on the island of Majorca where he's made his home and where he works for Stephen Roche running the Triple Crown winner's cycling holidays. A background in event management means he's organised everything from music concerts to cycle races and he was recently involved with the delivery of Sky Ride in the UK on behalf of Sky/British Cycling. Equally happy on or off road David has most recently raced Enduro and has been a regular at HotChillee events since 2008. A former Body Pump instructor 'Tank' is known for his impressive upper body.
An Irishman in London, Gareth came to cycling after a previous life playing rugby and hockey. He has since graduated from commuting to cyclosportives, and onto multi-stage endurance road events. A Ride Captain since 2012, Gareth is known as much for his, "conversation than his cadence" (his own words) and his calm command of the peloton has helped many riders make it through a HotChillee challenge. A Managing Director at Accenture, Gareth made London his home twenty years ago and loves social media more than his teenage daughters do .
OFFRIDING cycling events launched - A new series of multi-day gravel ridesWednesday 25th March 2015
HotChillee with OPEN cycle announces the formation of a new series of cycling events that take you off-the-beaten-path. Developed by long-time cycling entrepreneurs Gerard Vroomen, Andy Kessler and Sven Thiele, OFFRIDING are free spirited multi-stage gravel rides exploring some of the most beautiful sites and regions around the world. It is bound by a sense of adventure to explore and complete the challenge rather than racing. As such, going off-course is actually encouraged.Read More ...
Cape Rouleur 2015 - Final resultsSunday 8th March 2015
An exciting week of cycling was closed off today with 100 Cape Rouleur 2015 riders taking part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Due to the fires which still burn in parts of the city the ride was shortened to 47km due to safety concerns - however the atmosphere wasn't dampened and Cape Rouleur riders "rode in solidarity" with the Cape Town Fire Fighters.Read More ...