All the characters, in order of appearance. Biographies updated after key events.

Dominic Engledew

A 24-year-old professional cyclist from Yorkshire, currently racing for his best friend’s cycling team.
All Dominic chapters

Liam Greene

Britain’s Greatest Ever Cyclist (maybe). Tall and handsome, and driven enough to have built an entire cycling team around himself at 24.
All Liam chapters

Michael ‘Tex’ Collins

A 20-year-old professional cyclist. Dominic’s room-mate. Not particularly good at his job.
All Tex chapters

Henri Giroud

A septuagenarian anglophile cycling commentator for TV4, and freelance writer for Cahiers du Cyclisme.
All Henri chapters

Hudson Ivory

A former cyclist from South Africa, now directeur sportif for the Mashantucket Pequot cycling team. Obsessed with his public image.
All Hudson chapters

Lorenzo Arcuri

Liam Greene’s most trusted right-hand man.
All Lorenzo chapters

Bernard Larcque

France’s newest cycling sensation.
All Larcque chapters

Susan Hayes

A journalist for The Globe.
All Susan chapters

Jonah Mcleod

Editor of The Globe, the UK’s worst newspaper.
All Jonah chapters

The Pauls

Sedgethorpe’s schoolyard bullies.
All Pauls chapters

Amanda ‘Amy’ Grass

The quiet girl in Dominic’s science class.
All Amy chapters

Rich (from accounting)

Rides for Sedgethorpe Road Club. Works with Dominic’s mum.
All Rich chapters

Dirty Dave

Dominic’s potentially untrustworthy riding buddy at Sedgethorpe Road Club.
All Dave chapters


Dominic’s mum.
All Mum chapters


A sports writer for The Globe.
All Steve chapters

Nathan Sanderson

Senior copy editor for The Globe. Aggressive, with high profile experience and aspirations of power.
All Nathan chapters

Roland Petitcourt

Henri Giroud’s co-commentator at TV4.
All Roland Petitcourt chapters

Nicholas Lyon

The owner and directeur sportif for the LaxRelief British cycling team.
All Lyon chapters

Ton Verstraaten

A former Belgian pro cyclist, and directeur sportif for the LaxRelief team.
All Ton chapters

Stephen McLoughlin

A cyclist on the LaxRelief team. Originally from Wirral, and his father was a British pro.
All Stephen chapters

John ‘Clarkey’ Clarke

A boisterous Scouse cyclist on the LaxRelief team.
All Clarkey chapters

Joshua Collins

The CEO of a corporation with a triple-barreled name. Inclined to fund vanity projects; hence his ownership of the Globe.
All Joshua Collins chapters


An ambitious Parisian police officer.
All Kalb chapters


Kalb’s supervisor.
All Perreault chapters


Henri Giroud’s long-term partner.
All Maude chapters

A Production Crew

A small company suddenly blessed with the good fortune of working with a true legend of the sport, Henri Giroud. If his name commanded any respect before meeting him, it certainly didn’t afterward.
All Producers chapters

Rob Holmes

Former firefighter World Champion and minor celebrity. Rides with Dominic during his off seasons in Sedgethorpe.
All Rob Holmes chapters

The Husband and Wife

A quiet former professional and his wife, who run a home for British cyclists in Belgium. Dominic lives with them after quitting the Stool Aid team in 2008.
All Husband & Wife chapters


The press officer, and much more, for the Veiligstil Glas team.
All Nikki chapters


The directeur sportif, and much less, for the Veiligstil Glas team.
All Svein chapters

Wesley Speksnjider

Dutch nephew of a Tour of Spain winner, riding for the Veiligstil Glas team.
All Wes chapters


The odorous boy Dominic is paired with after being separated from Wes.
All Utflod chapters

Sikke Doktor

Wesley Speksnjider’s room mate in the absence of Dominic.
All Sikke Doktor chapters

The Head of Production

TV4’s head of production. Presumably he has a name.
All Head of Production chapters

Henry de Beaumont

The first Earl of Warwick.
All Henry de Beaumont chapters

The Druid

A Celtic druid who built the entire town of Pennard.
All Druid chapters

Gwrach y Rhibyn

A Welsh banshee. Visits you in the rain, wearing ragged clothes and tapping on your window looking for her husband. Has hollow teeth to suck out your blood.
All Gwrach y Rhibyn chapters


A cow. Deceased.
All Bluebell chapters


Henri Giroud’s maman.
All Maman chapters


Henri Giroud’s papa.
All Papa chapters

Rhianwen Jones

Liam Greene’s new girlfriend. A successful model from Wales.
All Rhianwen chapters


A French superintendant.
All Paimboeuf chapters