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 JLT Condor rider Graham Briggs who was the winner of the first ever Tour Series round back in 2009. You can find his fact-file below:

General Questions

Full name: Graham Briggs
Nickname: Brigga / Ferret
Date of birth: 14/07/83
Place of birth: Doncaster
First Bike: Raleigh
Current Bike: Condor
First Race: Yorkshire Cyclo Cross Race
First Win: North Mids Evening Road Race League
Best moment in cycling: Winning the stage Race Tour De Loir et Cher
Worst moment in cycling: Too many to mention
Pre-race meal: Oats and scrambled Egg
Post-race meal: Cake
Who do you train with? There are many group rides around where I ride so training alone is never an issue. I have lots of training partners.
If you weren’t a cyclist what would you be? Full Time Dad
What advice would you give to anyone who wants to become a professional cyclist? Keep working hard, be persistent and believe in yourself.
Biggest Inspiration? My wife is my biggest inspiration, she motivates and supports me all the time.
Hobbies outside cycling? Table Tennis, going on holidays, watching a good film, playing football.
Celebrity crush? Scarlett Johansson
Which three guests dead or alive would you invite for dinner? My wife, Ed Clancy & James Corden
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Be able to eat anything and stay lean.
Guilty pleasure? Cake, Cake and more cake.

Either or…

Facebook or Twitter
Fry up or Continental
Bath or Shower
Astronaut or Deep sea diver
Football or Rugby
Cinema or Theatre
Dress up or Dress down
Cats or Dogs
Long socks or Short socks


Professional Cyclist: Zak Dempster
Race to ride: Lincoln GP
Race to watch: Paris Roubaix
Sport other than cycling: Football
Football team: Manchester United
Film: Step Brothers
Actor/Actress: Will Ferrell
Holiday Destination: Hawaii
Song: Eminem – Lose Yourself
All time sportsperson:  Paulo Bettini