WHAT AN INCREDIBLE LINE-UP OF SPECIAL GUESTS WE'VE SEEN AT THE CYCLE SHOW
The Tredz Cycle Show stage had a stellar line-up or star names from downhill mountain bike World Champions to Gold medal Olympians.
Greg is currently the most prolific winner among male professional downhill mountain bike racers, with 23 world cup career victories. He is four x Downhill world champion (2003, 2012, 2013, 2021), three x Downhill World Cup champion (2001, 2005, 2008); he has achieved 21 Downhill World Cup victories and 77 Downhill World Cup podiums. Greg also has 10 Downhill World Championship medals (3 x gold; 4 x silver; 3 x bronze).
Tom won the 2005 UCI Word Road Race Championships. The Belgian Classics star was a single-day road specialist with a strong finishing sprint which helped win him cycling monuments Paris–Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders four and three times respectively, alongside six Tour de France stage wins and many other prestigious victories over a professional career spanning 17 seasons.
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Lizzie started her career on the track, switching to the road from 2009 onwards and forged a place as one of the sport’s greatest-ever one day riders with superb wins in the World Road Race Championships in 2015 and classics like the Tour of Flanders, Strade Bianche, and the GP de Plouay-Bretagne. The Yorkshire rider also captured the nation’s heart when she became the first British athlete to win a medal – silver – at the London Olympics in 2012. After taking time out to be a mum to new daughter Orla, Lizzie returned to the Trek-Segafredo team in 2019 and the years that followed rank among Lizzie’s best. She added wins in La Course by Le Tour de France and Liège-Bastogne-Liège and finished first in the UCI Women’s World Tour individual rankings. In 2021, Lizzie used her sprinting ability to win the two-day Tour de Suisse, and finished the season by writing a page in cycling’s history, with a dominant victory in the first-ever Paris-Roubaix Femmes.
Tour 21 Ambassador and Cure Leukaemia Patron
Former professional footballer, Geoff Thomas was capped nine times for England, captained Crystal Palace in their 1990 FA Cup Final and made over 450 club appearances for Palace, Wolves, Nottingham Forest, Crewe, Rochdale, Barnsley and Notts County. He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2003, a year after he retired from football. After successfully battling the disease, Geoff started raising money for his own cancer charity and hasn’t looked back since. He’s ridden the full Tour de France route on five occasions and helped set up The Tour 21 which last year raised over £1 million for Cure Leukaemia. Geoff was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2021 for his charity work. He’ll be joined at the show by two of the Tour 21 riders , Sarah Hope and Mark Palmer.
One of Britain’s most promising MTB and cyclocross stars, Evie is the current MTB XCO World Champion. Her talent doesn’t stop there, having been the first-ever U23 women’s Cyclocross World Champion, grabbing the rainbow stripes in her first international cyclocross event in January 2016, winning the title once again in 2018.
Siblings Dan, Gee, and Rachel Atherton live and breathe mountain biking. The trio have achieved everything in the sport, having won eight downhill world titles and 49 world cups between them. The Athertons have been riding for the same racing team since 2007, and they’ve already founded their own company Atherton Bikes – and as well as meeting them at the show you can see the bikes on stand G281.
Sean is one of the most successful road cyclists of the 1980s, and one of the finest classics riders of all time. From turning professional in 1977 until his retirement in 1994, he won nine monument classics, and 193 professional races in total. He won Paris–Nice seven years in a row and the first UCI Road World Cup in 1989. Kelly was first to be ranked No.1 when the FICP rankings were introduced in March 1984, a position he held for a record five years. By total career ranking points, Kelly is the second-best cyclist of all time after Eddy Merckx.
Martyn is a regular host on GMBN and star of some extremely popular Youtube videos – his career took off in the mid 1990s riding for the mighty Volvo Cannondale team. His ability on a bike made him one of the UK’s best-ever MTB trials riders, but it was his partnership with Martin Hawyes that saw him gracing countless pages of MBUK, starring in best-selling videos including fan favourite Tricks & Stunts as well as masterminding the trials demos with many of the world’s best riders at the Bike Shows at the NEC.
