After a failed career in competitive cycling (with the only entry on his palmarès being KOM in the Lakeland 3 Day), Henry then took to mountain biking and founded Not The Sunday Run (NTSR) - a MTB group which meet most weeks to explore the mountains around Rostrevor, County Down.

Notable rides include the Transalp stage race in 2002. Henry is also founder of the Slieve Martin Slaughter Challenge, which tests riders with four different climbs of Slieve Martin (485m) over a 47km route. This year Covid has done him no harm with a dozen or more centuries under his belt including the Dragon Ride Gran Fondo.

A recent conversion to gravel riding has resulted in the necessity for a new bicycle shed to accommodate the fleet of new and old bikes which are “just too good” to sell. A firm believer in the formula 2(N+1) being the optimum number of steeds at any one time, the 2 refers to doubling up caused by an equally addicted wife Liz.

Rapidly eyeing up E-bikes as an evil necessity for advancing years and keeping up with fitter, younger cycling companions. The Andorra Classic MTB event is in the sights for 2022 to celebrate a scary birthday with a 6 in it.

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