Background and career history
Born in Machynlleth in 1980, and despite trying to ride a tricycle eight miles to the local shops at age three, Yanto didn’t take up bike racing competitively until he was 15 years old. Making his amateur debut as a rider for Mid-Devon Cycling Club, he quickly discovered a natural flair for racing and a passion for exploring the limits of his capability.
After winning the Junior British National Road Race Championships in 1998, Yanto went on to represent Great Britain at the Junior Road Race World Championships. At 19 he moved into the senior ranks and was selected to represent Britain as part of the National U23 team, moving to Manchester, along with team mate Bradley Wiggins, to be closer to the British Cycling HQ and the coaching team.
At 20 he moved to France to experience continental racing, continuing his successful career including placing 8th at the Tour of Britain in 2005 (the highest finishing Brit) and representing Wales in the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games
After founding Le Col in 2011 and running it alongside a career as a professional cyclist, in 2016, Yanto retired from professional racing to focus on the challenge of designing and manufacturing the best clothing apparel in the world at Le Col.
He is now the ‘specialist’ commentator on the ITV4 coverage of the Tour of Britain, writes a column in ‘Cyclist’ on what to wear and how to wear it and recently appointed as official tester for a Bike Testing TV series on the Bike Channel.
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