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2018 Attendees

Graeme ObreeGraeme Obree

Graeme Obree nicknamed The Flying Scotsman, is a racing cyclist who twice broke the world hour record, in July 1993 and April 1994, and was the individual pursuit world champion in 1993 and 1995. He was known for his unusual riding positions and for the Old Faithful bicycle he built which included parts from a washing machine.

To clinch the one-hour record from Francesco Moser (51.151km), he forged his iconic “Old Faithful” bike. After watching a washing machine spin at 1,200 rpm, he opened it up and took the bearings for the bike. He lowered the handlebars thinned the bottom bracket on his way to crafting a cycle with which he could adopt his bizarre riding position. Speaking to The Telegraph in 2007, Obree said: “The record had fascinated me since Moser broke it. It was the ultimate test – no traffic, one man in a velodrome against the clock. I didn’t tell myself that I will attempt the record, I said I would break it.”

 

Mark BeaumontMark Beaumont

Mark is a record-breaking long-distance British cyclist, adventurer, broadcaster, documentary maker and author. He holds the record for cycling round the world, completing his 18,000-mile (29,000 km) route on 18 September 2017, having taken less than 79 days. We are delighted to welcome him to this years dinner for the first time.

 

Steve CummingsSteve Cummings

Steve races for World Tour cycling team Team Dimension Data and is legendary among his peers.

Steve won the team pursuit at the 2005 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles and at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. He also took bronze in the individual pursuit at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, he and the Great Britain team won the silver medal in the team pursuit and achieved a time of 3:59.866 in the heats. Stage winner in the Tours as well! A phenomenal rider and we are delighted to welcome him to the first time to the dinner, to celebrate his 2018 year in the saddle!

 

Dani Rowe MBEDani Rowe MBE

Dani Rowe MBE is a three time world champion in the women's team pursuit, competing for the winning Great Britain team at the 2011 World Championships alongside Laura Trott and Wendy Houvenaghel, 2012 alongside Trott and Joanna Rowsell, and 2013 with Trott and Elinor Barker. Dani sat out the 2014 event, again won by Great Britain with a team of Trott, Rowsell, Barker and Katie Archibald, but remains the reigning European and Olympic champion in the event.

She won the team pursuit at the Track Cycling World Cup in London in preparation for the Olympics in February 2012. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Dani won a gold medal for the team pursuit alongside Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell. The team also set a new world record time of 3:14:051 in this event.  

 

Katie ArchibaldKatie Archibald

Katie is a British Olympian, winning Gold at her first Olympic Games in Rio, as a key part in the GB Women’s Team Pursuit. Katie followed up her Rio success with a 2017 World Championship individual title in the Omnium event. Katie splits her training between the track and road as a crucial member of Team WNT Pro Cycling. She is known for her pace, power and never give up attitude.

 

Yanto BarkerYanto Barker

Yanto Barker is a Welsh professional racing cyclist. He was the highest placed Briton in the 2005 Tour of Britain, coming ninth in the general classification. After spells with Raleigh and One Pro Cycling he retired in 2016 and is now known for presenting ITV’s ‘Tour of Britain 2017 coverage and also founder of Le Col clothing and has now joined forces with Sir Bradley Wiggins to launch his own cycling brand 'Le Col by Wiggins'. We are delighted to welcome Yanto back once again.

 

Martyn AshtonMartyn Ashton

Martyn Ashton is a former British and World Champion mountain bike trials rider, stunt rider and team manager. He had been riding professional trials since 1993 and is often described as a mountain biking legend. He has been credited with turning trials from a niche form of riding into the sport it is today. Ashton was paralysed in an accident in 2013, during a bike trials demo at the British Moto GP. He has come a long way since then!

 

Alex DowsettAlex Dowsett

Alex Dowsett rides for UCI ProTeam Movistar Team. He is known as an excellent time trialist.

 

 

Jon MouldJon Mould

Formerly at NFTO in 2014 and then as part of the inaugural squad for the ONE Pro Cycling team for the 2015. In June 2016 Jon took his fourth Tour Series victory of the season in Durham: the win was also his third consecutive Tour Series win and the ninth of Mould's career, breaking the record of eight wins held by team-mate Ed Clancy. This year Jon won  a Silver medal for Wales in the Road Race at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

 

Hannah WalkerHannah Walker

4 x national champion and PR and Social Media manager for WNT-ROTOR Pro Cycling.

