The Team

Chris Opie

22/07/87 | Truro, Cornwall

Former teams: ONE Pro Cycling, Rapha Condor JLT, Team UK Youth, Pendragon, One And All Cycling, Cycle Logic

Two successful seasons with ONE Pro Cycling culminated in Ronde van Midden Nederland glory on August 28, 2016. His triumph in the two-day stage race followed up second spot in the Arnhem-Veenendaal Classic, where only Lotto NL Jumbo sprinter Dylan Groenewegen was quicker. Earlier in the campaign, Chris was second in the points classification in the Tour de Korea after clinching one stage win, a second, a third and four further top-10 finishes in the eight-day battle. He was fourth on the second stage of the Tour de Yorkshire, fourth on the opening stage of the Tour of Croatia and eighth in the GP de Denain. All that after kicking off the season with two top-10s and an 11th in sprints won by Marcel Kittel and Elia Viviani at the Dubai Tour. His first season with the team included a second place in the Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic. In 2013, Chris grabbed three top-10 finishes in the Tour of Britain and clinched Tour Series wins at Canary Wharf and Aylsham as Team UK Youth cruised to the overall crown. The Cornishman’s first UCI success came in 2010, when he took two stages and a second place in the Tour of Libya. He followed that up two days later with glory in the Grand Prix Of Al Fatah.

Rob Partridge

11/09/85 | Pontypridd, Wales

Former teams: NFTO, Velosure – Giordana, Team UK Youth, Endura, Team Halfords Bikehut, Rapha Condor, Recycling.co.uk, Team Fujibikes

Rob has raced with and against the best riders in the world. He has tackled the Tour of Britain on 10 occasions, netting two top-10 stage finishes and eighth on general classification in 2010. His palmares also includes six appearances in the Ras, finishing fourth (2015) and sixth (2010) on general classification, while grabbing two stage podiums and spending five days in the mountains jersey. His climbing skills were also to the fore when he won the polkadot jersey at Le Tour de Bretagne Cycliste in 2012. He finished 11th in the Tour de Normandie during the same campaign. Rob was ninth overall in the four-day Cinturón Ciclista Internacional A Mallorca in 2011, while also boasts appearances at the Tour de San Luis, Tour of Utah and Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali. At home, he was seventh in the British Road Race Championship in 2014 having taken the under-23 title in 2007. He has a host of other honours, including a Tour Series win in Oldham and overall success in 2009, along with the Ryedale Grand Prix crown. He has twice been the Welsh road race champion, while also representing his country at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006.

Rory Townsend

30/06/95 | Addlestone, Surrey

Former teams: Pedal Heaven, Giro Prestige, Hillingdon Slipstreamers

Having raced with Pedal Heaven since his junior career, Rory raised his game brilliantly in 2016. He had shown great potential the previous season, with promising displays in the Elite Circuit Series and Tour Series, including his first top-10 finish, victory in the BUCS road race and 12th in the Leicester Castle Classic. However, he stepped it up a gear last term, setting the tone with success in the season-opening Perfs Pedal. He racked up a stunning tally of 18 race wins, seven at National B level and one – the Bristol Grand Prix – at the top table. Rory was third in the Leicester Castle Classic and won his weight in beer after a brave solo assault on the Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic. But his crowning moment came in the Tour Series, where he carried off the points jersey after a string of consistent displays. The best of which was his second place in Edinburgh, while he was a key member of Pedal Heaven’s team successes at Redditch and Portsmouth. In 2014, Rory was 11th in the Hillingdon Grand Prix.

