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 'Doc' is a life-long cyclist whose achievements on the bike include riding junior and u23 MTB for South Africa, completing the Cape Epic and putting in a sub six-hour Marmotte. Michael has been a part of HotChillee since it's inception ten years ago and recently returned to South Africa after living in the UK for 13 years. Despite his medical training and being a consultant ophthalmic surgeon by day Doc is known for his ability to break his body in spectacular fashion at crucial times in his life.
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.
Namibian-born Captain Craig has been cycling since before he can remember and now, as the owner and manager of Cape Cycle Tours, in Cape Town gets paid to ride a bike. One of three Ride Captains who head up the HotChillee family in South Africa he is a fan of extreme MTB racing and has ridden some of Africas toughest mountain bike races including the eight-day Cape Epic and To Hell and Back in the Gamkaskloof valley. Craig is known for thinking that riding at 35kmph is an easy spin.
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...
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...
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.
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.
Warren, has recently joined the HotChillee family as a Ride Lieutenant. Born and bred in Cape Town he has been cycling since he can remember but has concentrated on cycling since his early 20's. He currently works in the IT sector and has started his own company resulting in commuting becoming a big part of his weekly training routine. Comfortable both on and off road he has completed 4 Cape Epics, numerous 1 day and multy stage MTB endurance events, and most recently, the Ironman 70.3 in SA although nobody has been able to convince him to do the full Ironman - yet...
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.
Self-confessed computer geek Dane commands huge respect within HotChillee ranks. One of three South African Ride Captains, Dane is equally at home on the road as on the trails of the Western Cape where he lives. A fan of riding for a very, very long time he has competed in Cape Epic and in 2013 rode the World 24-hour solo MTB Championships in Canberra, Australia where he clocked 354.96kms, climbed 6700m and "watched his body fall apart" (but kept on riding anyway). Despite his hard man reputation he admits to being soft when it comes to riding in Europe in the rain.
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.
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 .
Redhill cyclist Visser sees off the pros at the Cape RouleurFriday 27th March 2015
It has been a busy winter for cyclist Ryan Visser, who capped off a successful six months with a second-place finish at the Cape Rouleur three-day stage race earlier this month. Visser, from St John's in Redhill, was the top placed amateur in the ProAm competition, coming second to South Africa's Nicholas Dlamini of the MTN-Qhubeka and finishing ahead of many of the professional cyclists.Read More ...
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