My name is Mathew Mitchell, 27 from Warwickshire, UK. Over the last few years I’ve got more and more into cycling, from the first innocent Sportive events to Audaxes, Go-Races, British Cycling racing and now Time Trials.

I did my first Sportive in 2010, coming in the bottom 10% or so of a 100-mile event around Stratford upon Avon, the next event a mere 6 weeks later saw me end up in the bottom 30%, improvement!

2011 and 2012 were a sort of hiatus, still riding but not really with a purpose other than a couple of goes at the Dunwich Dynamo.

2013 was the first year of purposefully structured cycling. It started with signing up to the Paris-Roubaix Challenge and the training rides to prepare. Once this was completed I realised I found cycling on my own all the time a little bit boring and joined a local club (Stratford CC). The improvement of proper riding with decent riders has been obvious with a 5th in a Sportive in July, followed by the first ‘win’ in September.

2014 saw a few attempts at things, a bit of racing and a bit of audaxing – first few BC points and the first 200km ride completed.

2015 is all about audaxing, long rides, fixies, cobbles, tandems and many new things!

And so on and so on!