Whether it’s climbing famous cols of the Grand Tours, hitting the Roubaix cobbles, exploring the Atlas Mountains, or riding through game farms in South Africa, Hotchillee has been on one hell of an adventure.
Back in 2004 when Sven Thiele and a small group of mates rode from London to Paris, he never imagined the journey would lead to an official event partnership with the Tour de France and 350 Hotchillee riders on the closed Champs-Élysées under official TdF escort before watching the pros arrive.
Whether it’s climbing the famous cols of the Grand Tours, hitting the cobbles of Roubaix, exploring the Atlas Mountains, or riding through game farms in South Africa, Hotchillee has been on one hell of an adventure.
Back in 2004 when Sven Thiele and a group of mates rode from London to Paris, he never imagined the journey would lead to a partnership with the Tour de France and Hotchillee riders on the closed Champs-Élysées under official race escort mere hours before the pros.
Not wanting to limit the Hotchillee love to the real world, our members now feel it 365 days a year through the Hotchillee Companion App where they can chat and join virtual rides. All are welcome – shaven legged roadie racing snakes, gnarly gravel grinders, complete newbies, all have a place in the Hotchillee family.
We are a small, dedicated team who love what we do and have been kicking around for a while. But you know that they say, if you want something done, ask a woman…
Events & Operations
Sponsorship & Business Development
3 years and counting
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 top training tips, advice on nutrition, a helping hand and a high five. Whether it’s on the road or the Hotchillee App they will welcome you into the family from day 1.
Sven (fast becoming known as Gravel Thiele) has been at the helm since Hotchillee launched in 2004. If you’ve taken part in a Hotchillee event before, you will know the most important thing about riding with Sven…don’t join him in the bar the night before. 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.
Our Journey so far
First London to Paris bike ride by Sven Thiele and friends
The Londres-Paris Cycle Company was founded
Company was renamed as Hotchillee
First Ride Captain supported multi-day cycling event
Hotchillee monthly supported rides started
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
Hotchillee first aired on Eurosport
Alpine Challenge launched, Annecy, France I First Hotchillee wedding
Cape Rouleur launched, Cape Town, South Africa
Hotchillee launch the Development Rider Programme, South Africa
Nicholas Dlamini wins yellow jersey on the Cape Rouleur
First hand-cyclists complete the LONDON-PARIS
Nicholas Dlamini wins LONDON-PARIS
Hotchillee Roubaix with Geraint Thomas launched
Second Hotchillee baby born
First marriage proposal on a Hotchillee event
Second Hotchillee wedding
Geraint Thomas competes in Hotchillee Dolomites, Italy
Hotchillee cycling club is formed
Atlas Mountains launched, Marrakech, Morocco
Rainmaker Rollercoaster launched, the World’s first 7-day gravel adventure race, South Africa
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
Hotchillee launch the virtual Community Platform
Hotchillee partner with Tour de France