Journal / local riders

  • Local Riders Q&A - Gary Speight

    Gary Speight was a road racing cyclist from Doncaster, South Yorkshire. He started riding at the age of 13 years old after his Dad bought him a bike from a local auction for £15 - A 25" Puch frame, which enabled Gary to ride to his (then) girlfriends house, instead of catching the bus! Soon after he joined the Rotherham Wheelers in 1982 and began to take bike riding more seriously after riding from Doncaster to Castleton at the age of 15. He described this as "a great feeling". He then joined the Chesterfield Couriers the next year.  In 1985 he went with a local friend Steve Goff (Rutland.CC) to Belgium for...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Chris Sidwells

    Chris Sidwells is an author and editor who’s writing has featured in many magazines and websites including Cycle Sport, Cycling Weekly, The Guardian, The BBC and The Sunday Times. He has written best-selling books about cycling and contributed to many others.  Chris’s latest offering is his own publishing brand - Cycling Legends (www.cyclinglegends.co.uk) a website with free-to-read exclusive content. In November 2018 Cycling Legends published 01 Tom Simpson the first book of a series of beautiful illustrated publications which were are proud to stock at Mamnick HQ Sheffield.      _____________________________________________________________________ Which are your favourite stretches of road to ride on...

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  • Local Rides Q&A - Colin Sturgess

    Colin Sturgess,  is a former English road and track cyclist who enjoyed a 14 year career between 1986 and 2000. He won gold and bronze in the individual pursuit on the track at the world championships in 1989 and 1991. He won the British National Race Road Champs in 1990 on the road. Born in Ossett, Wakefield, Colin turned professional after the 1988 Olympic Games and rode for Greg LeMond at the iconic ADR team.  Colin has also worked as a wine maker and wine educator near Sydney, Australia, winning national awards for this work. __________________________________________________________________________ As a racing cyclist,...

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  • Barnsley GP 2018

    A night out in Barnsley. All image by Thom Barnett. 

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  • Local Riders Q&A - John Herety

    John Herety is a former British racing cyclists who is currently the manager of the JLT-Condor cycling team. Born in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, John joined Cheshire Road Club as a teenager and had some success as a junior.  He became British Professional Road Race Champion in 1982 after a spell of riding for French amateur team, Athletic Club Boulogne-Billancourt (ACBB) in Paris with fellow british rider Sean Yates before turning Pro in 1982 for the French Coop Mercier team riding alongside Joop Zoetemelk.  Other notable results from an impressive palmares include 1st Manx Trophy (1980), Stage 9 of the Peace Race in East Germany (1980), 16th at...

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  • Sheffield GP 2018

    A night to remember at Sheffield GP.  All images by Thom Barnett.   

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  • Otley GP 2018

    A view of Otley GP with Dave Coulson and the Cycling Sheffield team.  All images by Thom Barnett.   

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Connor Swift

    Connor Swift is a professional cyclist who currently rides for British team Madison Genesis. He recently won the British National Road Race Champion in Stanfordham, Northumberland after a gutsy solo attack with 12km to go, which has put him in the classic blue, white and red of the national jersey for the next twelve months.  We are very proud to have Connor on the Journal and we would like to congratulate him on such an amazing achievement, in what looks set to be a very bright career.    As a racing cyclist, which results are you most proud of and why? I...

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  • Lincoln GP 2018

    A ride to Lincoln to watch the Grand Prix.  All images by Thom Barnett. 

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Gabriel Cullaigh

    Gabriel 'Gabz' Cullaigh is a professional cyclist currently riding for Team Wiggins. Gabz is one of many professional and elite cyclist riding and training in the vicinity of Yorkshire and The Peak District. A rider with a bright future, already this year Gabz has won the prestigious UK race the Rutland - Melton Cicle Classic and last week, the first round of the Tour Series in Redditch.   As a racing cyclist, which results are you most proud of and why? I could go on about about a few but i'll choose two wins that stand out. First one being a...

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