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Edinburgh-based Mark is a British long-distance cyclist, broadcaster and author who holds the record as the fastest person to have cycled around the world. He completed the 29,000 km route on 18 September 2017, taking less than 79 days from start to finish. On 18 February 2010 Mark completed a quest to cycle the Americas, cycling from Anchorage, Alaska to Ushuaia in Southern Argentina. His epic travels have been made into a BBC television series – The Man Who Cycled the World.
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Jaco is a member of the GB Para-Cycling team, making his debut in the Para-Cycling Track World Championships in 2015. In the 2016 World Championships in Italy he won a bronze medal in the scratch race. Then in Milton, Canada in 2020 Jaco became a triple World Champion and picked up two silver medals. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics he returned home with two golds in the Individual Pursuit and Mixed Team Sprint and a bronze in the Time Trial C1-3.
Madison Saracen Athlete
Matt earnt his chops on the development programme for the Madison Saracen Factory Race Team under the guidance of MBUK downhill legend Will Longden. That groundwork definitely paid dividends – after just three years of racing in the Elite ranks the flying Brit was crowned 2020 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Series champion. Expectations for the 2022 season are understandably high for the 22 year old Shropshire rider, so make sure you keep an eye on those World Cup race podiums.
Madison Saracen Athlete
Vero races around the world for the Madison Saracen Factory Race Team, but home is Bozen in South Tyrol, northern Italy which by no coincidence is right in the middle of the Alps and a paradise for riding bikes. She started riding at an early age, racing cross country at 12, but after university she switched to downhill and her European Cup win in 2019, third overall in the World Cup and an Italian national championship would suggest she made the right choice. As well as being very fast downhill on a bike, Vero is also a trained nurse which must come in handy given her first choice of job.
London-born Pfeiffer Georgi is one of Britain’s rising road talents and Classics stars. The 21-year-old had a remarkable 2021, she started the year recovering from two broken vertebrae, but by Xmas had been crowned British National Champion and had won her first-ever professional race – La Choralis Fourmies Féminine. She races for Team DSM, the Netherlands-based UCI Women’s World Tour team formerly Team Sunweb.
From velodrome to cyclo-cross, MTB to road racing, Anna spent her childhood developing a passion for two-wheels. As an adult, she’s been particularly attracted to the adrenaline side of bikes, pushing her limits on jumps, mountainsides, and learning tricks, which led to her first TV role on ITV’s The Cycle Show and the lab rat who was sent to try out all the weird and wonderful (and often scary) things that cycling has to offer.
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Jools is a freelance writer, best-selling author, podcaster, and digital content creator. She started work with the London Bike Kitchen on a regular Women of Colour cycling meet-up after realising that one of the barriers to her starting cycling again was not seeing ‘anyone I identified with’. Alongside her writing and speaking work, Jools continues to be a passionate advocate for grassroots cycling in the UK.
Matt is a former road racing cyclist, who rode as a professional between 1998 and 2011 and won the British National Road Race Championships in 1998. Nowadays, Matt is a regular TV commentator and pundit, ambassador for Zwift and Sigma Sports, and confidant of legendary Belgian team manager Kenny van Vlaminck.
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GT 50th Anniversary Special Guest
When it comes to discussing mountain biking legends, 9 times out of 10, Hans Rey will be the first name on the list. He rides for GT and has done for longer than any of us can remember. It’s hard to name a country where Hans hasn’t ridden his bike, either wowing crowds with his awesome trials skills, as a stuntman on films and TV, or travelling through on his off-road adventure trips around the globe. He’ll be on the GT Anniversary stand each day and on Saturday there’ll be a special showing of his latest film ‘Slay the Bay’ and afterwards the great man will be chatting about the film, the California riding scene and its place in MTB folklore.
