The British ‘25’ is still THE race to win – Sheil, Bonner, Engers, Lloyd, Doyle, Webster, Boardman …
Any rider would be honoured to add their name to that list.
This year we’d all been expecting Matt Bottrill to add to his already impressive palmarès.
But it was one of VeloVeritas‘ amigo, Dan Fleeman’s charges at Dig Deep Coaching who upset the form book: Ryan Perry (Langdale Lightweights RT) who’s 48:04 was 20 seconds too quick for Britain’s fastest postie.
In time honoured VeloVeritas fashion, we reached for the tom-tom drums and in no time Captain Perry’s words were back at VV world HQ – here’s what he had to say …
Terrific ride, Ryan – the basic stuff first, please: age, from where, how did you get into the bike?
“I’m 28 from Burnley originally but traveled extensively with the Army for the past 12 years.
“I was obsessed with mountain bikes from an early age and was mentored closely by a very keen uncle.
“When I was 16 I went to military college and stopped riding.
“I then took up cross country skiing in the Army and bought a road bike to train on in the summer months.
“I was soon better on a bike than I was on skis so I switched fire!”