Meet Chris Symonds: The 47-year-old Londoner who works at the House of Commons and rode Worlds TT for Ghana

Self-funded and self-coached, Symonds is the oldest-ever competitor in the men's time trial at the World Championships

Chris Symonds
(Image credit: Getty)

"I'm back to work on Tuesday," Chris Symonds says in the mixed zone after completing his effort in the men's elite time trial at the Flanders World Championships. 

"I work at the House of Commons as a doorkeeper, been there 20 years, your MP would know me. It's a good job and they've let me have a few days off to come and race and then go back."

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

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