The Gear Changer Blog

Interviews with Riders and Industry Insiders

Caroline Stewart - Bianchi Dama's Race Mechanic and Assistant DS

Caroline prepping the team bikes. Photo: Warren Davies There have been plenty of articles written about the riders within the elite peloton but not enough exposure, in our view, has been given to those people within the teams who make bike racing possible. In this new series on the Gear...

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Tom Mazzone - An island life

Tom climbing up the mountain road on the Isle of Man preparing for the 2021 season. Photo: Tom Mazzone "We're a small island with a big spirit." proclaims the 'Visit Isle of Man' website. This quality must also be in the DNA of those who reside on this island in the Irish Sea since it is plain...

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Max Stedman - The ascent

Max on the recent Canyon dhb SunGod training camp. Photo credit: Hugh McManus Maximilian (Max) Stedman has been a regular fixture of the Canyon team through all of its various incarnations over the years. He was first spotted by Tim Elverson, team owner and sports director of the current...

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Athlete Identity

Having had the privilege of working with professional sportspeople on their personal development and welfare for over fifteen years now, identity is a theme that has featured in many of my interactions with them.How we define ourselves and, to a lesser degree, how others define us is a question...

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Melissa Greaves - Combining a full-time career with elite level racing

Melissa Greaves at the Commute Cycle Cafe, Ilkley. Photo: Miriam Jesset How do you combine a full-time job with riding at Elite level and all during a global pandemic? Melissa Greaves shares her experience of riding with the Crimson Performance Orientation Marketing Race Team, her role at...

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Sammie Stuart - Racing Bikes and Fighting Fires

Sammie Stuart at Garstang Fire Station where she has been an On Call Firefighter for nearly nine years. Photo: Josh Hulme. The commitment required to race at Elite level is considerable. Imagine this level of training alongside being a full time firefighter? This is exactly what Sammie...

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How to be Forever Employable

Six insights from an article written by Jeff Gothelf in the Harvard Business Review, adapted from his book “Forever Employable”. How becoming an expert in your field by sharing and re-purposing your experience, passion, and expertise results in jobs & leads being attracted to you rather than...

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Jo Tindley CAMS-Tifosi: Doing the hard graft

Jo Tindley. Photo: Bob MacGregor Jo Tindley has been racing a bike for over twenty years. She has raced at national level across multiple disciplines and internationally on the track and road. Her specialty is crit racing, becoming the National Elite Series Winner in 2019. Currently riding...

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In the Drops with Lizzy Bennett

Lizzy Bennett, Drops Cycling. Photo: Breakaway Digital Lizzy Bennett burst onto the scene in 2019 with victory at the Curlew Cup, narrowly pipping new Drops Cycling teammate April Tacey to the line. Already a member of the Welsh U23 programme, Drops Cycling further capitalised on Lizzy's...

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Adam Lewis - Cycling to the BEAT of his own drum

BEAT Cycling 2020 photo shoot. Photo: Stephan de Goede Answering the questions this time is Adam Lewis, the young British rider with Dutch UCI Continental team BEAT Cycling. From his early days on the outdoor velodrome with Wolverhampton Wheelers to his current racing life in Belgium, Adam...

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