GTCC Ambassadors and Partners

Ambaasadors - Those that believe in us...
Partners - Those that we believe in...

Together pushing harder for each other...

Ambassadors

Ben Swift

Ben Swift

Team INEOS, Professional Cyclist
Current British National Road Race Champion

Ben Swift. British Champion. What does that mean? It means thousands of hours on the bike. It means talent. It means resilience. It means overcoming adversity. It means going out to train when you really don’t want to. And, of course, it means coffee. We’re proud to have Ben Swift onboard as our first Grand Tour Coffee Company ambassador. With 14 professional wins to his name, two podium finishes at the legendary Milan-San Remo, and a reputation as one of the most professional riders in the bunch, nobody in the world of professional cycling has a bad word to say about ‘Swifty’. Not bad for a lad from Yorkshire.

Russell Downing

Russell Downing

Downing Cycling

Nobody knows British cycling like Russ Downing. Been there, done that; got the jersey. Having enjoyed a 20-year professional career that spanned world titles on the track, national titles on the road and a whole host of top level teams, we’re now proud to call Russ a Grand Tour Coffee Co ambassador as he embarks on a new journey in retirement. Having enjoyed thousands of coffees ahead of thousands of races all round the globe, Russ knows his way around a good old fashioned brew. He’ll be using his experience to help us blend the perfect brew for every cyclist out there.

Partners

Busby

Busby

Free Cycling Safety App
https://www.k-safe.com

Busby is a free cycling safety app that rewards cyclists for being safe and offers unique features such as incident detection, incident prevention and easy to use near-miss reporting. If a user is involved in an incident, Busby gives them 30 seconds to move or respond. If there is no response their location is sent to emergency contacts (and in the future services) so help can arrive quicker than ever before.

Team Busby have partnered with What3Words and St John Ambulance, so if an incident occurs the user's location is sent using What3Words which gives an exact 3m x 3m location. If the user is still conscious, they will also see the SJA 10 safety steps to ensure they are in the safest possible place whilst help is on the way.

Busby has now been launched for 3 months, has users in over 24 countries, 6 continents and saved 3 lives already. Which is priceless.

Downing Cycling

Downing Cycling

Downing Cycling
https://www.facebook.com/downingcycling/

Dean and Russ Downing working within the cycling industry…….

Both Dean and Russ started racing at a young age, 8 to be precise. Dad Ken was always a racer, he still rides his bike for fitness today. Further down the family tree was Grandad Cyril and his brothers who toured around the U.K. Watching the track racing on the open air tracks in the 50's and 60's.
You could say cycling is in the Downing blood line.
Between them the Downing Brothers have won quite a few races since the age of 8. 15 British Champions Jerseys between them both, 1 of those championships being together in the Madison championship back in 2003. This was the start of a successful Professional racing career for both of them on the road and track. Representing Great Britain several times at World Championships on the road and track.
Russ is one of only a handful of riders to win British Championships at all levels, school boy U16, Junior U18, Senior Elite and Professional and across all disciplines on road and track. The only one missing is the Time Trial, but both Russ and Dean for that matter have never been that good at TT's. Although Dean has a 19 minute 10 mile TT to his name and Russ has won Team Time Trials with Team Sky.
So you could say that they are very good all rounders.
We could go on forever with a history of the Downing Brothers but we won't.
Basically the 2 brothers grew up in a small mining village called Thurcroft in South Yorkshire, England, got into cycling via the family and have raced around the world ever since.

Over the last 5 years Dean has coached lots of different riders, male, female, sportive and pro riders. He's worked with 2 x Junior World Cyclo Cross Champion Ben Tulett and 2 x British Champion Alice Barnes but working with a cross section of riders and seeing them all progress each week and each month is key for him. As a coach Dean see’s great value in contact with his riders, phone calls, WhatsApp messages and Training Peaks comments with no emailing means I have a personal relationship with all his riders.. They all have separate training plans based around what time they have to work with, but also all work hard in their own ways..

In 2019 Russ started working as a mentor with some of the young lads that Dean coaches for their upcoming races.
Russ has raced all over the world but has lived and raced in France. Italy and Belgium and ridden the semi pro races in those countries as well as the big ones like Flanders, Roubaix and of course the Giro. What better mentor to have on the end of the phone to ask questions to about the races coming up… Moving forward in 2020 they have taken on a new coach in the DC brand with Tom Stewart, who is still racing in the pro ranks but learning the coaching ropes and is working with junior riders which will add yet more experience and knowledge to the team.

Why Grand Tour Coffee as partner ….

Coffee is intrinsic with cycling and we wanted to have an extra tool to provide brand awareness and a something to gift and sell to clients and people engaging with our coaching business. We have worked with Ben over the years on different cycling teams so we knew Grand Tour Coffee Co would deliver a great package for Downing Cycling. Using Grand Tour Coffee Co.’s “Brand and Brew” service we created our own brew…. Ben listened to what branding we wanted, which blend we preferred and the end product is just awesome, in taste, look and feel. Our Double Day coffee blend, which is a nod to the Double Training Days that Russ has done so many of over the years, really fits perfectly with our ethos at Downing Cycling and the coached riders love it and so do we. It certainly keeps us going through the day when analysing all the training data from our riders…