Downhill

Sam Sharp // Craig Evans
Reece Wilson // Adam Brayton
  • Sam Sharp
  • Craig Evans
  • Reece Wilson
  • Adam Brayton

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Sam Sharp

1. Describe yourself in three words.

Only need 2 words, Chief Mincer

2. What makes you angry?

Salad

3. If you could have any super power, what and why?

I’d have copycat super power there is so much stuff I wish I could do on a bike it would just be awesome to watch someone and then do it off the cuff.

4. Describe your riding style.

Bit loose, bit trials ridy, not really sure to be honest its not pretty though I know that much.

5. Your hero?

Probably my dad, he’s done so much and is still racing at 52, he’s been a great role model and all that.

6. Favourite riding location and why?

I’d have to say Whistler, I’ve ridden in in a lot of places but nothing comes close the the variety and quality of trails there its just mtb heaven

7. Perfect day?

Start with a full English brekie sets you up right for day, then out on motorbike Trials bikes for a few hours in the morning, ham and cheese butty for lunch then a big old mountain bike loop in the afternoon in the dales or the lakes. Then back home for some tea, bit of cottage pie and a big Grey’s Anatomy session on sofa.

8. If you could be anyone, who and why?

I’d be Travis Rice, I love snowboarding and don’t get chance to ride much and he’s pretty much the best there is on a board also his lifestyle is pretty awesome too lets be honest.

9. Hobbies outside of riding?

Snowboarding, motorbike trials can’t think of much else really

10. Goals for 2014/2015…

Main goal is to finish the Scott Trial (unfinished business) but also finish the SSDT and to improve in the EWS’s and try and get a few good results.

Craig Evans

Describe yourself in three words?

Spangly, excitable, grafter.

What was your first race and how did it go?

Pearce at bringewood 2009 in junior, was so nervous crashed in the second corner then pedalled everywhere and ended up 5th.

What is the best advice Steve Peat has given you?

Always carry good speed.

If you had an autobiography what would the title be?

Craig Evans pulling up off stuff.

Who is your biggest hero?

Probably steve.

Favourite Hope Product?

Pro 2 evo hubs, never ran anything else.

Perfect day?

Tresspasser laps in whistler with the boys then beers

Greatest biking achievement?

Probably deep summer 2013

Scariest part of downhill racing?

Trying not to get beat by the women haha.

Reece Wilson

Describe yourself in three words?

Moto with pedals

Favourite music?

The sound of a 2 stroke

What has been your worst Injury?

It’s close between dislocating my hip on my downhill bike or smashing my left ankle a few years back when I over jumped a tabletop on my motocross bike.

Greatest biking moment for you?

Winning the BDS overall during my first year of competitive downhill racing.

Your hero?

Travis Pastrana

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

Teleporting

Favourite Hope Product?

Rear hub

Goals for 2014/2015…

Top 10 BDS overall. I would love to have a top 20 overall result at a worldcup.

What scares you the most when competing in downhill?

Not archiving the result I know I’m capable of.

Hobbies outside of biking?

motocross, snapchat, working with my dad making stuff and I love a wee spin on my scooter

Adam Brayton

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Gas to Flat

The question that everyone wants to know….how do you corner like that?
Go in hard and hang on!

Describe your riding style.
Fast, aggressive and one of a kind! No one has a style like.

What would your perfect day look like?
Couple of laps on the TTR, some training and then DH with my team.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
Steve McQueen or James Hunt

Whats the best bike ever made?
Silly question. Demolition 8

Steve Peat or Sam Hill?
Sorry Steve I’m a Sam Man

We know you’re a home bird- what’s so good about Keswick?
I’ve no idea, maybe the women?

You’re at a Subway restaurant interview and are asked the question – whats the most important part of the sandwich… what would you reply?
The Meat. It’s got to be Meaty.

Whats your favourite Hope component?
The Hope Catalogue it’s got everything.

Top tips for young aspiring riders?
Be scared of nothing.

Goals for 2014?
To Win.

