DATE: WED sep 13TH 2017
MAIN SPEAKER - dean downing
Dean comes from a cycling family and as a result started racing at the mere age of just 8 years old. From this point onwards, Dean has achieved an abundance of cycling achievements and has only recently retired from competition in July 2014.
In 1998 Dean completed a degree at the University of Sheffield in Construction Management. Post graduation, Dean really had the opportunity to make the most of his cycling talent and he began his full time cycling adventure. From here he gained four years of experience racing as an amateur in some of the semi-classic road races in Belgium.
In 2004, Dean signed with a small UK based pro-registered team and the Great Britain track team. Here, he competed at all the World Cup track events and World Championships in Melbourne (2004).
In 2007, Dean decided to come back to the UK road races scene and labels this change as the best move he has ever made. He raced with the Rapha Condor Squad for 6 seasons, Madison Genesis in 2013 and NFTO in 2014.
Some of Dean’s best experiences during his cycling career come from winning races both at home and abroad, which includes becoming British Champion in 2001, 2003 and 2008. Whilst competing in the Tour of Britain and other stage races around the world, Dean has won over 70 races in the last 10 years.
Now Dean has retired from competitive racing, he has moved into coaching at Trainsharp helping all abilities of riders to progress to become a better cyclist, both amateurs and professionals. In 2015 Dean was a Director Sportif with the UK based Polypipe Cycling Team and in 2016 Assistant Manager with JLT Condor his old racing team. Dean also works with several brands as an ambassador within the cycling industry.