ABOUT US

the gang

From the famous cols of the Grand Tours, hitting the Roubaix cobbles, exploring the Atlas Mountains, riding through game farms in South Africa to forming an online cycling community, we’ve been on a jaw dropping adventure.

Meet the team who make it all happen…

From the famous cols of the Grand Tours, hitting the Roubaix cobbles, exploring the Atlas Mountains, to riding through game farms in South Africa, we’ve been on some jaw dropping adventures. 

ON BIKE

RIDE CAPTAINS

With over 300 Hotchillee events under their belts you’re in safe hands with this lot.

From registration to the finish line they’ll be there with training tips, supported group rides, advice on nutrition, a helping hand and a high five. 

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Ride captain details

ANDY NEWTON

Day job: Plumber
Total events: 2
Ride style: All rounder

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DAVID SIDGWICK

Day job: COO Nedbank
Total events: 18
Ride style: All rounder

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JULIETTE CLARK

Day job: Endurance cyclist
Total events: 24
Ride style: All round bad-ass

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MICHELLE SHARLAND

Day job: Therapist
Total events: 3
Ride style: Rouleur

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RACHEL PRZYBYLSKI

Day job: Financial Compliance
Total events: 18
Ride style: Climber

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DIMITRI NICOLAIDES

Day job: Telecommunications
Total events: 9
Ride style: Rouleur

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DAVID KIRKBY

Day job: Asset Manager
Total events: 30
Ride style: All rounder

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DAVID BRYANT

Day job: No one really knows
Total events: 29
Ride style: Sprinter

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WAYDE FINCH

Day job: Data Analyst
Total events: 2
Ride style: All rounder

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STEPHEN NIBLETT

Day job: Health & Safety
Total events: 16
Ride style: Cake

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JON PACKER

Day job: Carpenter
Total events: 5
Ride style: Rouleur

Hotchillee Ride Captain Jack Kirkby
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Jack kirkby

Day job: Business Analyst
Total events: 10
Ride style: All rounder

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IAN HOLMES

Day job: Events Manager
Total events: 20
Ride style: Climber

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GARETH WILSON

Day job: CEO
Total events: 20
Ride style: Rouleur

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behind the scenes

HOTCHILLEE HQ

We are a small, dedicated team who love what we do so have been kicking around for a while. 

Jane Fairley Hotchillee

Jane

Events & Operations

13 years

Charlotte Montague Hotchillee

Charlotte

Partnerships

9 years

Jon

Marketing

Who’s counting?

Sven Thiele Hotchillee founder

THE BOSS

Sven Thiele

Sven Thiele Hotchillee founder

Born in South Africa and married to a Scot, Sven has an unparalleled love of red wine, a pretty extensive knowledge of whisky and a mild obsession with gravel riding. 

Back in 2004 when Sven and a small group of mates first rode from London to Paris he never imagined it would lead to an official partnership with the Tour de France, but life’s a journey … enjoy the ride.

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DIGITAL

chat with the gang

Feel the Hotchillee love 365 days a year on the community companion app.

Think of it like Hotchillee in your pocket, where you can chat with the Ride Captains, our team, the boss, industry experts, shaven legged roadie racing snakes, gnarly gravel grinders and complete newbies … all have a place in the Hotchillee family.

Our Journey so far

TIMELINE

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2004

First London to Paris bike ride by Sven Thiele and friends

2005

The Londres-Paris Cycle Company was founded

2007

Company was renamed as Hotchillee

2008

First Ride Captain supported multi-day cycling event

Hotchillee monthly supported rides started

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2009

Hotchillee set World record for cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats with James Cracknell

Hotchillee host The Devil Takes the Hindmost at BikeRadar Live

2010

Hotchillee first aired on Eurosport

Alpine Challenge launched, Annecy, France I First Hotchillee wedding 

2011

Cape Rouleur launched, Cape Town, South Africa

Hotchillee launch the Development Rider Programme, South Africa  

2012

Nicholas Dlamini wins yellow jersey on the Cape Rouleur

First hand-cyclists complete the LONDON-PARIS 

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2013

Nicholas Dlamini wins LONDON-PARIS 

2014

Hotchillee Roubaix with Geraint Thomas launched

Second Hotchillee baby born

(no correlation)

2015

First marriage proposal on a Hotchillee event

Second Hotchillee wedding

2016

Geraint Thomas competes in Hotchillee Dolomites, Italy

Hotchillee cycling club is formed

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2017

Atlas Mountains launched, Marrakech, Morocco

2018

Rainmaker Rollercoaster launched, the World’s first 7-day gravel adventure race, South Africa

2019

Hotchillee Ride Captain “The Bull” rides Col du Tourmalet on 17kg Qhubeka bike

Hotchillee community fundraise 250 Qhubeka bikes for distribution in Kwanokuthula, South Africa

2020

Hotchillee launch the virtual Community Platform

Hotchillee partner with Tour de France

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