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.
(aka 'The Bull')
I've been part of the HotChillee family as a Ride Captain for a few years now after having done The London-Paris as part of a team, an individual and Ride Captain. I've also been in the Ride Captain squad for The Alpine Challenge and I am looking forward to doing the Cape Rouleur for the first time this year.
I'm an Aussie but moved to Europe 15 years ago for the skiing, mountains and the big bike races. Now living in Kingston in Surrey, married with 3 little kids and training is mostly just commuting miles into London.
I've been riding bikes for years. Rode to school when I was a lad, now I ride to work - maybe I haven't really grown up. Ride on road and off road and occasionally on the track.
The challenge of the multi-day and endurance type events is really where my heart is now (criterium and TT racing just hurt too much).
It is a fantastic privilege to be a Ride Captain and support riders in their journey through the UK winter all the way to Paris in June after 3 days in the saddle. Sharing that few minutes with my journeymen when the Arc de Triomphe comes into view and we roll over the cobbles to the Eiffel Tower for that champagne is a great reason for being a cyclist and especially a Ride Captain.
I was born in Namibia, grew up in South Africa and have spent the last 15 years living in Hermanus working in the Aquaculture industry. Having recently moved to Cape Town, I now own and manage a cycling tour company called Cape Cycle Tours.
I've been cycling for as long as I can remember but only started to take it seriously once I had left school. Married to a very capable cyclist who when the occasion presents itself is one of the most competent and experienced seconds you could hope to find.
This will be my second Cape Rouleur and third HotChillee event as a Ride Captain. The Cape Rouleur will be a warm up for the ABSA Cape Epic - starting exactly one week after the Cape Rouleur finishes. I'm lucky enough to be the sucker who gets to chase "The Bull" around some of the toughest and most beautiful parts of our country as the younger part of our masters team "HotChillee - Infinity".
Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist from Milton Keynes and father of teenage twin boys. Starting my third year as a Ride Captain, with two London-Paris and three Alpine Challenges behind me, I'm looking forward to 2013 and what lies ahead. With the knowledge of what challenges await me I keep motivated to train even when the weather makes it a bit tricky! Thank you Wattbike!
Looking forward to catching up with HotChillee regulars and meeting new faces as we begin the training rides that help to prepare everyone for the ride to Paris.
As with all the Ride Captains I am here to make your challenge as enjoyable as possible. See you all soon.
Father of three boys, owner of seven bikes and keeper of one wife. BMX'er from the 80's and 90's (as witness by L2P Group 1 a couple of years ago on the infamous blowout crash, he still has the skills), now a roadie mostly but can be found at the skate park in Kingston and Teddington dirt jumps on his Standard Shorty BMX every now and then. Etape x 5, Marmotte x 2, Dragon x 6, L2P x 6, Surrey League, Hillingdon, Gorrick 12, no fixed "as never liked coaster brakes way back when" "I like to have a rest every now and then". Maybe trying a bit of track racing...
This will be his 2nd Cape Rouler, 6th London-Paris and 4th as Group 1 Ride Captain. Can be seen most weekends heading out to the hills with fellow Ride Captain Will Watt and the J Express crew.
Steven a Cat 2 racer and member of the HotChillee race team, will be working hard to achieve his goal of a Cat 1 license in 2013 and is over the moon to be given the opportunity again to help and give support on this years HotChillee events. "I am looking forward to witnessing the team tactics out on the racing sections whilst helping all groups, particularly pushing and pulling the fast guys to get them ready during the training rides for what will be the best 3 days of their cycling year!"
This will be my 8th London-Paris and hate to think how many miles in my legs and a few Alpine Challenge events as well.
A father of two young men, a husband with a very understanding wife who knows as much about cycling as most blokes, and a businessman. Love riding with the other Ride Captains as we have become good friends and Jay is my race partner in several events. Love to race under the HotChillee banner.
Just as happy riding a road or mountain bike. David is the old man of the Ride Captain squad, but can still keep up with the young bucks when required. I enjoy the long events and have some experience about epic days in the saddle so please ask for advice if you're new to long rides.
