Name: John Herety




Racing career: 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, Percy Bilton

Main placings:

To Stockport CCC

1980 (amateur): 1st, stage, Peace Race;

1981 (amateur): 1st, GP de Peymenaide; GP de Sanary; GP de St Maxime; Paris-Rouen;

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, Ghent-Wevelgem; 62nd, Paris-Bruxelles

1983 :

1984 : 58th, Ghent-Wevelgem

1987 : 2nd, National Road Race Championship;

Notes: John's first victory was when he was aged 14 in a scouts' cyclo cross race in Woodbank Park, Stockport.

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.