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Mathew Riley-Gray

Since he started cycling in 2013 Mathew has always loved the last kilometer of a race and consistently tries to improve himself to be faster. Looking up to his older brother James Gray not only did he find his best ally but also his best opponent especially in a sprint – that competitive aspect propels Mathew to try and be better. Performing at London Youth Games he has won a Bronze medal and has raced at National level. Hosting a category 2 license he now seeks to get to category 1 in the future and with the ability to race on the road and track in multiple disciplines he has a broad skill set. Additionally he has spent time helping to coach new and younger riders and is always there to lend a hand and give tips to help others improve.

10 Questions

What sport would you do if you were not a cyclist?
Football, it was the first sport I fell in love with and where I gained my competitive nature.

Who in the cycling world would you like to go for a ride with?
The whole Legion squad – I have been a long supporter and would love the opportunity to learn from them.

Which other sport do you mostly follow and which club or athlete do you support?
Football and I am a Chelsea supporter.

What city would you most like to live in?
Tokyo.

How do you relax after a hard day?
Relaxing watching some anime or gaming with friends.

What music do you put on when you want to get pumped?
Rap or rock music depending on my mood. Sometimes some Eminem and Joyner Lucas alternatively sometimes Linkin Park and All Good Things.

What’s your favourite TV show?
Akame Ga Kill.

What are one or two of your favourite smells?
Freshly cooked bacon in the morning before a race and baked pizza after the race.

Which of your scars has the best story behind it?
I had some scars that have fully healed now from a crash at Hillingdon where I landed on a banked ridge in a vine bush but somehow managed to land it and roll onto my feet despite crashing at 30mph and not hurting or breaking anything. The ride home after the race was tough though.

What food do you love that a lot of people find a little unfamiliar?
Udon noodle soup – it is one of my favourite dishes.