Martin Gatenby first became interested in cycling when, as a small boy, he saw the Tour de France on television for the first time. That inspired him start riding his bike further afield than the suburban area of West Yorkshire where he grew up and he eventually began racing as a teenage member of Hull Thursday Road Club, before he lost interest in cycling when his school friend Paul Bennett bought an electric guitar.
After a long lay -off, he returned to cycling in his late thirties as a means of keeping fit and staving off the effects of a sedentary occupation working in sales. This led to reawakening of his love for the sport, and as the pastime boomed in the UK, he became one of the many ‘middle aged men in Lycra’ who can be seen on British roads every weekend. It was during these many hours of cycling that he heard about an amateur event that would give him the chance to fulfil a boyhood dream and ride a stage of the Tour de France. He has since completed the Etape du Tour six times, and the Paris- Roubaix challenge twice, as well as numerous events around Northern England.
His life as a contented cyclist was briefly interrupted by illness, then after returning to regular cycling he settled back into regular club life until the arrival of the Tour de France in his hometown in 2014. This led to him joining his club mates on ‘the ride of a lifetime’, arriving on the Champs Elysees in Paris on the same weekend as the professional race finished.
He is a member of the Cappuccino Cycling Club. He has three children who he has been unable to entice into the world of cycling, and shares his life with Lesley, the only woman he has ever met who thinks he looks good in his cycling kit.
Martin lives in North Yorkshire.