PEOPLE

About the Author

Andy Edwards started cycling in the early 1980s in North West England. He rode as a teenager for Nelson Wheelers, Leek CC and the West Midlands Centre of Excellence squad, competing in road racing, track and time trials. He returned to the sport in 2009, racing for Kingston Wheelers and Sigma Sports, mixing Masters, second category and elite level road racing, including racing alongside Geraint Thomas, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Simon Yates and other World Tour pros in the Elite Men’s National Road Race Championships as a fortysomething amateur because it was cheaper than riding the sportive. 

Alongside racing, Andy coached YouTuber Francis Cade from 2nd category to Elite, led the Kingston Wheelers Skills day and hosted interviews with the likes of Rod Ellingworth, Yanto Barker, Alice Barnes, Matthew Stephens and Daniel Lloyd.

Andy has spent his career working in the music business, working with artists across all genres of music from grassroots to global superstars. His diversity and inclusion work in music paved the way to writing the first edition of the Diversity In Cycling in 2019, and joining the British Cycling Diversity and Inclusion advisory group in 2021.

Shortly after publishing the first edition, Andy was clinically diagnosed with two protected characteristics ADHD and Autism, meaning he is neurodiverse, another form of diversity. He has also taken up gravel riding and XC mountain biking after many years of being a roadie.

You can follow Andy on Twitter @andyedwardsster

Contributors include:

Aneela McKenna, Chair of the British Cycling Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group, wrote the Foreword. Commentaries are provided by Shirla Poole of RideFest, Ronn Fraser of Kingston Wheelers, Farooq Chaudhry of Brothers on Bikes Bristol, Naomi Rumble director of Together We Ride, Fozia Naseem co-founder of community cycling programme HopOn in Bradford, Nasima Siddiqui of The Cycle Fit, British Cycling Youth Development Pathway coach Richard Liston and Sam Ruddock of the KC Academy.

Full Acknowledgements:

The author wishes to thank Chidi Onuoha, Aneela McKenna, Shirla Poole, Ronn Fraser,
Farooq Chaudhry, Naomi Rumble, Fozia Naseem, Nasima Siddiqui, Richard Liston, Sam
Ruddock, Liyana Pama, Junaid Ibrahim , Carolyn Axtell, Maryam Amatullah, PJ Dulay, Mia
and Maurice Burton, Wayne Francis, Matt Kumar, Alex Reid, Donna McConnell, Rhoma
Erekpaine, Aminadab Adegboro, Domini Radway-Fatuga, Sonia Chane-Sam, Nathaniel
Roberts, Red Walters, Shivaji Shiva, Robbie de Santos, Emeka Okaro, Enitan Shonibare,
Sharn Mahoney, Shivaji Shiva, David Ladkin for making everything look good, Kadeena Cox
MBE, Gemma Louise Porter and Summu Sports, Magda Sinit ,Tokunbo (Toks) Ajasa-Oluwa
and everyone at BUBR, Monica Garrison, Jools Walker, Kofi Mable and everyone at Freedom
50, Jess Morgan and everyone at Rapha, Stephen Moon and everyone at Science In Sport,
Emily Ormond and everyone at Zwift, Ed Cowburn, Pete Kelsey and everyone at Milltag,
Yanto Barker and everyone at Le Col, Ian Whittingham, Daniel Kogan, Jeff Mainwood and
everyone at Sigma Sports, Francis Cade, Honor Elliott, Richard Baybutt, Jenna Selby, Bobby
Waterman, Duncan Schwier, Neil Grunshaw, Felix Gaertner, Daniel Innes, Kai Robinson,
Duke Agyapong, Mike Hartrey, Jeremy Greenwood, David Stoyle, Tim Wilkey, Sam Holden,
Neil Gear, Ian James, Jason Grant, Joolze Dymond, Matt Plested, Pete Hair, Alessandra
Bucci, Sheikh Shahnawaz, Chris Godfrey, Lyrikul Moments, Francis Adekunle, Dave
Hayward, Akin Akinsete, Adam Tranter, Wiesia Kuczaj and everyone at Fusion Media, Tim
Lawn, Caroline Hemmington, Harry Bunnell, Ali Cigari, Hardeep Kainth, James Turner,
Hardeep Kainth, Alice Lethbridge and everyone at Kingston Wheelers, Brian Facer, Claire
Livesey, Thomas Turner, Anthony Gill, Colin Walker, Luke Anderson, and everyone
at British Cycling.