34 Facts About Chris Boardman


Chris Boardman's nickname is "The Professor", for his meticulous attention to detail in preparation and training, and his technical know-how.

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Chris Boardman had an altitude tent built in his house to help him prepare for the hour record attempt, although in an interview he claimed that all it did was help him focus.

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Chris Boardman was a keen user of power measuring devices.

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Chris Boardman is notable for having used the Lotus 108 time trial bicycle designed by Mike Burrows and built by the sports car manufacturer Lotus.

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Chris Boardman is involved in producing commercial and competition bikes with the Boardman Bikes and Boardman Elite ventures.

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Chris Boardman was educated at Hilbre High School in Wirral, Merseyside, and rode in his first bike race at the age of 13.

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Chris Boardman won his first national RTTC time trial title in the 1984 "GHS" schoolboy 10-mile championship and subsequently won the 1986 junior 25-mile championship.

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Chris Boardman broke the record for 25 miles in 1992 and 1993 with 45 minutes 57 seconds on a course based on the A34 near Oxford.

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Chris Boardman caught Germany's Jens Lehmann, the 1991 World Champion, in the Olympic final on his way to winning the gold medal.

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Chris Boardman further won several stages of the Midi Libre and Criterium du Dauphine Libere stage races, including the final road stage.

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In 1993 Chris Boardman established the fastest time for a bicycle around the 37.

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Chris Boardman competed with Graeme Obree for the hour record using radically modified time-trial bikes, beating each other's records in turn; in one eight-month period in 1994 the record fell four times.

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Chris Boardman won fame by winning the prologue of the 1994 Tour de France with what was then the fastest time ever recorded.

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Chris Boardman was hailed as the UK's future Tour de France winner, despite his own insistence that it was a long shot.

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Chris Boardman made a comeback at the 1997 Tour de France, winning the prologue of the Tour once more, although a crash forced him to quit the tour on stage 13.

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In 1998 Tour de France, when the Tour began in Dublin, Ireland, Chris Boardman won the prologue, but this time crashed out of the race on stage 2.

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Chris Boardman made an attempt at the Hour Record using this new ruling in 2000 and succeeded in riding 49.

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Chris Boardman's osteoporosis was uncommon for someone as young as he was.

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Chris Boardman was appointed Greater Manchester's first Cycling and Walking Commissioner by Andy Burnham in 2017.

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In May 2021, Chris Boardman was promoted to become Greater Manchester's first Transport Commissioner, he will be tasked with accelerating the development of The Bee Network cycling and walking network and to integrate those modes with Metrolink, buses and trains.

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Chris Boardman was appointed as Interim Commissioner for the government's new cycling and walking body, Active Travel England, in January 2022, and permanently as Commissioner from June 2022, leaving his role at Greater Manchester.

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Chris Boardman is involved in producing competition cycles through Boardman Elite.

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Chris Boardman was appointed a technical adviser to the British road and track cycling team in 2004, and was equipment and technical manager to the TeamGB cyclists at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

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In 2009 Chris Boardman took part in the London marathon, finishing in 3hrs 19min 27sec.

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Chris Boardman was inducted into the British Cycling Hall of Fame.

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In 2012 Chris Boardman commentated alongside Hugh Porter for the BBC on the cycling at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and is a contributor to cycling programmes on both BBC and ITV.

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Chris Boardman appeared on the BBC Top Gear TV show in Series 21, Episode 5 in his role as a British Cycling policy advisor in the "Make a commercial for reducing cycle-related accidents" feature.

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Chris Boardman is an advocate of policies to greatly increase utility cycling in the United Kingdom, citing the potential to reduce the 35,000 annual deaths from obesity-related diseases, and urging that in road traffic accidents there be a presumption of guilt on the driver of the larger vehicle.

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Chris Boardman has recounted an incident that he said changed the path of his working life: in about 2010 his young daughter asked to ride to the park with him, in the typical northern seaside town where they lived; Chris Boardman refused, thinking it too dangerous.

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Chris Boardman said it felt very wrong that he, an ex-Olympic cyclist, did not feel he could keep his child safe on a one-minute 550m ride, so he decided to do something about it.

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In July 2017 Chris Boardman was appointed Greater Manchester's first commissioner for walking and cycling.

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On 29 July 2018, at the end of that year's Tour de France coverage on ITV4, Chris Boardman announced he was leaving his role as co-presenter in order to concentrate on that role.

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Chris Boardman was featured on BBC Question Time on 14 November 2019.

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Chris Boardman returned as a presenter on ITV4's coverage of the 2020 edition of the Tour de France which began on 29 August 2020 in Nice.

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