We are pleased to introduce you to the 2015 Ride Captains. 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 Ride Captains will also be leading the Training Rides so if you are able to make some of these you will get the chance to ask questions and get advice before September. Dates for the Training Rides can be found on the Alpine Challenge 2015 Calendar by clicking here.
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.
Cyclist, mountain biker and endurance runner Juliette loves numbers, power data, expensive face cream, Prada shoes, coffee, porridge and sunshine but not necessarily in that order. A fourth place at the RTTC National Hill Climb and a sub-60 for 25M TT are an indication of Juliette's cycling ability. She is, in her own words, "slightly older, slightly greyer, slightly skinnier than the average Ride Captain, but still capable of pushing heavier guys up mountains" as she demonstrates each year at the Alpine Challenge.
'Captain' is a veteran Ride Captain with 17 HotChillee events under his belt. Australian by birth he has been riding and racing bikes for over 35 years and still has his eyes on the podium. In 2012 Captain completed the Cape Epic and he regularly races off road in the UK. Known for his ability to lighten the mood in the peloton David's humour has helped many riders out of the hurt locker to complete a gruelling HotChillee stage. By day he is a partner in a global commercial property company but his ultimate goal in life is to be able to pop a wheelie like Robbie McEwen or Peter Sagan. The latest addition to his bicycle collection is a blue and pink cyclocross bike. He is known to hate the limelight.
Ian's cycling life began in the 1970s as a Saturday shop boy alongside LONDON-PARIS Mechanic Nigel Hill. Narrowly beating Nigel in a sprint up Eltham High Street led to years of club racing in the South East, 10-mile time trials and cyclocross races. A successful career in private equity forced a 27-year retirement from cycling but since returning to the sport he has competed in regional cyclocross league events. In 2014 Ian (aka 'Goose') completed the Tour de Force - the entire route of the Tour de France and raised £49,000 for the William Wates foundation. He can track stand no handed. For real......
A former professional cyclist who raced in the UK, Belgium and northern France, Martin is one of the most experience cyclists within the HotChillee family having ridden and raced bikes for over thirty years. He lives and works in Hastings where he was a founder member of the former Bayeux Cycling Team (now Mid Sussex RC). Martin once rode the length of the 400-strong, one kilometer-long HotChillee LONDON-PARIS peloton in less than a 90 seconds whist still maintaining a conversation.
'Nibs' started riding bikes as a teenager and dabbled in road racing before having 12 years off the bike - a time when he turned to running, triathlon and equestrian sports. Now safely back in the (cycle) saddle his first Ride Captain tour of duty was The LONDON-PARIS 2014. A fan of coffee, cake and long, flat riding (he calls Norfolk home) he is rumoured to have a day job but needs to delete his Strava account if anyone is going to believe him.
John's cycling history spans two decades and includes time spent road racing and time-trialling. Since retiring from high-level racing 'Tenterfield' has "discovered" long distance riding and has been a Ride Captain since 2012 on both the Alpine Challenge and The LONDON-PARIS. A born climber with a passion for the mountains he also enjoys distance running, mountain trekking and cross-country skiing. He has been known to wear leg warmers in July to avoid shaving his legs.
Rower turned cyclist 'Whisk' is a natural rouleur with "a big diesel engine" who is happiest on a "nice rolling route into a big headwind". A HotChillee Ride Captain for five years, he thinks nothing of pushing riders much of the way from London to Paris whilst maintaining a few hundred watts. At the inaugural Dunkerque-Roubaix he made light work of the cobbles of northern France. By day David is COO of the London branch of a South African bank. He does the occasional Ironman to keep fit.
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.
David Williams lives the dream cycling on the island of Majorca where he's made his home and where he works for Stephen Roche running the Triple Crown winner's cycling holidays. A background in event management means he's organised everything from music concerts to cycle races and he was recently involved with the delivery of Sky Ride in the UK on behalf of Sky/British Cycling. Equally happy on or off road David has most recently raced Enduro and has been a regular at HotChillee events since 2008. A former Body Pump instructor 'Tank' is known for his impressive upper body.
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Alpine Challenge 2015 final resultsTuesday 15th September 2015
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