Olly Tillson - Workshop Manager

Tell us about yourself and your cycling or adventuring achievements.

I have loved cycling and tinkering with bikes for as long as I can remember.

I have over 15 year’s experience in the bike industry as a mechanic.

I have done BMX, Trials, Dirt jumping, 4X, Cross Country, Downhill and Road Cycling. My main focus at the moment is Road cycling and Cross Country / Trail Riding.

I have hit some pretty big jumps and drops over the years (for the cameras), I have even competed in a circuit race. I was very happy completing the Prudential ride 100 in 4:45 while raising money for our charity at the same time.

I even have “push bike” tattooed on my knuckles! I just love cycling

What are your favourite things to do on the bike?
Nothing beats going fast! Flat out descending on the trails or tucked up on the road bike, pushing the boundaries of the bike, my talent and my bravery/stupidity!

The thought of 45+mph on a road bike in just lycra always makes me chuckle!

Where is the most exciting place you've ridden your bike?
Chatel, Switzerland. Amazing DH tracks with a stunning back drop of the mountains that go on for miles in every direction.

What is your goal in life, cycling or otherwise?
I set the odd cycling goal but the aim of the game is always to enjoy myself. Life, Cycling, everything else. You need to enjoy what you are doing.

Who are your sporting heroes?
Martyn Ashton & Steve Peat are the reason I ride bikes. They have done so much for the sport over a very long time. Constantly pushing their bikes and body’s to the limit and promoting the sport. If you haven’t seen it, check out the 1997 bike video “Chainspotting” its where it all started for me.

Tell us about what you do at Spokes of Bagshot
I am the workshop! I build the bikes, I fix the bikes, I provide the technical support. 

I have even been known to sell the odd bike!

What does being on the Spokes team mean to you?
I have been here from the very start and it has been amazing to be a key part of the business growing. It is great to pass on my knowledge to staff and customers. It has been great to build my reputation in the industry and to play a key role in the operation of Spokes.

If you had one piece of advice for someone new to cycling what would it be?
Get your bike serviced on a regular basis. A well serviced bike is a happy bike.