Following an illustrious career spanning over 20 years, British Cyclist Kristian House has today announced he will retire from competitive cycling at the end of the 2017 season.
Otherwise known as ‘The Dude’, House has played an integral part in ONE Pro Cycling since joining the team in January 2016. Providing a wealth of experience, the 37 year old continues to fulfil a captaincy role, offering up dynamic ideas and fantastic insight into racing which he shares with both staff and riders alike.
One of the major attractions for House making the move to ONE Pro Cycling was the opportunity to work closely with Performance Director Steve Benton. “Kristian has always stood out in the peloton for his smooth style and natural abilities. He’s been a pleasure to work with – always striving to be the best he can be in terms of setting goals and working relentlessly hard to achieve them. Kristian’s attention to detail and laser-like focus are just some of the qualities that set him apart and I have no doubt will serve him well in the future, no matter what path he takes.” Comments Benton.
Over the past two decades, House has shown his strengths in many areas on the bike from organising lead out trains, to escaping in the nearest breakaway, with his quick thinking and organisation helping to contribute to many a key result. Perhaps described as an all round rider, it has become clear that House is capable of rising to any challenge that the team management sets him. However, his role on the road over the past few years has been much more, becoming a mentor to the younger members of the team, who have looked up to him and followed his lead in the peloton.
Looking back on an outstanding career, Kristian House has secured many victories, however the icing on the cake will always be taking the National Road Race Championships in 2009 whilst racing for Rapha – Condor Recycling.
When the time came, stepping up to Pro Conti level with ONE Pro Cycling gave House the opportunity to prove he still has what it takes, winning a stage in the New Zealand Cycle Classic and The Tour of Korea as well as a fantastic 3rd place on Stage 3 of the 2016 Tour of Britain. Other major victories include stage wins in the Sun Tour in 2003, a stage of the Tour of japan in 2010, a stage of the Vuelta Cyclist a Leon in 2011 and winning the UCI ranked Beaumont Trophy in 2014.
Making the decision to retire hasn’t been an easy one for House, not wanting to just ‘go through the motions’ and let the 2017 season slip by, ‘The Dude’ is still every bit as driven to succeed and is aiming for some top results to end an incredible career.
CEO of ONE Pro Cycling and former England Cricketer Matt Prior explains, “It’s always a difficult decision for any sportsman to call time on their career but Kristian can look back with a great deal of pride on what he has achieved. Kristian has been the ultimate professional during his time with ONE Pro Cycling and has been a great leader and role model for our younger riders. The whole team at ONE Pro Cycling wish Kristian all the best for the future”.
The next few months are set to be action packed for ONE Pro Cycling’s Road Captain as he lines up for the Rutland CiCLE Classic, the Tour de Yorkshire, several Rounds of the Tour Series and the Lincoln Grand Prix. If you would like to keep up to date with Kristian House during his curtain-closing season, you can follow ‘The Dude’ on Twitter and Instagram.