The London-Paris Ride Captains 2014

We are pleased to introduce you to the 2014 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.  In their own words:

"As Ride Captain's we try to be a fountain of knowledge and a guiding hand. We strive for continual growth as individuals and as a pack, to be everything a peloton of determined riders needs to enjoy the cycling challenges of a lifetime." Rachel Przybylski a.k.a. Zappy 

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 2014 Calendar by clicking here.

David Bryant (a.k.a. Bull)

David Bryant

HotChillee Events Completed: The London-Paris (6), Alpine Challenge (4), Le Grand Truc (1), Cape Rouleur (1)

Day Job: Project Manager – Finance & IT

Cycling Highs: Cape Epic, South Downs Way, Alpine Challenge 2010, all the London-Paris' coming into Paris and l'Alpe d’Huez the first time.

Cycling Lows: Q1 2013 - Pneumonia - meant I couldn't ride for 3 months!

Bio: I'm Australian and have been in UK for 17 years now.  I've been riding bikes for 25 years.  I am a roadie at heart but I love riding off road, on the track... anywhere really.  I like sunny days, tail winds, going DOWN hill but nothing beats the feeling of flying along in a dell disciplined peloton.  I love my coffee and enjoy the occasional beer.  I like the Roubaix cobbles, racing for post boxes and just enjoy riding hard.

Juliette Clark

Michael Blann

HotChillee Events Completed: The London-Paris (4), Alpine Challenge (3)

Day Job:  Financial Markets Analyst

Cycling Highs: 4th place at RTTC National Hill Climb, going sub-60 for 25M TT, but these pale into insignificance compared with RC'ing the pioneering Stoke Mandeville Hand Cyclists, Alan, Danny & Luke on London-Paris 2012.

Cycling Lows: Breaking my elbow out in Mallorca in 2008.

Bio: Slightly older, slightly greyer, slightly skinnier than the average Ride Captain, but still capable of pushing heavier guys up mountains. I'm a cyclist, mountain biker & endurance runner and a passionate advocate for greater female participation in sport. I love numbers, power data, expensive face cream, Prada shoes, coffee, porridge and sunshine - not necessarily in that order.  I can be found where the South Downs Way meets the English Channel.

My life mantra, "You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them. Dare to dream, dare to believe. Work your ass off and never give up. Strength comes from achieving things you once thought impossible."

Ian Holmes (a.k.a. Sherlock)

Ian Holmes

HotChillee Events Completed: The London-Paris (3), Alpine Challenge (4), Le Grand Truc (1), Cape Rouleur (1)

Day job: Sports Therapist and Soigneur for Madison Genesis Pro bike team

Cycling highs: So many but riding the Grande Truc in 2013 with such a great bunch and finishing in Paris was pretty special.

Cycling lows: Crashing 4 races out of 5 in 2012 was pretty grim.

Bio: My life pretty much revolves around cycling. If I'm not riding I'm treating cyclists or working with the race team.

Over the years I have raced on and off road but now stick to trying to stay fit for the HotChillee events.  I have ridden for HotChillee since 2010 and I'm looking forward to this years London-Paris - it's gonna be epic!

Steve Jackson (a.k.a. Flash)

Steve Jackson

HotChillee Events Completed: The London-Paris (7), Alpine Challenge (1), Cape Rouleur (2)

Bio coming soon ...

David Kirkby (a.k.a Captain)

Daniel Lawrence

HotChillee Events Completed: The London-Paris (9), Alpine Challenge (3), Cape Rouleur (1), Le Grand Truc (1)

Day Job: CIO in Real Estate Investment Management Business

Cycling Highs: Completing the Cape Epic with Ride Captains Jay McStay and David Bryant. Riding London-Paris with my one of my sons in 2013.

Cycling Lows: No lows, it's always more fun riding than sitting on the sofa.

Bio:Riding and racing bikes for more than 35 years I have made friends for life. I love the kit, I hate dirty bikes, I love getting chicked (pasted by girls) as they have to be awesome, I enjoy the hurt locker and love the cafe banter even more. My favorites rides are when just cruising and chatting or absolutely on the rivet and talking to Elvis....must be a little mad. My goal is to be able to pop a wheelie like Robbie McEwen and Peter Sagan.

P.S. I love a microphone.

Daniel Lawrence (a.k.a Steely)

Daniel Lawrence

HotChillee Events Completed: The London- Paris (4), Alpine Challenge (1), Cape Rouleur (1)

Day Job:  Extended Scope Physiotherapist, spending most of my time managing a Musculoskeletal Service.

