ABOUT US

the gang

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.

Sven Thiele Hotchillee founder

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.

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Not wanting to limit the Hotchillee love to the real world, our members now feel it 365 days a year through the Hotchillee 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.

OUR PEOPLE

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…

Jane Fairley Hotchillee

Jane Fairley

Events & Operations
13 years

Charlotte Montague Hotchillee

Charlotte Montague

Sponsorship & Business Development
8 years

Amy Hotchillee

Amy Boulert

Communications
3 years and counting

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 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.

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ANDY NEWTON

UK

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DAVID SIDGWICK

UK

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JULIETTE CLARK

UK

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MICHELLE SHARLAND

South Africa

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RACHEL PRZYBYLSKI

UK

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DIMITRI NICOLAIDES

South Africa

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DAVID KIRKBY

Australia

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DAVID BRYANT

Australia

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WAYDE FINCH

South Africa

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STEPHEN NIBLETT

UK

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JON PACKER

UK

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JACK KIRKBY

Australia

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IAN HOLMES

UK

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GARETH WILSON

UK

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Sven Thiele Hotchillee founder

FOUNDER

Sven Thiele

Sven Thiele Hotchillee founder

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

TIMELINE

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

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 

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

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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