These are the four UK Parentini Test Team riders. They are the lucky guys who have the enviable task of testing, reviewing and promoting Parentini cycle clothing. You might have seen some of the team out on the roads already, resplendent in the red, white and black kit. So if you see them, give them a wave or say hello. They don’t bite.
Lives: Malton, East Yorkshire
Discipline: Road, MTB & Cyclo Cross
Future events: All of the Nutcracker MTB series, Round 5 of BC’s national MTB XC, various road races including York Sport series and Chevin Cycles Series and some Yorkshire Thursday Evening series. Main goal for the year is the Yorkshire Cyclocross League.
Involved in: Organiser of the Malton Cycling Festival
“I may be 44 but the fire is still burning!! Following a lengthy stint of not riding and racing due to children and work commitments I’m back hungry to ride and race, mostly to inspire my kids to get off their backsides and do something in life. My goal is to be back fit and ready to medal at the UCI Masters Cyclocross World Championships by the time I’m 50.”
Discipline: Road & MTB
Experience: Expert level MTBer and ex 1st cat roadman
Future events: Some road racing, hilly time trials and a few high profile sportives.
Involved in: Works at The Cycle Hub on Newcastle’s Quayside, so gets involved with all sorts of events, from Sky rides to Theatre events! He is also the owner of ‘La Strada Italiana’ a boutique shop within The Cycle Hub that sells amongst other things – Parentini!
“I have been in and out of cycling since the age of 13 and I am now starting to wind down the latest chapter of my racing career which has had many ups and downs and plenty of near misses. I want to concentrate on enjoying riding my bike and gaining new experiences in all the places I have yet to visit and keep going back to the places I love, and as long as the road ahead contains as many ups and downs as my race career I will be happy.”
Lives: Leeds, West Yorkshire
Discipline: Road, Time Trialling & Commuting!
Experience: National TTs, 20 minute 10s and 54 minute 25s. Tour of Flanders & Paris Roubaix Sportives. Past organiser of the National 25 mile Time Trial and Yorkshire 10 mile Time Trial Championships.
Future events: More National TTs and the occasional Monument sportive!
Involved in: Editor of parentinitestteam.com
“I’ve loved cycling ever since I sat in awe watching Robert Millar on World of Sport in 1984. I used to road race when I was younger, but now life constraints mean I only have training time to be competitive in time trials. I love riding abroad, whether that’s on wet cobbles or boiling hot mountain passes. And I have an absolute passion for ‘fatto a mano a Italia’!”
Discipline: Road, Cyclo Cross & Commuting!
Experience: Etape du Tour 2012/13/14, Cape Argus 2010-15, Fred Whitton 2013/14 & London Prudential 2013/14
Future events: Vets road & crit racing, Cyclo Cross and Surrey League road races.
Involved in: Peloton + Co Cycle Café and pelotonco.cc
“Started Peloton + Co Cycle Cafe in 2013, right in the heart of Spitalfield, London, mixing specialist coffee and high end bikes. Recently put together PelotoncoCC which hosts shop rides twice monthly. Father of two… Love to ride my bike and occasionally surf.”