From one or two various threads (eg http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/the-alps-summer-2014-where-are-you-going-and-why), it seems as though everyone who is going to the White Room on the 5th – 12th July this year is on here as an active member. So..........as there's a group of 4 of us going that week I thought it might be an idea for us to do a bit of an introduction beforehand. This might end up as one of those billy-no-mate’s scenarios similar to when you wave at someone and they don't wave back, but on the other hand it might get us a bit of info on each other before we get there and drum up a bit more excitement about the trip.
So, as I said, there's four of us in our group. We're all from the Midlands area. I'm from Aldridge, the others are from the Cannock / Rudgley area! We're all Alps first timers but I'd like to think we're pretty decent riders. All of us are starting to get pretty excited about the trip now – 7.5 weeks is not so long away! We’ve all known each other since we were about 10 (we're all mid - late thirties now) and are all up for having a good laugh, usually at the expense of each other.
We're driving over to France, leaving on the Friday at about 11pm, getting the 3am Eurotunnel crossing, then hoping to crack the other side in decent enough time to get to the White Room mid-afternoon.
I'm commonly known as 'Jaffa' and ride an On One Evo 456. I moved to that from an Orange 5 about 12 months ago. Perhaps I should have stuck with the 5 for the Alps, but I find the 456 a more rewarding ride both in terms of speed and reward. I'm usually on the receiving end of various jokes and piss taking, most often to do with me being a proper short arse. I’m looking forward to showing all you full suss riders how it’s done on a hardtail!!
‘Groomy’ is best described and very bald / lanky / chubby. A strange combination. He rides an Orange 5 20" gate edition - 2011. For some reason he had Orange powder coat it Pink. He also wears pink gloves and thinks he looks ace, but he looks like a nob.
'Westy' also rides an On One 456 but his is a Summer Season and it’s as slack as a mofo! He has a very big nose and it’s a good job we’re not further north on our trip or people would think the Eiffel tower was stuck to his face. He often wears his favourite black / green jersey when he rides. He thinks he looks good but he actually looks like an Asda employee.
Finally there’s Mark – Westy’s brother - no nick name. Another Orange 5 rider however his bike is very old (circa 2007 ish) and unless he spends a few quid on it before we go…….it will probably fall apart on day one! Mark looks a bit like a cross between Rylan and Louis Spence. Doesn’t like the mick been taken but that doesn’t stop us.
In all, we’re a good bunch of lads. Up for a good laugh and hoping that the people who are there with us are up for a great holiday too. We’re looking forward to riding some great trails and making some good mates at the same time. The fact that the world cup is on at the same time just puts the icing on the cake – if I’m right, the early game will kick off about 8 – 9pm in France.
Anyway. If you’re going that week, feel free to introduce yourself and give us a bit of info.