 


Sally Gunnell OBESally Gunnell OBE

The Essex Girl who captured the hearts of a nation. She remains the only woman ever to hold four major track titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth. Her rise to the pinnacle of her sport was hard won. She blew the chance to be World Champion in 1991, stormed back to win Olympic Gold in 1992 and defied incredible odds to become World Champion in 1993, setting a new World Record in the process. She contended with injuries, athletes that she saw as more naturally gifted and a relatively modest support infrastructure compared to her peers.

Her success, by her own admission, was down to a firm grip over her own mind and a lot of very hard graft… We are delighted to welcome her to the Champions Dinner for the first time!

 

 

2017 Attendees

Chris BoardmanChris Boardman MBE

Event Ambassador

Chris Boardman MBE is one of Britain's greatest ever cyclists: an Olympic, triple world champion and world record holder. Chris has excelled at the highest levels within cycling and he remains at the heart of British cycling today always seen commentating on some of the best races around Europe. Outspoken in cycling safety and in the process of setting up his own Performance Centre, we cant wait to welcome Chris back once again.

 

Graeme ObreeGraeme Obree

Graeme Obree nicknamed The Flying Scotsman, is a racing cyclist who twice broke the world hour record, in July 1993 and April 1994, and was the individual pursuit world champion in 1993 and 1995. He was known for his unusual riding positions and for the Old Faithful bicycle he built which included parts from a washing machine.

To clinch the one-hour record from Francesco Moser (51.151km), he forged his iconic “Old Faithful” bike. After watching a washing machine spin at 1,200 rpm, he opened it up and took the bearings for the bike. He lowered the handlebars thinned the bottom bracket on his way to crafting a cycle with which he could adopt his bizarre riding position. Speaking to The Telegraph in 2007, Obree said: “The record had fascinated me since Moser broke it. It was the ultimate test – no traffic, one man in a velodrome against the clock. I didn’t tell myself that I will attempt the record, I said I would break it.”

 
 

Katie ArchibaldKatie Archibald

Katie is a British Olympian, winning Gold at her first Olympic Games in Rio, as a key part in the GB Women’s Team Pursuit. Katie followed up her Rio success with a 2017 World Championship individual title in the Omnium event. Katie splits her training between the track and road as a crucial member of Team WNT Pro Cycling. She is known for her pace, power and never give up attitude.

 

Dan MartinDan Martin

Dan Martin rides for UCI Pro Team Quick-Step Floors. Dan’s many accomplishments include winning stages at the 2011 Vuelta a España, and the 2013 Tour de France, and winning the overall classifications at the 2010 Tour de Pologne and the 2013 Volta a Catalunya. In one-day races, he has won the 2010 Japan Cup, the 2010 Tre Valli Varesine, the 2011 Giro di Toscana, the 2013 Liège–Bastogne–Liège, and the 2014 Giro di Lombardia.

Dan is renowned for his huge crash this year with Richie Porte on the 2017 Tour de France which meant he would go on to ride the race with a fractured spine.

 

Dani Rowe MBEDani Rowe MBE

Dani Rowe MBE is a three time world champion in the women's team pursuit, competing for the winning Great Britain team at the 2011 World Championships alongside Laura Trott and Wendy Houvenaghel, 2012 alongside Trott and Joanna Rowsell, and 2013 with Trott and Elinor Barker. Dani sat out the 2014 event, again won by Great Britain with a team of Trott, Rowsell, Barker and Katie Archibald, but remains the reigning European and Olympic champion in the event.

She won the team pursuit at the Track Cycling World Cup in London in preparation for the Olympics in February 2012. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Dani won a gold medal for the team pursuit alongside Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell. The team also set a new world record time of 3:14:051 in this event.  Dani marries Matt Rowe in 2017 and will be celebrating in style at the dinner with him.

 

Steven Burke MBESteven Burke MBE

Two time Olympic Gold Medallist. Steven James Burke MBE is a track and road cyclist who rides for the WIGGINS cycling team. He represented Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics, beating his pre-Olympics personal best in the individual pursuit by 11 seconds to take the bronze medal. He stood on the podium alongside his cycling idol, gold medallist Bradley Wiggins. In 2012, Burke was part of the Great Britain team that won the Olympic and World championships in the Team Pursuit discipline. He was part of the GB team that retained the team pursuit title at the 2016 Olympics.

Only last month Steven, along with Chris Latham secured numerous victories at the 6 Days Cycling, including the 250m Madison TT and the Derny B.

