Rob Hayles

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Rob Hayles
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Hayles, photographed in 2007
Personal information
Full name Robert John Hayles
Born (1973-01-21) 21 January 1973 (age 42)
Portsmouth, England[1]
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Weight 80 kg (180 lb)[2]
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Track & Road
Role Rider
Amateur team(s)
Team Haverhill-Taylor's Foundry
All Media-Futurama
Team Ambrosia
Team Brite
Tony Doyle Ltd-Clarkes Contracts
Professional team(s)
Cofidis X-Power
Team KLR-Parker International-Dolan Bikes
Team Halfords Bikehut
Endura Racing
Major wins
National Road Race Championships (2008)

Robert John "Rob" Hayles (born 21 January 1973) is a former track and road racing cyclist, who rode for Great Britain and England on the track and several professional teams on the road. Hayles competed in the team pursuit and madison events, until his retirement in 2011.[3] He now occasionally provides studio-based analysis of cycle races for British Eurosport.[4]


He first represented Great Britain in the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, where he rode the team pursuit. Hayles represented England in the points race and team pursuit at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. At the 2000 Summer Olympics, he won silver in the pursuit. He was in pursuit team that came third and rode the madison with Bradley Wiggins, finishing fourth.[1]

From 2001 to 2003 Hayles rode for the Cofidis team in France.

During this time Hayles rode the Paris-Roubaix classic, one of cycling's five 'monuments', three times but was unable to finish the race on any occasion. Hayles still reports to love the paved classic despite his own poor fortune.[citation needed]

In March 2008 he was withdrawn from the Great Britain team at the world track championships in Manchester,[5] and was suspended for 14 days after a blood test showed a haematocrit 0.3% above the limit. His licence was restored after two weeks.[6] The rules regarding haematocrit testing for track cycling were subsequently changed as the resting period before an event can cause the red cell volume to exceed 50%, with subsequent blood tests often proving the riders to clean.

He won the 2008 national road championships but was not selected squad for the Beijing Olympics.[7]

On 1 November 2008 he returned to the team pursuit for the Manchester round of the World Cup series. He lives in Hayfield, Derbyshire, with his wife, former Olympic swimmer Vicky Horner, and daughter Madeleine (born 23 January 2006).[8][9]


2nd Premier Calendar
Bronze Team Pursuit – Olympics
Bronze Pursuit – World Championship
Silver Team Pursuit – World Championships
Silver Team Pursuit – World Championship
Bronze Pursuit, National Championship
Silver Individual Pursuit, World Championship, Melbourne
Silver Team Pursuit, World Championship, Melbourne
Silver Team Pursuit, Olympics, Athens (with Cummings, Manning & Wiggins)
Bronze Madison, Olympics, Athens (with Wiggins)[10]
Gold Team Pursuit, World Championship, Los Angeles (with Cummings, Newton & Manning)
Gold Madison, World Championship, Los Angeles (with Cavendish)[11]
Silver 4,000m Individual Pursuit, Commonwealth Games, Melbourne
Gold 4,000m Team Pursuit, Commonwealth Games, Melbourne
Silver Team Pursuit, World Championship, Bordeaux
Tour of Pendle
Beaumont Trophy Road Race
United Kingdom British National Road Race Championships
Blackpool Grand Prix Circuit Race[12]
14th British National Hill Climb Championships

British National Track Championships[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Rob Hayles – Olympic Record". British Olympic Association. 
  2. ^ a b Official website of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth
  3. ^ "Three-time Olympic medallist Rob Hayles retires from cycling". BBC Sport (BBC). 31 October 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Wynn, Nigel (15 June 2012). "Tour de France 2012: British Eurosport live schedule". Cycling Weekly. 
  5. ^ "Hayles suspended after blood test". BBC Sport. 26 March 2008. 
  6. ^ "Hayles gets racing licence back". BBC Sport. 11 April 2008. 
  7. ^ "Cycling: Rowing ace Romero takes aim for Beijing cycling gold". The Independent. 9 July 2008. 
  8. ^ Tim Maloney (29 January 2006). Hayles is a dad.
  9. ^ "Rob Hayles Profile". Mission Sports Management. 
  10. ^ "Wiggins claims third medal". BBC. 2004-08-25. 
  11. ^ "British success in men's madison". BBC. 2005-03-28. 
  12. ^ "Cycle Fest is a winner for Fylde". Blackpool Gazette. 7 July 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
David Millar
British National Road Race Championships
Succeeded by
Kristian House