I’m a bit late on this, but not as late as PinkBike. Our roving sex pest, Duncan, was awarded another POD over on Pinkbike a couple of weeks ago for this shot of sexy beast Swinny. The shot dates back quite a long time but its a classic combination of the skills of both men. Swinny spraying up the dust and Dunc panning the action to perfection.
So, mid point of the season has already arrived. It’s been a crazy first half of a year with a mixed bag of results on the European stage.
A huge thanks has to go out to all those who have helped make this year happen for me. After getting the bike together just in time for the World Cup round up in Fort William, I spent the following 5 weeks in Europe chasing races & learning the characteristics of the new build on my bike. To say I’m happy with the setup is an understatement, I feel faster & more confident than ever before with the bike.
It’s been a season of transition so far, after a couple of years aboard the same kit, this year I have picked up a few component deals & had to adapt quickly to the new feel of the bike.
Marzocchi suspension, provided by Windwave, have been a very positive upgrade. With the professional support from Pedro at Fort William & Leogang World Cups, I feel very comfortable & confident with the feel of the suspension.
FSA gravity light bars/stem, cranks/chain guide & seatpost, provided again by Windwave. Lightweight with a solid feel throughout.
The great feeling Sensus grips from Hookit Products. Extra long in length with a soft compound wave effect. The Swayze has held up well to wear. A great feeling grip.
Stans ZTR flow EX wheels, through Paligap, have held up to a beating from some brutal tracks.
The build was finished off by the guys down at Uberbike. With there own products, floating disc rotors & pads, brake mounts, Ti bolts, gear & brake hoses. They also did a cracking job of putting the whole build together for me on a tight schedule! Cheers guys!
Cheers to everyone for the help guys! Looking forward to the rest of the year.
A play down the local woods in prep for race season!
Good times with dude the dog & Rob Jolley.
Josh Lewis continues his Lad’s Life with all the lads tearing up Peaty’s Steel City DH and the Tweed Love EWS
Enjoy local pinner Craig Evans using the full length of his gangly legs to rail corners and pop off everything in sight. All captured by the lens of Gee Milner.
In answer to the provocative title of the video… NO.
Chapter 2 is on its way!
Just a few days now..
Come join Swinny & Eddie Masters for a run down this years Steel City track.
Such an amazing event without doubt the biggest crowd & riders to date! A superb event put on by all involved.
Huge thanks to Nick Hamilton, Henry Norman, Steve Hardcastle & not to forget Steve Peat for all there hard work put into the biggest little event of the year.
Here’s to next year!
Swin’s adventure for the year have begun, keep up to date with all he gets up to right here on TiS!
The first instalment in a new series of edits has landed & ready for your viewing pleasure.
So, Abi has commandeered my computer again and written about a recent trip she organised to a fairly local BMX track. Cycling can be enjoyed on a variety of wheel sizes (although, 26″ is definitely the most fun) and many useful skills can be transferred from one type of riding to the next. It can sometimes be surprising how many girls are out there who can be rallied together for a ride so it’s always worth getting the word out there. I was sacked from photography duties this time as my phone clearly wasn’t up to the job for the Parkwood Springs coaching session so all photos are kindly provided by Chris Ratcliff. Take it away, Abi!: