British track and road cyclist Rob Hayles is set to retire from professional cycling after competing at this weekend’s national hill-climb championship.

“After nearly 27 years of racing, 19 of those full time, and 16 as a professional, I have had an amazing time. But I feel it’s now time to concentrate on other very exciting things I will be doing in the future,” Hayles said via his Twitter account on Thursday morning. 

Hayles took the role of rider/manager at the British-based Endura squad at the start of the 2010 season after a long career in the saddle.

The 38-year-old from Portsmouth first made his mark on the track when he won the national kilometre title in 1993. He enjoyed a long and fruitful association with the Great Britain track team, winning Olympic medals in the 2000 and 2004 Games and taking world and commonwealth titles. He helped to win the team pursuit and madison world titles in 2005, the latter partnered with Mark Cavendish.

On the road, Hayles won the British road race title in 2008 and also held the national 10- and 25-mile time trial titles. He spent three years from 2001-2003 racing on the continent for the French Cofidis squad.

He has also taken several high-profile road and criterium wins in the UK including the Beaumont Trophy and Tour of Pendle in 2008.

Hayles will bow out of his riding career at the 2011 national hill-climb championship held on Long Hill near Buxton on Sunday, October 30.

Rob Hayles: Wins and highlights
Tour Series, round ten, Southend
Tour Series, round five, Blackpool
Clayton Velo Spring Classic

Team pursuit – Manchester world cup (track)
Scratch race, Round two Revolution Series
British road race national championship
Beaumont trophy (Prem Cal)
Tour of Pendle (Prem Cal)

Team pursuit – Commonwealth Games (track)

National circuit race championships
Team pursuit – world championships (track)
Madison – world championships (track)

Silver: Team pursuit – Olympics (track)
Bronze: Madison – Olympics (track)

Bronze: Team pursuit – Olympics (track)
National points race champion (track)
National pursuit champion (track)

National Madison champion (with Jonny Clay) (track)
National points race champion (track)
National pursuit champion (track)

National Madison champion (with Jonny Clay) (track)
National points race champion (track)
National pursuit champion (track)
National 10m time trial champion
National 25m time trial champion

National Madison champion (with Russell Williams) (track)
National points race champion (track)
National pursuit champion (track)
Grand Prix of Essex (Prem Cal)
March Hare (Prem Cal)
Girvan (Prem Cal)

National10m time trial champion
National points race champion (track)

National Madison champion (with Russell Williams) (track)

National Madison champion (with Brian Steel) (track)
National kilometre champion
National 10 mile time trial champion

National kilometre champion

Related links
Endura sign Dempster, Tiernan-Locke and Windsor
Rob Hayles: Rider profile