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Enduro

Jamie Nicholl // Dan Woody Hole
Sam Sharp // Joe Flanagan
Josh Lewis // Sam Flanagan
Rachael Walker
  • Jamie Nicholl
  • Dan Woody Hole
  • Sam Sharp
  • Joe Flanagan
  • Josh Lewis
  • Sam Flanagan
  • Rachael Walker

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Jamie Nicholl

Jamie Nicoll, New Zealand based adventurer. Loving the outdoors. Mountain biking the world. Next adventure on it’s way…

Dan Woody Hole

Describe yourself in three words.

I would describe myself as funny, confident and nice.

Favourite biking location. Why?

My favourite riding location is Ilkley Moor because it’s just fast and flowing with some technical bits.

How does it feel to be one of the best of your age?

Being one of the best 15 year old riders just makes me want to push on and be one of the best throughout all the categories.

Your biggest rival? Why?

My biggest rival is probably my Dad he is alway just so quick.

What do you see yourself doing in ten years time?

I see myself in ten years time doing world enduros traveling the world racing.

Hobbies outside of biking?

My hobbies outside of biking is probably trials riding as it helps me with my technical side of riding.

Goals for 2014/2015…

My goals for 2015 are top 5 in Britain and top 3 at PMBA series and possibly win some races abroad.

If you could have any super power, what and why?

If I had any superpower it would be the ultimate strength to beat up the Flanagan brothers.

Your hero?

My hero is my dad he is just a living legend and he is just so quick.

Sam Sharp

1. Describe yourself in three words.

Only need 2 words, Chief Mincer

2. What makes you angry?

Salad

3. If you could have any super power, what and why?

I’d have copycat super power there is so much stuff I wish I could do on a bike it would just be awesome to watch someone and then do it off the cuff.

4. Describe your riding style.

Bit loose, bit trials ridy, not really sure to be honest its not pretty though I know that much.

5. Your hero?

Probably my dad, he’s done so much and is still racing at 52, he’s been a great role model and all that.

6. Favourite riding location and why?

I’d have to say Whistler, I’ve ridden in in a lot of places but nothing comes close the the variety and quality of trails there its just mtb heaven

7. Perfect day?

Start with a full English brekie sets you up right for day, then out on motorbike Trials bikes for a few hours in the morning, ham and cheese butty for lunch then a big old mountain bike loop in the afternoon in the dales or the lakes. Then back home for some tea, bit of cottage pie and a big Grey’s Anatomy session on sofa.

8. If you could be anyone, who and why?

I’d be Travis Rice, I love snowboarding and don’t get chance to ride much and he’s pretty much the best there is on a board also his lifestyle is pretty awesome too lets be honest.

9. Hobbies outside of riding?

Snowboarding, motorbike trials can’t think of much else really

10. Goals for 2014/2015…

Main goal is to finish the Scott Trial (unfinished business) but also finish the SSDT and to improve in the EWS’s and try and get a few good results.

Joe Flanagan

Describe yourself in three words?

Lover of life!

How do you wind down after a hard days biking?

Feet up, eyes shut, dream of the shred that took place and of future shred plans!

If you could have one superpower which would you choose?

Flying! It would be amazing eh! It would save me a fortune on plane tickets too.

Your hero?

Whoever invented the bicycle, legend!

Hobbies outside of biking?

Climbing, scary fun! Collecting new experiences, oh yeaaaaa!

Favourite biking event and why?

Crankworks Whistler! Sampled it this year, it was one hell of a ride!

Perfect day?

Ingredients: riding, climbing, friends, family, happy people, sunshine, epic scenery, adventure = mix it all up you’ve got my perfect day.

Slabs??

I looooooveee the slabsss, gimmie some slabbage, one way ticket to slabville!

Favourite colour?

Baby blue, reminds me of sunny dayzzzz.

What can you see yourself doing in 5 years time?

Searching for adventure here there and everywhere hahah. (Riding on the moon?)

Josh Lewis

Describe yourself in three words?

Crash bang wallop

What’s the most difficult part of competing in World Enduros?

There are many diffuclt and dangerous factors about world enduros, i’d say personally one of the biggest is constantly having to fight being violated by either of the flanagan brothers!! Speak to Mark Scott i’m sure he’d agree…

Favourite #?

