Video: Nick Craig At Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross 2018

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We often refer to Nick Craig as ‘the nicest man in cycling’. If you’re ever lucky enough to meet him, we’ve no doubt you’ll experience his kindly soft spoken voice, enthusiasm, encouragement, and love of all things bike.

Credit: Alex Duffill

Nick is a veteran of the Three Peak Cyclo-Cross race, but in this video even he admits that it’s not easy, and that doubts can creep in as he shoulders his bike up that first climb.

The effort and the challenge of the Three Peaks is enough to reduce anyone to tears, and this is well worth watching just to hear Nick’s quiet description of how tough the race is. But even veteran champions like Nick can use a little extra nudge to get them to the line, and this year he was given an extra special bike to ride the final miles of the race.

‘Stop thinking about it and get out there and #RideForCharlie’. Credit: Alex Duffill

As you’re probably aware, Nick’s 15 year old son, Charlie – himself a promising young rider with a personality to match his Dad’s – tragically died in his sleep in early 2017. Since then, Nick and his family have set up the charity RideForCharlie, to support young off road cyclists ‘who are or would have been inspired by Charlie to follow in his pedal strokes’. It’s been an immensely successful endeavour, with #RideForCharlie gaining wide recognition, and the charity has already given support a number of young riders.

The bike Nick rode for the final miles of this year’s Three Peaks was decorated by Fat Creations in a bespoke RideForCharlie finish. We could tell you about it here, but really, you should just watch the video so that you can hear Nick describe it. You can’t help but feel he could ride that bike to the moon.

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (1)

    Humbled … Nice work Nick

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