About Me (Fact file, palmarés, school, career aspirations, international teams)

Date of birth: 06/06/2000

Nationality: British

Nicknames: ‘Baby Smooth’, ‘Sharkbait hoo ha ha’

Strengths: Sprinting, Time-trialling, Zwifting

British Cycling Teams (the team I race for): Lincsquad (2010 – present)

International teams: Team dZi (2015-2016), Team World Bicycle Relief (WBR) (2017 – present)

Favourite food: Lasagne

Fun fact: I can run 5km off-road in under 18 minutes

Palmarés

  • 2012 CTT GHS National Time Trial Champion
  • 2012 CTT GHS Regional Time Trial Champion
  • 2013 CTT GHS Regional Time Trial Champion
  • 2014 CTT GHS Regional Time Trial Champion
  • 2015 CTT GHS Regional Time Trial Champion
  • 2015 BSCA National Circuit Race Champion
  • 2015 BSCA East Midlands Circuit Race Champion
  • 3rd in 2015 BSCA National Best British All Rounders Competition
  • 2016 CTT GHS Regional Time Trial Champion
  • 2016 British Cycling East Midlands (Regional) Circuit Race Championships – 2nd
  • 2016 BSCA East Midlands Time Trial Champion
  • 2016 BSCA National Circuit Race Champion
  • 2016 Cycle Live Nottingham Road Omnium – Men’s Cat 3/4 – 3rd overall
  • 2016 Scunthorpe Track League Men A – 1st overall. I won 18 races and finished on the podium in 41 out of 46 races.
  • 2016 – 3rd – Tacx Team Time Trial World Championships (Team UK)
  • 2017 – EVR Asia Race – 1st (Zwift)
  • 2017 – EVR Europe Race – 1st (Zwift)
  • 2017 – Dutch Olympic Talent Team Criterium Race – 1st (Zwift)
  • 2017 Elite Tour of New Zealand – 1st overall GC, 1st overall KOM Classification, 1st overall Sprint Classification (Zwift)
  • 2017 Scunthorpe Track League Men A – 1st overall. I won 13 races and finished on the podium in 36 out of 42 races.
  • 2017 Stuart Whalley Omnium – 1st overall
  • 2018 Zwift UK National Championships – Top 20
  • 2018 Kiss Pacific Race – 1st (Zwift)
  • 2018 Zwift UK Mens National Championships – Top 20
  • 2018 KISS Pacific Race (A) – 1st
  • 2018 Bordeaux-Paris Track Meeting – 3rd 20km Scratch Race – Round 2 of the BC National Hard Track Endurance League.
  • 2018 TLI Junior National Circuit Championships – 4th
  • 2018 Chris Wharton Memorial Open Track Meeting – Elimination Race – 2nd
  • 2018 Dudley Grand Prix – Elimination Race – 1st

I am a British Cycling Category 1 road racer; one of a handful of juniors in the country to hold a Cat 1 licence. I achieved a Cat 1 licence as a first year junior.

I am ranked the No.1 Cat 1 adult man road and track cyclist in the country, ahead of riders representing JLT Condor, Madison Genesis, Canyon Eisberg, Holdsworth Pro Cycling, Morvelo Basso, Team KTM UK, Vitus Pro Cycling, Team Wiggins, One Pro Cycling and more!

I have acquired a Cat 1 licence by consistently winning/finishing highly in road, circuit and track races against adult men.

The beginning

I began cycling competitively at around the age of 11, competing in local time trial and MTB events held by my current club, Lincsquad. I found particular interest in road time-trialling, and pursued the discipline. My passion for circuit racing, road racing and track racing originates from the encouraging and engaging sessions put on by the coaches at Lincsquad.

