We are pleased to introduce you to the HotChillee Ride Captains.
As head Ride Captain, David 'The Bull' Bryant, has been riding bikes for over 25 years and has been part of the HotChillee family since 2008. Bull, an Australian who's been in the UK for over 17 years, is passionate about discipline in the peloton and has a fierce reputation. David has been heard to say "I like the Roubaix cobbles, racing for post boxes and just enjoy riding hard". This is borne out by his completion in 2012 of the eight-day Cape Epic MTB stage race and the fact that a significant number of London commuters believe David is an ex Australian track champion as he rides a 49/13 single speed at 46kmph/ 100rpm. He hydrates on beer and is a coffee connoisseur.
Namibian-born ‘Captain Craig’ has been cycling since before he can remember and now, as the owner and manager of Cape Cycle Tours, in Cape Town gets paid to ride a bike. One of three Ride Captains who head up the HotChillee family in South Africa he is a fan of extreme MTB racing and has ridden some of Africa’s toughest mountain bike races including the eight-day Cape Epic and To Hell and Back in the Gamkaskloof valley. Craig is known for thinking that riding at 35kmph is an easy spin.
Dan 'Steely' Lawrence is an extended scope musculoskeletal physiotherapist who has competed at a high level in range of sports including semi-professional rugby in his native Australia. Although a late comer to cycling since finding the sport he has crossed England on a mountain bike, ridden 320km in one day and spent time climbing iconic climbs in the Alps and Pyrenees. A Ride Captain since 2012 Steely is a HotChillee strong man who has been known to push riders much of the way from London to Paris. A former rock musician he was once told by a record producer that his band produced a "hopeless dirge of sound".
Self-confessed computer geek Dane commands huge respect within HotChillee ranks. One of three South African Ride Captains, Dane is equally at home on the road as on the trails of the Western Cape where he lives. A fan of riding for a very, very long time he has competed in Cape Epic and in 2013 rode the World 24-hour solo MTB Championships in Canberra, Australia where he clocked 354.96kms, climbed 6700m and "watched his body fall apart" (but kept on riding anyway). Despite his hard man reputation he admits to being soft when it comes to riding in Europe in the rain.
Rower turned cyclist 'Whisk' is a natural rouleur with "a big diesel engine" who is happiest on a "nice rolling route into a big headwind". A HotChillee Ride Captain for five years, he thinks nothing of pushing riders much of the way from London to Paris whilst maintaining a few hundred watts. At the inaugural Dunkerque-Roubaix he made light work of the cobbles of northern France. By day David is COO of the London branch of a South African bank. He does the occasional Ironman to keep fit.
'Captain' is a veteran Ride Captain with 17 HotChillee events under his belt. Australian by birth he has been riding and racing bikes for over 35 years and still has his eyes on the podium. In 2012 Captain completed the Cape Epic and he regularly races off road in the UK. Known for his ability to lighten the mood in the peloton David's humour has helped many riders out of the hurt locker to complete a gruelling HotChillee stage. By day he is a partner in a global commercial property company but his ultimate goal in life is to be able to pop a wheelie like Robbie McEwen or Peter Sagan. The latest addition to his bicycle collection is a blue and pink cyclocross bike. He is known to hate the limelight.
With a background in canoeing and rowing 'DT' admits to being "a bit larger than is ideal for a cyclist". But as a veteran of six editions of The LONDON-PARIS David believes the advantage of being statuesque is that, "I'm the perfect size to tow others behind me into a headwind". Known for having the patience of a saint David cites one of his cycling highs as the thrill of riding in to Paris with the Stoke Mandeville hand cyclists. Off the bike DT is earning himself a reputation as a pretty mean baker - you may see him on Great British Bake Off soon.
An Irishman in London, Gareth came to cycling after a previous life playing rugby and hockey. He has since graduated from commuting to cyclosportives, and onto multi-stage endurance road events. A Ride Captain since 2012, Gareth is known as much for his, "conversation than his cadence" (his own words) and his calm command of the peloton has helped many riders make it through a HotChillee challenge. A Managing Director at Accenture, Gareth made London his home twenty years ago and loves social media more than his teenage daughters do .
Ian has competed in triathlon, mountain biking, road and criterion racing since the 90s. After winning the 2010 Alpine Challenge he was asked to become a Ride Captain and has now represented HotChillee at five editions of The LONDON-PARIS, two editions of the Alpine Challenge and at the Cape Rouleur in South Africa. He is a sports and remedial massage therapist and soigneur for Madison-Genesis pro cycling team where he works alongside ex pro and former British Road Race Champion, Roger Hammond. A fan of man bags and moisturiser.
