Chris started cycling in the October of 1998 at the age of 31 as a way to commute to work. Before that he didn’t do much fitness. he worked as a peripatetic music teacher. he currently lives in Richmond, North Yorkshire with his fiancée and his 2 children who are his biggest fans. In his spare time he trains and competes in time trials both in the UK and abroad. Over the years he has achieved many things on the bike and has many tales to tell.
Here are a few of the things he's done :-
Feb- Sebring 24hr win 468miles
March - Ireland 12hr Win
March - UMCA London - Cardiff Record
March - Cardiff - Edingburgh Record
Feb- Won Sebring 24hr with 432.6miles
June – Completed Solo RAAM, 3000 miles in 11days 21hrs 51mins
July – Completed the UK National 24hr with 470.581miles
August – Planning to compete in the Mid Atlantic 24hr
January – re started training – cycling for the Army Cycling Union (ACU)
October – won Texas 24hr setting a new course record of 397.5 miles
November – Became UMCA 24hr Champion
Feb- Sebring, Florida 12hr Timetrial runner up 240 miles
July – National 24hr Timetrial Team Champions
UMCA 24hr European Champion
September – retired from cycling
Feb – joined API Racing
May – Kraftwerk Austrian 24hr Championships 3rd place 522.5 miles (second furthest distance ever completed in 24hr by any British rider).
July – National 24hr Time trial Tandem Champions – 473miles, 2nd furthest distance ever completed by a tandem pair, this was completed at the request a friends widow, to complete it on his behalf after he was killed training.
UMCA Tandem Champions
European Tandem Champions
August – National 12hr Timetrial Team Champions
October – Texas Timetrial 12hr shoot out runner up 241 miles (completed with broken a wrist)
Feb – won Sebring, Florida 12hr Time trial – 249miles
March completed Lands Ends to John ‘O’ Groats 845 miles in 2 days 10hr 28mins racing a TNT lorry- this was filmed for Eurosport television and is still being re-run to this day
April runner up Davis 12hr San Francisco – 242 miles
May Kraftwerk Austrian 24hr championships – 472 miles
RAAM finisher – he became the First Ever Official British Solo RAAM finisher – 3052 miles in 11days 23hr 5mins. The film documentary ‘Bicycle Dreams’ has Chris as one of their featured riders.
July on returning from RAAM with partially torn Achilles tendon, raced national 24hr as recovery ride doing 369miles following that raced 6 x 12hr races on consecutive weekends to prepare for final World 12hr Championship race in America.
August – UMCA 12hr Championship won with 235 miles and became UMCA and World 12hr Champion (combining this race with Sebring and Davis) this was completed in a bright pink skinsuit to bring awareness of cyclists on the road after a friend and fellow competitor (Zak Carr) was killed.
October won Texas 12hr Timetrial Shootout
Re-joined Matlock CC
Feb – won Sebring, Florida 24hr time trial by 33 miles (432mile) setting a new course record and becoming the first person to ever qualify for RAAM from that event
April – set Missouri cross state records east to west and west to east (both still stand)
May- Kraftwerk Austrian 24hr Championships 467 miles – 7th Place
Runner up UMCA 24hr World Championships with 450 miles
October – Texas 24hr winner setting new course record of 400.20 miles (still stands)
Cycled from Texas to Oregon within a week then raced the Ring of Fire 12hr around Mount Hood winning and setting a new course record of 215 miles (still stands)
November raced the furnace creek 508 through Death Valley, Nevada, a hurricane, desert storms and heat of up to 120F finishing 10th with an avatar of Border Collie
Joined Preston Wheelers
Welsh 12hr Timetrial Champions
National 24hr runner up team
Became semi-pro joined sponsored team – Pete Read Racing
National 24hr Team Champions (completed with broken hip and elbow)
Audax UK National Champion
National BBAR runner up team
Set new World Record – Pembroke to Great Yarmouth – 368miles in 16hr 58mins 2seconds (still stands).
Became Long Distance British Best All Rounder (100 miles, 12hr, 24hr)
British Best All Rounder 7th place (50 miles, 100 miles, 12hr)