#allthelads

Worst Injury?

I snapped my ACL in march 2014 right before the season, that wasnt pleasant. Typically i did it messing around having a long jump off with craig evans during a tornado.

Top tips for young aspiring riders?

Dont do long jump contests in mac 10 winds, and if you do…  remember to tuck and roll

Greatest biking achievement?

4th overall in the 2014 gravity enduros and a 37th at my only world enduro of 2014 due to injury. Way better than i expected 2014 to pan out considering the blown out knee.

Favourite bike?

I had fun riding the santa cruz bronson C this year but i’m excited to see what the new naughty nomad has to offer.

If you could be any animal which would you choose and why?

Id be any pet of megan fox’s… I cant imagine that been a bad job for an animal.

When did you know that riding bikes was what you wanted to do?

Ive been passionate about riding bikes since my early teens, my mates were starting to get into partying and trying their luck at getting into nightclubs and stuff while i was in bed early watching earthed dvds. The partying didnt seem as appealing to me as getting out on my bike early in a morning and getting into my local woods to rake a new line in or try a new jump. Funnily enough now we are a bit older, i dont mind having a party now and again and my friends from school are getting into mountain bikes… Winner winner!

Sam Flanagan

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Never ever serious.

 

You’re currently one of the best elite enduro riders in the UK and Internationally. Before racing enduro few people know you used to race DH. What made you make that transition?
I will always love downhill and there is nothing like a decent uplift and a really fast flowy downhill track however enduro seems to favour my fitness and stamina better as well as my stubbornness to never give up! Nothing like a good challenge especially when that challenge is over 50km and 4+ stages long!

 

26” or 27.5?
27.5 4 Lyf just for the head game advantages!

 

If you could be any rider who would it be and why?
Currently nursing a pretty huge man crush for Kyle Norbaten of Coastal Crew fame but cant disregard my original bike based life inspiration good old Matty Hunter. Chasing that chilled out lifestyle!

 

If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Would have to get the lairy supercar purchase out of the way but would defiantly need to get an upper class pikey camper, pile all the ladz in and tour the world.

 

Favourite #?
#teamgreen and #hopetechrules have been with me since the start but love working on new treats for the followers including one of my latest creations #deeeeehlightful, your welcome!

 

What makes you angry?
Headwind’s while on a road bike I really cannot deal with.

 

Whats your favourite Hope component?
The pro2 hubs are the classic, but the bbzzzzzzzzzzzz of the BMX hub ticks all the boxes for me!

 

What would your perfect day look like?
Lots of sun, good riding and a solid lol-train would be everything I need from a day, I would add a few beers with the lads into the mix but I am full n’duro now so obviously that isn’t an option!

 

Trippin Fellaz is one of your main projects at the moment, where you travel the world riding in amazing locations having a few laughs along the way. Whats the funniest thing that has happened to you on a Trippin trip?
Trippin’ is a relatively new love child of mine but one of the all round funnest trips so far has to be our Poncha fuelled trip to Madeira. Lots of exciting trips already planned for 2k14 so watch this space and our facebook (www.facebook.com/trippinfellaz) for updates!

 

Top tips for young aspiring riders?
Always remember why you do it! Keep it fun and you will never want to do anything else! So god dam emosh!

 

Goals for 2014?
Top 20 EWS, Win a UK National, Top 10 Mega / MOH and generally have a rad time!

 

What is your favourite colour?
Contractually obliged to answer green but when I am having a bit of Flan time I am a massive believer in the red hype.

 

Rachael Walker

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XC

Paul Oldham // Dan Booth
Dave Collins // Annie Simpson
Adela Carter
  • Paul Oldham
  • Dan Booth
  • Dave Collins
  • Annie Simpson
  • Adela Carter

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Paul Oldham

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Hardworking nearly man

What was the first race you ever entered?

Mtb race (Grassington) 1987 Pos’n 1

Favourite post-race food?

