Alan Gornall

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Alan started racing at 15 with the North Lancs Road Club, which was the racing section of the local CTC district. Riding club runs through the winter and starting with club 10 mile Time Trials soon progressing to circuit races as a youth and then on to road races when turning 16. Racing through to the age of 32, Alan raced across the cycling disciplines of  Road, Time Trial, Track, Cyclo Cross and MTB XC at various stage of his career.  The main focus was on the road in the quest” to be the best bike rider that you can be” which saw progression through the junior ranks riding the Peter Buckley national series events, to senior  through the North West Centre of Excellence on to the one  of the first Road Development squads that BC had in 1980. After  winning the Pernod GP, the first of 6 Star Trophy round wins which earned an invitation to ride for the ACCB club in Paris the following year, a broken leg in a crash on the Isle of Man meant starting nearly from scratch 12 months later.  A resumed career involving riding for GB teams on the road at all the big amateur stage races around the world followed by a Commonwealth Games Gold Medal in the Team Time Trial. Then 2 years as a Pro rider including Amstel Gold and E3 Grand Prix before returning to the amateur ranks to win the  National 12 hour Time Trail championship and the Northern Ireland Mike Race international stage race.

During this time he helped support his wife and sister in their cycling careers as his sister Linda rode in the first women’s road race in the Olympics and his wife Sue rode in the Women’s Tour De France 4 times when it ran alongside the Men’s event. He was a  guest rider at one of the pre Tour training camps for the women. He is  now back involved in the racing scene through his 2 daughters and he is involved in moving women’s road racing forward.

Having seen the difference between the opportunities the my wife and sister had and those currently available to road riders today, I want to see in place pathways to enable road riders to progress to the highest level of the sport and to able them  to be “the best that they can be” The Racing Chance Foundation is going to be part of that pathway.