Ben Foster aka TheCyclingGK is the current Watford first-team goalkeeper and a former England international. His love for cycling grew out of necessity when he got on a bike to rehab from a series of ACL injuries. As his YouTube alter ego name suggests he quickly got bitten by the bug and now regularly covers cycling in his videos which have a massive following of football fans and bike riders alike. Ben is a patron of Cure Leukaemia and has already managed to squeeze in their London to Paris ride between Premiership seasons, hinting at what’s to come when he eventually hangs up his keeper gloves for a nice pair of Rapha mitts.
Ned Boulting readily admits to being thrown in the deep end when it came to cycling punditry as he’d previously been ensconced in the world of midweek Champions League football and the occasional darts tournament. But footy’s loss was definitely cycling’s gain as Ned soon became one of the best-loved voices in the sport. He has covered every Tour de France since 2003, and his partnership with long-time commentary cohort David Millar is one of the reasons why millions of fans tune in for three weeks of cycling ambrosia every summer. While he continues to write books, record podcasts and present on TV, he also edits The Road Book – road racing’s mammoth almanack – as well as hosting a series of hugely successful one-man stage tours. According to his agent he is a living, breathing encyclopaedia for cycling.
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David is a former professional road cyclist, winning stages in all three Grand Tours during his 18 year career. The Scot now resides in Girona and is a popular television commentator on the Tour and the Vuelta with fellow host Ned Boulting and the two also present the excellent Never Strays Far podcast. After returning to racing following a two-year ban in 2004, he became one of the sport’s most vocal anti-doping campaigners, helping younger riders to avoid the pitfalls common in the 1980/90s. Post racing, he took up a role as a GB coach, representative for the CPA and continues to campaign on behalf of riders in the peloton. The clothing and accessories brand CHPT3 he co-created in 2015 has built a strong following in the road cycling community and continues to innovate on collaborations with the likes of Brompton, Brooks and POC.
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FOCUS BIKES TEAM RIDER
Ben Deakin alias The Deakinator is a former Royal Marine Commando who was injured in the line of duty is now a professional Mountain Bike rider and content creator alongside fellow Focus athlete and podcast cohort Olly Wilkins. He received his first hardtail MTB at the age of 12 years old and immediately caught the bug. That fateful day lead to him racing Elite Downhill and now riding his bike all around the globe and creating content and films about it. His passion for always trying to be the fastest means you might still see him at the odd downhill or enduro race as well! Give Deaks two wheels, no matter what kind, a couple of mates and he will have the best time possible – his happiness is contagious.
Rebecca is a freelance journalist from London, who in July 2015 set off on a year-long cycle trip through Europe and the Middle East. In her job she’d regularly reported from the region and was very aware that it had long been misunderstood and misrepresented in the West. So partly in an effort to try to address the stereotyping, and partly out of a supreme spirit of adventure, she set off on a solo cycle ride from London to Azadi Square, Tehran. Her trip took her across 11,000km of often extreme terrain in conditions that soared to 48 degree heat and would have challenged the most battle-hardened expeditionist. Told by a friend before setting off that the odds of never seeing her again were probably 60:40, she none-the-less survived the ride and her epic journey became the subject of her book The Slow Road to Tehran.
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Olly is what you might call a multi-tasker. He rides for Focus bikes and can pretty much turn his hand to any type of riding, but it’ll be a set of dirt jumps where you’re most likely to see Olly in his element. When not out on his bike, he’s chief designer for DMR and has had a hand in the brand’s best-loved bikes and kit over the years. He also travels the world making mountain bike films and along with Davi Birks produces The Ride Companion podcast (which is top notch and should not be missed). It’s also rumoured that he’s quite good at basketball.
