Who are Sublime Cycles?
Matt Dale and Lee Francis (left) established Bristol based Sublime cycles in 2013 and are passionate about all things bike. Both Matt and Lee compete in Local Time Trials, Road and Criterium races at varying standards.
From the age of three I have never been without a bike! whilst not keen on team sports the bike has always been a constant as a form of exercise and freedom.
I started mountain biking in the early 80’s and in the last ten years competed in many non competative enduro’s, after a slight self inflicted mountain bike accident I decided to buy a road bike to keep up the fitness from that day on I was hooked. After taking part in a couple of century sportive rides I was looking for more of a challenge so I joined a road club. After purchasing my racing licience in March 2013 I took part in my first Criterium race and after numerous races and club 10 mile TT’s. I am now chasing down my 2nd Cat racing licence………………….
In June 2015 I completed my first middle distance triathlon and plan to do a full distance triathlon in 2016.
I was a typical football-mad youngster and enjoyed nothing more than watching my local team or having a Sunday kick-about with mates. As I reached my mid-teens I started to take an interest in other sports; my uncle is a cyclist/ triathlete and he encouraged me to join him and his friends on their weekly mountain bike sessions. I’m not too proud to say I’m not the best MTB handler, but I enjoy the thrill of being off-road and getting muddy – who doesn’t!? One bike led to another and very soon I was road-biking too; having been a strong swimmer since childhood it was then just a small (and fairly inevitable) step for me to take up triathlon.
I completed my first triathlon at Springfield in 1998, closely followed by an age group win at Burnham-on-Sea. I continued dabbling with triathlon for several years from here; trying desperately to balance this lifestyle with my discovery of beer! Once the initial draw of the pub had worn off I started to take my training more seriously, completing my first Ironman in 2005..….that was it – I was hooked!! I’ve now completed 11 Ironman races and gradually worked my PB down to sub-10 hours. My ultimate goal is to qualify for the World Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii but the field is super competitive and increasing every year!
Of all three disciplines I think it’s safe to say that cycling is my favourite – I love the freedom of being out on the road; the sociable nature of riding and the compulsory coffee/ cake stop en route. I still break the MTB out several times each year for a bit of fun but road riding is what I enjoy most. After much determination, several crashes and an A&E stay I now have my Cat 3 race licence. Racing as part of a team is great fun but I also love the challenge and focus needed for time-trialling. To date I’ve completed 10, 25 and 50 mile TT races – every year I toy with the idea of a 12 hour TT with the ultimate aim of going for 24 hours…. one day I will sign up!