Five Ten winter catch up with Sam Dale

There are a couple of ways to get yourself through winter. One is to curl up on the sofa in a Snuggle Wrap, eat a lot of comfort food, watch crap telly and wait for better days – the other is to toughen up, get out and embrace the cold and filth.

The folk from Five Ten UK have been following some of their athletes over the winter season to see what they’ve been getting up to – and as you might imagine there isn’t a cheaply made fleece dressing gown in sight.

In this first instalment they’ve been following Macclesfield based pro-downhiller Sam Dale…

Check the video out below, plus a gallery of shots froms Mr Duncan Philpott

“Sam Dale, 21, Pro Downhill Rider, from Macclesfield UK.

Five Ten Athlete since: Forever.

Sam and his Dad have a healthy obsession for anything 2 wheels. Here he is on his Honda SL125, foot out, flat out.

A cold wintery morning, Macclesfield Forest provides Sam with his winter training ground.

2011 didn’t go as planned in some ways for him. When things change mid-season it’s not good for the mind of a Professional racer.

Macc Forest, Sam’s local training ground, where he’ll be working on things, to come back firing for the up-coming season.

Being a privateer has its benefits. Plan each day as it comes and enjoy some quality time at home.

The following day Sam was heading to a Moto Trial. Here, he uses a tech hill climb as a descent...

Flat pedal power. Sam Dale chooses to ride flats 9/10, swapping to clipless when he feels he needs it.

It’s not that grim up North, honest.

To keep up to date on Sam Dale and all of our Five Ten athletes :

Sam Dale Twitter

Sam Dale Facebook

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