Martin Shwartz - Chairperson

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Richard Thomas - Membership Secretary

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Martin Greening - Treasurer

I bought my first road bike, a Raleigh steel bike with non-indexed downtube shifters, in the late 1980s from a colleague so that I could commute from Chiswick to Holborn Circus. Although I replaced it in the early ‘90s with a hybrid, I was always drawn to road bikes and following a trip to the Alps to watch a few stages of the 1997 Tour de France, I bought a Fausto Coppi steel road bike equipped with a Campagnolo 9 speed groupset.

Following another trip to the Alps for the TdF in 2010, I visited the original Pearson Cycles in Sutton High Street with my wife, Debra, in the Spring of 2011 ‘just to have a look’. By the time we had left, Will Pearson had sold us both a new road bike. This was Deb’s first venture into road cycling, but like me she has grown to love it.

Since then we have both become committed cyclists, designing our own cycling holidays and adventures. We have cycled in France, Spain, New Zealand, Australia, USA and done our own LEJOG in 2016 and London to Paris in 2017. In both Melbourne and California, we contacted, and went on club rides with, local cycling clubs.

We joined Pearson CC and our first club ride was in June 2013 when we joined a summer solstice evening ride from Kingston to Windsor. As our distances and numbers of rides increased, so have the number of club rides. We’re now regulars on the club and other ad hoc rides and try to get to as many social events as possible (other commitments permitting).
We’re both proud to be members of Pearson CC, it is an extremely sociable club and we have made many friends. The club rides and events have added a new dimension to our already busy social calendar.

I was elected as Treasurer at the AGM in January 2018.

Matt Oldfield - Ride Captain

I have been with the club about 4 years. Originally a (whisper it quietly) mountain biker I was "forced" to switch codes following a fateful drunken evening with roadie friends, who suggested that I couldn't complete the Dragon ride cycle sportive. Those were innocent days, entering the event fully expecting to drift around the Welsh countryside chatting away and then when the climbing work was done, to be eating sandwiches atop a grassy hill in the sunshine with a gentle breeze, on an unhurried extended lunch break. Almost certainly with lashing and lashing of custard.

Disabused (well largely abused) of this vision I joined Pearson's Cycle Club to get the miles in. Despite a lingering nostalgia for the scent of the pine forest and some technical single track, I have loved every roadie minute. Though I draw the line at shaving my legs this has been a great, friendly club with whom I have shared many adventures, Paris-Roubaix and Liege-Bastogne-Liege two of the many highlights.

Tobias Nilsson - The 'Internet Person'

A geek that has never lifted a weight in his life got curious about mountain biking thanks to the 2012 London olympics. I didn't take him long to realise road cycling was more to his taste and hastily purchased an entry-level road bike. 

A few years (and bicycles) later he can still be seen riding, maybe too often for his own good...

Sabina Mangosi - Women's Captain

Only a few years ago, the thought of doing more than two laps of Richmond Park on a road bike was akin to exercise suicide in my mind. Fast forward four years and rule no. IX has never been more appropriate: whatever the weather, whatever the circumstances, just get out on the bike and enjoy it. It has truly been my saviour with regards to mental health as well as fitness and fresh air. I won't harp on about the Surrey drivers though.

Time away from the kids also helps, although they are outgrowing me in height and shoe size now and are rapidly eyeing up my n+1 bikes...

Chris Shale - Club Secretary

It all began four years ago...a challenge  over Christmas drinks to buy a bike and complete a sportive lead to me catching the cycling bug and taking on of a slightly more difficult challenge in a ride from London to Barcelona! With that accepted I needed to up the training and the search for a cycling club began. Pearson CC fits the bill - a great bunch off people and a great mix of riding to meet all levels and difficulty. So...four years later my love affair with the bike continues, I just need to work out how to get up those hills faster!

Guy Pearson - Kit officer

I represent the fifth generation of Pearsons to have worked in the business. We date back to 1860 and have always had a keen interest in cycling. I started the club a number of years ago and I honestly never expected it to grow as much as it has done: so we feel proud to have so many people representing the name while riding their bikes. 

I have been a cyclist all my life and have taken up many aspects of the sport. I've had most success in road racing and cyclocross, riding at international level in both. 

My role in the club is providing the kit. We have a great range of clothing available and it is sold at reduced prices to club members, to order go to RiderHQ via the club site. Please contact me for advice on sizing and range: pearsonguy@yahoo.co.uk

Happy riding!

Tony Vickers - Race Captain

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Tony Vickers very muddy

Suzanne Sisson - Race Captain

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Chris Dodd - Race Captain

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Happy Dodd!