James Lowsley-Williams

12/01/92 | Oaksey, Wiltshire

Former teams: NFTO, Team UK Youth, Agiskoviner Cycling Team

A relative latecomer to cycling, taking up the sport aged 17, James has wasted little time in racking up multiple appearances at the Tour of Britain, Tour de Yorkshire and An Post Ras. His promise was shown during his time with a dominant Team UK Youth, where he helped Marcin Bialoblocki to glory in the Irish stage race in 2013. He then spent three seasons with NFTO, underlining his strength with numerous powerful performances, such as supporting Adam Blythe in his RideLondon Classic win in 2014. He tasted glory in the Via Roma Cirencester Twilight Crit in 2015. The following season he was 22nd on stage two of the Tour de Yorkshire before finishing 20th in the Omloop Mandel-Leie-Schelde Meulebeke in Belgium. Back on home roads, he was seventh in the Skipton Grand Prix, registered a hat-trick of top-10s in the Tour Series, including sixth at Motherwell, and finished fifth in the Chorley Grand Prix. He closed the campaign with second to Jon Mould in defence of his Cirencester title.

Jake Womersley

12/12/95 | Mirfield, West Yorkshire

Former teams: Pedal Heaven, ILLI-Bikes, Cycling Team CT 2020, Polypipe, Aire Valley, Sowerby Brothers CRT, East Bradford

Jake served notice of his potential when he finished 18th in the Milk Race while still a junior. That 2013 campaign also saw him place 36th in the Tour of Flanders Juniors and race for Great Britain’s junior team in the World Cyclo-Cross Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. A year earlier he was seventh in the Junior Tour of Wales won by Hugh Carthy and featuring Team Sky duo Tao Geoghegan-Hart and Alex Peters. As a first-year senior, he racked up the experience. He took on the Ras and the Tour of Serbia, where he was 14th on the opening stage. And on home turf, he was fifth in the Leicester Castle Classic and seventh in the Stafford Grand Prix. He signed for Pedal Heaven in 2016, going on to grab ninth in the Elite Circuit Series battle in Skipton and fourth in the Pontefract Festival of Cycling, alongside 17th in the Chorley Grand Prix and 16th in the RideStaffs Kermesse. Jake is the grandson of Brian Robinson, the first Briton to finish the Tour de France and two-time stage winner. He also won the Critérium de Dauphiné Libéré.

George Atkins

18/08/91 | Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire

Former teams: JLT Condor, ONE Pro Cycling, Raleigh GAC, Team USN, 100% ME, Equipe Velo Ecosse/Montpeliers, Websters Cycles, Pearl Izumi – Planet X – High 5, Welland Valley

A hugely-successful track career saw George clinch silver in the points race at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and six British titles, including madison victories with Dan McLay and Jon Mould. Having won the national junior road race in 2009, he became Scottish hill climb champion in 2011 before finishing second in the national under-23 time trial and third 12 months later. George won the British Cycling Elite Circuit Series crown in 2013, landing the Stockton Festival of Cycling Crit along the way. Riding for Raleigh the following year, he again won on Teesside before claiming second in both the Wales Open Crit and Leicester Castle Classic. George finished third in the British Circuit Race Championships and third in the Leicester Castle Classic in the colours of ONE Pro Cycling in 2015 before a switch to JLT Condor led to appearances in the likes of the New Zealand Cycle Classic and Herald Sun Tour.

Dexter Gardias

03/12/90 | Witney, Oxfordshire

Former teams: Pedal Heaven, ONE Pro Cycling, SportGrub, Zappi’s Cycling Club, Forme Impsport Sanlamere, Geoff Thomas Foundation, Torq-Colnago

Fourth on the opening stage of the An Post Ras and sixth on day two of the Tour of Bulgaria franked the fine form Dexter showed in the Spring Cup for Pedal Heaven in 2016. Third in the Chorley Grand Prix, eighth overall and second on stage two at the Tour of the Reservoir and fifth in the Lincoln Grand Prix were stand-out displays. Sandwiched in between was victory on stage one of Totnes-Vire before he went on to finish fifth overall. But possibly the finest ride of Dexter’s campaign saw him produce an aggressive display to finish 11th in the British Road Race Championship in Stockton. Dexter won the Duo Normand as a junior before a quiet start in the senior ranks led to debuts in the Tour of Bulgaria, Ras and Istrian Spring Trophy in 2011. He was 14th in the Wiltshire Grand Prix and 18th in Lincoln in 2014 before taking 17th in the Beaumont Trophy for ONE Pro Cycling the following season.

