The Gear Changer Blog

Interviews with Riders and Industry Insiders

Andy Turner - A Swift Rise to the Top

Andy putting the 2020 kit through its paces. Photo credit: Orlagh Malone Gardner As with many elite and professional athletes, you assume sport and keeping active has always been a part of their life. Therefore, when SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling rider Andy Turner tells you that he was the kid in the...

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Matt Hallam - Riding the Crimson Wave

Elliot Harrison. Photo: Joe Cotterill The Crimson Performance Orientation Marketing Race Team had ambitious targets for the 2020 season. Riders were in peak condition following a successful two week training camp in Calpe and team owner, Matt Hallam, had his sights set on a possible move for...

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Jacob Vaughan - doing it the hard way

Jacob Vaughan winning in the Junior British Champs jersey. Photo: Joeri De Coninck Jacob Vaughan is a young rider who made an immediate impact when he entered the scene. As a junior, he won the British Junior Road Race Championships with further success leading to a ride on Lotto Soudal’s under...

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Tom Barras - Thanks for Coming! (Part Two)

Tom Barras with his Spatz drawings. Photo: Carlton Reid at Forbes Tom Barras, Founder of "Spatzwear", owner of "Training Pro" Cycling Coaching, ex Manager of "NFTO Pro Cycling" and former pro rider. In Part one, Tom covered his early years racing in Belgium, the development of his professional...

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Emily Kay - An Irish Renaissance

Photo: Alan Moore After several years representing Great Britain on the track, which included a Bronze medal in the Women's Scratch Race at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Emily Kay grasped an opportunity to represent Ireland on the UCI World Cup Track cycling circuit. When we spoke with Emily it...

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Tom Barras - Thanks for Coming! (Part One)

Photo: Carlton Reid Forbes Tom Barras has cycling in his blood. His father, Sid, was a professional for eighteen years with 380 wins to his name, including the National Road Race in 1979. For most people, that would be hard act to follow but Tom’s racing career includes over 100 race wins with...

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Karl Baillie - Chasing the dream

Photo: Christian Braybrooke It is many a young girl and boy's dream to be a professional cyclist but what is it really like to start winning races and sign that first contract? What is the experience like of seeing that dream slowly being taken away and then having to face the question 'what's...

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Andy Tennant - The Pursuit of Excellence

Photo by Breakaway Digital In Andy Tennant's own words, he was not destined to be a professional cyclist. As a young boy, he not only struggled with his weight but also a heart condition which required surgery at Birmingham Children's Hospital. It was Tennant's commitment to the process, to the...

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A New Chapter for Ribble Weldtite's Charles Page

Photo: James Huntly Photography Charles Page has started this season with a bang. A team change from last year to Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling and a fresh, rejuvenated approach to racing showed immediate dividends with an 11th and 14th in two stages of the recent Saudi Tour. We caught up with...

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Cycling Young Guns - Euan Macleod

In this new feature on the blog, we're going to showcase some of the exciting new faces that are breaking through into road cycling. Making his debut on the Gear Changer blog is Euan Macleod. Seventeen year old Macleod is not only the younger brother of Callum Macleod, who rides for Canyon...

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