Colin Brades

Name : Colin Brades

Age : 45 years.

Have you ridden abroad :Colin must be the most well-travelled club member, having ridden his bike in 37 countries, from Iceland to Indonesia. Aptly, he's also a member of the Lewes Wanderers.

What made you start cycling : In 1987, I had to end my footballing career due to age and injury. As my parents had both been keen cyclists I started riding; initially off-road but eventually the lure of the tarmac was too great.

Why did you join Kingston Wheelers : Like Tim Lawn I work for club sponsor Cluttons, but based in their Brighton office. I joined as a second claim member to get the jersey! Also the fact nearest village to my home town of Lewes is also called Kingston.

Date you joined the Club : September 2004.

What bike do you ride : Cannondale R800 plus vintage Hetchins "Curly Stayed" Audax machine.

Give us a brief cycling background : Mainly time trialling with my local club Lewes Wanderers, but also a serious Audax and Cyclosportif competitor. I have toured or competed by bike in 37 countries worldwide including Iceland, USA & Canada, Indonesia, all the Scandanavian countries, most of Eastern Europe etc.

What was your best performance : Probably meeting my partner Marianne whilst cyclo-touring in Eastern Europe many years ago.

What is your favourite race food : Bananas, bananas or bananas.

Where is your favourite cycling location : Anywhere in Switzerland (I seem to visit every two years or so without fail). Where I live in Lewes also has some fine routes, including the best sections of the South Downs Way and Ditchling Beacon on the doorstop. The Newhaven - Dieppe ferry is only a few miles from home, so I also regularly visit Normandy in the Summer months.

Most likely to say : "How about a cuppa : " (When passing a tea-shop).

Least likely to say : "Just put me back on my bike." (when sitting in a tea-shop).