MTB Culture: Meet The Minehead Mentors

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Chipps takes a ride with the Minehead mountain bike club that’s just for youngsters. Words & Photography Chipps Saturday mornings are busy for parents, with many different demands on both their time and their mum/dad taxis with myriad choices for youngsters to spend the hours between breakfast and mid-afternoon snacking and socialising. There’s football, netball, ice hockey, drama, ballet and more. Assuming, of course, that their offspring want to do anything that involves leaving the house, when they have the whole of the gaming, chatting and Netflix world at their thumbtips. And yet, here we are, just shy of 10am...

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Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

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