Meet the albaRosa committee, the organising force behind the club.
Phil Makinson - Chairman
Phil is our newly appointed Chairman, taking over from Jonny Southwell who has stepped aside to focus on other personal projects.
Phil deals with external partnerships with our sponsors, alongside our relationships with British Cycling, venues and the social elements of the club.
Other than developing the club, he is a key contributor to the success of the Wednesday night social rides, often found leading, maybe not the correct route, but a good an nontheless scenic route.
Neil Eaton - Secretary
Neil is the club secretary and helps support the chair in ensuring the smooth functioning of the committee, as well as managing the admittance of the members to the members Facebook group. Neil is also seen regular on many of the A, B+ or B Sunday social rides and has been known to lead a few.
Neil has always loved his sport primarily playing Rugby Union in his youth and still an avid supporter of Leicester Tigers, England and the British & Irish Lions. As years passed and injuries incurred from running and physical sports Neil took up cycling to enable him to continue consuming large quantities of food and is often seen at the cafe enjoying a nice cake (or two) on the social rides. Neil’s other main hobby outside of work is photography which always remains a distant second to his cycling.
Jonny Southwell - Treasurer
Jonny was one of the founders of the club in 2012. He had been riding a while and was turned off clubs locally so decided to start one himself. What in initially started as a few local cyclists with a passion for getting fitter and faster has now become the alba you know today.
Jonny is our club treasurer and handles our kit supplier and all kit related business (a job he loves).
Jonny has a young family and a job in health and wellbeing that sees him travelling a lot but when he does manage to get the miles in he loves nothing more than a brisk run out east (being an ex rugby player he has a phobia of hills) or he can be persuaded to go on a steady run to the west if there’s promise of a good route, good company and cake !
Joe Krasinski - Youth Director
With a taste for many things Italian, Joe helped start up the youth section back in the days when he and his kids were looking for a racey club with a good kit. Already being a member he knew albaRosa fitted the bill.
Joe coaches, leads rides, keeps an eye on the sponsored race team and generally organised the youth side with a.mini army of fellow.coaches and vokunteers. More always welcome.
Instrumental in setting the youth up at the new home of the Brownlee centre with Thursday coaching and multi club race training on Mondays Joe is usually track side in Adel.
Away from the circuit he'll be taking his boys racing at Grass track, white rose league, city centre races and the odd national. He's also partial to pro stalking using his kids as an excuse, so if you want tips for road side watching of the Paris Roubaix, Tour of Flanders or Tour de France in Paris just ask.
Sophie Tuley- Social Ride Coordinator
Sophie is the social ride leader co-ordinator, trying to make sure we have a steady stream of quality social rides. She is currently distracted from cycling by two children under 3, but will be back out on the roads in the summer.
Matt Grimshaw -Race Team Captain
Matt organises and plans all the training that Alba has to offer. The training within the club encourages development and progression so that everyone can achieve whatever goals they may have. Weekly chaingang, café racing and structured sessions means that you’ll be flying before you know it.
Matt has always cycled but since joining Alba this interest has spiralled. Although most of his miles are on the road he also enjoys cyclocross and mountain biking. The small amount of time Matt isn’t riding bikes is devoted to undertaking a PhD at the University of Leeds. As a geologist his research focusses on the exploration for gold and is lucky enough to spend time working in Australia and Canada.
Katie Parry - Women's Captain
Katie P is our newly appointed Womens' Captain and has been a longtime member of Alba. Involved in everything from ride leading, through to training rides and helping the introductory level of our chaingang!
I joined Alba Rosa in July 2015 after completing the Rapha 100. I remember the descent off Leathley into Otley. It was raining, I was last, I feared for my life. Things still haven’t changed….apart from the size of the hill!
I used to run competitively and started cycling after I got bored of the continuous watt bike sessions. In all honesty; I enjoy cycling so much more. I’ve met so many brilliant people who have helped me along the way, experienced Yorkshire as it should be experienced, and eaten so much cake I should actually be enormous.
Outside of cycling I am studying towards a Masters in Social Work. I also enjoy a good pint of cider.
As women’s captain I feel that I need to provide all the ladies with some form of inspirational quote; but I’m struggling so here’s my offering: It’s not what you ride or how fast you’re going; it’s that you ride and that you’re enjoying it.
Alongside the core committee, we are privileged to have a number of other members who are actively promoting and representing a variety of aspects of the club.
Adam rides the Tuesday chaingang, Thursday training ride and a long ride at the weekend. Adam has been trying to get social rides and training rides to run similar routes to help people bridge from social rides onto a training ride.
If your new to the club, Ask Adam about a first race, or first training ride.
June 2017 Adam got his Cat3 race license on the Brownlee track.
CycloCross Champion and all round friend of the club!
Mountain Bike and all things off round danger seeking man!