Chicken Dinner

Vital statistics  – average hours training per year….. roughly 650 hours

                                    – average miles on the bike per year…10000 miles

Miles on the road v trails in the woods?

25 % offroad 75%on road 0% turbo

What does your training regime involve?

Ride to work 6miles, 20mins pump track dinnertime 2/3 hours in afternoon 4 days thro week. Race /train at weekend

What’s your favourite ever bike?

My 1992 Orange alu o

What makes you angry?

Cheats

You work in the R’n’D department at Hope – whats the most bizarre project you’ve worked on?

Making an oversized hub for trail bridge at Kirroughtree

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

Time travel

Whats your favourite Hope component?

Pro2 evo Straight pull

What is your favourite colour?

Green

Dan Booth

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Right describe myself. Big, bad and hungry.

What’s your greatest ever riding achievement?

Riding achievements. 1998 junior cyclo cross world champs, 17th at 35 secs and winning under 23 national cross champs in 2000. Also being better than Paul “cross god” Oldham back in the day!!

Favourite place to ride and race?

Fave riding is The Lakes and Peak District and I always liked racing at Newnham Park, Plymouth. Even though I’d always get mullered.  There are lots of places I’ve not ridden though but gotta wait till the kids grow up a bit till I start ticking them off!

What does your training regime involve?

Training for me involves the ride to work at back really, got kids and like to get home and see them. Try and do it off road as much as poss though its just  more fun.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be?

Trading places is a hard one to think of. For cycling i’d prob go with a true legend like John Tomac or Eddy Mercx for a week in their prime that’d be pretty good to be that strong and invincible. As for normal life I think I’d rather go back to a time rather that be someone in a time, for example the Roman Empire or Egypt when they were at their prime.

What or who inspires you?

I’m inspired by people who get out and do stuff, big epic stuff off there own back.

Top tips for young aspiring riders.

Young riders need to get out and ride as many places as possible and make the most of there freedom. Get out there before life catches up with you.

Whats your favourite Hope component?

I like the Hope wheels they look cool

Favourite colour…

I’m really into Hope green which Is good as I wear a lot of it!!

Dave Collins

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Stubborn, picky, perfectionist.

How long have you been riding bikes?

Hmmm, bought 1st at 16 to loose some timber, from a non sporting family.  I guess that makes it 21 years then! but racing for about 16 of those, Started in DH then moved to XC through the ranks, 1st decent result was Nat U23 Champs in 2000

XC, road or cyclo-cross – which floats your boat the most?

I like ’em all. well MTB, ‘Cross and Crits, not so bothered about long RR anymore.  Offroad is 1st love though.

Alongside being one of the UK’s top cyclo-cross, road and XC racers, you also work full time running your own plumbing business. How do you manage the balance between work/training/racing?

It’s actually a Kitchen and Bathroom fitting business, but close enough!  TBH these days it’s training around work.  It’s pretty hard though as it’s a very manual job, most of the time I’m done in by the time I get home so doing efforts is pretty tricky but a bike ride still clears the head.  Then I have planning, ordering and quotes to do too…..

What does your training regime involve?

As above really, I’d like to work to a plan and organise myself, but to be honest, I can’t, just fit a blast in around whatever work commitments I end up with as that’s ultimately what pays the bills.

If you were a type of food, what type of food would you be?

Beans on Toast, no frills but gets the job done!

Whats the worst injury you’ve had?

Been pretty lucky never to have really injured myself, cracked a couple of ribs in a road crash and various cuts, scrapes and bruises, the worst being quite a big ‘off’ at the Olympic MTB test event which had a bit of internal bleeding.

Top tips for young aspiring riders?

Don’t pigeon hole yourself to early, try every discipline to find out what you enjoy.  Don’t do it for the money!

Whats your favourite colour?

Er, Team Green of course, is this a trick question?

Annie Simpson

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Determined Yorkshire Lass

Aside from cycling whats are your other main interests in life?

Outside of cycling my life seems to revolve around food, working in performance nutrition as the day job and then always finding time to fuel my obsession with baking. Yes, you could say food is a big interest of mine. Always try to turn up to races with some kind of baked goods to share with everyone.

