The Riders

Sean Townsend

Previously I have been predominately a road cyclist, strongest in a 10 & 25 time trials and getting in the break away in races at venues like Castle Combe on a Thursday night.P1050254 2018 has fully opened my eyes to the joys of off road and changed my priority for next season with the intentions of competing in the Southern XC and National events. As well as that, the biggest challenge of all, opening my own cycle shop the Ark Cycles which opened in February this year.

 

 

Diane Lee

Diane Lee is a Derbyshire based Multi-disciplined athlete. Di started out racing in long distance triathlons, and progressed on to racing in Xterra triathlons (off road triathlons) as a Professional in 2016-2018. She turned to off road triathlons after finding her love of off road riding after a few years of Cyclocross, and XC MTB.  Di is looking forward to a mixture of racing over the summer from XC MTB and Ironman 70.3 triathlons and is really looking forward to getting back to some hard racing with Magspeed. Di works with many younger local athletes and prides herself on being a role model to others coming up into the sport, something we really have a lot of time for here at Magspeed Racing!FullSizeRender(7)

“I am very excited about racing on the team, and I know I will have their support in all the racing I do both on and off the bike, Phoebe and Nat definitely already know how to get the best out of me, plus who could resist being on a team with The James Thompson!”

 

Becky Hair

Becky is a triathlete turned cyclist, and an avid enthusiast for women’s cycling. She represents the bike brand Specialized as an ambassador – leading bike maintenance courses and regular ladies rides in Cambridge.  As a physiotherapist and sports masseuse Becky is keen to encourage everyone into cycling and activity, and she really tries to practice what she preaches!

Over the past 4 years she has competed in the Elite Super Series in Triathlon in the UK, completed some Age Group races abroad, and raced in Division 2 of the French Grand Prix National League for Triathlon. These races abroad were draft-legal, where she realised that technical riding skills are where it’s at! So, for 2019, she got a cycling race license, and within a month was just  1 point off getting her Cat 3 race license. She is aiming to get to Cat 2 within a year. She’s focusing on Criterium races and Road races this summer.

FullSizeRenderNo doubt Becky will be getting roped into some Cyclocross racing over the winter – where her running skills will come in handy! She already has the bright orange bike – so was keen to match this with the super snazzy Magspeed kit! And of course, the fabulous team mates to match!

”I’m really looking forward to racing with Magspeed, and it will be great to be involved with such a great team with some fantastic ladies in too!”​

 

Henry Johnson

Henry has been riding bikes since he was very young. At age 11, he began to join his Mum on club rides and this fuelled his passion for the sport. Improving in fitness and skill, he began to train locally, racing at the Prescott Hillclimb, British Cycling GoRide races, culminating in his first ever Cyclocross event at Pitville Park. img_0534

 

From then, he raced Cyclocross more and more and he now races regularly in the Western Cyclocross Leagues, as well as taking on a few National Trophy races this season. On the road, he has competed in the Cirencester Nightlight Criterium and in the Castle Combe Summer Series, and off-road he has also taken on a few MTB National XC races.

Henry says “I’m very happy to join Magspeed and think it’s a great opportunity for me to develop my cycling and work in a close team. I know I will be able to learn lots from the more experienced riders and have a great time too. In 2019 I would like to do the Western League Cyclocross Summer Series, a couple of MTB National Series races and some road racing too. Come this winter I will then be 2nd year Junior in Cyclocross and look to progress my racing.”

Tracey Fletcher

Tracey was super excited to be asked to join the Magspeed Racing Team, mainly because she loves the kit so much, and feels it represents the team so well. Tracey has been riding with Scotty and some of the other Magspeed members for a few years, and loves the friendly-ness of the team and all its riders. Tracey was a late starter to cycling, she had always been into sport but didn’t start Cycling ’til after she had children – and what a journey it’s been! Starting on the road Tracey joined a local club for a few years before joining a women’s team set up by Helen Wyman called “Fatbirds don’t Fly” – it was a fantastic experience and it gave her the opportunity to race Nationally and abroad.

Her love for the sport grew as her children got older and she had more time to train – there were so many disciplines and so many things she wanted to do. Her kids got me into Cyclocross – Tracey used to jump on their bikes after they’d race and haIMG_0066ve a go, it was so much fun and a great way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon. Winning the Nationals back in 2014 changed the way Tracey approached cross, suddenly she needed two bikes, a pit man, jet washer… and the ability to travel all over the country ever weekend! But she’s never looked back and says she constantly enjoys the people in this sport.

Tracey says “Cycling is my passion and my job. I’m constantly working with children of all ages and abilities and it’s so rewarding to see the enjoyment they get and progressions made. I’ve been lucky enough to support the GB Junior girls abroad and manage an East Midlands Team at the UK School Games in the last few years. I think it’s really exciting that Magspeed have plans for a Development Team and I’m keen to support this where possible.