Below are a few pics of my younger racing days 🙂

GHS Regional 2012!
Warming up for the GHS Regional Championships (2012) – A win in my age category would qualify me for the National Championships – I did win 🙂
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Today was the day (National TT Champs day). Wearing an all-black skinsuit was probably not the best decision I’d made on a warm summer’s day, but it was the only piece of aero kit I had!
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30 seconds till I begin my winning ride (2012 GHS National TT Championships). I remember it being very warm, sunny, and hard – but the effort was worth it.
GHS National 2012
Very happy!
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Enjoying an empty velodrome in late September, 2012.
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Getting into the local newspaper boosted my morale during the long winter months of 2012-2013.
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Sprinting to the finish line in my first crit race – I finished 2nd. I was one of the youngest in my age bracket (13-14).

GCSEs

I studied my GCSEs at Caistor Grammar School, in North Lincolnshire, UK. The school environment both in-class and out-of-class is superb. Fantastic teachers, fantastic facilities, quite simply – a fantastic place to be.

At GCSE, I achieved 3A*s (Maths, Physics, Chemistry), 6As (Biology, Statistics, Geography, History, English Language, English Literature), 2Bs (Religious Education and German) and 1C (Art – I’m not quite Vincent van Gogh 😀 ).

A-levels and career aspirations

I am currently a Sixth Form student at Caistor Grammar School, studying 5 A levels: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and General Studies. I am predicted A-grades in four subjects and a C in General Studies, and am striving for that, or better.

In addition to my aspiration to become a WorldTour professional cyclist, I am aspiring to become an electrical engineer to understand, utilise and advance sustainable sources of energy to improve current standards of living worldwide whilst safeguarding our planet. I would like my engineering skills to develop techniques that provide far broader access to sustainable energy, advancing generation and utilisation methods to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

I will be studying a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering (Power and Energy) at the University of Lincoln, beginning in September 2018.

International Teams: The dZi Foundation and World Bicycle Relief

My partnership with both charities formed through Zwift – a virtual world application that users can ride or run in, by pedalling on a stationary bike or running on a treadmill. I have ridden, raced and fundraised for both the dZi Foundation and World Bicycle Relief, collectively raising over £1,200.

The dZi Foundation

The dZi Foundation work in partnership with Nepal’s most remote communities to improve quality of life and reduce poverty.

The Foundation accomplishes their work by implementing community-driven programs that improve public amenities and health, income levels and employment, and educational opportunities while preserving community unity, the natural environment, and indigenous culture. The dZi Foundation currently serves over 30,000 people across remote Nepal.

Projects by dZi are innovative and exhibit outstandingly high levels of local contribution. In 2016-2017 alone, local residents donated 14,973 full days of manual labour to dZi’s projects, and transported over 900,000kg of materials to project sites.

Whether it be building small-scale bridges across glacial, white-water rivers, or constructing schools, toilets and wells, the local communities of Nepal involved have an integral part with the development of their surroundings.

dZi Foundation bridge pic 1 2018
It is not uncommon for larger suspension bridges (if they exist in the first place) to be swept away in floods or landslides. Left with little other option, locals create temporary solutions.
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The construction site of a Himalayan primary school in Sotang. Mules help to transport raw materials, such as plywood, glass wool, cement and sand, to the site.
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Another school constructed!

Spreading the word

I, along with others, have become aware of the poverty and challenges faced by rural communities in Nepal. The work done by charities such as the dZi Foundation to address these barriers and improve the lives of countless is fantastic. From building schools, wells and bridges to assisting with agriculture and irrigation, the dZi Foundation have and are continuing to do incredible deeds.

I fundraised for the dZi Foundation in 2016, aged 15, to help raise awareness of the poverty and challenges faced by the local communities of Nepal, and the exceptional work being done by foundations like dZi to improve the lives of countless. I challenged myself to climb 10,000ft in one ride, which would involve riding up-and-down a local hill a total of 35 times!