Australian by nationality and now settled in Surrey. Goals for the year include a six stage mountain bike race, a winter MTB series and some long distance road events for 2013.
David also started a charity cycling event in Australia called Tour de Kids which has now been running for over 13 years.
I was fortunate enough to combine my love of sport with my work as a Sports Physiotherapist in Australia. When an overseas tour was cancelled in 1999 I decided to travel without the team and I am still "planning" my trip home. Once in the UK I found myself riding a bike again. Something I had left on the self-made tracks and roads of my BMX childhood and the torturous exercise bikes from the Rugby gym. I was soon clocking up the miles on my mountain bike and enjoying the challenges of the South Downs Way, 24 hour mountain bike races, and playing on the trails of the Surrey Hills, the French Alps, Peak District and Wales.
My first proper road bike was purchased after a friend suggested doing the Raid Pyrenean and 6 weeks later I was cycling iconic climbs such as Col de Tourmalet and Col D'Aubisque. Since then I have participated in a number of cyclosportives and ridden in the beautiful and imposing surrounds of the French and Italian Alps. I love climbing mountains although my frame is better suited to fast descents!
Now my riding is scheduled around time with my wife, a gorgeous 18 month old daughter and my work as a Clinician and Manager of a busy Physiotherapy Service in London.
This will be my 4th London-Paris and the 2nd as a Ride Captain. In my previous sporting incarnation as a rugby player I could not have imagined the camaraderie amongst cyclists, the friendships made through riding and the generosity of my much more experienced riding buddies. The London-Paris epitomises all of these things and draws together a diverse group of people working towards an individual goal whilst supporting, encouraging, and challenging each other with the shared purpose of completing this great event. Needless to say, the satisfaction of riding down the Champs Elysees with a fantastic group of people who have tested their limits is very humbling.
I am delighted to be part of the 2013 HotChillee team and look forward to be catching up with old friends and welcoming new faces as we work together to get to Paris.
Ian's cycling life began in the 1970's as a Saturday shop boy alongside L2P Chief Mechanic Nigel Hill. Narrowly beating Nigel in a sprint up Eltham High Street led to many years of club racing in Kent and London and some success in 10 mile time trials and cyclocross. A family (including 2 daughters now aged 21 and 19 who coined the nickname Goose) and a career in Private Equity ensured bike riding was sporadic and weight gain more reliable!
After getting fit to ride the Alps including Alpe D'Huez, The London-Paris has been the cornerstone of Ian's cycling renaissance. As Ride Captain for the slower groups, he has had the privilege to assist some of the pluckiest and most determined riders reach their goal of Paris for the last 3 years.
As well as The L2P, Ian has ridden various international events including HotChillee's Alpine Challenge in Annecy every year since it began, the 300km Vatternrundan in Sweden (non-stop) and the bike leg of the Henley Ironman. Always looking for an excuse to get dirty, Ian has returned to cyclocross racing after a layoff of 27 years where he competes in various regional league events and is looking forward to getting 50+ veteran status or some new lungs!
In The London-Paris 2013 Ian will be helping some of the less experienced riders get the best out of themselves as well as having lots of fun on the way to Paris. As usual, he will be found mainly at the back of the group giving special encouragement to other riders who also remember the 1960s and/or weigh a bit more than the mountain goats in Group 1!
Excited by the fact that 2013 means my 4th London-Paris and 2nd year as a Ride Captain. 2012 saw me as the new boy on the team and I was overwhelmed by what an amazing experience it was, backed by great sponsors kit and fellow Ride Captains and back up crew, the feeling of pride in helping encouraging and pushing some amazing people in group 6 to their goals in reaching Paris along with Goose and Dan the man .
I have my own business Bayeux Landscapes where I have toiled in rain or shine for nearly 20 years. I have two young daughters who take up my time along with my work and cycling.
