South East Mountain Biking Ridgeway & Chilterns is a compact guide to some of the best mountain bike riding in Southern England, west of London. The Chilterns and the area either…
Last weekend some of the Nukeproof crew headed to Graythwaite for round one of the PMBA enduro series. As well as being an EWS qualifier, the round was also part of the UK national enduro series. Despite some wobbles, everyone rode pretty well, and it looks like they had a good time.
Like many of us, our athletes had been chomping at the bit to get back between the tape and all the fun that comes with that. There seemed no better excuse to assemble in the beautiful English Lake District for a weekend of wild trails and camping.
Joining us for the weekend was: Team Chain Reaction Cycles Kelan Grant (along rapid chauffer, camping partner and ex-Nukeproof athlete Greg Callaghan) joining his Wigan’ese teammate Elliott Heap. From the Pro’vateer/independent/ rouge racer ranks we had local lakes legend Adam Brayton (who despite a few days stay in the NHS’s finest establishment earlier in the week couldn’t not help himself but race), Meg Whyte (on her new stunning Mega – more on this soon), future YouTube sensation Ant Hale and young welsh pinner Cai Grocott (who got stuck in the UK bank holiday traffic, so missed all of practice and raced blind). Unfortunately, illness took out one of the flock before the weekend with Katy Winton not able to join up this time (She’s thankfully better now though).Nukeproof
And what a greeting we got. Some of the finest set of ‘nibbley’, tech stages this side of Windermere (kudos to the trail builders) and a weekend of weather with the UK spring/summer finally getting its act together. A stacked field of both local and international talent made for some fierce competition. Kelan Grant, back racing in his first event for nearly two years (missing last season with injury), battled a few “minor issues” to take fastest senior and a strong 4th overall on his Giga 290c. As for the rest of the squad, they all battled through with some “major issues,” like any good racer had some fantastic excuses why they didn’t top the timesheet (caught the person in front, forgot how to ride, my dog ate it, punctures, hugged too many trees, liked the feel of the dirt on the floor so rolled in it etc.).
Congratulations to Greg and Becky for the overall wins. The athletes are super competitive, so not winning always hurts a little, but there can only be one winner and the weekend was worth so much more than a result. A great time together as a team, a laugh with mates and getting the competitive bug lit for the season ahead. Honestly, I don’t think you could find a finer bunch of humans to hang with and entertain for the weekend. Thank you to all the customers we meet going around, incredible and a little humbling to see so many Nukeproof products out on the stages. A huge thank you to Kev and his whole team of helpers, trail builders, marshals and medics who made this fantastic event possible, we will be back for the next one!Nukeproof
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