With less than two weeks to go until the first round of the 2016 Pearl Izumi Tour Series gets underway we’ll be giving you an insight into the personal lives of some of your favourite riders.

With our 'Meet the Riders' series you'll get to know what makes the athletes tick, from their guilty pleasure to their choice of superpower as well as some of their cycling tips and secrets.

Next up in the series is NFTO rider Dale Appleby who has ridden in the Commonwealth Games for Wales and you can find his fact-file below:

General Questions ""

Full name: Dale Appleby
Nickname: D
Date of birth: 19/12/86
Place of birth: Church Village
Pets: Two Italian Greyhounds – Gino & Franco
First Bike: Steel Colnago
Current Bike: Felt F1
First Race: Castle Coombe
First Win: Welsh Championships
Best moment in cycling: Representing Wales at two Commonwealth Games
Worst moment in cycling: Anytime you crash or have a bad race
Pre-race meal: Porridge & Poached eggs on toast
Post-race meal: Favorite would be a pizza or curry
Who do you train with? Most days Rob Partridge, Jon Mould, Sam Harrison or Stevie Williams
If you weren’t a cyclist what would you be? Anything that made me happy 
What advice would you give to anyone who wants to become a professional cyclist? Be prepared for hardwork
Biggest Inspiration? No one in particular, appreciate people who do well for themselves from being dealt a bad hand
Hobbies outside cycling? Walking dogs, Shooting, MTB 
Celebrity crush? Megan Fox
Which three guests dead or alive would you invite for dinner? Floyd Mayweather, Valentino Rossi & Guy Martin
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Invisible 
Guilty pleasure? Hobnobs
 
Either or…""

Facebook or Twitter – What about Instagram!
Fry up or Continental
Bath or Shower
Astronaut or Deep sea diver
Football or Rugby
Cinema or Theatre
Batman or Superman
Dress up or Dress down
Cats or Dogs
Long socks or Short socks
 
Favourites

Professional Cyclist: Peter Sagan
Race to ride: Wales or Italy
Race to watch: San Remo or Giro
Sport other than cycling: Boxing, Moto GP
Football team: Caerwent FC United
Film: Gladiator 
Actor/Actress: To be honest don't follow films enough
Holiday Destination: Italy
Song: Took a pill in Ibiza 
All time sportsperson: Floyd Mayweather