HJL Race Team

Steve Coxshall owner of HJL, founded the team in 2017.
HJL is the main sponsor of Hampstead Lounge & Jazz Club; one of London’s premier venues for Jazz based in the heart of the lovely Hampstead Village just minutes away from Regents Park where the team regularly train.

Steve started the sport when he was 15 years old and his old school technique influenced the team’s grass roots approach to racing. Unlike cycling clubs, HJL is a race only team that focuses on high end road racing in National events, Nat B and A events as well as Time Trails and Crits.

Arlen who rides for the team puts in place hard training schedules for the team and is instrumental to the riders’ development.

Arlen and Steve work closely together to ensure both results are measured and the grass root approach to the infrastructure is in place to provide a clear focus for the riders.

HJL would like to thank all sponsors who are involved in this team:

Liberum – A leading London based investment Bank.

Bowman – Bowman Cycles creates unique, accessible bike frames designed in the UK and inspired by local environments with exceptional attention to detail.

CASP. Cycling – A high end cycling clothing company that specialises in bespoke kits for leading teams worldwide.

The Bike Rooms & Pinarello -The Bike Rooms supports the team with accessories and the discipline of time trials.

Steve Coxshall - Team Owner & Rider

Steve who is 47 started cycling at the age of 15, he soon went on to compete to represent Jersey. Having spent a number of seasons riding in France for French Team U V Saint Marlo, his experience for road racing, Time Trials and crits saw him place with 3 bronze and 1 silver medals in island Time Trials events and silver in Island Championships Road Race. After a 20 year break from the sport whilst he focused on his career in financial markets and the music industry, in 2016 Steve returned to the sport and still races today and qualified in 2017 for World masters both in time trial and Road Race as well riding a number of national events.

Both Steve and Arlen run the HJL Race team and look to build from here and actively seek riders who may fit into the teams culture and approach

Arlen Vartazarian - Rider / Coaching

A 20+ year veteran of mountain biking, Arlen decided to swap his SPDs for cleats after moving to London in 2009. He entered the racing scene from early 2016, shortly after joining his local club RPR, and progressed quickly to 2nd cat the same year. A late season spill meant a short break from racing. It also meant taking stock and planning the next race calendar. 2017 saw Arlen ascend to 1st cat relatively quickly by winning four regional road races and numerous Masters and E/1/2 crits. As well as crossing the line first at Ride London, he also won the Tour of Cambridgeshire and a handful of LVRC events. A lack of club/team support meant that he only had limited success at national level finishing 6th at the Rapha divisional champs and 7th at the Jon Walker.

HJL owner, Steve, and Arlen struck up a friendship through Masters races and quickly established a rapport through their mutual passion for, amongst other things, cigars, beer, and of course cycling. Steve was in the process of setting up a race team based around his new jazz lounge and since RPR is not a race club, high level discussion ensued about the possibility of Arlen joining HJL. The rest as they say is history or in our case, the future.

Malcolm Elliot - Patron and Advisor

Malcolm Elliott (born 1 July 1961) is a former English professional cyclist, whose professional career has lasted from 1984 to 1997 when he retired and from 2003 up to 2011 when he made his comeback in British domestic racing.

Known as a sprinter, his career includes three stages and the points classification in the Vuelta a España, two gold medals in the Commonwealth Games, and winning the amateur Milk Race and its professional version, the Kellogg’s Tour. He rode and finished the Tour de France in 1987 and 1988. Elliott also competed at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1996.

Mat Toplis - Rider

Mat started out cycling at a very early age, entering his first Notts & Derby cycle-cross race at 5 years old. Instantly hooked, Mat went on to enjoy a successful cycle-cross & mountain bike career through his youth in both regional and national events around the country.

After taking a ten year absence from the sport to focus on studying & moving to London Mat is now looking forward to finding the form of his earlier years in the sport with the help of the HJL Racing Team around him.

Jack Rebours - Rider

Jack is from Jersey, aged 21 years old and one of the top cyclists in Jersey. Competing in elite French road races and national time trials, Jack has an extremely bright future in cycling aiming for Elite standard.

He started cycling competitively aged 16

Key achievements – Knight composites classic series champion 2017, 2nd Island Games TT 2017

Goals – Top 10 finishes in National Bs and National TTs

Jack has also just qualified and been selected for the Jersey Common Wealth Games Team in 2018

Michael Krukov - Rider

Alongside studying for a maths degree at UCL, Michael began racing in the winter of 2017, quickly earning his 2nd cat licence with a couple of crit wins along the way.

Now training consistently and being eager to make the next step up, he aims to develop as a versatile rider with a focus on Regional-A and National-B level road races.

Having a love for numbers and a competitive attitude, he is determined to progress both physically and tactically, playing a big part in the team’s success in 2018.