Harry Tanfield

17/11/94 | Great Ayton, North Yorkshire

Former teams: Pedal Heaven, JLT Condor, KTM, Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes, Teamwallis, TS Racing Team, Cleveland Wheelers

Harry was the top-ranked Elite rider in the British Cycling standings in 2016. His successes were numerous at National B level, while he was also crowned BUCS road race champion. However, it was on the circuits where he was at his best. Harry finished a close second to Sebastian Mora in the Elite Circuit Series, with victory at Chepstow, second in the Wales Open, fifth at Colne and sixth in Otley. He won the Pontefract Festival of Cycling and was second and fourth in his only Tour Series outings – at Durham and Portsmouth, respectively. Harry, who was third in the CiCLE Classic and ninth on stage two of the Tour de Yorkshire in the colours of JLT Condor in 2015, was also fifth in the British Circuit Race Championship. At the end of the 2016 campaign, he won a stage of the Tour of Poyang Lake in China. In 2012, the Teesside rider was 18th in the junior Paris-Roubaix and finished second to Sam Lowe on consecutive stages of the Junior Tour of Wales. As a first-year senior he was sixth in the Stockton Grand Prix and second in Evergem Belzele. Further trips to Belgium in 2014 yielded two wins and multiple podiums before he celebrated fourth in the Stafford Grand Prix and victories in Bishop Auckland and Pontefract. Harry’s promise was clear from an early age after he won the Isle of Man Youth Tour under-12 age group in front of the Sky Sports cameras in 2006.

Sam Lowe

20/01/94 | Derby, Derbyshire

Former teams: Team Wiggins, Raleigh GAC, Amicale Cycliste Bisontine, 100% ME, Hargroves Cycles – Ridley, Go Sports Spex, Pearl Izumi – Planet X – High 5

Sam enjoyed a stellar junior career, which included national and European titles on the track. He also excelled on the road, where he clinched the British junior road race crown in 2012 after finishing second on the opening stage of the Course de la Paix Juniors and 13th on general classification at the Tour of Istria. He also won two stages of the Junior Tour of Wales during that campaign. In 2015, he rode for Raleigh and grabbed second behind Owain Doull in the national under-23 road race championship. He also took third in the Stockton Grand Prix and fifth in both the Stafford Kermesse and Milk Race before moving to Team Wiggins for 2016. He had a busy campaign, particularly on the continent. However, among the highlights were 18th place in the British Road Race Championship, 21st in the RideLondon Classic and fifth in the Grand Prix of Wales.

Max Stedman

22/03/96 | Crowthorne, Berkshire

Former teams: Pedal Heaven, AW Cycles, Palmer Park Velo

A quiet start to 2016 quickly made way for a brilliant finale as Max came of age in Pedal Heaven colours. After four podium places in National B contests, his campaign took off when he finished seventh in the Velothon Wales. He followed this up with some solid displays in the Tour Series before placing 11th in the Beaumont Trophy. He then powered to seventh in the British Under-23 Road Race Championship, finishing 21st overall in Stockton. Max finished the season in style with ninth place on general classification in the gruelling Tour of Bulgaria. He was also fourth in the youth standings after finishing inside the top 13 on four of the six stages. Max was 13th in the Junior Tour of Wales in 2013 after finishing ninth on the final stage. The following season he joined Pedal Heaven and was 13th in the national junior road race and seventh in the Junior CiCLE Classic. In 2015, he was second to team-mate Rory Townsend in the BUCS Road Race Championship, while also placing 15th in both the Leicester Castle Classic and Chepstow Grand Prix.

