Cycle Art – Meet the Staff
At Cycle Art, we’re all cyclists. Sounds obvious, but in order to best advise and serve customers, it’s important that we understand the sport, our products, and the needs of our customers. So who are the people behind Cycle Art?
Tony has been riding for 28 years, and for 21 of those years he has been racing. He is a local legend on the b cross scene having notched up over 50 b cross podiums, over 20 mountain bike wins, and has won the senior CXNE league. He has even competed in the 3 Peaks b the toughest b cross race in the world (it is essentially a fell race with a bike). He is also quite handy on the road having covered 417 miles in the National 24 hour TT, been a road race winner, and a regular top 5 finisher in TTs in the past. He has worked in the bike industry for nearly 20 years after earning a degree in mechanical engineering. Along with Mark, he has built up Bicycle Repair Man from a tiny shop in Prudhoe into the biggest bike shop in the North East by some considerable margin. When it comes to b cross bikes and b cross racing, there isnb t much he doesnb t know. Tony is also regarded as the North Eastb s best wheel builder. He currently races on 2 superlight custom Ridley X-Nights and trains on the road on a Ridley Helium SL. He also competes from time to time on his Giant XTC Advanced 29er mountain bike.
Club: Derwentside CC
Dream bike: Thomas Frischknechtb s Ritchey Swiss Cross
Interesting fact: While Tony was at university, he designed and built the first ever b Vb brake
Hanging up in behind the Cycle Art counter is a British National Champion jersey. This isnb t a gift or a charity auction special b this belongs to our very own track champion, Chris. Chris has been riding for over 30 years with 25 years bike industry experience and has an impressive palmares. He has 2 gold medals in the Great Britain masters points race, a silver medal in the European Masters points race, a bronze medal in the British Open Team Pursuit championship and has shared the podium with Sir Bradley Wiggins when he was part of a team that won bronze in the 1998 National Madison Championship. He is also a Level 2 British Cycling road and time trial coach, rides into work every day regardless of the weather, and is Cycle Artb s bike fit expert having carried out hundreds of successful bike fits. Chris races on the track on a Ridley Arena, time trials on a Cervelo P2, trains and commutes on a Sabbath September and a Giant Bowery fixed 64b gear, and for fun has a Giant XTC mountain bike and a tandem called George. He also trains and occasionally races on a stunning Sabbath Mondays Child.
Club: VC St Raphael
Dream bike: 80s Cineli Laser track bike
Interesting fact: Chris used to be a Samaritan volunteer
Jamesb journey into road cycling is very different to that of Mark and Tony. Despite having been fit and active in his youth, playing rugby at schoolboy, club and county level and an avid mountain biker (he actually bought his 2nd mountain bike from a young Chris Bush in the 90s) by July 2008, James weighed over 22 stone (140kg). He was morbidly obese, struggled to walk up stairs without losing breath, and admits himself that he was heading for a life of heart problems, diabetes and quite probably an early grave. A medical problem in July of 2008 convinced James to make a life-changing decision and he bought a cheap road bike and a turbo trainer. Now 7 stone lighter, James is a regular on the North East time trial scene, he is the club secretary of a cycling club, a massive follower of pro cycling, and is a British Cycling Sky Ride Leader. He rides into work every day that he possibly can, leads his club runs on a Sunday, and is currently trying to break the 22 minute barrier in a ten mile 10. James is also trained as a barista and is a freelance graphic designer. James races on a Ridley Dean time trial bike, commutes on a fully winterized Ridley X-Bow and trains on a Burls titanium road bike. When the sun comes out, his pride and joy is a custom Cervelo R3.
Club: ClC!sico CC (was Stay Classy / Well Handled RT)
Dream bike: Colnago C59 Italia with Super Record
Interesting fact: James once chased Sir Bradley Wiggins down the Col de Femenia in Mallorca. He didnb t catch him.
An important part of the Cycle Art ethos is the cafC), and without Pam, there would be no cafC). Pam is qualified in hotel management, and has worked as a catering assistant in a country hotel, ran a restaurant in Rothbury for 7 years, has been a catering manager for 2 schools and a day nursery before becoming the cafC) manager at Cycle Art. Away from baking the best cakes in the North East, Pam is also a passionate cyclist, racing in time trials and b cross, as well as club runs and offers a unique perspective from the female point of view of cycling, which is almost unique in the North East bike shops. Pam races on a Giant TCR Advanced and races cross on a Ridley X-Fire (when it arrives).
Club: Derwentside CC
Dream bike: b Something that will make me winb
Interesting fact: Pam originally wanted to an air hostess