Dale Appleby, 22

Team Rapha: Welsh National Road Race Champion, 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games competitor. Took up cycling because “running gave me a stitch”.

Shanaze Reade, 20

Team Redline: Competes in track racing and BMX. Won British Men’s BMX title in 2006 and Team Sprint in UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2007 alongside Beijing gold medal winner Victoria Pendleton.

Chris Newton, 35

Team Rapha: One of Britain’s most decorated cyclists with a bronze in the Team Pursuit at the Beijing Olympics last year, a silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics and another bronze at Sydney 2000. Not to mention the Commonwealth and World Championship victories since his career began in 1992.

Matt Rowe, 20

Team Rapha: Competes in track endurance and road racing. Won Scratch race at European Championships 2005 and 1st in Pursuit race at the 2006 Austrian Junior International.

With thanks to all at Newport Velodrome; newport.gov.uk

Photography: Neil Bedford

Fashion: Stephen Mann