Date of birth: 24/01/75
Team: NTFO Pro Cycling
Previous teams: Madison-Genesis (2013), Rapha Condor Sharp (2007-12), DFL/cyclingnews/Litespeed (2006); recycling.co.uk/MG X Power (2004-2005); John Saey Cycling Team (2001-2003); Kingsnorth International Wheelers (2000)
Dean Downing career profile
Dean Downing, Russell Downing‘s older brother, started cycling from an early age grass track racing as well as on the track.
Grass track racing was something that Dean kept coming back to throughout his road career, winning the national scratch title on grass four times. Downing was then selected for the British junior track team and studied construction management at university.
Downing got a job in the construction industry but decided to have a crack at becoming a full-time cyclist. Downing raced in Belgium, winning several major amateur races. He returned to Britain, taking further spoils both on the track and on the road.
A further spell in Belgium riding for the DFL Cyclingnews team was short-lived and Downing returned to ride in Britain to ride for Recycling.co.uk, which became Rapha-Condor Recycling in 2008.
Downing spent a successful spell under John Herety at Rapha, with UCI wins at Tour of Taiwan and the An-Post Ras as well as domestically, but in 2013 was scooped by Roger Hammond, and made the move to Madison-Genesis for their inaugural season.
2014 will be Downing’s final year as a professional rider, and he is set to spend it with brother Russell at NFTO Procycling.
Dean Downing results
An Post Ras; stage one
Tour of Taiwan, stage five
Dumfries Bikefest Grand Prix
Tour Series, Round seven, Peterborough
Brighouse Circuit Race
Tour Series, Round two, Exeter
Tour Series, Round three, Woking
Tour of the North; stage
Tour of the North; stage
Sachsen Tour; stage two
Bikeline Two Day; overall
National Criterium champion
Bikeline; stage two
Bikeline; stage three
Girvan; stage four
Darley Moor Criterium
Tour of Reservoir GP
Lincoln Grand Prix
Yorkshire Region Road Race Championships
Aaslt st Truiden Interclub
Bermuda Grand Prix; stage three
Tour of Reservoir
Milton Keynes Criterium
Metaltek Grand Prix road race
Tour of Munster International; stage one
Metaltek Grand Prix
Presten Arena Criterium
Mike Binks memorial
Seacroft wheelers road race
York Cycle Works road race
Neil Gardner memorial
Ronde van Zuid-Oost Vlaanderen
British national Madison champion
British Elite Criterium Championship
Dean Downing photos
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Dean Downing’s website: www.deanodowning.co.uk