Cycling has given me so many great memories, from riding the Coast to Coast with my 10 year old daughter on a tandem, hearing my name over the tanoy when leading the World Champs in Mol, to completing the Three Peaks in 2013.
My goals are always to have fun, enjoy what I’m doing, and keep being the best I can be. I would like to be stood on the top step in Orange for both National & World Champs in 2019 but maybe I should keep this our secret??”

James Thompson

James joins us from Scott Racing, and is our only veteran on the team, although looks a lot younger than 40 (ouch). His main passion is Cyclocross and Cross Country mountain biking. In his younger years he raced at the top level on the road, and even spent 10 years rowing. He can often be seen hanging out with Scot Easter on ‘Black Ops’ rides & bivvis on Helvellyn. He brings lots of bants and experience to the team. He has been described as a ‘Big Unit’ before, but this is surely incorrect @ 77kg! fullsizerender(4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie Cresswell 

Natalie is excited to be joining Magspeed Racing. After a couple of seasons mostly away from competitive riding she’s chomping at the bit to get stuck in again. In the past Natalie focus has been on road cycling, she raced abroad for a UCI team and was National Masters Champion, but now she’s moved to the dark side of off-road! fullsizerender(7)

This year she’ll be racing XC & Adventure Races with a bit of Cyclocross thrown in. Aside from racing, Natalie is an ambassador for Specialized and is delighted to be working with the brand to share the enjoyment of cycling with other women. She leads beginner and intermediate women’s rides from London and the South East and has loved seeing people’s journeys from nervous novice to brimming with confidence and smiles.

Natalie says “I’m particularly looking forward to the friendship and support being part of a team brings. Hopefully the season will bring a few team events with it too.”

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Scot’s fondest two-wheeled memories are the winter road trips racing Cyclocross with Scott and Johnny, so he was super stoked when asked if he wanted to team up with them on the Magspeed Racing team.

His first love is riding and racing his mountain bike, having been lucky enough to grow up, and now live close to, the MTB mecca that is the Lake District.

For 2018 Scot will be racing XC and endurance on the mountain bike with some road racing and crits chucked in. September will see the annual pilgrimage to the world’s greatest race, the Three Peaks Cyclocross – all in all he is looking forward to a great year of riding and racing in orange.

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Mike Brunsdon joins us after spending the last 5 years riding with VC Montpellier and brings with him 25 years of racing experience. He also brings a technical background from working with Olympic, World and national champions at the highest levels.

In the last 4 years Mike has been working with Liam at Holohan Coaching and has subsequently improved in form and results. After racing in France and as far afield as Boston Massachusetts, he has ridden his most successful Cyclocross season yet, scoring 81 points and holding a top 100 position in the national rankings and has placed consistently all winter in the Western Cyclocross League.

Mike says “I’m really excited to be joining Magspeed Racing, it’s a great team and I’m looking forward to learning as much from my team mates as hopefully they might learn from me. Cyclocross has become a lot more competitive and having these guys behind me really means a lot and working with Liam at Holohan coaching, we’re gunning for a great season.”

Mike will be racing Cyclocross for us, and expect to see Jenny and Chunk the Chocolate Labrador in the pits too!

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Sam Smith

Sam Smith, 16, is Magspeed Racing’s junior rider. Sam has ridden BMX and MTB recreationally from a young age but spent most of his formative years playing youth football, however after four seasons playing at academy level with Cheltenham Town FC this all changed… Sam found Cyclocross!

After attending a local British Cycling Go Ride coaching session Sam entered some Western Cyclocross League summer races and found himself winning quite a few, so began to race in the Western Cyclocross Winter League and managed to win the youth category in his first two seasons.

In 2017, Sam also competed in MTB XC and after coming 1st & 2nd in his first two races, went on to place 16th in the UK National Championships at Cannock Chase.

Sam is now a first year junior and has been loving racing in the Western Cyclocross winter league with the seniors this season. He says: “racing for an hour has been a steep learning curve for me, but I feel I’ve improved as the season has progressed.

This year I’m planning to race a few of the National MTB XC series; the Western Cyclocross summer & winter leagues; and the National Cyclocross Trophy building towards the National Cyclocross Championships in January 2019 when I’ll be a 2nd year junior. I’m really looking forward to racing for Magspeed Racing in 2018 and hope to learn as much as I can from Scotty and my other teammates”

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Scott Chalmers

Scotty has always had a dream to start his own team, and is very excited to be a founder member and ‘Team Manager’ of Magspeed Racing – especially as it means he gets to ride with such an awesome bunch of people.

Ever since his first mountain bike race aged 8, Scott has competed in nearly every discipline of the sport, starting at an early age with mountain biking, then moving on to time trialing and road racing. Road racing took Scott all over the UK and some decent results secured him a contract with a Dutch team. Scott lived the dream for a year racing in Holland, then for a further two years in France, racing in a lot of high-profile races all over France, Spain and even as far afield as Cameroon. A bad crash brought the foreign dream to an end but, after eventually getting back on the bike, Scott turned his sights back to the off-road scene and Cyclocross. Since then, he hasn’t looked back and, off-road cycling is his main passion! Along with XC mountain biking, the odd crit and hillclimb in the summer months, ‘cross is his thing!

