With just a few weeks left 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 Madison Genesis’ Felix English and you can find his fact-file below.

General Questions

Full name: Felix English
Nickname: Le chat
Date of birth: 11/10/1992
Place of birth: Brighton
Pets: Skye the boxer dog
First Bike: Wytcombe
Current Bike: Genesis Zero
First Race: Preston Park track league
First Win: With a professional UK team – last stage of Tour of the North 2012
Best moment in cycling: Winning Otley crit
Worst moment in cycling: My third breakage of my hand in 12 month
Pre-race meal: Bolognese
Post-race meal: Normally rice and a Stealth protein gel
Who do you train with? Normally by myself or my triathlon buddy Gordon Benson
If you weren’t a cyclist what would you be? Very bored!
What advice would you give to anyone who wants to become a professional cyclist? Make sure you enjoy it as it can be pretty tough at times
Biggest Inspiration? My coach David Muntaner
Hobbies outside cycling? Travelling
Celebrity crush? Keira Knightley
Which three guests dead or alive would you invite for dinner? Ryan Giggs, Bobby Zamora, Jago Leckie
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Flight
Guilty pleasure? Scampi

Either or…

Facebook or Twitter
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


Professional Cyclist: Sagan
Race to ride: Cali track world cup
Race to watch: Tour of Flanders
Sport other than cycling: Football
Football team: Brighton & Hove Albion
Film: Django Unchained
Actor/Actress: Matt King
Holiday Destination: Berlin
Song: Like a Rolling Stone
All time sportsperson: Ryan Giggs