Manx Missile & former glamour model tie the knot in London

Mark Cavendish, multiple Tour de France stage winner and 2011 world champion and his girlfriend Peta Todd, a patron of Help for Heroes and former glamour model got married on Saturday October 5.

The couple tied the knot at One Mayfair, an events venue in central London and asked that instead of presents, friends and fans make donations to Help for Heroes and Right to Play.

The couple first met in 2010 in Los Angeles and Cavendish popped the question two years later. They have a daughter, Delilah Grace Cavendish and Todd has a son, Finnbar, from a previous relationship.

Peta Todd gave up her work as a Page Three girl when she became pregnant in 2011. When she and Cavendish announced their engagement she said she was dreading the first dance at the reception as Cav is a bit useful on the dancefloor.

She said: "I am the most uncoordinated person you’ll ever meet — all long legs and clumsy feet — and Mark did ballroom dancing at national level as a teenager." News reports on the wedding have not yet revealed how the first dance went.

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.