Nukeproof Skelmersdale

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Singletrack Towers may be in the North of England, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t use a few subtitles to go with this video from Nukeproof.

Nukeproof says:

Skelmersdale; for a region with few official hills let alone mountains, there is a quality crop of riders coming out the area. With Tommy C pedalling the tales of the Merseyside/ Lancashire locals, Team CRC-Nukeproof team Manager Nigel Page helping to inspire the next generation of riders and the recent addition of not one but two bike parks, Skem locals have every right to be stoked right now. Nigel has always been keen to give opportunities to riders that haven’t had the break that potentially their talent deserved, step up Antony Hale.

It’s made by Tommy C – the same person as made Tea and Biscuits and A Slice of British Pie – so you’ve probably already got some idea of what’s in store for you. Improbable speed down barely cut trails, tree interfaces, and lots of stoke – it’s all there. What’s all the more sickening is that Ant has been riding for less time than it takes some of us to get down a red run at Bike Park Wales. OK, exaggerate, but we bet you’ve got tyres that have been going longer than Ant has been riding:

Ant came to mountain bikes a little later than most (starting racing at 22, he’s now 25). A youthful career as a promising Motocross racer has given him a stacked skill set. However a depleted bank balance and injuries shattered his dreams of a career of an MX racer. The switch to pedal bikes was a logical move, a little more economical, easier to wield a spanner at and they fit into that back of the car. It was all about racing from the start and over the past 3 years has seen him rise to the top of the time sheets in downhill and enduro. A chance meeting up the local with Nigel Page led to him demonstrating his speed, moto style and motivation (plus his insane love for the back wheel!). Most of all Ant has a spark that Nige can relate to and was super keen to offer an opportunity to, to see where that can take him.

‘In late 2019 we spoke with Ant and are stoked to support his step up to the Expert category in the UK National Downhill. After a winter of putting countless hours on his Dissent, unfortunately the season of racing was put on pause for obvious reasons. Just before “lock down in the UK”, Ant acquired a Mega 290c and a Reactor 275c off Nigel and started digging with Tommy C for an edit. Now with green shoots starting to show in the health situation, Ant met up back up with Tommy to welcome himself to the team, Skem’ Style.

Just off the M6 and M53, could Skelmersdale be the perfect destination for a quick ride stop on the long drive to Scotland? Just what you need to work up an appetite for Tebay Services? We’re rather tempted to check out the trails and find out.

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Hannah Dobson

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I came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. I like all bikes, but especially unusual ones. More than bikes, I like what bikes do. I think 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. I try to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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