Riding in Team dZi’s cycling kit spurred me on, and kept me reminded during the 6-hour ride of why I was putting myself to the test. I completed the 10,000ft challenge with a smile to spare, and had enough time to get home and watch the F1 Grand Prix 🙂

If you wish to donate to the dZi Foundation, you can do so here: https://dzi.org/donate/

World Bicycle Relief

World Bicycle Relief (WBR) mobilises people through the power of the bicycle, in developing countries all over the world. The non-profit organisations’ programs focus primarily on education, health care and economic development. WBR is committed to helping people conquer the challenge of distance, achieve independence and thrive. Some of the positive impacts of the Buffalo Bicycle can be seen below:

For many people in remote communities of developing countries, poverty is a daily reality. In areas where walking is the only mode of transport, a Buffalo Bicycle supplied by WBR offers the real and immediate benefit of reliable access to essential goods and services. Powered by the remarkable human spirit, bicycles are a catalyst to possibilities.

Ethel WBR 2017

Spreading the word – Team WBR

WBR Group rides and WBR races on Zwift, organised by Team WBR (World Bicycle Relief), have raised large amounts of awareness and support. Thousands of different Zwifters (users of Zwift) have participated in such events held by WBR, and have contributed to the cause.

Joseph welder WBR 2017
A buffalo bicycle is capable of carrying loads up to 100kg (220lbs).

A select number of volunteers, including myself, donate our time and effort into organising and maintaining these Zwift events to ensure all participants have a great time, get exactly what they would like out of each ride, and are informed of World Bicycle Relief.

Group rides and races are carried out daily within Zwift by Team WBR

WBR Zwiftathon – The world’s largest virtual cycling event
The most notable and grand of WBR events, the WBR Zwiftathon is a 24-hour event held annually in the beginning of December. Users of Zwift are challenged collectively, to surpass a distance target within the 24hr period. From a ride lasting 1 minute to the full 24 hours, every single km ridden during the period will count towards the effort to reach the target. Group rides with WorldTour professionals and ex-professionals, such as Jens Voigt, Laurens ten Dam, Lawson Craddock and Greg Henderson, are held every hour for the duration of the event!

2017 was the third annual WBR Zwiftathon event, and the goals set were tremendous: 1,000,000 miles in 24 hours and USD$250,000 to be raised. Zwifters put in exceptional efforts on their stationary bikes, and should be commended for their respectable rides.

As of January 2018, the amount of money raised from the 2017 WBR Zwiftathon event stands at $158,685. Although this is currently short of the goal, all efforts so far have not gone to waste; more than 1,200 Buffalo bicycles will be given to those in need, from these efforts alone.

Royce WBR 2017

One buffalo bicycle costs £95. Arguably the best £95 that could ever be spent, you will likely be benefitting far more than one individual. Buffalo bikes support families, communities, and the eradication of poverty in LEDCs. Be a part of the change – make a difference. If you wish to donate to World Bicycle Relief, you can do so by clicking the link:

https://worldbicyclerelief.org/en/donate/

201.7 miles, 8hrs 31mins, and a lot of calories burnt!

I put in more effort than I had ever done to help reach the target of 1,000,000 miles in 24hrs, by riding further than I had ever done previously. Before getting on my bike, I was unsure whether to go for 100 miles or 200 miles (my previous longest distance was 126 miles). With some of my teammates opting for the full 24hr period, I decided I should MTFU and go for the 200 – why not?

The first 100 miles flew by, in just 4 hours. 50% done, 50% to go – I was feeling great (surprisingly). Unsurprisingly however, fatigue creeped into my legs as I passed the 200km mark and things got very tough, very quickly. Mental and physical tiredness skyrocketed as I rolled past the 150 mile mark, and I still had 50 miles to go.

I put my head down and tried to take myself to a happier place. And, well, I eventually got there…

8hrs 31mins after starting my ride, I had completed it. A total of 201.7 miles, giving me an average speed of 23.7mph (38.14km/h). I had burnt the equivalent of 90 slices of bread, and now it was the time to make up for all that!!

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90 slices of bread burnt – I nearly ate back all that I had burnt following the ride 😉

My blog – Why do I write?

I write for a range of reasons. I write to give insight and advice into platforms or products (majority of which are cycling-related), sharing my experiences. I also write about my racing, results and training in cycling, and how my progression towards a professional career is developing.

I enjoy writing, and hope to maintain your interest in my blog 🙂

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