Racing Team Rider Profile: Neil Cleminshaw

Neil Cleminshaw

  • Name: Neil Cleminshaw
  • DOB: 9th Oct 1969
  • Height: 6’1″ (182cm)
  • Racing Weight: 11st 10lb (74.5kg)
  • Speciality: Time Trials

And you are:

  • Hi, I am Neil Cleminshaw, and I first joined Hull Thursday RC with my family back in 1981 aged 11, then too young for the RTTC rules; I recall having to wait until 1982 to compete in my first club events. The Following year saw me progress to Criteriums in addition to the regular Club and Open Time Trials, back then Hull’s West Park was where youngsters cut their teeth at ‘mass-start’ events and began learning their race-craft.
  • I’ve won multiple club championships over the years and in open road races have had several 2nd places and many top 10 placings plus team wins, but regretfully that solo RR victory eluded me. 2001 was my best season and I amassed 126 points, which was more than the 100 required at that time to see me progress to 1st Category status. I competed in several Premier Calendar events, including the Lincoln Grand Prix, The East Riding Classic 2 day and Staffordshire’s Gun Hill, even racing a Criterium in France featuring a cobbled climb (Segre’ Loire Atlantique) placing a creditable 12th whilst amongst some hot competition.
  • Consistently competing in Time Trials, the ultimate race of truth, before, during and after my Road Racing seasons; now I find focussing on one discipline, driven to try and still get the best out of myself at that in addition to maintaining a sport-work-life balance works best for me.
  • Since becoming a Veteran for the 2010 season, I’ve managed to achieve personal course best times on several courses, surprisingly bettering my youthful years. I’ve set and improved upon Vets records for both 10 and 25 miles, and hope to raise the bar even higher still.

Bikes you currently ride:

  • Cervelo P3 Carbon – Fabian Cancellara WTTC Ltd Edition
  • Cervelo R3sl
  • Cervelo R3 – demoted to wet-weather / winterbike
  • Scott Scale 20 mtb

Average miles covered in a week:

  • 150 miles

Goals for this season:

  • Defend my Veteran Championship in the HTRC Circuit TT Series
  • Record the Fastest Open 10 mile TT of the Season
  • Fly the Club colours in several Open TTs

Favourite Rider:

  • Fabian Cancellara

Best place you’ve ever ridden:

  • Rhone Alps

Favourite thing about cycling:

  • The freedom, the views and the thrill of cycling at speed.

Most embarrassing moment on a bike:

  • Having both Tubular tyres roll off on a steep rain-soaked descent in Cumbria on an HTRC Elterwater Youth Hostelling trip and ending up on a car-bonnet!

Memorable achievements:

  • Holder of the Hull Thursday Veterans 10 & 25 mile TT Records and the Team Open 10 Record
  • Holder of the Hull Thursday RC 50 mile Place to Place Record
  • Multiple winner of Senior and Veteran Hull Thursday Time Trial Championships
  • Winning Senior Road Race, Time Trial and Best All Rounder Championships in one single season (2000). Club Senior B.A.R. winner 2000-2002 inclusive

Recent Racing Team achievements/personal news: Morgan