At the age of 14, Rik began competing in Cycling, after being inspired by watching the Tour de France as a youngster.
- Home Town:
- Chorley, Lancashire
- Date Of Birth:
- Games Attended:
- London 12, Beijing 08
Since then Rik has shown great consistency, bringing home medals from most major competitions.
At the 2008 Beijing Games, Rik made his Paralympic debut, taking the silver medal in the 1km Time Trial CP3 behind his team-mate Darren Kenny.
On his second Games appearance, Rik won silver in the C1-5 mixed Team Sprint alongside ParalympicsGB team-mates Darren Kenny and Jon-Allan Butterworth. The trio broke the old world record twice on the day of competition, but finished in 2nd place just 0.065 seconds behind China, who took gold.
He also finished 9th in the C1-3 1km Time Trial.
Rik's passion for the sport came from watching the Tour de France on television and he has dedicated more than 20 years of his life to the sport. He puts his success down to his supportive and understanding family who appreciate his training has come to come first.
Rik describes his sporting heroes as Chris Boardman and Bradley Wiggins.
Outside of Cycling, Rik is a keen supporter of Liverpool FC. He is married to ParalympicsGB swimmer Natalie Waddon (née Jones), who will also compete at London 2012.
Rik has cerebral palsy.
- Major Results
- 2012 London Paralympic Games
C1-3 1km Time Trial: 9th
C1-5 Mixed Team Sprint (with Jon-Allan Butterworth and Darren Kenny): silver
- 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games
- CP3 1km Time Trial: silver
- 2011 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari, Italy
C3 1km Time Trial: silver
C3 3km Individual Pursuit: bronze
- 2009 UCI Para-Cycling World Championships, Manchester, UK
CP3 1km Time Trial: silver
CP3 3km Individual Pursuit: silver