Throwback Thursday: Mark’s Mountain

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Mark sets himself an extensive personal challenge, inspired by Jenn: to climb a 10,000ft mountain pass under his own steam.

WORDS BY MARK ALKER // PICTURES BY CHRISTOR LIDSLOT AND VIC ALKER.

When Jenn told me that she needed to give up working as our deputy editor in order to spend her remaining weeks with friends and family before the end of her fight with cancer, I realised I’d wasted a lot of chances to make my own life so much better.

When someone as strong and focused as Jenn finds they have only months to live it makes you stop and think. I thought about the chances we get that we don’t take and how when a chance is gone it leaves only regret. I didn’t want to look back and count the things I didn’t do and at 44, riding up mountains is a lot tougher than it would have been if I’d done it 15 years ago.

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Andi Sykes

Singletrack Editorial Staff

Andi is a gadget guru and mountain biker who has lived and ridden bikes in China and Spain before settling down in the Peak District to become Singletrack's social media expert. He is definitely more big travel fun than XC sufferer but his bike collection does include some rare hardtails - He's a collector and curator as well as a rider. Theory and practice in perfect balance with his inner chi, or something. As well as living life based on what he last read in a fortune cookie Andi likes nothing better than riding big travel bikes.

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