Cycling Highs: Descents in the Pyrenees with great mates;  Climb of champions then celebrating in Barolo, Italy; Cycling 320km in a day to finish climbing through Dartmoor on dusk. Riding into Paris with the entire HotChillee family is always unforgettable.

Cycling Lows: South Downs way so thick with mud that wheels could not turn, to be more accurate this was a pushing low.

Bio:  Sport has always been a passion. Growing up in Australia I was lucky enough to play most sports with Rugby as my focus.  Sport poses challenges that can seem impossible but if you dare to face them you are rewarded in equal measure to the effort you have "put in".  As a latecomer to cycling I could not have imagined cycling across England on a mountain bike, climbing iconic climbs in the Alps and Pyrenees, riding the boards of the Roubaix Velodrome or riding closed roads into Paris with a group of people who started out as strangers 3 days earlier with life-long bonds formed along the way.  Being pulled along by the speed of a peloton,  tapping out a steady solo rhythm on a never-ending climb, or running the gauntlet on a fast descent. Cycling offers so much, and HotChillee provides access to the best cycling has to offer which is why it is great to be part of the team again in 2014.

James Lees

HotChillee Events Completed: The London-Paris (6), Alpine Challenge (1)

Day job: BMW product specialist and Sales executive

Cycling highs: Representing Great Britain in the World Age Groups championships, Hawaii and every London-Paris I've been involved in.

Cycling lows: Sticking my thumb in a disc brake and a full set of fractured ribs thanks to a Range Rover, which won.

Bio: Cycling has been a big part of my life since I was a wee wiper snapper (so not much taller) which was mainly stupid stuff like slalom and downhill racing. Nowadays, I'm either on a WATT bike, MTB or commuting into Park Lane each day.

First introduced to London-Paris in the early days whilst working for Sigma Sport and Sven was a regular customer. I had never done anything like this and it was awesome! When I was offered the Ride Captain role I jumped at the opportunity.  Since then I haven't looked back. Love it!

In my spare time, I consult and restore classic BMW's, cause chaos with my 2 Boston terriers and am a regular cinema attendee.

Jon Lewis (a.k.a Eddy)

HotChillee Events Completed: The London-Paris (6), Alpine Challenge (1), Cape Rouleur (1)

Day Job: Director of - a cycle clothing and coaching company.

Cycling Highs: Competing at the Masters World Track championship. Winning a stage and 3rd overall at the Masters Tour of Malta. Gaining my 1st category road license.

Cycling Lows: Any day when I can't ride.

Bio: Contrary to appearances I can't speak with a Welsh accent; be funny or dance. I can however: be incredibly passionate about cycling; ride beyond sense or reason and explain quantum mechanics.

OK, the last one's a fib but honestly who really tells the whole truth in a bio….

Martin Markowski

Martin Markowski

HotChillee Events Completed: The London-Paris (4), Cape Rouleur (2)





Jay McStay (a.k.a. Jedi Jay)

Jay McStay

HotChillee Events Completed: The London-Paris (2), Alpine Challenge (1), Cape Rouleur (1)

Day Job:  Owner of M1 Performance, a sports performance service / consultant to H&F Industry

Cycling Highs: Red Bull rider, Cape Epic, 24hr Podium, GB Junior Tri Squad

Cycling Lows:  Broken femur put an end to Ironman career in my early 20's

Bio:  Physiologist, Consultant and racer, passionate about sports science based applications and analyses, hence the nickname "Jedi".

Specialist in getting riders faster, fitter and closer to their goals and true potential in this time compressed world.  No junk miles!

Stephen Niblett (a.k.a. Nibs)


HotChillee Events Completed: The London-Paris (1), Alpine Challenge (1)

Day job: H&S Manager for Ardagh Packaging, based in Norwich.

Cycling highs: London-Paris 2012 - Riding into Paris and doing my best to hold back the tears.  Alpine Challenge 2013  - Being interviewed for the footage and not doing a very good job of holding back the tears. Riding Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo 2014 … But any day on the bike is a good day.

Cycling lows: Can’t think of any.  Bike ride = Good day

Bio: I've always had a bike of some sort and I raced a bit in my 20's  and got to 2nd CAT.  I had 12 years or so off the bike, having 2 great children and dabbling in other sports e.g. equestrian stuff, running and Tri, but I got back into the bike as a supplement to Marathon training (I did 1 and I'm over it now).  Now 4 years on and I'm now starting to tick off my bucket list of rides that I didn’t do when I was younger.

