simon, richardson, cycling, weekly, deputy editor

Simon got in to cycling one sunny July evening in 1989. Bored, and putting off his homework, 12 year old Simon flicked through the TV channels to find a bike race being shown on Channel 4.

Instantly he was mesmerised, a few weeks later, at the end of the greatest Tour de France ever run, he was in love with the sport.

Simon began racing in 1996, fitting his training around his sports science degree. Within three years he was a first cat and having a go in Premier Calendar races. He spent the 2000 season living the dream and racing in Belgium for the Kingsnorth International Wheelers.

The next year reality bit and he was temping in the Cycling Weekly offices. Eleven years later he has covered two Olympic Games, multiple Tours and classics and nine world track championships.

Over the years he has raced road, tt, track, cross and mountain bike events with varying degrees of success, and still turns up to the odd race and pins a number on when he's feeling brave.

Simon Richardson on Twitter - @SRichardsonCW

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