Whats your favourite tray bake?

Very very hard to narrow it down but I love a good gooey brownie, usually triple chocolate. I have always said if you are going to eat cake you might as well make it a good bit.

Miles on the road v trails in the woods?

I have a lot of time for both really. When trails are dry and fast then give me the woods most days, but I really am a sucker for getting out into the Yorkshire Dales and getting some solid miles in the lanes.

Favourite place and track to ride?

My favourite place to ride/train has got to be the French Alps. Suffering up the cols but you could look out at the views have your breath taken away and some how forget the pain you are in. Favourite track/race has got to be Fort William XC course, raced the World Champs there as a junior and just loved all aspects of that course, the big ups and big downs. Shame not had chance to race there since. The Scottish trail centres in general are some of my favourite places to ride.

What’s your favourite ever bike?

Got a lot of love for my Giant Hope Tech 29er, just one of those bikes that every time you jump on it it’s enjoyable. Love the speed when you get the 29er rolling and the bumps that it just smoothes out. Tried to spend a lot more time on in coming into 2014 season and it is certainly starting to feel like an extension of me which is feeling good. I have a lot of confidence in it.

We know you’re a qualified nutritionist…what are we likely to find in your fridge?

My fridge is always full! Nothing depresses me more than opening up an empty fridge. I will always have tonnes of eggs and natural yogurt, I seem to inhale those things. Tropicana too!! Then obviously trying to stay healthy with all the veg. I’m also going through a stage of chucking Chorizo in everything at the moment so seem to have a lot of that.

If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with your time?

Pack up my bike and book a round the world ticket with an aim to ride somewhere everyday that takes me breath away. I really want to head out to Australia and in particular New Zealand at some point in my life, so they would be the first destinations on the list.

Top tips for young aspiring riders?

Ride to enjoy, and if you are enjoying it then you will get the best out of yourself. Piling the pressure on from a young ages can kill the sport for you, do what makes you happy and the results will come.

Goals for 2014?

I really want to have a consistent National Mountain Bike Series, aiming to getting onto that Top 5 podium I just missed out on last year. Then obviously have a good ride at the National Champs as the course was kind to me last year.

Whats your favourite colour?

Tough one, I have seriously warmed to green a lot since joining Hope. But I am also a girly girl at heart and always enjoy a dash of pink or purple here and there.

Adela Carter

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Of average height

Aside from being an elite level XC, cyclo-cross and road racer, you’re also a full time Strength and Conditioning coach. Which do you find easier- training others or training yourself?

Training myself is loads easier – I just make it up as I go along, and rest far more than I ought to!  In actual fact, S&C coaches also tend to be their own guinea pigs.  It’s often difficult to follow my own programme in detail, as I regularly try out multiple ideas for several different athletes.  

When I train others, everything is done for a reason, it’s all planned, it’s measurable.  I have to be accountable for my decisions and the programme has to work for the individual.  It’s a bit more stressful training others, but I also find it more rewarding.  

3. Push-ups or pull-ups?

Pull-ups… weighted 😉

If you could work with any athlete in the world, who would it be?

I’m lucky I already work with some superb people.  

I guess an ideal athlete would be someone completely unknown, who had the desire and commitment to win, and who, with a bit of guidance could win big.  That’s pretty exciting. 

Top training motto?

Suck it up and enjoy it.

Miles on the road v trails in the woods?

Trails.  (Unless it’s sunny, then a bit of tanning on the road… after the trails!)

What would your perfect day look like?

An early start, a decent coffee, sun-baked empty trails, learning to whip the ‘cross bike and a BBQ and beach party.  And dolphins.

What makes you angry?

Miserable people.  Negativity.  Cruelty to animals.

Top tips for young aspiring riders?

1)  Become an all-round athlete, not just a scrawny kid who can’t catch, or jump or climb – it’s sets you up to be better in the long run.

2)  Get skills.  Fitness training is fairly straightforward.  Learning the basic skills and then getting so good you make them look stylish and easy – that takes time and practice.  Skills training as you get older is MUCH harder – trust me!

