Obituary: Tim Stevens (1960-2016)

Time trial stalwart Tim Stevens has died aged 55, having represented Great Britain at the 1985 World Championships

Tim Stevens. Photo: Phil O'Connor

Tim Stevens, who has died aged 55, was a junior competition record holder who went on to ride for Great Britain in the 1985 World Championships and was still the man to beat in domestic time trials 30 years on.

With his muscle-bound physique and looming stature, ‘Big Tim’ could bend not only a bike that wasn’t up to the job but also the laws of physics: he was at his most devastating on hilly courses. If failing to hold his wheel on a climb wasn’t demoralising enough for his rivals, he revelled in bad weather — the colder and wetter the better.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.