Jonathan Tiernan-Locke: 'Cycling's just a hobby now'

Riding for his own team, Saint Piran, the 31-year-old is content just riding UK races

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, Tour of Britain 2011, stage four

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke insists that he races to appease his love for cycling, and that he has no intentions of attempting to gain a professional contract in the future.

The Plymouth-born rider's two-year doping suspension lapsed at the end of 2015 and he made a comeback to racing in February when he finished second at the Primavera Road Race.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.