Christie seeks backers as Wiggins hour record bid edges nearer

Posted on: January 7th, 2019

Irish cyclist Marcus Christie has competed for Ireland and Northern Ireland – at the World and Commonwealth Games – against the watch. And now he is trying to break the hour record of Bradley Wiggins. But first he needs to raise money.


Marcus Christie (27) has begun a fundraising drive to meet the costs of trying to break the world hour record set by Bradley Wiggins.

Irish international TT rider Christie has launched a brochure about his record attempt. It is aimed at attracting financial backing.

He’s offering a number of packages to individuals or companies who may want to support him in exchange for media exposure.

Christie, who has represented Ireland up to World Championships level, is heading to Colorado to train this week.

And he will have a go at the record during the summer in either Switzerland or Mexico.

Bradley Wiggins set the hour record in London in June, 2015, with a marker of 54.526km.

Christie, who is targeting 55km, announced in November he planned to try and break that record. And now he is offering three advertising or sponsorship deals to cover the costs of his efforts.

The gold package will cost £15,000. In return the financial backer will get their logo of Christie’s training and world hour record kit as well as Instagram posts and mentions in media interviews.

The silver medal deal costs £10,000; in exchange for branding on his kit and some media mentions and social media posts.

And the third package costs £5,000. It will secure social media posts and mentions in interviews with the press.

Christie, from Derry, has enlisted the help of international track coach Andy Sparks; an American who was previously part of the Cycling Ireland coaching set-up.

Riders coached by Sparks have won 15 world track titles and five medals at Olympic Games. Heiko Salzwedel has also agreed to help Christie.

A former British Cycling coach, Salzwedel was regarded as the man behind Team GB’s male team pursuit gold medal at the Rio Olympics.

And he was also credited by Wiggins with being instrumental in his hour record ride the previous year.

Salzwedel said he had seen the power that Marcus Christie could generate in tests performed by the rider. And that was enough to get him on board.

Christie had contacted him in 2016, while he was preparing Team GB for the Rio Olympics.

The Irish rider was looking at ways to develop in the sport and so they met in Manchester, Salzwedel said.

“We explored the possibilities to join our ‘world class’ performance programme and organised some physical testing at the English Institute of Sport,” he explained.

“British Cycling’s head physiologist Dr Len Parker-Simpson was stunned about the numbers Marcus produced and I was impressed.”

Sparks said Christie had been blighted by injuries previously but with that period now behind him he could achieve great things.

And he was so confident in the Irish rider’s ability; he had decided to sponsor him in covering his stay in Colorado.

“I am extremely excited to start this project to show the world the potential I saw in Marcus at a young age,” he said.

“I believe in him so much that I am sponsoring the project myself (to cover) his time at out Performance United altitude training centre in Colorado Springs.”

Anyone interested in contacting Christie to discuss commercial opportunities can do so at