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Andy's Story


Andy's Story

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Andy's Story


Andy's Story

 

ANDY’S STORY

Andy’s journey from overweight Wolverhampton schoolboy to one of the world’s leading track cyclists is as inspirational as it has been unexpected.

And, despite narrowly missing out on a place at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, it is one of the most inspirational stories in his sport.

 

As a youngster, Andy not only battled with his weight but also suffered from a heart condition which prevented him from taking part in physical activity and required surgery. 

Yet his love for cycling saw Andy defy the odds and make his mark in the Junior levels of the sport where, in 2005, he won a gold medal in the individual pursuit at the Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Vienna 

Thanks to performances like that - plus a gold medal in the team pursuit at the Junior European Championships - Andy was selected for British Cycling’s Olympic Development Programme in 2005, moving to their base in Tuscany a year later.

The Tale of Fat andy.

Thanks to performances like that - plus a gold medal in the team pursuit at the Junior European Championships - Andy was selected for British Cycling’s Olympic Development Programme in 2005, moving to their base in Tuscany a year later.

Those medal performances on the track were the start of a phenomenally successful career in that format of the sport which has so far seen Andy win an incredible 15 gold medals in individual and team pursuit events at World Championships, European Championships and UCI World Cup events.

By 2012, Andy cemented his name among the world’s elite as part of the Great Britain team pursuit team that won gold at the World Championships in Melbourne.

Sadly for Andy, there was to be no fairytale ending for his Olympic dream that year as he was named in the squad at the London Games but was not selected for the final ride.

That rare disappointment aside, Andy has bounced back in dominant form in the four years between the London and Rio Olympics.

In 2013, Andy was part of the gold-winning team pursuit squad in the European Championships and, a year later, completed a remarkable double gold in the team and individual pursuits at the European Championships, held on an outdoor track on the French-owned island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean.

In 2013, Andy was part of the gold-winning team pursuit squad in the European Championships and, a year later, completed a remarkable double gold in the team and individual pursuits at the European Championships, held on an outdoor track on the French-owned island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean.

The two years since have continued Andy’s success story with a gold in the 2015 team pursuit at the Europeans and a strong showing at the 2016 World Championships in London where he was part of the silver medal-winning team pursuit squad and beat team mate Owain Doull to take bronze in the individual pursuit.

Andy In action In the Team Pursuit

While specialising in track cycling, Andy is also a respected road rider having been a professional road racer since the 2009 season with leading British teams Rapha Condor-Sharp, Madison-Genesis and, since, 2015, Team Wiggins.

His invitation to join Sir Bradley Wiggins on his high-profile team formed part of the former Tour de France champion’s plan to unite the team pursuit riders competing for a place in Rio and the move proved a productive one for Andy as he won a stage of the prestigious Fleche du Sud in Luxembourg and the Wiltshire GP in 2015.

Those victories added to his other professional successes - three overall wins in the British Tour series, a first place in the Tour of the Reservoir and a win in the Richmond Grand Prix.

Unfortunately, Andy faced disappointment when he was named only to a reserve place for the GB team at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

But, regardless of the outcome of that challenge, Andy already considers himself a winner given the obstacles he overcame as a youngster and he remains, to this day, grateful to the British Heart Foundation and Birmingham Children’s Hospital for the care they provided him and continues to undertake charitable work on their behalf.

 

 

 
  • Key facts:

  • Date of Birth: 9 March 1987
  • Nationality: British
  •  Home: Wolverhampton
  • Sport: Track/Road
  • Cycling Team: Team Wiggins
  • Height: 1.91m (6ft 3in)
  • Weight: 83kg

