Final descent of the day down into Hope in the Dark Peak. My first mountain bike ride in an absolute age and what a cracker it was. A fab day out with friends old and new, a right mish-mash of bikes from fully rigid and fixed to suspension and gears, a good cross section of ability and fitness, all brought together by a shared desire to get out in the sunshine, enjoy the scenery and eat cake.
RIDES a Surly Cross Bike, a borrowed fixie (badly) and a steel Jones. Yes singlespeed and with the truss fork since you ask.... LISTENS to Midge Ure 'May Your Good Lord' in her head when climbing hills. Has RACED slowly but with passion. WISHES she had the attitude of Marla Streb. THINKS Greg LeMond chasing down Laurent Fignon in 1989 was the best tour ending ever. LIKES pre-ride coffee at Marrocos. BEST TRAIL riding with Jeff Jones in Oregon. NEMESIS Porcupine Rim. LOVES the moments it comes together. HATES the hours that it doesn't. MISSES Marco Pantani.
LIVES a southerner in the north and loving it. WORKS freelance bike journo. RIDES Trek 69er, beloved Kona Unit, Kona Jake the Snake, rugged Kogswell, Omega Helix for the road. BEST TRAIL Nightride Cheek. FAVOURITE POST-RIDE FOOD crumpets, tea, cake, cake, cake..... FILM somewhat predictably Belleville Rendezvous SONG Subject to frequent change but often something from Lamb...
LIVES South London WORKS in branding stuff RIDES Orbea Orca and Orbea Aqua (yup, Orbeas ROCK) BEST TARMAC Col D'Aravis FAVOURITE POST-RIDE FOOD Always cake FILM Indochine - gloriously epic but tragic SONG Harper Valley PTA by Dolly Parton
LIVES in Wiltshire; only in her minds eye are there mountains.
WORKS freelance sustainability, writer, researcher & consultant, saving the world from itself.
RIDES Nukeproof Mega, On One ‘as heavy as the suspension bike darn it’ 456, slicked up Rocky Mountain Oxygen for scooting round the lanes.
BEST TRAIL is still waiting for me to ride it.
FAVOURITE POST RIDE FOOD tea and cake, always.
FILM ‘Breaking Away’, bikes and coming of age classic.
SONG Underworld’s ‘To Heal’ never fails to fix me.
LIVES sunny/windy Edinburgh WORKS doing hard sums on spreadsheets RIDES oh dear... Santa Cruz Juliana Superlight, pretty little Spot Singlespeed, Santa Cruz Juliana Cushtail, Cannondale CX9 and my trusty, very old, very beat up Specialized Hardrock commuter BEST TRAIL the extreme canal towpath near Trevelez and Stoory Brae FAVOURITE POST-RIDE FOOD a big mug of hot chocolate and really good gingerbread lathered in butter (proper Scottish style!) FILM Cinema Paradiso (it makes her cry every time) SONG Ca Plane Pour Moi (just for the memories of bad dancing at SSWC in Stockholm) WISHES the tune of Dad's Army would stop going round in her head every time she races
LIVES the hills of Lancashire. WORKS not since returning to Uni to be an art student. RIDES Surly Cross-Check, On-One Pompino, Endorphin VP-4 and a Voodoo Bokor - anything with pedals really. BEST TRAIL the tree and nettle lined, leg scratching trails through the woods at the end of my road. FAVOURITEPOST-RIDE FOOD malt loaf, toasted bagels or marmite on granary bread and mugs of tea. FILM 50 First Dates for when only cheesy will do, Fargo for something sinister and Le Grand Bleu for pure inspiration. SONG sorry but impossible for an i-tunes junky to pick just one.
LIVES sunny Clifton in Bristol. WORKS as a lecturer at UWE. RIDES Kona Hei Hei, Marshmallowed Commencal Supernormal (handmedown from Jenn), Trek singlespeed cross bike, Scott cross bike, On One singlespeed, Focus Cayo road bike. BEST TRAILsingletrack descent off Chinley Churn in the High Peak. FAVOURITE POST-RIDE FOODtea and sandwiches. FILM Truly, Madly, Deeply for wistful moments, or anything James Bond for Sunday evening escapism. SONG‘Where is the Love?’ by the Black Eyed Peas.