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George Poole

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Bikes: Condor Acciaio, Ridley Orion.

I am of the generation that was brought into cycling by Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins, they were my first heroes of the sport. The summer of 2012 captivated me and I have been cycling on the drops ever since, pretending to be Sir Brad and Geraint Thomas along the way. This has led to a fascination with the history of cycling, especially the golden age of Fausto Coppi, Gino Bartali, Louison Bobet and co. 

Favourite race: Paris-Roubaix

Favourite climb: Col du Galibier

I am currently a second year university student at the University of Bath, studying Politics and International Relations. 

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Ethan Scanlon

Bikes: Voodoo Nakisi, GT Timberline (Restoring).

Whilst still fairly new to road cycling, I picked up the sport properly last year, making the most of lockdowns to learn up the ropes. Before then I was also keen on mountain biking around the south west of England, however, I am yet to purchase a new helmet so am still using my mountain bike one – which I personally think looks better! 

 

The main cycling I do is on a gravel bike as it allows me to cycle a bit off the beaten track. This will be my first year following the cycling season, I hear it's ten months long, so I’ll definitely have my work cut out on keeping up with it all.

Favourite race: Milan-San Remo

Favourite climb: "You guys have a favourite climb..?"

I am currently a second year university student at the University of Bath, studying Politics and International Relations. 

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Charlie Paige

Bikes: Cube Litening C:68X Race Teamline (Race Bike), Ridley Dean Fast (Time Trial Bike), Ridley Noah (Home Bike).

Cycling has always had a place in my life with the influence of my Dad, I have always ridden in some form or another. I was inspired in 2012, with Wiggins' landmark victory at the Tour de France being ingrained in my memory. I then began road racing and never looked back. 

Starting my career as a full time cyclist in 2020 by joining French DN1 Team, Team U Cube 17, my aim is to make it professional in the future. 2020 was not the ideal year to start my career though, as the pandemic forced me to spend a long period back in the UK. However, after a long summer of racing, I am back in France for 2021!

Favourite race: Giro d'Italia, with Strade Bianche as my favourite one-day.

Favourite climb: Trough of Bowland or Cross O'Greet

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Tom Thewlis

Bike: Specialized Allez Sport.

My earliest memories of watching cycling involve Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani. I first began following cycling through watching the Tour de France at that time, and Pantani was my first real hero of the sport. So much that when I was a child, I even named my cat 'Marco' after him! It was only as I grew older that I became more aware of the faults of many cyclists at that point, but nevertheless it was part of the history of the sport and unfortunately it can’t be ignored.

 

Before broadening my cycling interest to include races like Paris-Roubaix, I was always drawn in by mountaintop finishes at a lot of the Grand Tours. As a child, the sight of one lone-rider making his way up a mountain through a sea of people roaring them on was fascinating to me. Luckily through having French relatives I have then spent many a summer in the high-Pyrenees watching the Tour in person, and witnessing the carnival-like atmosphere for myself. When the world emerges from lockdown, I intend to ride some of the most iconic passes in the Pyrenees for charity.

Favourite race: Tour de France

Favourite climb: Col du Tourmalet, or any summit finish in the Pyrenees with the orange-clad Basque fans lining the road! 

I am a freelance cycling writer and you can contact me via LinkedIn, Twitter or email for more.

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Joe Spivey

Bikes: Cervelo R3 (ex-race stallion), Cube SL Road (flat bar commuter).

I like to think my unadulterated obsession with cycling began as a twofold mix of steady intravenous parental intervention and July afternoons in front of Eurosport. Father/son ride length and duration increased in direct proportion to our 7PM Gary Imlach viewership. Not dissimilar to all who summon the courage to don silly helmets and lycra, I was soon ensorcelled and decided, there and then, to become a professional. Sadly, those dreams didn't work out; I've always been rather better with a blank page in front of me than a pair of 38cm handlebars. I still watch the racing with fervour, only now I prefer to call the riders home, as oppose to sprinting for the Maglia Rosa

Favourite race: Milan-Sanremo

Favourite climb: Woodgates Hill, a small, semi-punchy Ardennes-esque drag in East Yorkshire. A climb with no shortage of local Strava prestige!