Wendy Houvenaghel Triple World Champion and Olympic medal winner .
Wendy is a Great Britain track cyclist, three times a World Champion in Team Pursuit, and Olympic Silver medallist in Individual Pursuit, aiming for Team Pursuit Gold in London in August 2012.
Wendy is a specialist against the clock both on the Track and Road. Whilst focusing predominantly on track racing, she is also a very accomplished rider on the road with numerous National and International wins to her name in the discipline of Time Trialling.
She currently rides for Bike Chain Ricci domestically when competing on the road during the summer months.
Wendy was born in Northern Ireland and grew up in the village of Upperlands. She went to University in Dundee, Scotland to study for her degree in Dentistry and after graduation in July 1998, she joined the Royal Air Force. She worked as a Station Dental Officer during her Short Service Commission. It was during this time that Wendy took up cycling at the age of 27 years and discovered she had a natural talent for cycle racing. She was soon talent spotted by British Cycling and fast tracked onto the Olympic Podium Programme following physiological testing in 2006. After 2 years as a full time Athlete, Wendy gained the Olympic Silver Medal in the Women’s Individual Pursuit at Beijing in 2008 and won her first World Championship title in the Team Pursuit the same year.
Wendy is the most decorated UK female pursuit cyclists in the world ........
We hear this phrase a lot when speaking of Cornwall’s very own pro cyclist Chris Opie. Recently, the entire country has had similar words to say about the man as well. Why? Because of his blistering and awe-inspiring performances throughout the UK’s premier criterium cycling extravaganza: The Pearl Izumi Tour Series.
Now signed to Rapha-Condor, Opie helped Team UK Youth dominate the Series with a string of individual wins as well as the record-breaking general classification to receive the team leaders’ red jersey.
Luckily, you can go and see the jersey for yourself at Bike Chain Bissoe Bike Hire & Cafe - and if you’re lucky, you may even see the man himself.
Cornwall's Steve Lampier 's Tour series jersey...he is in very selected company
Past winners of The Pearl Izumi Tour Series Sprint's competition are Bernard Sulzberger (2012), Steve Lampier (2011), Graham Briggs (2010) and Russell Downing (2009).
During stage one and stage two of the 96th Giro d’Italia in 2013, Mark Cavendish claimed the famous - now designed by Paul Smith - Maglia Rosa jersey, to then relinquish it to Salvatore Puccio of Team Sky following the second stage team time trial.
The mainstream, when asked about cycling, will more often than not feel that the Tour de France is the biggest and most coveted of the three grand tours. When it comes to commercial/financial benefit and what the race can do for a cyclist’s career - even with a single stage victory - then they would be completely right.
However, the vast majority of cyclists and die-hard fans consider the Giro to be the most romantic and desirable of the three grand tours.
Here at One & All Cycling’s home at Bike Chain Bissoe Bike Hire, Cornwall, we actually have a piece of Giro history proudly pinned to the ceiling, along with plenty of other famous jerseys . This comes in the form of Damiano Cunego’s General-Classification-topping Maglia Rosa. Cunego won four stages of the overall parçours during the 87th edition of the Giro in 2004 to claim the biggest victory of his career to-date.
It was One & All Cycling’s founder Richard (Ricci) Pascoe who bagged us this beautiful jersey whilst on a ride in Italy with the Barloworld Cannondale professional team in 2005. The topic of discussion was how to create a club such as One & All Cycling in Cornwall, as well as a successful cycling academy.
With his unique relationship with the Cannondale team, the kind gesture by Damiano Cunego of the signed winner’s jersey helped get the ball rolling. Well he wasn’t going to say no was he...
Come down to Bike Chain Bissoe Bike Hire and Café, Cornwall, and see this piece of historic memorabilia for yourself.