Scotty has won the Western League a handful of times in both the junior and senior categories, the South of England Championships as a junior and has competed in the National Trophy series for a good few years now, where he has enjoyed being able to race against the country’s top riders, on the best circuits in the UK! He has also traveled to Belgium every ‘cross season for the last 7 years to race, gaining several top 10’s along the way.

Along with managing the team, Scotty’s main aim for 2018 is to concentrate on the National Trophy races, with some Western League and Belgian races when he can, and to continue to be a part of the rapidly growing sport of Cyclocross…

Phoebe Sneddon

Phoebe is thrilled to be representing Magspeed Racing this winter. She is a doctor, mum and self-described bike nerd. Phoebe also represent Specialized who support her to goal to share her enthusiasm for cycling and try to encourage more women to ride bikes.

Phoebe grew up in a cycling family but it was only in her 20s that she took cycling more seriously. She met her husband whilst on a bike and after standing and watching him race, realised supporting was slightly on the boring side and wanted a piece of the action. As a child Phoebe was considered woeful at sport and it wasn’t until her late teens that she discovered she wasn’t totally useless at exercise, she just hadn’t found an activity that suited her.

Phoebe says: “Cycling brings me a great deal of joy. I have made wonderful friends through the sport and with a stressful high pressured job it provides the ideal outlet to soothe the soul on days off from work. I have tried almost all disciplines of cycling from cycle-touring across Vietnam and Cambodia to Downhill mountain biking. By far my favourite discipline is Cyclocross racing, I love the fast furious racing, the changing conditions and the technical skills required. Equally I love a steady café ride in the Peak District taking in beautiful scenery and stuffing my face with cake.

As a mum I used cycling to help me keep fit during my pregnancy and as the bump grew I switched to the turbo trainer. Following the birth of my daughter two years ago I made a steady return to fitness, squeezing in the training in between feeds and naps. Becoming a mum made me realise how important it was to me to keep up my cycling. It certainly helped me stay sane through the first few tricky months. Now my daughter is no longer a little baby she joins me on off-road rides on the back of the bike and it gives me great pleasure to share my passion with her.

I can’t wait to join the rest of the team and rag about in a muddy field this winter. I am really passionate about encouraging more women to race Cyclocross so if you see me at a race and you want some help give me a shout.”

Nick Blight

Nick hails from Bideford in Devon, where he lives with his wife Kylie and their four children. He came to Cyclocross racing quite late, at the age of 34, when he met an old friend (Cyclocross Masters Champ Steve Davies) whilst out riding to keep fit. Steve pursuaded him to try ‘cross, lent him a bike and that was it – Nick was hooked! He first competed in the 2016/17 season, then spent the summer racing in the Western League where he came 5th overall. In the 2017/18 season, after some Winter coaching, Nick took to the podium several times, and came 4th in the South West Championships. Nick also came home 4th Brit in the World Masters Champs in Belgium in 2017.

Nick says: I am really looking forward to the coming season and teaming up with Scotty and the rest of the Magspeed team – I hope using their experience and knowledge I can learn a lot.

For 2018/19 season I am competing in select Southwest and Western League events along with National Trophies, the Worlds in Mol, Belgium and then the National Championships on my birthday in 2019.”

Stuart Archard

img_8701.jpgStu hails from Chippenham,Wiltshire and has been riding and racing since he was a young lad, competing in most aspects of the sport: Road Racing, Time Trial, Cyclocross,, MTB,  Track, as well as riding 1000’s of miles all over the country in Audax events. He has ridden Lands End to John O’Groats 6 times, Paris-Brest-Paris and also London-Edinburgh-London twice. It’s fair to say, Stu has a ‘diesel engine’ and can just ride ALL day (and night for that matter)! Stu and Scotty have been riding buddies since they their early teens, riding on and off-road together, and this has taken them all over the UK and also France, Belgium and Holland. In amongst all the riding, Stu has now become an integral part of Magspeed Racing, acting as head pit man, having been Scotty’s pit man for the last 6 years. The boys have travelled to Belgium each winter for the last 6 years, racing in the homeland of ‘cross, living the Belgian Cyclocross Dream for long weekends taking on the fast boys in the heart of Flanders. Stu has also ‘dabbled’ in the marathon-running scene, ticking a handful of them off along the way. It’s fair to say, he likes a challenge!

Stuart decided to hit the race track again this summer, competing in the Western Summer Cyclocross League and a few XC MTB events chucked in for good measure, Stu raced in the first few Western Cyclocross League races this season, but as the weather turns, you’ll find him knee-deep in mud in the pits at a race near you!