Dr Roy Denoon
Born on 26th April 1969, in Kelso Cottage Hospital, Roy moved to Maxton in October of that year. Growing up in the village, he attended St Boswells Primary School and Kelso High School. An interest in music and the opportunity to learn to play piano and recorder at school led to him joining St Boswells Concert Band. The Bandmaster was Alec Robertson, who was also a keen cyclist. Roy’s interest and eventual success in cycling all stemmed from there. He joined the Northumberland Tent Camping Association and with Alec and the rest of the group camped and cycled in the area. With touring limited to holidays and weekends, he joined Gala Cycling Club and began to race on Wednesday nights and trained with members of the club at other times. He enjoyed the racing and soon began to win.
On going to Edinburgh University, he joined the Cycling Club and represented them winning Bronze, Silver and Gold medals for the Team Time Trial in both the British Students and the British University Championships. He was awarded a Half Blue in 1989 and a Full Blue the following year. He was selected for the Edinburgh University Sports Development Group for 1990-91. In 1990 he was East of Scotland Road Race Champion, and won the East Open 100 mile Championship. Keeping up his membership of the Gala Cycling Club, he was Club Champion on three occasions - in 1989, 1990 and 1997.
Having graduated from Edinburgh University in July 1991, with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Civil Engineering, he went to Sydney University, Australia in January 1992 to continue his studies, specializing in wind engineering. While in Australia he developed his racing career further with Eastern Suburbs which he captained from 1996 to 1998. .During this time he competed throughout Australia and New Zealand with individual and team success in a number of major races. He represented Sydney University at the Australian Universities Games at Brisbane in 1993, leading the team to a silver medal in the team time trial. The following year, while home on a visit, he competed in the National Hill Climb Championship and won the bronze Medal. In 1997, he returned to Scotland for an extended stay, to bring himself to the attention of the management of the Scottish Cycling Team and was selected for the Scottish Cycling Team which took part in the ‘FBD Milk Ràs’ – the Tour of Ireland, and in the ‘Isle of Man International Week’.
On returning to Australia, he effectively retired from racing but continued coaching a group of triathletes and cyclists. Roy still coaches select athletes and his charges have represented their countries in international competition, set national records, and won numerous medals at national and world level in a range of disciplines in triathlon, road and track racing.
Roy served as the principal wind engineering consultant to the organizers of the Sydney 2000 Olympics and the designers of several of the venues, including the main stadium. He also conducted on-site monitoring of wind conditions in the stadium, most notably during the opening and closing ceremonies. At the same time as conducting the consultancy work, Roy completed a Ph.D. at the University of Queensland on occupant reaction to wind-induced motion of tall buildings, combining elements of wind engineering and experimental psychology.
Following the Sydney Olympics, Roy re-located to Hong Kong where he was responsible for the wind engineering of such significant structures as the 480 metre-high Union Square tower in Hong Kong, the Rem Koolhaas-designed CCTV headquarters in Beijing, and Herzog de Meuron's Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics (the Bird's Nest).
Whilst in Hong Kong, he took his racing wheels out of retirement to win the Hong Kong Masters Road Cycling Championship in 2003, as well as acting as the specialist cycling coach for the Hong Kong National Triathlon Team during 2003-2004.
In 2004 he left Hong Kong and joined CPP Wind Engineering Consultants in Colorado as Principal-in-Charge for international projects. In this role he has become a respected international authority in the wind engineering of tall buildings and serves on national committees of the American Society of Civil Engineers as well as co-authoring a guide to wind tunnel testing of tall buildings for the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. At present he spends a significant amount of time in Dubai where he is monitoring the response of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, to wind loading and seismic excitation.
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