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Chris Akrigg is a one of a kind. He’s been riding mountain bikes for a long time, making his name on the pages of MBUK as a Mongoose trials pro back in the 1990s. His riding has steadily morphed over the years into what can best be described now as a brilliant freeriding blend of skills and creativity. The Yorkshire native has appeared in countless videos taking on terrain that most mountain bikers would dismiss as unrideable. Chris, however, revels in riding the ‘horrible stuff’ and with a style that is uniquely his.
Growing up in the Netherlands, Jasmijn used to ride her bike to school and around town like any other Dutch child. But she didn’t start cycling as a serious sport until she was in her early 30s and living in the UK. Jasmijn is now one of the world’s foremost endurance cyclists. She has set the Zwift static bike distance record, been national and world 24-hour time trial champion, ridden London-Edinburgh-London, Paris-Brest-Paris – as well as countless other Audax and endurance events – and had two Land’s End to John o’ Groats record attempts.
Angus is a teacher and ultra cyclist. He caught the cycling bug after a cycle touring trip down France with a friend and since then his bikepacking trips have taken him all over the world including a 6000km trip from Kyrgyzstan to Mongolia through Kazakhstan and China, as well as several trips in Europe and more recently on various epic challenges here in the UK. As well as helping to organise the 2,000-kilometre GBDURO gravel race from Land’s End to John O’Groat’s, he crossed the line in first place last year only to be DQd after being forced to switch bikes due to mechanical failure.
Six-time World Champion, Ed is the most successful Team Pursuit cyclist in history, having won gold with Team GB at three successive Olympics. 2021 marked his sixteenth year as a Team GB team pursuit cyclist as he competed in his fourth Olympic games in Tokyo. Ed has recently teamed up with Graham Briggs to pass on their wealth of skills and knowledge to young cyclists across the country with the Clancy Briggs Cycling Academy.
Emily is a long-distance cyclist and author. Originally a cycle courier in London, she’s since cycled across Asia 2011, crossed Iceland in winter and fatbiked the Alaska Highway, surviving temperatures as low as -40C! Her need for ever-tougher challenges eventually led her to ultra-endurance racing, and she has won the 4,000km Transcontinental Race across Europe, as well as the fearsome Strathpuffer 24 hour race, commonly agreed to be one of the world’s toughest MTB races.
The shredder from Milton Keynes is a best known as a slopestyle rider and dirt jumper, but is equally at home on any mountain bike on any kind of terrain.
He counts Red Bull, Marin and Halo among his sponsors, but along with Ben Grist also has his own clothing brand Helfare.
Matt will be on the Ison Distribution stand on Saturday at 2.00 for a Halo wheels poster signing.
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Monster athlete Sam has been a regular Cycle Show guest and masterminded and rode in his Big Air shows at the NEC a few years back along with some of the biggest freestyle names around. The former FMB World Champion has built a huge global following on Youtube with his awesome videos and unique style.
Sam will be on the Ison Distribution stand on Sunday at 2.00 for a Halo/TSG poster signing.
TOUR SERIES 2022 LAUNCH
Your chance to meet the teams competing in this year’s Tour Series. Race Director, double Olympic medallist, former Cycle Show organiser and national treasure Mick Bennett will be introducing riders from all the men’s and women’s teams, previewing the courses and giving his predictions for the podium places. Also looking ahead to the Women’s Tour and Tour of Britain and what to expect from the 2022 editions of the UK longest-running and biggest road races.
Laura’s sports broadcasting career has taken her all over the world reporting and presenting for F1, Extreme E, snooker, rugby, rowing and of course cycling. A keen cyclist, Laura was the natural choice to be British Cycling’s dedicated broadcaster and has covered races on ITV, Eurosport and the BBC, plus she took on a hosting role at last year’s Rouleur Live event interviewing some of the sport’s greats.
Cameron Jeffers is a bike racer and YouTuber. Cam started racing BMX when he was just 8-years-old and joined forces with Ribble Weldtite in 2020. With Ribble based 20 minutes down the road from home in Eccleston it was the perfect fit for one of the UK’s most exciting young riders.