I live in Hastings where I started cycling aged 17 and soon after met Ride Captain Michael Blann and started to train and race with him. I had a bad accident at 18 which took me out of racing for a year. I regained my fitness and moved up to a 1st Cat the following year where racing took me to Germany and Ireland where I rode the Ras - 12 days of rain and pain. This is when I met Stephen Roche in his Fagor World Championship jersey riding a stage up the Wicklow Mountains in the rain where he gave me a few friendly words of encouragement.
In 1989 I moved to France and raced with the UV Aube team in Troyes. I moved back to England in 1990 and after several jobs started landscaping. I then started my own team Bayeux in 1995 and my first race in these colours I won the Perfs Pedal Race. I then raced for several years before hanging up my wheels.
A couple of years later the cycling bug bit again and I started Bayeux Landscapes cycling team and have raced occasionally ever since, usually managing to scrape a win every year.
I can't wait to start the whole party once again in January with all of HotChillee new faces and catch up with familiar friends from last year.
This will be my 2nd year as a Ride Captain for HotChillee. I feel privileged to be a part of this ever growing family and to ride alongside everyone involved in the events.
Known as Jedi Jay, due to my love for data and performance coaching, I am motivated by helping cyclists achieve their goals and dreams. Driven by my background in Sport Science and as owner and founder of M1 Performance Coaching I have helped many London-Paris and Alpine Challenge riders improve and hit their goals or simply to finish with enough energy to celebrate!
Road Racing, MTB, Ironman, Duathlon, top 10's in 12/24hr MTB races I've found my calling where my lungs and legs are happiest. My dream?... to one day complete the Tour Divide from Canada to Mexico. Part of the first HotChillee crew to tackle the Cape Epic in 2012, the hardest to date, and in 2013 a big goal is tackling the Andalusian 6 day MTB race with my friend, fellow Ride Captain and race partner aka "Captain".
Married to an ever loving and supportive wife with two kids under 4 years old, I'm well aware of how time crunched it can be getting the hours in, with an average of only 7 hours per week it is possible! No junk miles and making all your training count.
See you at the training rides, come and say hello!
The 2013 London-Paris will be my first outing as a HotChillee Ride Captain. I was first introduced to HotChillee when I was asked to ride and report on the 2012 Alpine Challenge for the Financial Times, through my job as a travel and cycling journalist. Its a hard life. Really...
Having spent several years road racing and criterium racing in the UKs Womens Team Series and National Series races (against some of our Olympic Golden Girls like Dani King and Lizzie Armistead), I thought that my heart lay on the racing scene, chewing my handlebars, riding in to the red and coming away with the occasional win. But now, with two-year-old and four year-year-old daughters, Ive realised that long distance riding is a great way to escape!
As a rider what impressed me most about HotChillee was the professional set up thats delivered throughout the events: riding on closed roads with a mechanic, lead car and a medic (not that youll need them) is a pretty unique situation and makes for smooth riding.
As a Ride Captain Im looking forward to meeting, greeting, riding with and motivating you to get to Paris as a team, where the beer will be cold and sweet
I am delighted to be back as a Ride Captain for HotChillee for another season. Over the last few years HotChillee events have made many vivid contributions to my cycling memories; desperately clinging on to the bunch in the race sections with Group 1, enjoying breath taking views across alpine valleys filled with cloud, being blown all over the road and lashed by the rain in northern France, the emotional arrival over the cobble stones in Paris. The thing that really makes all of these memories special are the people that they were shared with and last year I had the enormous honour and pleasure of sharing my experiences with the Stoke Mandeville team including three extraordinary hand cyclists.
Ride Captains fulfil many roles and you will see from all the write-ups here, a huge wealth of cycling knowledge, combined with decades of competition experience within the ranks of the Ride Captains. My cycling CV is somewhat shorter having found the sport later in life than many here. My sporting youth was spent in various aquatic pursuits, mostly slalom canoeing and rowing. This does mean that I'm well placed to provide help and encouragement to any of you who are, like me, older and larger than what would be considered ideal for a cyclist!
Away from the bike, I'm a full-time parent, looking after my two daughters while my very tolerant wife goes out to work.
I look forward to meeting you all on the road soon.
Michael's details to follow soon...
Dane's details to follow soon...
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