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Maddy started riding in 2012, having been lured onto a bike by a friend and very quickly made her mark by notching up wins in her first year, testament to her awesome strength on the track and also by having the biggest smile of anyone track centre.
Prior to taking up cycling Maddy spent most of her spare time dangling from a rope as a rock climber, so the conversion to using her legs and lungs was challenging but ultimately immensely rewarding. Since she took up cycling Maddy “The Machine” Moore has risen to claim three World Masters Records (actually we suspect it is more than that but she is too modest to keep a tally) and an enviable collection of masters World, European and National jerseys.
Maddy’s favourite victories have been those she has been able to share with her teammates including gold in the World Masters team sprint and team pursuit, gold in the European Masters team pursuit, plus silver in the Scottish Nationals team sprint. She was also part of the TORQ team which raced the National Team Time Trial Champs and picked up silver and bronze medals in 2016 and 2017. Maddy is such an amazing team player that she can boast about having competed in the team sprint with every female member of the TORQ team (she tells us that “for the avoidance of doubt, Mel Sneddon was definitely the top sprint partner” a comment that has had some fallout). She now only has to persuade Georgie to partake in an open team sprint to complete the full tally of sprint partners.
She combines training with working as a solicitor and being a mum to two tiny nutters.
Georgie Paul started riding a bike at just 13 years old, she would borrow her father’s bike, drop the saddle down a bit and head out from Basildon to Stanstead to watch the planes land – a 90m round trip! In case of emergency she had a full 20 pence in her back pocket and would call to let her parents know when she was on her way home.
As a junior she won multiple national time trial titles and she represented GB at Le Chrono des Nations, where she took second place, and also at the Tour of Japan, a week long stage race where she finished 8th.
More recently Georgie’s work with the MOD and family took priority over racing but in January 2019 she had an opportunity to try track when a last minute place came available in a session her husband had set up for work colleagues. By the end of 2019, she had won her first World Masters medals and in 2021 she clinched two National Masters titles on the track as well as one on road, it feels like there is much more to come.
Georgie lives near Ross with her husband Matt and when she is not training or racing, or working for the MOD, Georgie is kept busy being mum to her three children.
Mel ‘Silent Assassin’ Sneddon is a phenomenal bike rider who has an incredible palmares to her name.
She found her niche in time trialling where she has picked up a bronze medal in the National 10mile TT Championships, 4th in the National 25mile TT Championships, silver and bronze at the National Team TT Championships and v40 gold at the National Circuit TT Championships for the past two consecutive years.
She has also dominated her class on the track, winning five World, two European and eleven National Masters titles, with a total of 37 podiums on the track alone and she is part of the unbeaten, and World Masters record setting, TORQ Team Pursuit team.
Mel manages this whilst working part time and being a mother to two young children.
Lou Haston took a break from racing at the end of 2018 to pursue a new career but she has always felt there was some unfinished business with the British and World Masters. Watching her teamies have so much fun without her was eventually too much and she has decided to dust off her race wheels and make a comeback in 2023.
Lou has had some notable success, she was part of the para-cycling team that won Scotland’s first medal of the 2014 Commonwealth Games – Louise and stoker, Aileen McGlynn went on to win two silver medals as well as taking a title at the BC National Champs, smashing the qualifying times and gaining selection for the UCI Para-World Championships to be held in LA and later qualifying for Gold Coast 2018, winning bronze.
Whilst racing for the TORQ Track Team she has won British, European and World Masters titles and many Scottish National Track Championships. Louise was previously known to her teamies as Lou “Nails” Haston, so let’s see if she can keep this title.
Fleur Stoops, or “Madame Fluff” to those in the know announced herself to the world of Masters Track Cycling with a bang in 2015 when she claimed two golds and a silver at her first Masters National Track Champs. It was in fact her first track meeting and so there was no doubt there would be much more success to come.
Fleur started riding with her local club in Plymouth whilst studying Dentistry in 2008. She was then invited to join Primal Europe in 2010 competing in road races and crits. She moved to Glasgow in 2012 and started riding track in 2013 at the Chris Hoy Velodrome – she was instantly hooked. With TORQ, her focus will be on track cycling, with some road TTs thrown in for good measure and the long term goal is to win both an individual and a team title at the World Masters.
Fleur holds three degrees and is an Orthodontist gaining her Membership in Orthodontics (M.Orth) from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 2019. She is currently doing her NHS Consultant training. Achieving these heights has made it difficult to find time to train recently but that will change in 2022 when she finishes with her professional qualifications.
As a three-time elite British National Champion on the track, Jan “The Boss” Birkmyre, is a force to be reckoned with. She trains while working full time as a Marketing Consultant and has won at least one elite national medal in each of the years she has been racing and claimed the prestigious National Omnium series title eight times in 11 years.
At a masters level she is rarely beaten, in fact she has never failed to make the podium in any masters event she has started. She has 38 World Masters titles to her name, set eight World Masters records and has never been beaten at the European Masters level from 28 starts. She has also won 63 National Masters titles.
In addition to the track racing, Jan has had some memorable wins on the road, including the Tour de France support race on The Mall, two victories at the Tour of Britain support race, plus a win at the Hillingdon Grand Prix. She was also part of the TORQ team which raced the National Team Time Trial Champs and picked up silver and bronze medals, even if she did need to be nursed over the line by her fellow teamies each time!