Issue 147: Vinegar and Brown Paper

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A nasty crash has Chad Bean looking at his local trails from a new perspective. Words: Chad Bean Photography: Sam Reed Autumn is upon us, and the routes through the woods today feel damper, darker, more challenging. My rear tyre skids along a tree root before finding purchase in the damp, gritty sand and we push on upwards. Up the side of the valley, to the highest point, to the Trig Point. “I’ll see you…

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Mark Alker

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What Mark doesn’t know about social media isn’t worth knowing and his ability to balance “The Stack” is bested only by his agility on a snowboard. Graphs are what gets his engine revving, at least they would if his car wasn’t electric, and data is what you’ll find him poring over in the office. Mark enjoys good whisky, sci-fi and the latest Apple gadget, he is also the best boss in the world (Yes, he is paying me to write this).

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  • anthonyweighell
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    The psychology of crashes is a funny thing. Back in my MX-ing days I crashed a lot as A: I was crap and B: Some other people were crap.

    My pace when I got back on the bike went 1 of 2 ways; if the crash was someone else’s fault (flag marshal at Coventry I’m looking at you) I was right back on it straight away. If I was at fault (do NOT close the throttle if you arrive at the lip of the jump too fast) my confidence took a real beating and I had to build up slowly.

    Quickest way back was to ride behind a mate who was the smoothest rider out there YMMV

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