Ian's cycling life began in the 1970s as a Saturday shop boy alongside LONDON-PARIS Mechanic Nigel Hill. Narrowly beating Nigel in a sprint up Eltham High Street led to years of club racing in the South East, 10-mile time trials and cyclocross races. A successful career in private equity forced a 27-year retirement from cycling but since returning to the sport he has competed in regional cyclocross league events. In 2014 Ian (aka 'Goose') completed the Tour de Force - the entire route of the Tour de France and raised £49,000 for the William Wates foundation. He can track stand no handed. For real......
Jack has grown up with HotChillee in the blood being the son of RC ‘Captain’ and racing in both the L2P and Alpine Challenge. He loves all forms of cycling data almost as much as the sprint and the end of the climb and can occasionally be found on weekends riding CX and mountain bikes too. Always happy to discuss sock length, cap peaks and shaven legs as "It’s not about being fast, it’s about looking fast”.
Cycling coach Jay has a background in sport science and, through his company M1Performance Coaching, has helped many HotChillee riders achieve their cycling goals. He has competed in road racing, Ironman, duathlon boasts a clutch of top 10s in 12/24hr MTB races. A passion for Enduro MTB stage races has seen him on the start line of the Cape Epic and the Andalucian 6 Day and his dream is to complete the Tour Divide, from Canada to Mexico. Known as 'Jedi' Jay he hates junk miles and loves data - although it's rumoured he once did a ride with no tech.
John's cycling history spans two decades and includes time spent road racing and time-trialling. Since retiring from high-level racing 'Tenterfield' has "discovered" long distance riding and has been a Ride Captain since 2012 on both the Alpine Challenge and THE LONDON-PARIS. A born climber with a passion for the mountains he also enjoys distance running, mountain trekking and cross-country skiing. He has been known to wear leg warmers in July to avoid shaving his legs.
Eddy has been a Ride Captain since 2007 and is a huge supporter of grassroots cycling through his involvement with Charlotteville Cycling Club and as director of cycle coaching and clothing company Dreadnought CC. Once the holder of a first category road racing licence he has also competed at the Masters World Track championship. He leads the 'group of champions' from London to Paris and was once rumoured to have smiled spontaneously.
Cyclist, mountain biker and endurance runner Juliette loves numbers, power data, expensive face cream, Prada shoes, coffee, porridge and sunshine but not necessarily in that order. A fourth place at the RTTC National Hill Climb and a sub-60 for 25M TT are an indication of Juliette's cycling ability. She is, in her own words, "slightly older, slightly greyer, slightly skinnier than the average Ride Captain, but still capable of pushing heavier guys up mountains" as she demonstrates each year at the Alpine Challenge.
A former professional cyclist who raced in the UK, Belgium and northern France, Martin is one of the most experience cyclists within the HotChillee family having ridden and raced bikes for over thirty years. He lives and works in Hastings where he was a founder member of the former Bayeux Cycling Team (now Mid Sussex RC). Martin once rode the length of the 400-strong, one kilometer-long HotChillee LONDON-PARIS peloton in less than a 90 seconds whist still maintaining a conversation.
The 'Doc' is a life-long cyclist whose achievements on the bike include riding junior and u23 MTB for South Africa, completing the Cape Epic and putting in a sub six-hour Marmotte. Michael has been a part of HotChillee since it's inception ten years ago and recently returned to South Africa after living in the UK for 13 years. Despite his medical training and being a consultant ophthalmic surgeon by day Doc is known for his ability to break his body in spectacular fashion at crucial times in his life.
'Nibs' started riding bikes as a teenager and dabbled in road racing before having 12 years off the bike - a time when he turned to running, triathlon and equestrian sports. Now safely back in the (cycle) saddle his first Ride Captain tour of duty was The LONDON-PARIS 2014. A fan of coffee, cake and long, flat riding (he calls Norfolk home) he is rumoured to have a day job but needs to delete his Strava account if anyone is going to believe him.
After being forced to retire from playing semi-professional rugby at Bath due to injury, Todd bought a bike, three months later completed LONDON-PARIS in Group 1 and is now over 30kg lighter. Now in his second year as a Ride Captain, he is a regular driving the pace at the front of Group 1. Todd still competes in crits and road races and recently ran a sub three hour marathon. His true endurance is demonstrated at post event celebrations, where he is almost guaranteed to be the last man standing.
Warren, has recently joined the HotChillee family as a Ride Lieutenant. Born and bred in Cape Town he has been cycling since he can remember but has concentrated on cycling since his early 20's. He currently works in the IT sector and has started his own company resulting in commuting becoming a big part of his weekly training routine. Comfortable both on and off road he has completed 4 Cape Epics, numerous 1 day and multy stage MTB endurance events, and most recently, the Ironman 70.3 in SA although nobody has been able to convince him to do the full Ironman - yet.