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Achievements


2016 Silver World Track Championships Team Pursuit, London
2016 Bronze World Track Championships Individual Pursuit, London
2015 Silver UCI Track Cycling World Cup Individual Pursuit, Cali, Colombia
2015 GOLD European Track Championships Team Pursuit, Grenchen, Switzerland
2015 Silver World Track Championships Team Pursuit, Paris
2015 First Stage 2 at Fleche du Sud, Luxembourg
2015 First Wiltshire GP
2015 Joins Team Wiggins
2015 Silver UCI Track Cycling World Cup Individual Pursuit, Cali, Colombia
2014 GOLD European Track Championships Team Pursuit, Guadeloupe
2014 GOLD European Track Championships Individual Pursuit, Guadeloupe  
2014 Silver Commonwealth Games Team Pursuit, Glasgow
2014 GOLD UCI Track Cycling World Cup Team Pursuit, London
2014 Silver UCI Track Cycling World Cup Team Pursuit, Guadalajara, Mexico
2013 Silver World Track Championships Team Pursuit, Minsk, Belarus
2013 GOLD European Track Championships Team Pursuit, Apeldoorn, Holland
2013 GOLD UCI Track Cycling World Cup Team Pursuit, Manchester
2013 Joins Madison-Genesis
2012 Selected to GB squad for London Olympic Games
2012 GOLD World Track Championships Team Pursuit, Melbourne
2011 GOLD European Track Championships Team Pursuit, Apeldoorn, Holland
2011 First Richmond Grand Prix
2011 Bronze World Track Championships Team Pursuit, Apeldoorn, Holland
2011 Joins Rapha Condor-Sharp
2010 GOLD European Track Championships Team Pursuit, Pruszkow, Poland
2010 Silver World Track Championships Team Pursuit, Ballerup, Denmark
2010 Bronze UCI Track Cycling World Cup Team Pursuit, Melbourne
2010 Joins Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta
2009 GOLD UCI Track Cycling World Cup Team Pursuit, Manchester
2009 Silver UCI Track Cycling World Cup Team Pursuit, Melbourne
2009 First Tour of the Reservoir
2009 Joins Team Halfords Bikehut
2008 GOLD European U23 Team Pursuit, Pruszkow, Poland
2007 Bronze UCI Track Cycling World Cup Team Pursuit, Manchester
2006 GOLD UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Team Pursuit, Sydney
2006 GOLD European U23  Track Championships Team Pursuit, Athens
2005 GOLD World Junior Track Championships Individual Pursuit, Vienna
2005 Silver World Junior Track Championships Team Pursuit, Vienna
2005 GOLD European Junior Team Pursuit, Fiorenzuola, Italy

Achievements


2016 Silver World Track Championships Team Pursuit, London
2016 Bronze World Track Championships Individual Pursuit, London
2015 Silver UCI Track Cycling World Cup Individual Pursuit, Cali, Colombia
2015 GOLD European Track Championships Team Pursuit, Grenchen, Switzerland
2015 Silver World Track Championships Team Pursuit, Paris
2015 First Stage 2 at Fleche du Sud, Luxembourg
2015 First Wiltshire GP
2015 Joins Team Wiggins
2015 Silver UCI Track Cycling World Cup Individual Pursuit, Cali, Colombia
2014 GOLD European Track Championships Team Pursuit, Guadeloupe
2014 GOLD European Track Championships Individual Pursuit, Guadeloupe  
2014 Silver Commonwealth Games Team Pursuit, Glasgow
2014 GOLD UCI Track Cycling World Cup Team Pursuit, London
2014 Silver UCI Track Cycling World Cup Team Pursuit, Guadalajara, Mexico
2013 Silver World Track Championships Team Pursuit, Minsk, Belarus
2013 GOLD European Track Championships Team Pursuit, Apeldoorn, Holland
2013 GOLD UCI Track Cycling World Cup Team Pursuit, Manchester
2013 Joins Madison-Genesis
2012 Selected to GB squad for London Olympic Games
2012 GOLD World Track Championships Team Pursuit, Melbourne
2011 GOLD European Track Championships Team Pursuit, Apeldoorn, Holland
2011 First Richmond Grand Prix
2011 Bronze World Track Championships Team Pursuit, Apeldoorn, Holland
2011 Joins Rapha Condor-Sharp
2010 GOLD European Track Championships Team Pursuit, Pruszkow, Poland
2010 Silver World Track Championships Team Pursuit, Ballerup, Denmark
2010 Bronze UCI Track Cycling World Cup Team Pursuit, Melbourne
2010 Joins Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta
2009 GOLD UCI Track Cycling World Cup Team Pursuit, Manchester
2009 Silver UCI Track Cycling World Cup Team Pursuit, Melbourne
2009 First Tour of the Reservoir
2009 Joins Team Halfords Bikehut
2008 GOLD European U23 Team Pursuit, Pruszkow, Poland
2007 Bronze UCI Track Cycling World Cup Team Pursuit, Manchester
2006 GOLD UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Team Pursuit, Sydney
2006 GOLD European U23  Track Championships Team Pursuit, Athens
2005 GOLD World Junior Track Championships Individual Pursuit, Vienna
2005 Silver World Junior Track Championships Team Pursuit, Vienna
2005 GOLD European Junior Team Pursuit, Fiorenzuola, Italy

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