 

GilmoreRochelle Gilmore

Rochelle Gilmore is the Team Manager for Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling. Originally from South Sydney in NSW Australia. Rochelle travelled to Italy with the Australian Cycling Team/AIS when she was just 17, to pursue a career in cycling. In 2007 Rochelle bought a house and became an official resident of Northern Italy. Rochelle’s first major achievement on two wheels was finishing 2nd in her age division at the World BMX Championships before becoming a silver medalist at the Junior World Championships on the track. A string of 4 more silver medals at the elite World Championships and Commonwealth Games was to follow. Gilmore finished her cycling career with stage wins in the Giro d’Italia and Route De France, 3 World Cup Victories (2 track/one road) and a Commonwealth Games title. Rochelle has now turned her attention to women’s cycling promotion and management.

 

Martin AshtonMartyn Ashton

Martyn Ashton is a former British and World Champion mountain bike trials rider, stunt rider and team manager. He had been riding professional trials since 1993 and is often described as a mountain biking legend. He has been credited with turning trials from a niche form of riding into the sport it is today. Ashton was paralysed in an accident in 2013, during a bike trials demo at the British Moto GP. He has come a long way since then!

 

Dermot MurnaghanDermot Murnaghan

Dermot Murnaghan is one of the nation’s best-known and most experienced news readers, presenting Sky News. Before moving to Sky, he occupied the BBC Breakfast sofa for five years and also spent 11 years at ITN, where he was the presenter who broke the news to the nation about the sudden death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Aside from news, he also presents the early evening quiz show Eggheads on BBC2.

A keen cyclist, Dermot  hosts our Champions of CycleSport Dinner and has tackled our tough Action End2End bike ride. “The UK End2End ride fulfilled the ambition of a lifetime for me,” he said. “As a leisure cyclist, it was always something I’d wanted to do. The highlight for me was not any one particular moment, although the finish came close, but the growing sense of camaraderie that developed among all the riders as we wound our way around the UK. It was the bonding through shared pain, effort and achievement. If anyone asks me if they should do this challenge with Action Medical Research I have a very short answer. Get your cycling shorts on!”

 

Roger HammondRoger Hammond

Roger is Sports Director for team Dimension Data, and a retired racer himself, specialising in cyclo-cross and road. He was the British road champion in 2003 and 2004. He rode for Discovery Channel in 2005-2006, for Team High Road in 2007–2008, for Cervélo TestTeam in 2009–2010, and Garmin–Cervélo in 2011. He also for Great Britain in the 2005 and 2006 Tour of Britain. After that he was Team Manager for Madison Genesis and in 2015 moved to Team Dimension Data, that is currently home to the likes of Cavendish and Eisel. We cant wait to welcome Roger back once again.

 

Yanto BarkerYanto Barker

Yanto Barker is a Welsh professional racing cyclist. He was the highest placed Briton in the 2005 Tour of Britain, coming ninth in the general classification. After spells with Raleigh and One Pro Cycling he retired in 2016 and is now known for presenting ITV’s ‘Tour of Britain 2017 coverage and also founder of Le Col clothing. We are delighted to welcome Yanto back once again.

 

Alex DowsettAlex Dowsett

Alex Dowsett rides for UCI ProTeam Movistar Team. He is known as an excellent time trialist.

 

2016 Attendees

Laura TrottLaura Trott OBE

Laura Rebecca Trott, OBE was born 24 April 1992 and is a British track and road cyclist who specialises in the team pursuit, omnium and scratch race disciplines.

Trott is Great Britain's most successful Olympic female competitor, with four Olympic gold medals, having won both the team pursuit and the omnium at both the 2012 and 2016 games. Since first appearing at the European Track Championships in 2010, she has won seven World Championship, ten European Championship and two Commonwealth Gamestitles, as part of a total of 29 medals. On the road, Trott won the British National Road Race Championships in 2014, taking the under-23 title in the same race, and has ridden for theMatrix Fitness Pro Cycling team since 2015.

 

Geraint ThomasGeraint Thomas MBE

We are delighted to welcome back Geraint Thomas. Geraint has enjoyed success both on the track and on the road. On the track he is a former world champion and current, reigning, Olympic gold medalist in the team pursuit. He is the current Commonwealth road champion and has tasted success at the 2004 Junior Paris–Roubaix, through to senior victories at the 2010 British National Road Race Championships. Thomas has also achieved stage race overall victories; the 2011 & 2014 Bayern-Rundfahrt and the 2016 Paris–Nice, as well as winning his first semi-classic, the 2015 E3 Harelbeke.

 

David Millar - Photo by ‘fi’zi kDavid Millar

David Millar, Scottish former professional road racing cyclist, most associated with his long spells with two teams, Cofidis from 1997-2004 and Garmin-Sharp from 2008-2014. He has won four stages of the Tour de France, five of the Vuelta a España and one stage of the Giro d'Italia. He was the British national road champion and the national time trial champion, both in 2007. He is the only British rider to have worn all Tour de France jerseys and one of six to have worn the yellow jersey. He was also the first (of two) British riders ever to have worn the leader's jersey in all three Grand Tours. He was banned for two years in 2004 after admitting taking banned performance-enhancing drugs, but four years after his return he won the silver medal at the World Time Trial Championships. In 2015 he will launch his new clothing line. David attended the first Champions Dinner in 2011 and we are delighted to welcome him back.

