'We bought a lucky cushion for Wout Poels' dog': Meet cycling's biggest superfans

Cycling fans are a special bunch, but some are more than others. Chris Marshall-Bell tracks down the most committed and outrageous in our ranks

Standing at the roadside of a race as the peloton speeds by is only part of the experience of watching professional cycling.

Whether it be on top of a mountain, in the noisy confines of a velodrome, or even in the centre of a city during a criterium, it is spectators that can make the day memorable, regardless of how many photos can be taken of their heroes.

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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 feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly 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.