Warren’s well known in North West testing circles, he’s been chasing HGV’s for a few years now and clocked some rapid times, unusual for the single minded dual carriageway loving fraternity he’s not been afraid of going up against roadies in hilly tests and on the odd occasion has shown some good riders how to climb fast.
Also for a few years some of the Team Chronomaster lads have been trying to show him the error of his ways and open his mind to real racing, as we think he’d be quite good at it!
Name: Warren Gell (AKA “Wozzer”, “Gelly”)
Riding Style: Punchy Tester
Whats your story: I was involved in professional sport from a young age, having played football at County, then England Schoolboy level, from the age of 8 progressing to a professional contract at the age of 16 playing for well 3 very well known teams, until injury forced and early retirement at the age of 21.
Having been involved in elite sport from a young age, losing football was difficult to replace. Being a competitive character, I needed a replacement for football and tried golf and badminton initially, but they weren’t replacing the feeling that football gave me.
As a result of my involvement with the North West Air Ambulance, I became involved in cycling, to raise money for the charity, very quickly falling in love with the sport.
Whilst riding my bike for leisure was enjoyable, my competitiveness needed a focus and I started to compete in Triathlon, Ironman and Time Trials in 2011. This format of cycling competition allowed me to train and focus on a specific objective and compete against myself as well as others. Furthermore, my passion for cycling has become obvious to others and as a result, I have encouraged, mentored friends and colleagues to become involved in cycling for leisure and more recently competing in races.
First Bike: A Yellow Raleigh Striker
Trademark Traits: Methodical, Strategic, Focussed, Moody, Hates Losing
Past: Tom Simpson
Questionable Character but inspiring: Lance Armstrong
Present: Ian Stannard
Non Cycling Addictions: Espresso, Cars, Cufflinks & Useless Facts
Avoid like plague: Mcdonalds, Chocolate, Butter & Cheats
Party Piece: Over 1,000 keepy uppies & halfway line cross bar challenge
Power Track: Adagio for strings – Tiesto
Karaoke Track: Roll with It – Oasis
Pre Race Habit: Espresso, Ipod, Wheel Selection, Wind up the competition, Stand on start line with arms folded with a stern face
Best ever achievement on the bike: 980 miles in 9 days riding from Munich to Blackpool
32 mph average speed for 10 miles
Favourite Bike Race: Tour De France Team Time Trial Stage
Perfect Three Course Meal: Italian Antipasto, Spaghetti Diavola, Cheese & Celery with oat cakes (non of your jacobs cracker nonsense)
Favourite Film: Goodfellas – The scene with Ray Liotta & Joe Pesci (Your a funny guy)
Just one more ride: Le Semnoz – Annecy (Unfinished business with that climb)
Best decision ever made: Joining the gym, racing the girl on the treadmill next to me, who became my wife 8 years later
One Piece of advice: Have a go, you never know what might happen
Twitter @warren gell
youtube: The Original Gelly