 

Alex DowsettAlex Dowsett

Alex Dowsett rides for UCI ProTeam Movistar Team. He is known as an excellent time trialist.

 

Stephen RocheStephen Roche

In 1987 Stephen had his most memorable year in his 13 year professional racing career by becoming, along with the great Eddy Merckx the second of only two cyclists to win the Triple Crown of Victories in the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the world championship all in the same year.

Stephen retired in 1993, but remained involved in the sport by founding cycling holidays and training camps in Majorca. Brand cycling ambassador for Skoda, HotChillee and other race organisations, he also works as a commentator on cycling events for Eurosport and other international media.

 

Jody CundyJody Cundy MBE

5-time Paralympic Champion and the fastest solo Paralympian on two wheels. Born with a deformed right foot which was amputated at the age of three, Jody started his career as a Paralympic Swimmer –winning 23 international medals including three Paralympic and three World Championship Golds. He made the transition to Cycling in 2005 and has since won eight World Championship Golds, two Silver and is the reigning Paralympic Champion for both the 1km TT and Team Sprint events.

 

Dani King MBEDani Rowe MBE

Dani Rowe MBE is a three time world champion in the women's team pursuit, competing for the winning Great Britain team at the 2011 World Championships alongside Laura Trott and Wendy Houvenaghel, 2012 alongside Trott and Joanna Rowsell, and 2013 with Trott and Elinor Barker. Dani sat out the 2014 event, again won by Great Britain with a team of Trott, Rowsell, Barker and Katie Archibald, but remains the reigning European and Olympic champion in the event.

She won the team pursuit at the Track Cycling World Cup in London in preparation for the Olympics in February 2012. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Dani won a gold medal for the team pursuit alongside Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell. The team also set a new world record time of 3:14:051 in this event. She now rides for Wiggle Honda.

 

Roger HammondRoger Hammond

Roger is one of Britain’s most accomplished professional bike racers and now Team Manager at Madison Genesis. As a junior, Hammond won the World Cyclocross Championships in 1992 before turning professional in 1998. Probably best known as a classics specialist he finished third at Paris-Roubaix in 2004. Roger was also a multi-national champion both on the road (2003, 2004) and in Cyclocross (2000-2004, 2006, 2007). He retired in 2011 from professional racing and started his career as a Team Manager with Madison Genesis in 2013.

 

Rochelle GilmoreRochelle Gilmore

Rochelle Gilmore is the Team Manager for Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling. Originally from South Sydney in NSW Australia. Rochelle travelled to Italy with the Australian Cycling Team/AIS when she was just 17, to pursue a career in cycling. In 2007 Rochelle bought a house and became an official resident of Northern Italy. Rochelle’s first major achievement on two wheels was finishing 2nd in her age division at the World BMX Championships before becoming a silver medalist at the Junior World Championships on the track. A string of 4 more silver medals at the elite World Championships and Commonwealth Games was to follow. Gilmore finished her cycling career with stage wins in the Giro d’Italia and Route De France, 3 World Cup Victories (2 track/one road) and a Commonwealth Games title. Rochelle has now turned her attention to women’s cycling promotion and management.

 

Russell DowningRussell Downing

Russell Downing has competed largely on the UCI Continental Tour and in British Premier Calendar races and was the British national road race champion in 2005. In addition to his national championships, Russell has also been successful in some multi-stage races. His biggest victory to date has come in the 2010 Tour de Wallonie, a 2.HC class event, as well as the 2009 Tour of Ireland. For 2010 Russell signed a one-year contract with the new British Professional Team, Team Sky, and became the first Briton to win a stage for the team, picking up a win in the Critérium International. His contract was renewed for a further year, for the 2011 season. In November Russell joined the British Continental Team Endura Racing. Following the merger of Endura with Team NetApp he joined the NetApp-Endura squad for 2013. In September 2013 it was announced that Russell and Dean Downing would join the new NFTO team for 2014. Russell Downing signed for the Cult Energy Pro Cycling team for the 2015 season, but has returned to Britain with JLT-Condor for the 2016 season

 

Darren Kenny OBEDarren Kenny OBE

In January 2008, Kenny was nominated for "Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability" Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognise sporting achievement. He managed to set a new world record in the preliminary round of the Individual pursuit at the 2008 Paralympics. The new record was 5.812 seconds faster than his own previous world record. Darren was appointed an OBE in the 2009 New Year Honours. Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Bournemouth University in 2009 and an Honorary Degree Masters in Science by Brighton University. We are delighted to welcome Darren to the dinner

 

James CracknellJames Cracknell - Opening Speech

With 2 Olympic Gold Medals, 6 World Championship titles James Cracknell OBE is an inspiring sportsman, athlete and adventurer. We are delighted he will be joining us at this years dinner to deliver the welcome speech!

