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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

Late-developing actuary king of the open road

We are indebted to The Forester for the news that actuary Colin Parry is set to become one of the country’s elite cyclists by the summer. Parry’s rise to the top has been breathtaking but he still hasn’t reached his peak.

The 29-year-old Forest of Dean Club rider only took up competitive cycling a couple of years ago, but since then he has smashed every club record and moved up the ranks to become a first category rider. Just a few weeks ago he claimed his best ever road race performance in the seventh round of the Hillingdon Series in London.

Colin has now been snapped up to ride for professional Portsmouth-based club St Raphael, although his second claim will remain with the Forest of Dean Club.

Colin arrived late to the world of cycling. After gaining a first degree in maths, he spent a further five years studying to become an actuary. He now works for Merchant Investors in Bristol. “After his studies, he decided to start jogging or try cycling,” said his father Bob Parry. “He definitely made the right decision.”