I’m 56 years old married with two children (Robert 24, Nina 17). I was born in North Devon and grew up in Cornwall. I’ve been a motorcyclist since I was 16, my first bike was a Suzuki AP50, first real bike was a Kawasaki Z500. In my teens and early 20’s I raced in hill climb and twisty sprints in the south west of England, and also enjoyed going to watch British and Internationmal track racing championships. In the early 90’s I moved to London and started working in international newsgathering, this led me to travel extensively including periods working abroad, 2 years in Moscow where I met my wife Natasha, and 10 years in Qatar.
In 2016 we left Qatar and moved to the Canary Islands, where my wife and daughter still live. I am working in Leeds for global sports media company DAZN as VP of Broadcast Operations managing a team of approx 100 people across our Leeds and Bangor, N.I. sites. I try to get home to see the family at least once a month, although with the pandemic this has been a challenge sometimes.
I moved from Leeds to Harrogate in October last year to be closer to the Yorkshire Dales, where I enjoy road cycling when time and weather allow. I’ve found cycling lets me to keep fit and healthy while also giving me the opportunity to spend time on two wheels which I really enjoy. I have bikes in both Harrogate and Tenerife so have become use to a lot of climbing up long and steep hills 😁
I ride a Honda CRF1000 Africa Twin which I’ve owned since 2019, I find that it’s a great allrounder and does everything I need. I use it for commuting to work as well as for day to day transport needs (no car in the UK). I joined the IAM to take my advanced riding test and also to meet like minded people so I’m looking forward to getting out with you on some group rides soon.