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Tony Rees - former Ironman triathlete turned racing cyclist.

                                                 Yours truly circuit racing summer 2019

After a long and reasonably successful career in the chemical industry in the north east of England I was fortunate to get the opportunity to retire at the age of fifty five. My retirement plan was to continue to compete as a triathlete, travel and complete my undergraduate degree which I had started when I realised that my time in the world of work was coming to an end. Unfortunately, four weeks after finishing work fate intervened and I was struck by a car while training on my bike. I knew almost immediately that my injuries were significant and serious enough that triathlon was not going to be an option in my retirement – a bit of a blow that to be honest.

So I was left with a choice give up competitive sport after 28 years as a triathlete or try a different sport, I chose the latter and switched to bike racing.

I completed my degree, BSc Sport and Exercise (Sports Studies) and surprised myself by achieving first class honours largely due to discovering and becoming fascinated by the sociology of sport. On the wave of enthusiasm after getting by results I rather hastily agreed to commit to a PhD which I began in 2013 and completed in 2017. After succsesfully defending my thesis I became Doctor Tony Rees. If you have ever have trouble sleeping you can read some of my research on the blog. 

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