Committee Members

Simon Lumsden



Alan Jarrett

Club Secretary

I joined Avanti in 2015 and became Secretary in 2018. Initially I was most interested in the winter training turbo sessions, which then led to competing in the summer Time Trials. Before cycling my main exercise was walking, which just isn’t enough to counter that post middle age spread. I also took up yoga once I realised how much it helps with flexibility. You can contact me for any club related topics by email:

Claire Watson

Membership Secretary

I joined GS Avanti in 2016 and have since spent most of my weekends either on the Saturday rides or with Group 3 on a Sunday (or both)!
I love taking part in sportives, inter club TT’s, MTB rides and the occasional cyclocross race.
Please contact me with any membership or general club queries on

Lee Powell

Lee Powell


I’ve been cycling since 2014 after agreeing to a London to Brussels ride with friends in the pub one night. I joined the club soon after and I certainly caught the bug, I love the social Sunday rides and the varied routes through Kent & Surrey not to mention the obligatory cake stop. Please contact me for any matters relating to finance at:

Richard Liston

Club Coach

Richard has been our club coach for a few of years now and holds a number of coaching qualifications. If you have a goal and need a little extra help getting there, get in touch with Richard and see what new heights you can reach< /p>

Chris Dines

Time Trial Manager

Chris is a long standing member of the club and many members will remember Chris as chairman for GS Avanti for many years. Chris is taking his focus and commitment to the Time Trial Manager role from 2022 and is known for his endurance time trialing. One thing is for sure, when Chris has something in his cross hairs – results follow!”

Bill Fitzgerald

Social Secretary

Bill has returned once again to the role of Social Secretary. After a quiet spell with lockdowns and restrictions, Bill is ready to inject some life and energy back into our social game, much like the power and energy we see Bill throw at a hill or when he drops the watt bomb on Zwift

Tony Le Vey Sportive Coordinator

Tony Le Vey

Sportive Coordinator

I took up cycling in earnest in 2010 after foolishly suggesting that I should do something big for my 50th Birthday. This turned out to be a charity ride from London to Paris. I was hooked!
I joined GS Avanti in 2011 and my wife instantly became a cycling widow! I am now a dedicated MAMIL, despite being told by my granddaughter that I look ‘ridiculous’ in lycra (I have no idea what she means…), and ride some Saturdays and either G2 or G3 on Sundays.
This year I took up the role of Sportive Coordinator. Sportives are a perfect club activity and a wonderful way of getting the whole club involved, regardless of age and ability. The current aim is to subsidise entry to at least two events per year and look to develop other ideas to increase our enjoyment on two wheels.
As a newcomer to this, I am always open to any ideas and (polite) suggestions.
I can be contacted on:

Steve Rodgers

CASC Trustee

Cycling up hills – slightly faster each year – got me hooked on cycling. I love club rides, time trials, hill climbs, cyclocross, MTB, track and taking part in events around the UK and Europe. I can be contacted at:

Toby Middleton

Kit Manager

Toby is entering his 3rd year as kit manager, if you want to freshen up your look and need some new avanti merch’, threads or kit check out the shop window. Don’t know which item you need or how it fits? Get help and expert kit advice by getting in touch with Toby:

Nick Patow

Nick Patow

Saturday Ride Coordinator

I joined Avanti in September 2015 having been riding locally with friends for many years. I quickly got the bug and became a near ever present Saturday rider through the 15/16 winter months, and its pretty much continued ever since.
Since joining the club I’ve ridden G2 and G3 Sunday rides, local (and not so local) sportive’s, time trials (including the 4up team TT on the Brands Hatch circuit), the Brighton Big Dog MTB race and completed a few 100 mile plus rides to the coast (Rye and Whitstable).
The Saturday rides 40 mile routes and early start work really well for those short on time, although there’s always the opportunity to have a coffee and chat when we roll back to Orpington. You can contact me on:


Marketing & Communications

We are now looking for volunteers at the club to help with marketing and communications. If you think you can help please get in touch with Alan

Ride Coordinators

In addition to the club committee members, we have a range of ride coordinators responsible for managing the regular group rides. Find out more about them and how to contact them.