Will Wright (cyclist)

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Will Wright
Personal information
Full name Will Wright
Nickname Willie Feet
Born (1973-07-04) 4 July 1973 (age 43)
Team information
Current team Will's Wheels Cycling Club
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Amateur team(s)
1970s Manchester Velo
1990s ATOM Elite
1996 Marston's Low C/Wales
2002- Will's Wheels Cycling Club

Will Wright (born 4 July 1973[1]) is a Welsh racing cyclist, he has twice represented Wales in the Commonwealth Games, and is also the proprietor of the Stockport based cycle retailer.

Will began cycling in his early teens, joining 'Manchester Velo' on their weekly club runs each Sunday, but only once he had completed his paper round. The nickname given to him then was Willie Feet due to his unusually large feet.[2]

After finishing his secondary education, Will went to work for 'Marple Cyclesport'. Having gained some success whilst racing, Wright was selected to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada in 1994. It was there at the Games that Wright rode his first track competition, having never before ridden the track.[2] He competed in the Games once more, closer to home in Manchester in 2002, but unfortunately fell during the men's points race final after hitting a fallen rider; footage of which can be seen on the BBC Motion Gallery.[3]

Will took over 'Bardsley Cycles' at 482 Manchester Road, Stockport, Greater Manchester in the 1990s, which was subsequently renamed 'Will's Wheels' which also sponsors it's eponymous cycling club, 'Will's Wheels Cycling Club'. As well the cycling club, Will's Wheels supports local cycle races by providing prizes which Wright himself has been known to present[4] Will retired from competitive cycling to spend time with daughters Emily and Megan, and wife Sarah.

Palmarès[edit]

1996
3rd Stage 1, Thwaites Grand Prix/Tour of Lancashire
2002
4th Team Pursuit, 4m25.029, Commonwealth Games (with Paul Sheppard, Huw Pritchard & Joby Ingram-Dodd)
2005
2nd Welsh National Road Race Championships[5]

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