Chris Lillywhite, U.K. all-arounder
Chris Lillywhite started racing when he was 14 years old. His first love was football. But he began to get into some trouble and his dad made the decision they were going to do something together so he bought them bikes. Shortly after getting a bike he began racing. In a two year span as a junior Lillywhite won 21 races and a national kilo championship on the track. From that kilo ride he made the national junior track team for G.B. From that point on Lillywhite's career began to snowball. Making the transition from juniors to seniors in the U.K. wasn't much of an issue for him. Crazy enough he didn't train much. Not because Lillywhite was lazy but because he held down a job while racing. So he was killing it racing purely on talent. He considered himself an all-around with a good sprint. Since he couldn't win to many stage races on GC Lillywhite says he focused on winning jerseys like best climber or sprinter. Some of his notable wins include the Milk Race in 1993, the British National Circuit Race Championships the same year to the Tom Simpson Memorial Road Race in 1994. Literally I can't name all of his wins because it would be long a prolific. Lillywhite doesn't think he fulfilled his talent. He says the money was so good in the U.K. racing crits he didn't see the need to leave and race on the continent. Let me make this clear...he got offers. Lillywhite's last season racing as a pro was 1999. He took a job working for the Linda McCartney Racing Team. He would eventually work with Team Wiggins. Currently he runs his own business and Lillywhite is still on the bike.