3)  ‘Master the things that take no talent’.  Make good habits, YOUR habits.  Eat well, sleep enough, take on everything with a positive mindset.

Goals for 2014?

I was really disappointed not to be able to race the last cross season – so getting in good shape and sliding round a muddy field this winter is important to me.  I’d also like to try out one of these Enduro things – it’s the new buzz on the block, so I should at least have a go!  2014 is probably about working hard and racing where I can – but hopefully using my racing experience to help guide my work.  

What’s your favourite colour?

Is green a bit too predictable?

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CX

Paul Oldham // Rob Jebb
Dan Booth // Dave Collins
Annie Simpson // Adela Carter
Jack Clarkson
  • Paul Oldham
  • Rob Jebb
  • Dan Booth
  • Dave Collins
  • Annie Simpson
  • Adela Carter
  • Jack Clarkson

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Paul Oldham

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Hardworking nearly man

What was the first race you ever entered?

Mtb race (Grassington) 1987 Pos’n 1

Favourite post-race food?

Chicken Dinner

Vital statistics  – average hours training per year….. roughly 650 hours

                                    – average miles on the bike per year…10000 miles

Miles on the road v trails in the woods?

25 % offroad 75%on road 0% turbo

What does your training regime involve?

Ride to work 6miles, 20mins pump track dinnertime 2/3 hours in afternoon 4 days thro week. Race /train at weekend

What’s your favourite ever bike?

My 1992 Orange alu o

What makes you angry?

Cheats

You work in the R’n’D department at Hope – whats the most bizarre project you’ve worked on?

Making an oversized hub for trail bridge at Kirroughtree

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

Time travel

Whats your favourite Hope component?

Pro2 evo Straight pull

What is your favourite colour?

Green

Rob Jebb

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Busy, Tired, Determined

How long have you been riding bikes?

I have been running and riding bikes all my life. Racing running since 9 years old and the odd cycle race. I started racing mountain bikes when i was 21 and then road and cyclo cross from 2001 when fell running was stopped due to foot and mouth. I continued with cross since then and i first completed in 3 peaks when i was 17 years old.

Which do you prefer – the Three Peaks Fell race or the Three Peaks Cyclo-cross?

That’s a difficult one, I love winning either race and enjoy the cross race, the running race is one of the hardest races on the calendar and is very hard when run fast for the win, I have never enjoyed it except the last 50m if winning!! but its a classic and great atmosphere.

You’ve won the Three Peaks Cyclo-cross race an amazing ten times now – which year was your favourite victory and which was the hardest?

The 1st one was great as i had always wanted to win since i was a young lad, 2nd one was fantastic and proved it wasn’t a fluke and i was really flying young and fit!! but the third was the best as Nick Craig said i beat him the year before because he punctured and didn’t now the best lines, so the third time was fair and square and i have great respect for him. the Hardest was getting beaten by nick but it was 7 wins to me by then, nothing lasts forever and he deserved it.

Are disc brakes the future of cyclo-cross bikes?

I think the Hope Disk brakes are great, they are very low maintenance and stop superb also save on wear to your rims. I could never go back to canter levers.

What does your training regime involve?

Training for me changes depending on time of year and events coming up. winter is my easy time of year due to weather and darkness, but i will cycle to work and back do the dreaded turbo session or go running using hope head torch. Spring is my biggest training time again cycling to work then 1 or 1.5 hour run, run and cycle on Wednesday, intervals Thursday, rest Friday and usually race at weekend and then long run or cycle on Sunday. Summer much the same but sometimes more recovery after a hard race. Around August i will step the cycling and try to do 3 our cx rides twice a week for the 3 peaks.

What or who inspires you?

Cycling wise Barry Clark is the one i admire as he has done everything and is very humble and has become a friend. Running wise Ian Holmes as he is a great champion but a good friend. He is super consistent and still wins races at nearly 50 years amazing.

Top tips for young aspiring riders.

My tips for young riders would be train hard never give up but most of all enjoy.

Goals for 2014?

My goals this year is to continue enjoying sport stay injury free, and hopefully win the odd race!!

