- One for the JMC fans
Nice to see that bike.
Interesting that the rear rocker thing looks like a cnc'd and welded together piece rather than the 2 separate pieces that came on the production bikes … have one of these frames in the loft, always thought the rocker could have been made stronger/stiffer, and that's what they've done there.
1995 ! 😥Posted 9 years agomtMember
Nice link about JMC pity the blurb about him over states the case, agree the he was UK's 1st MTB superstar he was not the first to "blaze the trail" out side of Britain. That honour goes to a certain Tim Gould and David Baker. Always nod at JMC picture on the fence as I pass the spot.Posted 9 years agoradoggairMemberjimmySubscriber
he was not the first to "blaze the trail" out side of Britain.
XC was the domain of the major brands, JMC went out and got himself noticed for DH.
Was at the national champs the year he died. I messed up the video camera as he went passed, turning it off instead of on and totally missed him go by. Was ubergutted. Remember Peaty coming down, though and he was all the place like the gangly teenager he was. Boy done good.Posted 9 years agoesher shoreMember
Came riding with our university club once on a Wednesday ride. Nice unassuming chap and a fit bugger to boot! Respect. Honoured to have ridden with him once.
did you go to University of Northumbria (or Newcastle University)?
I was on the Hardisty Cycles racing team with Jason, just before he hit the big time and got his Pro deal with Specialized
Jason was responsible for inspiring myself and fellow Hardisty's team mate Adam Robertson to get into DH in a big way, as we were XC racers at the time
if you've ever seen photos of his Specialized race kit, you'll notice the Hardisty Cycles logo on his top, which he insisted on, due to all the help that Margaret Hardisty had given him before Specialized picked up him
I was also at the Uni of Northumbria during this time, and we'd regularly invite Jason out for club rides from Newcastle out to Chopwell Woods or Prudhoe – sometimes his buddy Paul Plunkett would come along
JMC was a great guy, super friendly to everyone and very down to earth, but also very fast and talented on his bike, professional off the bike, and a big inspiration for riders of that era
JMC, sorely missed!!
rob colePosted 9 years agotandemwarriorsMember
I was at Bingley too. I have hazy (read drunken) recollections of singing 'stairway to heaven' in the campsite with a crowd of strangers, one who had a guitar. All friends in mourning. Anyone else recall it?
Remember seeing him at Olympia at Bike 94(?) with Rob Warner et al. Proper role model & hero. Ride free.
RobPosted 9 years agolisterSubscriber
15 years! It's all abit hazy, was that before or after the Malverns that year? Just remember being absolutley gutted, used to hero worship him when he was in Hardisty's at the same time as me.
Went to Whistler later that year to ride and all the locals had heard of him and were gutted he had died. He'd really made an impact over there.
The bit in Dirt (the video, not mag) were he's hammering along on his FSR and is being filmed from a car alongside him still inspires me when I watch it.
RIPPosted 9 years agogavmoirMember
For me, JMC showed a young teenager (me) that a Brit could impress the Yanks at their own game. Up until that point I held others in reverence, JMC showed me that we're all equal.
That and the time where Ned Overend passed me on a ride in Fruita. I nearly fell off my bike in disbelief.
I have a pair of JMC socks somewhere with his tattoo on them….. RIP.Posted 9 years ago
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