Simon began cycling on the track in 2004 with the Bury Clarion Cycling Club – the club which his father has been a member of for 20 years. Simon’s twin brother Adam is also a talented cyclist. At the age of 15, Simon was racking up wins for the club, including the hill climbing champion for his age category.
In 2010, Simon and Dan McLay won the Junior Madison World Championship title and this followed swiftly with success on the road, including a stage win at the prestigious Under 23 race – Tour de L’Avenir (which translates as Tour of the Future). Simon added to his accolades at his first elite World Cup, winning the bronze medal in the team pursuit.
At his senior World Championship debut in Minsk in February 2013, Simon showed maturity and form in the points race, winning the gold medal and striped jersey at the age of just 20.
In April 2013, Simon progressed onto the Podium Programme and during the 2013 Tour de l'Avenir Simon took two stages wins and finished in the top ten overall. Simon was integral in supporting his twin brother Adam to his overall third place. At the 2013 Tour of Britain, Simon saw off the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Nairo Quintana to win stage six - the biggest result of his career to date - and placed third overall in the GC.
In 2014, Simon along with Adam joined Orica-GreenEDGE and was selected to ride in the Tour de France.
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Tour of Britain
1st - stage 6
3rd - overall
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Belarus (Minsk)
Gold - Points race
UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Beijing (China)
Bronze - Team pursuit
UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships
Gold - Madison
Silver - Team pursuit