Rider Bio – John Bamford

 Name – John Bamford  (AKA “Bambam”)

Height – 5′ 6″17175165856_21ea41dd8f_o

Weight – 55 KG

Riding style – Wind cheater

What’s your story? Why did you get into cycling?

I used to run when I was younger, but then started picking up more and more injuries, especially to the knees which meant I was training and competing less and less. A friend roped me into doing an alternative triathlon for charity which was a row across Lake Windermere, then a 40km bike ride over Lakeland passes and then a fell run up and down Scafell Pike. That was when I bought my first serious road bike, a GT ZR 3.0.

  • What was your first bike?
    • Grifter.
  • What are your trademark traits that people know you by?
    • I’m sure if you asked all my friends they’d say fair, reliable, charming, cultured, dependable, humorous…. You get the picture 🙂
  • Who is your cycling hero, past / present?
    • Past – Marco Pantani.
    • Present – Fabian Cancellara.
  • Apart from cycling, any other passion or addiction that would be impossible to give up?
    • Real Ale
  • What do you avoid like the plague?
    • Queues
  • What’s your party piece?
    • My 6 year old daughter still thinks I can do real Magic by making things disappear and then miraculously re-appear… although it gets harder and harder to fool her these days.
  • What’s your power track?
      • David Guetta – Titanium

  • What about your karaoke track?
      • Anything by the Killers
  • What’s your pre-race habit?
    • Arriving early to avoid the queue of riders for the single trap.
  • Best ever achievement on the bike?
    • Gold Medal time on the etape du tour, finishing up Alp D-Huez. Winning my first road race in 2013.
  • Favourite bike race?
    • Any of the classics.
  • Perfect three course meal?
    • Antipasti, fillet steak, sticky toffee pudding.
  • Favourite Film?
    • Braveheart
  • If you could do just one more ride, what or where would it be?
    • Mont Ventoux
  • Best decision ever made?
    • Marrying Gillian.
  • What one piece of advice would you give to anyone thinking about bike racing?
    • Train hard and learn to ride safe in a group.

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