Support Crew

Jon Kelly

Roisin and Jon on the first leg of the Ulster Exchange
Poor Jon was pretty much suckered into helping out with SWWR. 

Initially Jon agreed to come to Ireland in September 2010 in a social capacity. However, team Sandy Wallace needed a DS in order to have a car in the convoy and this task fell to Jon. 

A doctor of sport, a former amateur road racer and a BC coach, Jon has a logical mind, a strange love of numbers and a great bank of experience to draw upon. Jon is a realistic yet ambitious DS, always quick to point out the positives of our performance. He helps us to reflect on our performances, ensuring that we each workout ourselves what we could have done better. 

Just don't let him catch you eating cake! (And yeah, that bottle of white wine in the photo, he drank it all himself!) 

Jon's experience with bikes is also vital at stage races and training camps, where he also takes on the role of mechanic (not saying that the girls are useless but...). Jon likes to be prepared for all eventualities and does not like to travel light. I may mock but if you ever need a wheel jig at the Ras, he's your man! 

                                                                                                                                            Jon sees the fantastic potential within SWWR and looks forward to helping us work
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William Burgess

Despite his imposing heigh, William shows he is down with the kids!
It is said that behind every great man there is a great woman. Ever the feminist, William proves that the reverse is equally true; he is the great man behind the great team captain! 

A truck driver in a former life, William takes responsibility for the logistics involved in getting the girls to races all over the country. William's driving skills have also been called upon for several local races, providing service for the ladies. 

At stage races and training camps, William takes on the role of soigneur for the ladies, taking care of the cooking, laundry and bike washing, all things he excels at; at home, he gets lots of practice!

His commitment to the team and his role as soigneur is evident from his willingness to undertake courses in both massage and bike mechanics to ensure that SWWR are the best looked after women's team in Britain! 

Despite my slightly biased opinion, it has not been widely accepted that William is the best husband in the world. What other husband would drive to the rescue of a slightly hypothermic teenager (who said husband had never             
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                                                                                                                                                                William, you are a legend. And your hats are awesome.