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Cyclist competition winner found
Martin Page
Martin Page will ride the same route as the Tour de France

BBC Sport has found a winner of its competition for an amateur cyclist to ride in the 120-mile British Cyclosportive on 1 July.

After sifting through thousands of fantastic stories of neglected bikes, unshaved legs and wide loads, we can finally announce that the winner is Martin Page from Suffolk.

Martin describes himself as, "A 37-year-old PE teacher, happily married to Libby with two young children, whose cycling experience is limited to four miles each way to work. But that's it."

He'll be introducing himself here next week, and is looking forward to recounting and discussing the highs and lows of his experience with cycling fans.

But he's already wondering what he's let himself in for: "The initial euphoria has given way to a cold realisation that I have to cycle 120 miles in a day.

"As one of my colleagues said, 'That would take me two hours in my car'.

"But this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I intend to grasp with both hands. So hold on tight, this is going to be the ride of my life!"

Martin caught our eye with his tales of struggling home up country lanes, head down into the wind, and with his only encounter with organised cycling.

"I kidded myself I could join the local cycling club," he said. "In fact I did once. It was called a reliability run. The looks on their faces when I turned up on a 15-year-old mountain bike; I did feel a plum."


Thanks to all those who entered. However, all is not lost.

As Martin's story progresses we will be looking for other cyclists to send in their stories and videos to help him shine a light on amateur cycling in the UK. And we have some fantastic prizes for the best contributions.

We will be announcing details shortly, but if you've been inspired and want to take part in the British Cyclosportive, there are still ways you can be on the starting line - follow the link to Everyday Cycling on the right.


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