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Aled Jones

One half of #teamjones

Bike: Lios Exactor (Aero,race bike), Lios Javelin (TT bike), Lios Bomber (Fat bike), Lios Bullet (Road bike)

Age group European triathlon champion in ’15

Now turned to full-time cycling, trying to go from cat 4 to cat 1 within one season.

Husband, dog owner, T5 adventurer, passionate about riding my bike and looking good whilst doing it.

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Ashley Oldfield

Nickname – Ash, never really acquired a nickname
 
Club – Tygerberg Mountain Bike Club
 
Bikes – Pyga Stage (it’s a crazy light 10.1kg dual suspension bike designed and made in SA) and a Battaglin steel frame roadie
 
Favourite riding spot – Stellenbosch, just outside Cape Town. Massive mountains, trails and forests and year-round riding.
 
Best event – Wines2Whales 3-day MTB stage race
 
First bike – As a kid, I think I broke every Raliegh ever made. As an adult, GT Force 1.0
 
Tip – Spend time on bike handling skills
 
What am I doing now – I’m a motoring journalist. Mostly I test cars I can fit my bikes into.
 
Ambitions – One day I’ll have a go at the Cape Epic
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Bruce Karsten

Nickname: The Bus – got this when racing, joke was to ‘jump on the bus’ when I put the power down.

Club: Walton Velo

Bike: Eddy Merckx EMX 525

Favourite Riding Spot: Chapmans Peak, Cape Town, South Africa

Best Event: Gran Fondo World Finals, Denmark 2015

First Bike: Steel frame Trek 1000 in blue and white with Shimano Sora Cycling

Tip: If you’re hurting, remember, so is everyone else – poker face!

What Am I doing Now: Full-time teacher and running Walton Velo on the Side.

Ambitions: To attend another age-group worlds, compete in the ITT and just enjoy my riding and make sure others get an opportunity to do the same

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Eliot Ward

First bike: Dawes Giro

Latest Bike: Merida Scultura 7000 CF4 Pro

Favourite climb: Alpe D’Huez

Favourite Stolen Goat jersey: Cortado

Phrase: ‘My G’

Hashtag: #stayfresh

Bikes, Bikes, Bikes! I was actually born at a bike race. My existence has been spent, on and around bikes, the hours I have spent with a bike between my legs are countless! It’s natural. It’s what I do. From my first bike at 2, I have raced motorbikes in many countries; USA, Belgium, Holland, Ireland as a junior.

I love my bike; I ride my bike every day. A new adventure, rain or shine, staying fresh in Stolen Goat clothing! I train and race throughout the UK and overseas. I am living a life I love!

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Helen Jones

The shorter half of #teamjones  

Age grouper long distance triathlete – simply love riding my bike! 

Sprint to 10 1/2 hr Ironman within 6 months

Have a few adventures on the horizon this year including coast to coast involving a fat bike & a kayak. 

If the sun is out, my bike is out… 

Rita the retro Raleigh 

Lios Jav – Jimbob

Lios Bullet – Betty

Specialised Fatbike – yet to be named…

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Luke Taylor

Club – Runcorn (RCC)

Bike – Canyon Aeroad Dura-Ace R9100 Mavic Cosmic wheels

Fav riding spot – North Wales horse shoe pass area. There are still hills to be Conquered

Best Event – CW125 nothing better than riding on a classic race circuit and one of the UK’s toughest climbs Mow Cop. Great distance with speed and ascent.

First bike – 2014 GT Sportive (first road bike)

Tip – There is never an excuse not to ride your bike

What am I doing now – I practically pre-planned a full years riding, many adventures to come – Heading to Ireland and doing some closed roads velos.

Ambitions – To feel that I have reached out to other riders, from the simplest of things such as helping repair a puncture, advice on recovery for injuries or assisting on training. Anything to help or inspire people to get on a bike and I am happy.

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Nicole Pugson

Nickname – Cole , Puglet

Club – London Fields Triathlon Club

Bike – Cannondale Synapse but have my eyes set on a beautiful Cube bike in the near future!

Fav riding spot – in the UK it has to be through Essex, flat and smooth and I can’t resist a stop at the Blackmore Tearooms; best peanut butter in the county and [hands down] the biggest servings of cake. Outside of England, the Morvan National Parks in Burgundy, France are amazing; beautiful lakes and scenic views but be prepared for a few hills…!

First bike – before the Cannondale? Well, I can’t honestly remember but I could probably guess it had three wheels, pink handle bars and a basket on the front…

Tip – listen to your body. It’s a hell of a lot easier to prevent an injury than it is to repair it.

What am i doing now – gearing up for an exciting race season whilst juggling my job as a personal trainer. Somewhere in between that I’m probably eating peanut butter..

Ambitions – I have so many! To do a sub 6hr 70.3 – this season I have 2 and they will be my first middle distance triathlons. I really want to do the Xterra Swim-Run race in Norway, eventually get myself to Yosemite National Park and perhaps the Monaco Grand Prix!

Rudy Testa

Nickname: Rudarche

Club: None (stolen goat?)

Bike: Specialized Diverge

Favourite Riding Spot: Flander’s flat roads!

Best Event: Stelvio charity race (June 2016)

First Bike: 90’s Peugeot Mont Ventoux

Tip: Ride hard, Smile harder!

What Am I Doing Now: Training for the NorthCape 4000

Ambitions: Turning all car commuters into bike commuters ;-)

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Sam Farrar

Nickname: I’ve never had a nickname, that I know of….

Club: I’ve never joined a cycling club, I just prefer having free reign to go wherever I please.

Bike: Trek Remedy 9.8 mountain bike, De Rosa SK Pinnifarina special occasion road bike, Parlee Z5i as my daily rider, Surly Pacer, BMX, trials bike and a cyclocross bike.

Favourite Riding Spot: The Lake District (Home), Mallorca – road bikes and Finale Ligure – Mountain bikes

Best Event: Kinlochleven Enduro or PMBA Enduro Series

First Bike: Redline micro bmx

Tip: If you want it enough, then you will find a way of getting it.

What Am I Doing Now: Working for Trek Factory DH Team, alongside the Athertons, Kade and Muddy.

Ambitions: To ride my bike in new places and to go on more adventures. I also have a wild ambition that one day I will own a small bike shop with a little cafe on the side, serving the best coffees and the best veggie food around. Im not even a vegan, I just like food!

Tim Panagis

Club: Ann Arbor Velo Club

Bike: Trek Emonda SL6, Bike Name: Lidt Thorbjorn (Little thunder bear)

Favourite Riding Spot: Anywhere with good friends

Best Event: Endurance Road

First Bike: Trek 2300ZR

Tip: Riding a bike is the closest humans will get to flying!

What Am I doing Now: Software Engineer at Ford Motor Company

Ambitions: See and do as much as I can on two wheels!

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