 

Dan Booth

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Right describe myself. Big, bad and hungry.

What’s your greatest ever riding achievement?

Riding achievements. 1998 junior cyclo cross world champs, 17th at 35 secs and winning under 23 national cross champs in 2000. Also being better than Paul “cross god” Oldham back in the day!!

Favourite place to ride and race?

Fave riding is The Lakes and Peak District and I always liked racing at Newnham Park, Plymouth. Even though I’d always get mullered.  There are lots of places I’ve not ridden though but gotta wait till the kids grow up a bit till I start ticking them off!

What does your training regime involve?

Training for me involves the ride to work at back really, got kids and like to get home and see them. Try and do it off road as much as poss though its just  more fun.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be?

Trading places is a hard one to think of. For cycling i’d prob go with a true legend like John Tomac or Eddy Mercx for a week in their prime that’d be pretty good to be that strong and invincible. As for normal life I think I’d rather go back to a time rather that be someone in a time, for example the Roman Empire or Egypt when they were at their prime.

What or who inspires you?

I’m inspired by people who get out and do stuff, big epic stuff off there own back.

Top tips for young aspiring riders.

Young riders need to get out and ride as many places as possible and make the most of there freedom. Get out there before life catches up with you.

Whats your favourite Hope component?

I like the Hope wheels they look cool

Favourite colour…

I’m really into Hope green which Is good as I wear a lot of it!!

Dave Collins

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Stubborn, picky, perfectionist.

How long have you been riding bikes?

Hmmm, bought 1st at 16 to loose some timber, from a non sporting family.  I guess that makes it 21 years then! but racing for about 16 of those, Started in DH then moved to XC through the ranks, 1st decent result was Nat U23 Champs in 2000

XC, road or cyclo-cross – which floats your boat the most?

I like ’em all. well MTB, ‘Cross and Crits, not so bothered about long RR anymore.  Offroad is 1st love though.

Alongside being one of the UK’s top cyclo-cross, road and XC racers, you also work full time running your own plumbing business. How do you manage the balance between work/training/racing?

It’s actually a Kitchen and Bathroom fitting business, but close enough!  TBH these days it’s training around work.  It’s pretty hard though as it’s a very manual job, most of the time I’m done in by the time I get home so doing efforts is pretty tricky but a bike ride still clears the head.  Then I have planning, ordering and quotes to do too…..

What does your training regime involve?

As above really, I’d like to work to a plan and organise myself, but to be honest, I can’t, just fit a blast in around whatever work commitments I end up with as that’s ultimately what pays the bills.

If you were a type of food, what type of food would you be?

Beans on Toast, no frills but gets the job done!

Whats the worst injury you’ve had?

Been pretty lucky never to have really injured myself, cracked a couple of ribs in a road crash and various cuts, scrapes and bruises, the worst being quite a big ‘off’ at the Olympic MTB test event which had a bit of internal bleeding.

Top tips for young aspiring riders?

Don’t pigeon hole yourself to early, try every discipline to find out what you enjoy.  Don’t do it for the money!

Whats your favourite colour?

Er, Team Green of course, is this a trick question?

Annie Simpson

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Determined Yorkshire Lass

Aside from cycling whats are your other main interests in life?

Outside of cycling my life seems to revolve around food, working in performance nutrition as the day job and then always finding time to fuel my obsession with baking. Yes, you could say food is a big interest of mine. Always try to turn up to races with some kind of baked goods to share with everyone.

Whats your favourite tray bake?

Very very hard to narrow it down but I love a good gooey brownie, usually triple chocolate. I have always said if you are going to eat cake you might as well make it a good bit.

Miles on the road v trails in the woods?

I have a lot of time for both really. When trails are dry and fast then give me the woods most days, but I really am a sucker for getting out into the Yorkshire Dales and getting some solid miles in the lanes.

Favourite place and track to ride?

My favourite place to ride/train has got to be the French Alps. Suffering up the cols but you could look out at the views have your breath taken away and some how forget the pain you are in. Favourite track/race has got to be Fort William XC course, raced the World Champs there as a junior and just loved all aspects of that course, the big ups and big downs. Shame not had chance to race there since. The Scottish trail centres in general are some of my favourite places to ride.