Really chuffed to have been asked to help out with Ride Captain duties this year and looking forward to helping out wherever I’m needed.

PS. I Love good Coffee and cake and I usually have some Jelly babies in my pocket if you need a pick me up.

Susannah Osborne (a.k.a. Susie Q)


HotChillee Events Completed: The London-Paris (1),  Cape Rouleur (1)

Day Job:  Journalist

Cycling Highs (during my youthful previous life): 1St Bedford Stage 1 Bedford Stage Race, 2nd SE Road Race Championships, 1st Women’s Team Series (Surrey League), 2nd London Triathlon (age group) - OMG did I say triathlon out loud!

Cycling Lows: Around 3am during Mountain Mayhem 24-hour mountain bike race -think mud, rain, mud, mud, rain and mud.

Bio: I've been riding, racing and writing about bikes for over 15 years. When I'm not rolling out with Hot Chillee I'm freelance journalist with a passion for travel on two-wheels; I write for national newspapers and cycling magazines about places to ride, professional (usually women) riders and what makes a good bike. Top tip: Cyclist Magazine is a good read and you might catch me on the cover…

I spent several years road and crit racing on the women's national and team series circuit where I even managed a few wins. I still enter the odd local race and ride for Look My No Hands but I now generally ride longer and slower and in nicer places than before (Switzerland, Cyprus, Utah and Provence all beat Hillingdon hands down). My two mostly-but-occasionally-not gorgeous girls have both ridden 'real' bikes from 3 years old, so cycling is a real family affair and I'm a huge supporter of Women’s Cycling.

Rachel Przybylski (a.k.a. Zappy)

rachel Przybylski

HotChillee Events Completed: The London-Paris (6), Alpine Challenge (2), Cape Rouleur (1)

Day job: Outside HotChillee I hold down a full time career in the City.

Cycling highs: Finishing in a time of 3:12 56th Women of 6225, 8th in my age Category (30-34).

Bio: I'm the 2nd longest standing Ride Captain in the bunch - a London Paris veteran having clocked up 6 in a row. Introduced to HotChillee, by a friend 8 years ago, as a 'newbie' cyclist I was as keen as they come.  All the mistakes made, all the lessons learnt. Follow me, I'll tell you how not to do it and all the tricks to make it easier on the long and winding road.

As well as competing in road races and Time Trials at national level, hills are my favourite terrain. I can be found riding in all sorts of places, in all sorts of conditions. I was lucky to go to the Cape Rouler in South Africa in 2013 and complete my first ever Cape Town Cycle Tour whilst there.

In 2014 I will be targeting the National 100 mile TT in July, The London-Paris in June and Alpine Challenge in September.

John Sadler (a.k.a. Tenterfield)

HotChillee Events Completed: The London-Paris (2), Alpine Challenge (3)

John Sadler

Day job: Trading Control Manager, Total Gas and Power Ltd (a gas, power, coal and LNG trading and shipping subsidiary of Total).

Cycling lows: Developing tendonitis in my knees on the final day in my first London to Paris.

Cycling highs: Getting to Paris with tendonitis!

Short bio:  I discovered the HotChillee events on the Alpine Challenge in Annecy in September 2011, and was honoured to be asked to assist them as Ride Captain for 2012. Just as working commitments (and age!)  were starting prevent the huge commitment needed for high level racing, the long distance HotChillee tour riding came along at the perfect moment, and has since proved to be an incredibly enjoyable way of meeting new people, staying in good shape, and of keeping that childhood dream of the Tour de France alive...!

With a background in road racing and time-trialling I moved on to cycle touring, distance running, mountain trekking and cross-country skiing and discovered, like many before me, a love for mixing endurance activities and nature. And sharing this is with good people is when I'm happiest... Even in the heavy rain that seems to accompany HotChillee events!

David Sidgwick (a.k.a. Whisk)

David Sidgwick

HotChillee Events Completed: The London-Paris (4), Alpine Challenge (1)

Day job: COO of the London branch of a South African bank

Cycling highs: Helping a teammate to snatch the yellow jersey on the last day of London-Paris 2010. I was just blown away by the full pro experience of racing on closed roads and then riding into Paris in the big peloton.

