Meet the team

Paul Drake

Manager & Bike Fitter

Paul has been at MDV since its establishment in July 2013. A fanatical Road rider for the past 20 years. He’s raced for various teams. Now concentrating on the sportive, holiday & Strava scene! He brings 15+ years of cycle trade experience to the business.

Road raced at 2nd Cat level for 10 years.

11th overall in Surrey league in 2014.

5th overall in the Surrey league Thursday night handicap series 2014.

Etape du Tour 2022 - 11th Brit

Fred Whitton 2022 - 73rd - 6hrs 30 mins

La Marmotte 2023 - 12th Brit

Cingles du Mont Ventoux (3 x Ventoux up & down) in 5hrs 50mins. 

Bike History:

  • Dawes Giro 500
  • Look 555
  • Specialized S Works SL2
  • Specialized S Works SL3
  • Specialized S Works SL4
  • Scott Addict Pro Team
  • Storck Aernario Pro
  • Kinesis T3
  • Look Huez RS
  • Look Huez RS
  • Kinesis 4S
  • Scott Addict RC PRO

Andrew Nippard

Store Supervisor

Andrew has been cycling (and running) for over 25 years, although is relatively new to the world of bike shop life, having worked in Sport for Development organisations (Fulham FC Foundation & British Rowing) for most of his career, in addition to being an Applied Sports Nutritionist (Matrix Pro Fitness, Helen Wyman Cycling Centre, Experza Pro CX in addition to advising many other professional and recreational athletes competing in endurance/ultra-endurance events, since 2016.) Racing and simply enjoying riding across multiple disciplines from cyclocross (his favourite), ultra-distance road/XC mountain biking races to participation in virtually all variants of endurance running, Andrew is experienced in supporting people with equipment choice, racing/nutrition advice and participating in retrobike/racing nostalgia trips! He has a coloured hub problem for which he refuses help, likes forests and penguins.

Bike History:

  • Swift Ultravox SSL
  • Parlee Altum Disc
  • GT Moto
  • Principia Ellipse SX Rex Pro
  • Yeti Arc 2012
  • Wilier Cento1
  • Trek Procaliber 9.8
  • Trek Emonda ALR
  • Trek Emonda SLR
  • Kinesis Pro 6 Disc
  • Pearson Carbon Pro
  • Kinesis CSix2
  • Somec Flash
  • Ridley X-Ride
  • Bianchi 928
  • Principia Ellipse SX
  • Yeti Arc
  • Schwinn Fastback
  • Marin Bear Valley SE

Michael Bush

Workshop Manager

Michael joined MdV in autumn 2023 after working for 16 years as a mechanic and workshop manager in the worlds oldest bicycle shop. Riding mountain bikes from an early age, Michael has a severe dislike for pedalling and much prefers heading downhill and flying his bikes.

Bike History:

  • Kona Stinky Primo
  • Alutech Wildsau
  • 24 Bicycles Pornking 3
  • Federal Hamilton
  • Merlin Malt 1
  • Giant XTC Composite
  • Rocky Mountain ETS-X 70
  • Spank Tweet Tweet
  • Terry Dolan fixed gear
  • Corsair Konig
  • GT Lobo 1000 DH
  • Koxx XTP
  • Colony Teddy
  • Santa Cruz Jackal
  • Cove Handjob
  • GT Distortion
  • Scott E-Scale 700 Ultimate

Tom Hough

Assistant to the head of Bidon Washing

Experience: Narrow & Varied. Word to the wise, don't ask him about his epic sea battles or the time he “punched a shark on the nose” unless you're ready to clear your schedule for the next 3.7 hours!

Bike History:

  • A red thing when growing up in Belgium
  • Raleigh Super Burner, From Finches
  • Raleigh Ultra Burner (Got told no to the Aero Burner) From Finches
  • Skyway T/A with Araya 1/38 Wheels (I can still smell the sweet scent of that bike from when I kept it in my bedroom)
  • Bully Bashguard
  • Haro Sport
  • Peugeot Sahara MTB (Got told no to the Marin Bear Valley) From Finches
  • Peugeot Triathlon (Yeah really)
  • Cannondale BadBoy (Yeah really)
  • Focus Cayo
  • Cervelo RS
  • Charge Plug
  • Colnago V1r
  • Charge Juicer
  • Cannondale F29
  • Scott Addict RC Pro
  • Scott Spark
  • Scott Scale
  • Cervelo Caledonia

Grant Steele

Sports Massage Therapist

Grant is part of the team and works out of our sister company The School House Clinic He has a complete insight into cyclist needs & common injuries through his daily coffees with our bike fitter Paul. Grant qualified in 2006 from the prestigious Raworth holistic and sports therapy college in Dorking. Grant has worked in private clinics and around the Surrey Hills areas since.

With over 15 years working in sports massage therapy, Grant has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience. Coupled with the position of 1st Team sports therapist for local semi-professional football club ‘Dorking Wanderers’, he is proficient in treating every kind of sports and non sports-related injury issues.

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Meet n' Greet Guy

Doesn't do anything and doesn't ride bikes.