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JDRF RideLondon-Surrey 100 elite team

JDRF has six elite cyclists riding alongside 140 JDRF cyclists in the RideLondon-Surrey 100. Two of the elite cyclists have type one, and all six plan to complete the event in under five hours, supporting JDRF and raising awareness of type 1 diabetes as they go.

Meet the team

Ian Rees

Ian has been riding at elite level since 1989 and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1999. In 2009 Ian was ranked 5th in the UK domestic scene and has ridden both premier calendar events and the UK’s highly prestigious Tour Series. Ian is the proprietor of a successful cleaning company within the South West area.

 

Lewis Jackson

Lewis has had type 1 diabetes for the last 24 years. He's a dedicated athlete and has never let the condition get in his way. He trains and races hard and has done so for the last 21 years. Last season, Lewis had a good season winning the North Yorkshire Road Race series overall, and winning two races in the process.

 

Toby Eichler

Toby started racing four years ago and with each year moved up a race category to his current elite level. In 2013 he won the Castle Combe Summer Series and a race at Ludgershall Winter Series. His training during the weeks consists of approximately 12 hours on the bike plus an 80 mile Road Race on the weekends and a mid-week 30 mile circuit race. To help him improve this year once a week he also does a 10 mile time trial to give him some additional endurance in races. 

Matt Franklin

 Matt came from a running background, starting at an early age and competed regularly until deciding to switch to cycling last year. In the 2012 season he progressed through the ranks quickly with a couple of race wins under his belt. Despite obstacles this year including illness, exams and renovating his first house, he has picked up some decent results in elite level racing, the highlight being 7th place in the hilly 90 mile regional championships with the team taking the overall win.

Paul Merryweather (co-founder and rider)

Having ridden for the last 17 years, Paul has been actively involved in local race events for many years. He regularly races in the south of England in road and criterium races. As a co-founder of the team, his background as a Director of Sales and Engineering for a global automotive organisation has helped strengthen the management team. 

 

Kevin Jones (co-founder and rider)

Coming from a sporting rugby and cricket background, Kevin is now establishing himself as a competitive cyclist. As a trustee of the Bristol Rugby Community Foundation, he is already an ambassador for sports and brings valuable experience in running a team. Kevin is a Partner at Clarke Willmott solicitors and is Head of Office for their Bristol location. He is also Head of their Sports Sector team and as such brings a wealth of legal and commercial experience to the team.