Cycling lows: Ironman France 2009 - drinking too much sea-water on the swim and then feeling ill for the full 180km of the bike ride, with a marathon in 35C heat still to go…

Bio: I came to cycling relatively late after many years of rowing at decent club-level. After dabbling with triathlon, I worked out that cycling was much more fun than swimming and running, so that's where my attention has focused in recent years (although I still do the occasional Ironman race to give me something to focus on).

I was fiercely competitive in my rowing days but now I'm much more interested in enjoying the ride with good company. I'm a natural rouleur with a big diesel engine and I'm happiest on a nice rolling route into a big headwind, where I'll happily ride on the front all day long and make a big hole in the air for my ride buddies to sit in. I'm not a bad climber for a big unit, but steep hills are definitely my kryptonite!

David Thomas (a.k.a. DT)

David Thomas

HotChillee Events Completed: The London-Paris (5), Alpine Challenge (3), Cape Rouleur (1)

Day job: Childcare & cooking

Cycling highs:  First trip to Mallorca with my bike - I though I’d gone to cycling heaven.  This is only eclipsed by the thrill of riding in to Paris with the Stoke Mandeville hand cyclists.

Cycling lows:  Sliding along the tarmac.

Bio:  A latecomer to cycling the sporting pursuits in my younger years were canoeing and rowing.  I’m a bit larger than is ideal for a cyclist which means I'm the perfect size to tow others behind me into a headwind.

Dane Walsh

Dane Walsh

HotChillee Events Completed: Cape Rouleur (1)

Day Job: Computer nerd

Cycling Highs: World 24hr Solo MTB Champs, 2013 Cape Epic with Captain Craig

Cycling Lows: Getting dropped by a commuter on his way to work, post Epic.

Bio: I'm a cycling addict. Completely and hopelessly hooked on riding bikes. A roadie at heart but equally adept off road - when I'm not out cycling, I'm thinking about cycling, writing about cycling ( or planning my next cycling adventure. I'm fortunate to live in the beautiful Western Cape where a miserable winter's day is often better than a glorious UK summer's day.

My biggest life dilemma - Where to store my next bicycle?

Will Watt

Will Watt

HotChillee Events Completed: The London-Paris (6), Alpine Challenge (2)

Day Job: Part of the marketing management team for Specialized.

Cycling Highs: Sub 6 hours 45 for the Fred Whitton challenge at the age of 43 and partnering the legend Ned Overend at Mountain Mayhem 24 hour

Cycling Lows: Being on the start line of the Cape Epic with food poisoning.

Bio: I joined Specialized in the UK at start up as a skinny crazy haired university dropout back in the early 90s from the burgeoning XC mountain bike racing scene.  Nowadays my riding is purely on the road, from my fixed fix of a daily commute to distance touring for my hit of escapism.

Nothing beats the memorable riding and shared social experience served up by HotChillee and it is a pleasure to again be part of the team.

At 65kg, I am still one of the Peter Pan lightweights of our team, despite my legendary cake consumption, and the need for a hairstyle still blissfully passes me by. Having just returned from some early altitude training on Mount Teide, mountains are my passion.  No great Rouleur, I love the pain and purity of climbing and the kick of the descent.  Alpine Challenge is my jewel.

David Williams (a.k.a. Tank)

David Williams

HotChillee Events Completed: The London-Paris (5)

Bio coming soon ...

Gareth Wilson

Michael Blann

HotChillee Events Completed:  The London-Paris (3), Alpine Challenge (1)

Day Job: Managing Director at Accenture

Cycling Highs:  Cycling into Paris on my first London-Paris as a Ride Captain with Group 5 - the 'Group of Champions'.  The conditions had been particularly challenging on the road to Paris that year so it was a tremendous achievement for everyone in Group 5 to make it safely to Paris.

Cycling Lows:  Perversely riding the 'Mortirolo' in Italy, as part of the Gran Fondo Stelvio; 12km at an average of 13% … not ideal for a 'Rouleur' like me!

Bio:  After riding The London-Paris as part of the UK Youth Team in 2011 and perhaps chosen more for my 'Conversation than my Cadence' I was invited to join the RC Development Squad for the HotChillee calendar of events in 2012.

I grew up in Northern Ireland, studied in Birmingham and have lived and worked in London for the last 20 years.

I came to cycling relatively late after playing a rugby and hockey and have graduated from commuting to cyclosportives, and onto multi stage endurance road events, like London-Paris and the Alpine Challenge.

I'm married, with 2 teenage daughters, who are now increasingly doing their 'own thing' giving me more time to get out on my bike at the weekends and train for my RC duties.

Roll-on 2014!



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