John was a lively club rider who started cycling after winning a boy scouts'
cyclo cross event in Stockport. He moved on to race successfully as a schoolboy
and a junior. As a top amateur, with his powerful sprint bringing him a host
of successes, his greatest achievement was winning a stage of the very competitive
Peace Race. As a professional his best moment was probably when he won the
British National Professional Road Race title. Having been a successful professional
team manager he now is the British Cycling Director of Racing.
Place of Birth: Cheadle, Stockport
Date of Birth: 8 March 1958
Amateur Clubs: Cheshire RC, Abbotsford Park RC, Altrincham
RC-Rotalac Plastics, ACBB
Professional Teams: 1982-4, Coop-Mercier;
1985, Ever Ready; 1986,
(amateur): 1st, stage,
1981 (amateur): 1st,
GP de Peymenaide; GP de Sanary; GP de St Maxime;
1982 : 1st, National
Road Race Championship; 2nd,
GP Pino Cerami;
2nd, stage 2, Leeuwarden-Noord
Scharwoude, 165 km, Ronde van Nederland; 3rd, stage
4, Tour du Mediterranean, Cavalaire-Fréjus, 122 km; 16th,
1984 : 58th,
1987 : 2nd,
National Road Race Championship;
first victory was when he was aged 14 in a scouts' cyclo cross race in Woodbank
John is a chef by training.
During the evening following his Peace Race stage win, he was given a surprise
presentation: the stage town had pride in its steel works and presented him
with an engraved set of the finest quality chef's knives.
John is married to Margaret
(née Swinnerton), a former international road star.
After his racing career
ended he became the team manager of the Percy Bilton Professional team, which
included his 'hero' from his youth, Bob Downs. He is now the Director of Racing
for British Cycling.