Colin Sturgess

Colin Andrew Sturgess (born 15 December 1968) is an English former road and track cyclist, who currently works as a directeur sportif for UCI Continental team Ribble Weldtite.[2] On the track, he won a gold and a bronze medal in the individual pursuit at the world championships in 1989 and 1991. He competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics in the 4 km individual pursuit and finished in fourth place.[3] On the road, he won the British National Road Race Championships in 1990.[4] In 2010 he was inducted to the British Cycling Hall of Fame.

Colin Sturgess
2018 Tour Series - Colin Sturgess (Motherwell).jpg
Sturgess in 2018
Personal information
Full nameColin Andrew Sturgess
Born (1968-12-15) 15 December 1968 (age 52)
Ossett, Wakefield, England[1]
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight77 kg (170 lb)
Team information
Current teamRibble Weldtite
Disciplines
  • Road
  • Track
Role
Rider typePursuitist (track)
Amateur teams
2015SportGrub Kuota
2018Planet X–Northside
2019East Mids–Pearces–RDA
Professional teams
1989AD Renting–W-Cup–Bottecchia
1990–1991IOC–Tulip Computers
1992Premier Milling–Snowflake
1998Team Brite Voice
1999Team Men's Health
Managerial teams
2016–2017Metaltek–Kuota
2018Madison Genesis
2019Memil Pro Cycling
2020EuroCyclingTrips–CMI
2021–Ribble Weldtite

Early lifeEdit

Sturgess was born in Ossett, Wakefield, England, the only child of Alan and Ann Sturgess,[5] both from London. When he was six, his family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa.[1] The family subsequently returned to the UK, settling in Leicester, in order to help Sturgess make progress in his cycling career. He took a silver medal in the individual pursuit at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, finishing ahead of Chris Boardman.[5]

Professional careerEdit

Sturgess turned professional after the 1988 Olympics. Among his professional teams was ADR, where he was a team-mate of Greg LeMond. He became celebrated for his showmanship on the bike; rather than maintaining an even pace as was the conventional tactic, he would hold back until the final lap and kick hard. In his World Championship win in 1989, where he trailed Dean Woods by over a second going into the last lap, he employed this tactic and crossed the finish line 1.66 seconds ahead of his rival.[5]

He won the British National Individual Pursuit Championships professional event three times in 1989, 1990 and 1991.[6][7][8]

Disillusioned with the sport, in part due to drug-taking in the peloton,[5] he had interrupted his career around 1993, when he graduated in English literature from Loughborough University and moved with his partner to Sydney, Australia. In Australia, he resumed competing, while working as a sports journal editor, and later returned to England.[9] He finally retired in 2000, after winning a silver medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games as part of the England team pursuit squad alongside a young Bradley Wiggins,[5] and worked as a wine maker and wine educator near Sydney,[10] winning national awards for his work.[5] According to Sturgess, the immediate reason for his retirement was a dispute with British Cycling's management regarding money, however he later identified the falling out as a symptom of a then-undiagnosed case of bipolar disorder, which contributed to the break-up of his two marriages, problems with alcoholism, and a suicide attempt.

Post-cycling careerEdit

Sturgess returned to the UK in 2013, and has since involved himself with coaching.[5] In 2014 he returned to competition, winning the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists time trial championship in September of that year.[11] In May 2016 he joined the Metaltek–Kuota team in a dual role as a rider in veterans' races and also as the team's directeur sportif.[12] After guiding Metaltek rider Daniel Fleeman in the 2017 Rutland–Melton International CiCLE Classic, in October of that year Sturgess was announced as team manager with Madison Genesis,[13] but left the team one year later.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Ed Hood (27 September 2012) "The Colin Sturgess Story" Part 1. veloveritas.co.uk
  2. ^ "Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 23 February 2021. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  3. ^ Colin Sturgess. sports-reference.com
  4. ^ Colin Sturgess. cyclingarchives.com
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Dineen, Robert (16 April 2017). "Former world champion Colin Sturgess endured his life falling apart but is now back on track". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Bryan, Peter. "Sturgess is on time for top title." Times, 4 Aug. 1989, p. 32". Times Digital Archives.
  7. ^ ""For the Record." Times, 4 Aug. 1990, p. 25". Times Digital Archives.
  8. ^ ""For the Record." Times, 1 Aug. 1991, p. 33". Times Digital Archives.
  9. ^ Robin Nicholl (1 May 1998) Cycling: Sturgess puts his career back on road. independent.co.uk
  10. ^ Ed Hood (27 September 2012) "The Colin Sturgess Story" Part 2 veloveritas.co.uk
  11. ^ Smythe, Simon (1 October 2014). "Colin Sturgess returns to winning after 14-year break". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Former World champion Colin Sturgess takes on a new role with county elite cycling squa". Leicester Mercury. 4 October 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2017.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Robertshaw, Henry; Pitt, Vern (9 October 2017). "Former world champion Colin Sturgess joins Madison-Genesis as team manager". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Hammond to return to Madison Genesis as directeur sportif". cyclingnews.com. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2019.

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