John Herety

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John Herety
John Herety.jpg
Herety riding for Coop-Mercier in 1982
Personal information
Full name John P Herety
Nickname The Galloping Gourmet
Born (1958-03-08) 8 March 1958 (age 57)
Cheadle, Cheshire, England
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight 61 kg (134 lb; 9.6 st)[1]
Team information
Current team JLT-Condor
Discipline Road
Role Rider (retired)
General manager
Rider type Sprinter
Amateur team(s)
0 Cheshire Road Club
0 Abbotsford Park RC
0 Altrincham RC-Rotalac Plastics
1981 ACBB
Professional team(s)
1982–1984 Coop-Mercier
1985 Ever Ready
1986 Percy Bilton
Managerial team(s)
0 Percy Bilton
–2005 Great Britain
Major wins
British National Road Race Champion (1982)
Peace Race, 1 Stage
Infobox last updated on
27 January 2012


John P Herety (born 8 March 1958) is a former English racing cyclist. He rode for Great Britain in the Olympic Games and won the national road championship as a professional. He is currently manager of the JLT-Condor cycling team,[2] and occasionally provides studio-based analysis of cycle races for British Eurosport.[3]


Born in Cheadle, Cheshire (now in Greater Manchester), England, Herety joined Cheshire Road Club as a young teenager.[4] His first win was in a Scouts' cyclo-cross race in Woodbank Park, Stockport.[5] He was coached by Harold "H" Nelson and trained regularly with other local riders destined for professional careers, notably Graham Jones, Paul Sherwen and Ian Binder. Further success followed as a junior. He was known as a sprinter but he also won after breaking clear of the main field.[6]

He came third in the in 1980 British National Road Race Championships and won the Manx Trophy. Herety, a chef, received a set of chef's knives when he won a stage of the 1980 Peace Race in Karl-Marx-Stadt (now Chemnitz), a city proud of its steelworks.[5] Herety finished 21st in the road race at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, the race was won by Sergei Sukhoruchenkov.[7]

He then joined the French team, Athletic Club Boulogne-Billancourt in Paris, Europe's most successful sports club with fellow British riders Sean Yates and Jeff Williams.[8] Herety won his second race for the ACBB which was a circuit of Toulon finishing in a bunch sprint.[9] Herety spent one season with the ACBB and was offered a professional contract with Mercier riding alongside Joop Zoetemelk.[8] In 1982 he had hoped to get a ride in the Tour de France.[10] However, a poor performance in the Tour de l' Aude resulted in him not being selected by the Coop-Mercier manager Jean–Pierre Danguillame.[10] Herety subsequently returned to England and won the Professional British National Road Race Championships.[6] He also had success in the Grand Prix Pino Cerami finishing second after being outsprinted from a small group of riders by Ronny Van Holen.[10] However, after three seasons with Mercier he had reached a level that he was unable to improve on.[11] Herety explained: “My trouble is that I can’t recover quickly enough after a hard stage race or a race." "When I’ m racing abroad that is no good, with so many races to ride one after the other.”[11] In 1985 he consequently decided to join the British-based professional team Ever Ready allowing him to race on the weekends and if needed have the whole week to recover.[11] In 1986 he then joined Percy Bilton riding alongside Bob Downs and Steve Joughin. The following season he won a stage in the Milk Race and was runner up in the British National Road Race Championships. John owed his successes to his powerful sprint.[5] However, his inability to climb and recover during hard stage races limited his palmares.[11] Herety was not a general classification rider – evidence his 52nd overall in the 1984 Sealink International.[11]

"I don't see myself going on like this, getting so little back for the effort I put in. In France, racing most days, I just can't get the results"

John Herety[11]

Herety became team manager of the Percy Bilton team after his racing career. He went on to become director of racing for British Cycling.[5] He resigned following an inquiry into the 2005 UCI Road World Championships in Madrid, when Charly Wegelius and Tom Southam were alleged to have helped Italian riders rather than those in the British team.[12] He was manager of in 2006 and 2007, for 2008 this evolved into Rapha and for 2009 became Rapha Condor.

Personal life[edit]

Herety married Margaret (née Swinnerton) in winter 1983 and has a daughter named Georgia. Margaret is a sister to Paul, Catherine and Bernadette, all former international riders.[5]


3rd Southport
1st Eastway
1st Grand Prix of Essex
21st Olympic Games, Road race
4th Tour of the Pennines (pro-am)
3rd British National Road Race Championships (Amateur)
1st Manx Trophy
2nd Premier Calendar
2nd London – Glasgow
1st Stage 4, London – Glasgow
50th Overall, Peace Race
1st Stage 9, Peace Race
2nd Stage 5, Sealink International
1st GP de Peymenaide
1st GP de Sanary
1st GP de St Maxime
1st Paris–Rouen
1st United Kingdom British National Road Race Championships (Professional)
3rd Stage 4, Tour Méditerranéen, Fréjus
1st Harrogate
1st Prologue, Tour d'Indre et Loire
2nd Grand Prix Pino Cerami
2nd Stage 2, Leeuwarden-Noord Scharwoude
2nd Stage 2, Ronde van Nederland, Noord Scharwoude
3rd Stage 4, Tour du Mediterranean, Cavalaire-Fréjus
16th Gent–Wevelgem
62nd Paris–Brussels
2nd Glossop
2nd Stage 5, Paris – Nice, La Seyne
3rd Wingene
3rd Glasgow
3rd Manchester
58th Gent–Wevelgem
58th Nissan Classic
2nd Professional British National Road Race Championships
2nd Eastway
1st Stage 10, Milk Race, Ipswich
2nd Wexford
2nd Stage 9, Milk Race, Hull
3rd Windermere

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "John Herety Biography & Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 12 September 2008. 
  2. ^ "Rapha Condor opens doors to funding". Bike Radar. 12 September 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008. 
  3. ^ Wynn, Nigel (15 June 2012). "Tour de France 2012: British Eurosport live schedule". Cycling Weekly. 
  4. ^ "John Herety Bio". Retrieved 12 September 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Name: John Herety". TonyLyons. Retrieved 12 September 2008. 
  6. ^ a b Steve Thomas (12 February 2007). "Interview: manager John Herety". Retrieved 12 September 2008. 
  7. ^ "John Herety – Olympic Record". British Olympic Association. Retrieved 12 September 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "Interview: John Herety on ACBB cycling career". Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Yates, Sean (2013). Sean Yates: It’s All About the Bike: My Autobiography. London: Transworld Publishers. ISBN 978-1-4481-6741-8. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c 'John Herety – Champion Talk', Brian Cookson, Cyclist Monthly, 1983, p25-29.
  11. ^ a b c d e f 'Sealink Review', Martin Ayres, Cyclist Monthly, 1984, p22-23,
  12. ^ Graham Snowdon (13 October 2005). "Herety resigns over team tactics". The Telegraph. Retrieved 12 September 2008. 

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