The first Finnish lady to complete the Cingles du Mont Ventoux, Nina has been an everpresent in TSC’s several early tours. Nina lead the team into Blackhall Rocks at the end of the C2C mission, the ride that began the story of the team. Also a good maker of Pasta, Nina adds more than just pace making to the team, as well as her multi-lingual skills in moments of need such as ordering at the bar in France.
Team organiser and time keeper, Billy has more ideas up his sleeve for 2015 and onwards, spreading the name of Snook Cycling across Europe. Having summited several Tour climbs and Spring Classics, LeJog as well as Haswell-Bedoin are his upcoming targets. His homebrews such as ‘St Pol Star’ have turned many a Sauna Party into a merry one.
The veteran of the team, Big Bill is a LeJog alumni who has also watched classics such as the Paris-Roubaix with a cold one in his hand. Setting the record for the most amount of alcohol consumed on a pre-ride Tan Hill effort, William has taken a stuff stance in recent months in order to add to his Palmares with a Cingles medal in Sep 2010. Likened to Eddy Merckx while in his customary Molteni jersey and flashy socks, his heroes also include Tom Simpson (from Haswell, Durham by the way) and Laurent Fignon.
‘Bernie’ is often the sober head amongst the bunch and he can be relied on to make sure the rest of the team make it back to the camper in one piece. Andrew has completed many of TSCs foreign adventures as well as competing in the local cyclo-cross league. Upcoming goals include a 100 miler and joining the elite group of Cingles du Mont Ventoux.
Proving there ain’t no mountain high enough, Al rode the 100 mile Cumberland Challenge just days before entering cycling history with his successful completion of the Cingles. Cyling out of Little Corby, Allan has to be focused with his training efforts as they are often seperate from the team but makes regular journies across to Durham for meets as well as NE Cross rides.. A winner of the Kirkstone Pass and Tan Hill Snook Cycling time trials.
Uncle Col is a real team player, injury ruled him out of the teams C2C efforts back in the summer of ’09, but Colin was straight in the driving seat of Diggers giving the team much needed support, water filling and sandwich making. On his comeback mission Colin was often seen on the Col du Brancepeth and achieved the Tour de France climbs of Ventoux from Bedoin and The Alpe before rushing to replenish the alcohol levels in Diggers. Known to like a Duvel, Col will sleep and drink anywhere for the sake of the team.
Michael has proved himself to be a fine acquisition with strong rides on his first team Tour from Edinburgh to Durham over 3 days and his cyclocross debut at South Shields Gypsies Green where he finished a credible 44th. It isn’t only on the bike where Mick has impressed as he showed at the Gent Six with a fine display of Beer Token Management, ensuring all members throats were never dry. Michael was the clear TSC King of the Cobbles at the 2014 Paris-Roubaix Sportive!
After a try-out with TSC during the Durham Beast Sportive in September 2014, John represented the group by donning their famous black and white Pedalling Squares jersey for the Columba Chemo Classic in November as well making his debut as a mud-man in 2 ‘cross rounds. We look forward to seeing more of him in 2015, and indeed welcome anybody wanting a ride out in our jersey!
Making his TSC debut at the Eden Valley Epic in 2015, Karl has also completed the Virgin Money Cyclone with the team as well as being part of the ‘C2C in a Day’ squad. Several other sportive appearances have been made by landlord Karl, all on different bikes, and we look forward to more of these efforts in the future, while his pint-pulling experience is always appreciated by the team.
A loyal friend to TSC for several years, Dave began life in the TSC van during the famous conquest of the Loch Ness Marathon in 2016 with William and Billy, a truly class in a glass weekend.
Dave will look to complete the Durham Dynamo and C2C in a day challenges in 2017 before adding more and more and more events to his growing collection of certificates.
Replacing the original Diggers, Dignity Mark II is a vital cog in the Snook Cycling Machine. Sleeping capacity for 5 plus 1 on the floor, she is a roling laugh. With two upfront at a cruise speed of 65mph, their is ample room at the back for the team get a few winks, while the fridge and cupboards are full of Lucozade on the way to a ride, and Kronenberg on the way back. With her own Library, reading area and games room as well as bathroom and equipment closet, theres not much she doesn’t offer to the team.