 

Matt BarbettMatt Barbet - Key Speech

Matt Barbet is a journalist and presenter who anchors 5 News Tonight daily on Channel 5. He also combines work with his passion for riding by hosting ITV4's Cycle Show, as well as Channel 4's highlights of the London Nocturne and Revolution Series. Matt is married to Katie and they have two young daughters.

 

Dean DowningDean Downing

Dean has enjoyed a 10 year cycling career in the UK and abroad with teams Recycling.co.uk, DFL, Rapha Condor Sharp, Madison Genesis and NFTO. Since retiring from competition back in the summer of 2014, it's been a busy couple of years for Dean. 2015 saw Dean step into the role of Sports Director with the UK Based amateur team Polypipe Cycling Team, but an accident whilst out riding saw Dean suffer ruptured cruciate and medial ligaments, which meant a long road to recovery from injury.

2016 has been a good year with a role as Assistant Manager to John Herety within the UK based JLT Condor presented by Mavic Pro Team, a team that Dean spent 6 years of his racing career with. Dean is coaching within the Trainsharp Cycle Coaching brand and continues to be a brand ambassador with several brands in the cycling world.

 

Martyn AshtonMartyn Ashton

Martyn Ashton is a former British and World Champion mountain bike trials rider, stunt rider and team manager. He had been riding professional trials since 1993 and is often described as a mountain biking legend. He has been credited with turning trials from a niche form of riding into the sport it is today. Ashton was paralysed in an accident in 2013, during a bike trials demo at the British Moto GP. He has come a long way since then!

 

Steven Burke MBESteven Burke MBE

Steven Burke is one of British Cycling’s most talented athletes, he won Gold in the Team Pursuit at London 2012 Olympic Games, and a Bronze in the Individual Pursuit at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He added to his inspiring collection at Rio claiming a much deserved Gold and new World Record in the Team Pursuit against a very strong Australian outfit.

 

Jack BauerJack Bauer

New Zealand National Road Champion

Jack Bauer hails from New Zealand and has been a part of the Slipstream family since 2012. Bauer's palmares including winning the 2014 Herald Sun Tour Prologue and a Silver medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games Road Race. He was a key part of the team's 2014 Team Time Trial win in the Giro d'Italia as well as the team's 2012 Tour of Qatar Team Time Trial win. Bauer is a former New Zealand National Road Champion and finished 10th overall in the 2012 Olympic Games.

 

OJ BorgOJ Borg

As well hosting the BAMMA's MMA coverage on Channel 5, deputising for Janice Long and Alex Lester on Radio 2, OJ has taken over the Bespoke Cycling programme from Colin Murray on BBC 5live - meaning he now takes his love of bikes and gratuitously wearing lycra public. Most recently, OJ travelled to cities such as Cologne and San Jose to host the world-famous ESL gaming competitions.

OJ has also made his first programme in the states as one of the lead presenters for 'Gizmodo, the Gadget Testers', which aired coast to coast on BBC America mid 2013. It involved two of his main interests - gadgets and endangering his personal safety for dubious TV based reasons.

Keen cyclist and friend of Action, we are delighted to welcome OJ to the 2016 event.

 

Dermot MurnaghanDermot Murnaghan

Dermot Murnaghan is one of the nation’s best-known and most experienced news readers, presenting Sky News. Before moving to Sky, he occupied the BBC Breakfast sofa for five years and also spent 11 years at ITN, where he was the presenter who broke the news to the nation about the sudden death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Aside from news, he also presents the early evening quiz show Eggheads on BBC2.

A keen cyclist, Dermot  hosts our Champions of CycleSport Dinner and has tackled our tough Action End2End bike ride. “The UK End2End ride fulfilled the ambition of a lifetime for me,” he said. “As a leisure cyclist, it was always something I’d wanted to do. The highlight for me was not any one particular moment, although the finish came close, but the growing sense of camaraderie that developed among all the riders as we wound our way around the UK. It was the bonding through shared pain, effort and achievement. If anyone asks me if they should do this challenge with Action Medical Research I have a very short answer. Get your cycling shorts on!”

 

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