This year’s show will host a fantastic line-up of riders and cycling pros all sharing their inspirational stories of success and struggles to reach the top of their game. Simon Brotherton and Simon Paton will host Q & A’s across the weekend.
SIR CHRIS HOY
Olympian, business owner, author, mental health advocate, motivational speaker, family man. . . Sir Chris’s story is truly inspirational.
Hear from Sir Chris Hoy on Friday 13 September 12:30 – 13:00 on the V12 Retail Finance Stage.
Friday 13th – Saturday 14th The two-time World Hour record holder and two-time World 4000m Pursuit champion. Was inspired by the hour record set by Francesco Moser in 1984. Obree went on to break the record using his own ‘crouch’ position, which was banned twice, riding ‘Old Faithful’ the bike he hand-built using parts from a washing machine.
Saturday 14th September
Harry first started riding a BMX at the age of 11, was taking part in competitive events at 16, and turned pro two years later, quickly becoming well-known around Europe for his astonishing mix of technical skills and ‘go-big’ ability, best illustrated by his trademark, jaw-dropping 1080. In recent years, Harry Main has confirmed his reputation as one of the best BMX park riders on the planet, putting out some of the most progressive web videos around via his ‘Harrymania’ series.
Sunday 15th September Johan Museeuw also known as The Lion of Flanders is considered to be one of the most outstanding cobbled classics riders of all time winning Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders each three times. His first Roubaix win in 1996 is regarded as one of the greatest of all time with a podium sweep for the mighty Mapei team. Museeuw’s post-racing career includes ambassador work for Cycling Flanders and Johan will be in Harrogate at the end of the month to help promote the region’s hosting of the UCI Road World Cycling Championships in 2021.
Jody’s speciality event is the 1km or Kilo Time Trial, in which he holds the World Record. Jody was born with a deformed right foot which was amputated at the age of 3. He was then fitted with an artificial leg and hasn’t looked back since. He began his career in swimming, winning 4 Paralympic Gold and 3 World Championship Golds, before making the transition to the British cycling team. He went on to become the fastest solo Paralympian on a bike, and is now a 7 x Paralympic Champion and 19 x World Champion. In 2009 he was made an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list and in 2017 an OBE for his services to disability sport.
Saturday 14th September Brian Robinson BEM is Britain’s first great road cycling professional. He was the first Briton to finish the Tour de France and the first to win a stage. In 1961 he won the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré stage race. Brian was inducted into the British Cycling Hall of Fame in 2009 and awarded the British Empire Medal in the 2017 New Year Honours List for his services to charity and cycling.
Saturday 14th September Anna has been racing bikes since the age of five, at the peak of her childhood career winning the Under-11’s Cyclo-cross National Title. Today she cycles for adventure, exploration and the social side. Anna is also a television and radio presenter, best known for her role on ITV4’s The Cycle Show, as well as Sky’s Mountain Bike Adventures.
Friday 13th – Sunday 15th Jamie Burrow is a former US Postal Team Pro and now Head of Product at Ribble Cycles. Jamie will be giving insight into how his road racing career launched his career into bike design. Jamie will be joined by Andy Smallwood, CEO of Ribble on Friday 13th September.
Saturday 14 September Passionate about cycling, Andy Smallwood started racing on a Ribble bike 25 years ago unaware that he would one day be running the company. After working in bike shops, studying Product Design at University, and working for the UK’s largest cycling retailer, Andy moved onto Boardman Bikes where he led the multi-award winning bike brand as Managing Director. Head hunted in 2017, Andy’s inspiring vision for Ribble has seen the brand refocus and concentrate on being a World Class cycling brand with a forward thinking approach to bicycle retail. Andy will be joined by Ribble’s Head of Product, Jamie Burrow, on Saturday 14th September.
Friday 13th September Former Sky rider Philip Deignan will be interviewed by Simon Brotherton on his career, Team Ineos, working for ITV on the Tour de Yorkshire and Tour de France and previewing the up and coming World Championships in Yorkshire.
Friday 13th – Saturday 14th Simon has established himself as one of the country’s finest and most diverse sports commentators. Simon has enjoyed real success as the BBC’s lead cycling commentator after making the transition from radio to television, most notably at Rio 2016, where his performances at both the Olympics and Paralympics received deserved acclaim.
Friday 13th In a career spanning 30 years, Geoff Waugh has photographed a whole lot of cycling. From the Tours de France and World Mountain Bike Championships to Belgian cyclocross and magazine bike tests, front covers to top brands and beyond. During that time he has seen riders- and photographic styles – come and go and will be sharing the stories behind some of his memorable and more infamous images on the V12 Retail Finance Stage, at 3.30pm on Friday 13th. Lucky for some!
Sunday 15th September William is an award-winning sports journalist and author specialising in cycling and Rugby, His talk will cover his latest book, ‘The Greatest: the Times and Life of Beryl Burton’. Burton is a seven-times world champion, arguably the greatest all-round cyclist that Britain had produced by the time of her death in 1996.
Saturday 14th September Land’s End to John O’ Groats: An engaging look at the insane folly of the End to End recordPaul Jones, author of the forthcoming book “End to End” explores the social and racing history of the End to End, in conversation with Michael Broadwith, current holder of the End to End record. From the characters and key people involved to the challenges faced. The talk will includes unseen images from the Bernard Thompson archive and details from recent interviews with Eileen Sheridan, Pauline Strong, Mick Coupe and others.
Sunday 15th September Roger Hammond is a former two-time national road champion and classics specialist with podium finishes at Gent-Wevelgem and Paris-Roubaix in his Palmares. Roger built a reputation as one of the sport’s toughest competitors and it was cyclocross where he saw most success winning the national championship eight times. After retiring from racing, Roger became Team manager for the newly created Madison Genesis team in 2013 and continued to be closely involved with the team after becoming Directeur Sportif at Team Dimension Data in 2016.
TEAM MADISON GENESIS
Sunday 15th September Fresh from the last stage of the Tour of Britain and their final ever race, select members of the Madison Genesis team and manager Roger Hammond will be speaking exclusively at the Show. There will be a chance to reminisce about past glories, lessons learned and life in the domestic peloton as an aspiring World Tour rider.
Sunday 15th September Adam is a road and track racing pro. He is back riding for UCI WorldTeam Lotto–Soudal, after the folding of Aqua Blue. Adam started to race from a young age and soon after became a member of British Cycling’s Olympic Development Programme.
Meet Adam and hear his thoughts and predictions of the Yorkshire UCI World Championships.
Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada
Friday 13th – Sunday 15th British MTB Pro, Olly Wilkins started his cycling journey riding on a cross country bike but soon found a knack for off-road racing. Now he can be found shredding down trails and tackling jumps-and-drops on Focus’s eMTBs and MTBs. Catch him on the Komoot Cycling Advice Stage supported by Bikeradar each day of the show, where he’ll be talking about his career, what he has learnt along the way and why “e-bikes are a force for good”.