The team

Dan Joyce has been a cycling journalist since 1991. He started cycling for environmental reasons and carried on because it was awesome. While he no longer rides a child-trailer-towing triplet in sandals, cycling is still his main form of transport. He's toured through bits of Europe and is the time trial and hill climb champion of his local club in Yorkshire. He races off-road with less success. He has no interest in what bikes and products look like, only how well they work. Sometimes this means he's ahead of the curve; more often it means he's muttering about mudguard clearance again.

Dave is a founding father of and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer, working on glamorous cycling magazines and not-quite-so-glamorous corporate brochures for oil tanker paint. He's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

David has worked on the tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

Plucked straight from university, Elliot joined team bright eyed, bushy tailed, and ready to inject some youthful exuberence into an ageing squad. Raised infront of cathode ray tube screens bearing the images of Miguel Induran and Lance Armstrong, Elliot found his balance on a Y-framed mountain bike around South London suburbs in the 90s. His independence, however, was discovered on his father's Giant hybrid, which he claimed as his own at age 16.

When he's not writing for two wheels are still his favoured mode of transport; these days over the undulating streets of Madrid.

Jo Burt has spent the majority of his life riding bikes, drawing bikes and writing about bikes. When he’s not scribbling pictures for the whole gamut of cycling media he writes words about them for and when he’s not doing either of those he’s pedaling. Then in whatever spare minutes there are in between he’s agonizing over getting his socks, cycling cap and bar-tape to coordinate just so. And is quietly disappointed that yours doesn’t. He rides and races road bikes a bit, cyclo-cross bikes a lot and mountainbikes a fair bit too. Would rather be up a mountain.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds. 

Mat has worked for more bike magazines than anyone else in the known universe, dating back to a time when this was all just fields. He’s been technical editor for four years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. When he’s not cycling around Wiltshire, he’s running around it, or possibly swimming (sadly, he’s one of those ‘triathletes’). Mat is a youthful 42-year-old Cambridge graduate, GSOH etc.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on

Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing’s sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets. Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he’s been news editor at since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn’t get to ride his Colnago as often as he’d like, and freely admits he’s much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

Steve's passion for riding started around fifty years back with blatting about in the woods, closely followed by CTC rides, touring, schoolboy track league, a brief obsession with time trials then onto road racing, touring and cyclo cross... roughly in that order. Mountain biking and triathlon got a look in later. He tested and wrote about bikes for over 25 years and rode about 2000 of them. Steve also rode for the British team in three World Championships in the very early days of mountain bikes. He left us after suffering a heart attack at the Ashton Court Parkrun in March 2014, and is fondly remembered and greatly missed.

There’s nothing like a fat photo to get you exercising and it was Stu’s face trying to squeeze into the little box on his driving license that prompted the addiction to two wheels. Stood in Halfords, credit card in hand saw him go home with a Carrera Virtuoso and so the journey began. A friendly club and plenty of miles followed by six or so seasons of time-trialling (suited his low tolerance threshold to people, ie no team mates) to a decent level plus a few sportives chucked in for good measure.

Now with an ever expanding family the majority of the miles are taken care of by his 40 mile a day commute to his draughtsman job and thanks to writing for roadcc he no longer has to bore his work colleagues with the specs of every new bit of kit that is delivered. In twelve years and 90,000 miles, eighteen bikes have been bought, sold or crashed with his four current steeds being a 50/50 split of alloy and steel and a mix of gears and fixed. He can’t explain his fetish for LED lights though!!

Thought to have been brought up by feral cats in a distillery somewhere in the west country our man about town, known only by his initials, is in fact a hybrid of Scottish and French parenting, raised in the countryside and now a London resident of 7 years. Born with a spanner in his hand, he loves fettling, fixing and making things. He studied design and materials engineering and is naturally inquisitive, and he likes to know how everything is made, including his dinner.

As a daily London commuter and opinionated busybody he is also an active campaigner for London Cycling Campaign and is a towpath ranger for the Canal and River trust. He loves biscuits, and cats. And ale.

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for mainly to avoid being told what to do… oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the team. He's remarkably good at it.