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 climb championships for his age category.
In 2010, Simon and Dan McLay won the world junior Madison title and this followed swiftly with success on the road, including a stage win at the Tour de L’Avenir (which translates as Tour of the Future). Simon added to his accolades at his first elite UCI Track Cycling World Cup, winning the bronze medal in the team pursuit.
At his senior world championships debut in Minsk in February 2013, Simon showed maturity and form in the points race, winning the world title at the age of just 20.
In April 2013, Simon progressed onto the Olympic Podium Programme and during the 2013 Tour de l'Avenir took two stage wins and finished in the top ten overall. Simon was integral in supporting his twin brother Adam to second place on general classification.
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 on general classification.
In 2014, Simon along with Adam joined Orica-GreenEDGE and was selected to ride in the Tour de France and impressed in the breakaway before being withdrawn after stage 15 in a pre-planned move.
Yates went on to more success in 2015, taking the youth classification at the Criterium du Dauphine.
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Selected Career Highlights to Date
Criterium du Dauphine
1st, youth classification
Tour of Britain
3rd, general classification
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, Montichiari (Italy)
Silver, Team pursuit