Jack Pullar

15/11/89 | Lancaster, Lancashire

Former teams: Pedal Heaven, Velosure Starley Primal, Madison Genesis, Wheelbase Altura MGD, Vanillabikes, Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes, KUK Kinesis, Lune

Jack enjoyed an impressive, although somewhat frustrating, campaign in 2016. He rattled up a series of top-10s and superb podium places in the highest tier of domestic racing but couldn’t get his wheel in front. He was second in the Ryedale Grand Prix, while also notching second and third in the Elite Circuit Series races in Skipton and Ilkley respectively. He racked up six top-10 finishes in a brilliant Tour Series campaign, with a best of second in Redditch. Jack’s consistency was also underlined with ninth in the Wiltshire Grand Prix, ninth overall at the Tour of the Reservoir after finishing eighth and fifth on the two stages, 10th at Lincoln and 18th in the Velothon Wales. Jack represented Scotland in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and was crowned national hill climb champion in 2012. In 2013, while riding for Madison Genesis, he was eighth in the Ryedale Grand Prix, ninth in the Colne Grand Prix and fourth in Stockton. The following year he was eighth in the Lincoln Grand Prix and sixth at the Wiltshire Grand Prix. In 2015, he racked up two top-10s in the Tour Series and fifth on stage two of the Tour of the Reservoir. Jack was eighth in the Junior Tour of Wales in 2007.

Mitchell Webber

06/06/95 | Andover, Hampshire

Former teams: Pedal Heaven, Primera – TeamJobs

After finishing second to team-mate Rory Townsend in the Perfs Pedal, Mitchell’s 2016 campaign was beset with illness. A virus diagnosed after the Manx International laid him low for most of the season and saw him miss out on potential rides in races such as the Ras. He found his form in the latter part of the summer, reeling off four top-10s in National B races before tackling the Tour of Bulgaria, where he finished 15th in the general classification and sixth in the youth standings. He had finished the previous campaign with fourth place in the Victor Berlemont following 10th in the Chepstow Grand Prix. Mitchell was 12th overall in the Junior Tour of Wales in 2013 – a five-stage battle won by Scott Davies and including the likes of Sam Oomen, Eddie Dunbar, Chris Lawless, James Shaw and Gabriel Cullaigh, along with current team-mates Max Stedman and Jake Womersley.

Matt Nowell

30/07/96 | Northwich, Cheshire

Former teams: Wheelbase Altura, Kuota – Spinergy – GSG, Weaver Valley

Matt joined Wheelbase Altura MGD at the beginning of 2016, having shone consistently on the track and road while studying at Sheffield Hallam University. An encouraging start to the season included sixth place in the Eddie Soens Memorial, as he was the second non-Pedal Heaven rider to cross the line. He then beat Ian Bibby and Jack Pullar to win the Capernwray Road Race. And he franked that form when he became the best-placed guest rider in the Tour Series after finishing ninth in Edinburgh. Matt was second to James Gullen in the North West Regional Road Race Championships before embarking on a spell in Belgium. He cruised to second in Binderveld, Tienen and Kontich, while notching four further top-10 finishes on the continent to underline his promise. He raced there in 2015, too, with a best return of fifth at Aartselaar.

Joe Fry

21/01/97 | Potters Bar, Hertfordshire

Former teams: Pedal Heaven RT, RST Racing Team, Welwyn Wheelers

After an impressive junior career on both the track and the road, including national titles in the velodrome and 10th place at the Paris – Roubaix Juniors, Joe became a first-year professional with Pedal Heaven in 2016. And he wasted no time in underlining his potential. He was prominent on his Spring Cup debut in the Manx International before proving that performance was no fluke by becoming the youngest winner of the two-day Tour of the Reservoir in only his fourth outing for the team. Joe went on to race the Tour de Yorkshire, for Great Britain, and the An Post Ras before finishing seventh in the national under-23 time trial championship, aged just 19. He was also third in the Bristol Grand Prix, as Pedal Heaven filled the first four positions.

Alex Richardson

30/04/90 | Kingston, London

Former teams: Pedal Heaven Excel Academy, Rapha Cycling Club

Alex only began racing in August 2015, having gambled his job as a stockbroker on becoming a professional cyclist. A talented tennis player in his youth, he quickly found his feet and impressive performances at regional level were capped by seventh in the National B Maldon & District Road Race. His rapid progress had caught the eye of Pedal Heaven, with Tim Elverson inviting him to join the team’s Excel Academy in 2016. He began the season as a Cat 2 rider and finished with an Elite licence, shining at National B level and finishing a brilliant 14th in the Leicester Castle Classic – just 12 months after his first race.