Team Top Dog

Join us for a special cycling adventure in 2020.

picture of happy riders on guided cycling

We look forward to meeting you soon, and helping you to enjoy some of the very special places we get to ride on a weekly basis. 

Meet some the folk who will be keeping you safe and looking after you on your event –

Steve Beesley
Startline and Broom Wagon

Steve and Chris have shared many a long day out on their bikes over the years, and was the first person we asked to help us run our events.  Steve loves nothing better than riding any type of bike, exploring the Bowland fells on road bikes, the bridleways of The Lakes and Dales on mountain bikes or sharing big days out on the family tandem with his wife Emma.

On event days you will see Steve organising the start area, recording riders numbers and start times.  Once everyone is safely underway - Steve drives the main "Broom Wagon" around the long courses, to help anyone with mechanical issues, to either fix the problem or return folk back to event HQ.

Sophie Heath
Registration and feedstations

Sophie is Chris's cousin, a fully qualified car mechanic and Black Belt in martial arts. She joined us last season to help with rider registration as rider numbers grew and with her partner Paul have become our feed station experts.

On event day you will meet Sophie registering riders and giving them their event numbers.  Then once registration closes - Sophie and Paul load up their car and head for the hills to set up and run a feed station, once all riders are safely through they return to event HQ to help ensure everyone gets a hot drink and heads home happy. 

Lynn Baines
Company Director - Safety Officer +UKA Off Road Run Leader

Co director of Top Dog Events Limited, she is very busy working full time for the NHS, helping to lead 3-1-5 Health Clubs "Couch to 5 km" running sessions and guiding runs with Chris. 

Lynn helps to place signs around routes, and oversees all our 1st aid kits, checking risks assessments are thorough as well as preparing  all the post ride goody bags and organising all the drinks and snacks en route and post ride.

On event day - after getting up at daft o clock and driving around the entire short route, to ensure all signage is still in place, you will see Lynn booking you in at registration, marshalling out on the course, being "Broom Wagon" on the short route, and doing all she can at the finish to ensure our guests are happy and well looked after.

Bailey Baines
Company Logo

Our inspiration for setting up Top Dog Events is our dear departed boxer dog - Bailey.  She brightened up our lives for many years before we lost her to a wonky back end several years ago.

There was never a dull moment with"moo" around, she loved nothing better than long walks, chasing both real and imaginary squirrels, snoring, splashing in mud and water once she'd rearranged all the stones and sticks to their correct places.  She was a real princess who loved meeting people almost as much as rolling in dead things on the beach before cadging a lift home in our cars.

 

Chris Packman
Company Director - Event Organiser + UKA Off Road Run Leader + British Cycling L2 Road & MTB Ride Leader

Co director of Top Dog Events Limited, Chris splits his time between leading clients on outdoor adventure activities and organising the very best cycling events we can. 

His roles pre event include being event organiser, which involves weeks of planning, recceing, risk assessment, typing, meeting event partners, booking and briefing the team, marketing and ordering things like medals, souvenirs  and flyers - as well as spending the best part of the week before each event, driving around routes putting signs out, then retrieving them again. 

On event day - after getting up at daft o clock and driving around the entire long route, to ensure all signage is still in place, you will see Chris briefing riders at the start, marshalling out on the course, being a spare "Broom Wagon" around the routes, and once back at event HQ ensuring  our guests are back safe, happy and well looked after.

Chris Jones
Registration - Social Media + L1 British Cycling Road Ride Leader

Chris is a dedicated road cyclist and somewhat of an expert in the local area, spending every possible minute riding the roads and lanes of The Lakes,  Yorkshire Dales or Fylde Coast.  He is often found leading rides for British Cycling, Fat Lad at the Back or groups of local cycle club members.

Chris's field of expertise - apart from cycling - is Social Media and has recently taken over this role to market our events and build up Top Dogs Facebook and Instagram following.  On event day Chris helps at registration by issuing numbers to riders entering on the day, and then riding round the days long route himself.

Colin Woolford
Event HQ and co-ordinator + UKA Off Road Run Leader + SMBL Off Road Ride Leader

Colin is a professional outdoor activity leader and is happiest floating in a canoe or climbing mountains throughout The Lakes, Dales, Lancashire and further afield.  He has recently become a qualified Mountain Bike leader and spends many hours exploring the bridleways and trails of the local area, Wales and Scotland.

Colin has a background in organising fell running events in the remote Pendle hills of Lancashire, and has proved to be a very reliable person to have running our event HQ and communications.  So on event days you will see Colin everywhere, ensuring everything runs smoothly, once riders are underway all communications go through Colin and none of the team stands down until he tells us that every rider is safely back.  

Rowan Wood
Event Photographer + UKA Off Road Run Leader + Coach

Rowan is not only a mad keen fell runner, qualified sports therapist, off road running coach and photographer, but also leads clients on long days exploring the remote areas of The Lakes, Dales and surrounding hills on foot as a UK Athletics Off Road Run Leader.

On event days you will see Rowan everywhere throughout the day, at HQ, the start, at the side of the road, feed station and at photogenic points along the various routes.  Post event - it is Rowans pictures that you can download from our Top Dog Events Facebook page, so give him a wave when you see him.

Paul Bickerton
Car Parking and Feed Station

Paul is a keen mountain biker and professional car mechanic, he joined our team this season and with his partner Sophie. has proved invaluable in managing the car parking at events and pointing riders arriving towards registration and then down to the ride start area.  

On event days, Paul will be the first of our team you meet and he will guide you into the HQ, opening a low security barrier should you be carrying your bike on top of your car.  Once everyone is underway - Paul and Sophie load up their car and head out to run the feed station half way round the longer routes.  Once riders are fed and watered the pair will be back at HQ, ensuring everyone gets a hot drink and snack.