- issue 54 great divide
Great article but I'm pretty sure it was a rewrite of a WMB article done last year…
I suppose it's a heck of a challenge so might as well get some writing mileage out it I guess, so fair play!
I'm finding the thought of my first 24 solo quite daunting but reading that kind of belittles it somewhat – although not as much as the Alaska race in the December issue! Argh!Posted 8 years agospeaker2animalsSubscriber
I concur, an absolute ace piece of writing and a great story. My admiration for Jenn is hard to express. But then so is my admiration for one of my friends dads. He's 74 and rode around the coast of the UK last summer. 4500 in 3.5 months. Fully laden (and when Jack goes fully laden he goes fully laden!). I'm very envious as I know that I just have not got it in me to ride this sort of thing.Posted 8 years agoPeterPoddyMember
Agree. Not only a great tale but she can really write.
Yes that's it totally. There's lots of articles in STW written by rides who can tell a story, but no more than that, and there's alot of forgettable, avarage articles. Jenn brings that to life, draws you in.
In a similar vein there's a guy who intermittently writes for the motorcycle mag 'Bike' called Dan Walsh, and he's just brilliant. He doesn't just tell a story in a mundane, boring way. You feel drawn in and involved in the same way, and he's got real style in the words he uses. Every time he disappears for a few months, they get loads of people asking when he's going to write more……Posted 8 years agotrail_ratMember
yep major respect – that article – combined with simon kennetts have had a similar effect to ed oxleys account of strathpuffer 24 solo*
1 day i will do TD race or fast touring i dont care its a route of attrition even at its lowest level !
Very inspiring stuff
– i said one day i will solo the puffer when the article came out – 12-18 months ago was it ? im in for it next week.Posted 8 years agogarySubscriber
I thought it was a stand out article too and seemed to be much more of a story of a journey than the WhatMtb one I thought. Had me making immediate plans to get more riding done, which is what I always hope the mag will do and rarely does.
And the whole issue I thought was one of the best in a long while.Posted 8 years agosteverSubscriber
Good stuff. I liked the self awareness of the essential selfishness of something needing that much focus. A much better second draft than the WMB piece. Although I suspect you never really tell the definitive story of something like that. It goes into your bones, a place beyond words.Posted 8 years agobigsiMember
Jenn used to work in my LBS and was so helpful to me when i was starting out in mountain biking. She is such a nice indiviudal who really knows her stuff and always seems to have a smile on her face. I really enjoyed reading her article as i followed her blog/updates when she was doing the race.
A real achievement.Posted 8 years agoclubberMember
I read Jenn's article in wmb first and thought that was great. I was expecting the stw one to be essentially the same but am glad to say that it was also great but different and each suited the mags they were in. Jenn did a brilliant job first in doing the event but then also in writing TWO excellent, individual articles on it.
Definitely should be up for article of the year.Posted 8 years agochrispalmrSubscriber
Totally agree, especially with petesgaff; the GDR and Iditarod articles were superb (especially Jenn's GDR), the usual columns/articles were the usual (some good – take a bow Mr Ferrentino, some more 'blokes in pub talking toss about bikes' – I can get my mates to talk cr*p for free you know…) and then there's the dross ("Juncket News! – Places PR Flacks Have Taken Us to Convince Us to Write Nice Things About Their Kit! And All The Free Gear They Tried To Buy Us With! Oh, Its All A Laugh!").
I think ST have managed to tap into my mind – just when I'm at the point of cancelling my subs (having been a subscriber since issue 7) they produce 54 with two superb articles, and I decide not to… until next time.Posted 8 years ago
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