What’s your favourite ever bike?

Got a lot of love for my Giant Hope Tech 29er, just one of those bikes that every time you jump on it it’s enjoyable. Love the speed when you get the 29er rolling and the bumps that it just smoothes out. Tried to spend a lot more time on in coming into 2014 season and it is certainly starting to feel like an extension of me which is feeling good. I have a lot of confidence in it.

We know you’re a qualified nutritionist…what are we likely to find in your fridge?

My fridge is always full! Nothing depresses me more than opening up an empty fridge. I will always have tonnes of eggs and natural yogurt, I seem to inhale those things. Tropicana too!! Then obviously trying to stay healthy with all the veg. I’m also going through a stage of chucking Chorizo in everything at the moment so seem to have a lot of that.

If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with your time?

Pack up my bike and book a round the world ticket with an aim to ride somewhere everyday that takes me breath away. I really want to head out to Australia and in particular New Zealand at some point in my life, so they would be the first destinations on the list.

Top tips for young aspiring riders?

Ride to enjoy, and if you are enjoying it then you will get the best out of yourself. Piling the pressure on from a young ages can kill the sport for you, do what makes you happy and the results will come.

Goals for 2014?

I really want to have a consistent National Mountain Bike Series, aiming to getting onto that Top 5 podium I just missed out on last year. Then obviously have a good ride at the National Champs as the course was kind to me last year.

Whats your favourite colour?

Tough one, I have seriously warmed to green a lot since joining Hope. But I am also a girly girl at heart and always enjoy a dash of pink or purple here and there.

Adela Carter

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Of average height

Aside from being an elite level XC, cyclo-cross and road racer, you’re also a full time Strength and Conditioning coach. Which do you find easier- training others or training yourself?

Training myself is loads easier – I just make it up as I go along, and rest far more than I ought to!  In actual fact, S&C coaches also tend to be their own guinea pigs.  It’s often difficult to follow my own programme in detail, as I regularly try out multiple ideas for several different athletes.  

When I train others, everything is done for a reason, it’s all planned, it’s measurable.  I have to be accountable for my decisions and the programme has to work for the individual.  It’s a bit more stressful training others, but I also find it more rewarding.  

3. Push-ups or pull-ups?

Pull-ups… weighted 😉

If you could work with any athlete in the world, who would it be?

I’m lucky I already work with some superb people.  

I guess an ideal athlete would be someone completely unknown, who had the desire and commitment to win, and who, with a bit of guidance could win big.  That’s pretty exciting. 

Top training motto?

Suck it up and enjoy it.

Miles on the road v trails in the woods?

Trails.  (Unless it’s sunny, then a bit of tanning on the road… after the trails!)

What would your perfect day look like?

An early start, a decent coffee, sun-baked empty trails, learning to whip the ‘cross bike and a BBQ and beach party.  And dolphins.

What makes you angry?

Miserable people.  Negativity.  Cruelty to animals.

Top tips for young aspiring riders?

1)  Become an all-round athlete, not just a scrawny kid who can’t catch, or jump or climb – it’s sets you up to be better in the long run.

2)  Get skills.  Fitness training is fairly straightforward.  Learning the basic skills and then getting so good you make them look stylish and easy – that takes time and practice.  Skills training as you get older is MUCH harder – trust me!

3)  ‘Master the things that take no talent’.  Make good habits, YOUR habits.  Eat well, sleep enough, take on everything with a positive mindset.

Goals for 2014?

I was really disappointed not to be able to race the last cross season – so getting in good shape and sliding round a muddy field this winter is important to me.  I’d also like to try out one of these Enduro things – it’s the new buzz on the block, so I should at least have a go!  2014 is probably about working hard and racing where I can – but hopefully using my racing experience to help guide my work.  

What’s your favourite colour?

Is green a bit too predictable?

Jack Clarkson

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Loud, Cheeky, and blonde at times 😉

What’s your favourite ever bike?

Giant TCX Advanced SL (like mariana vos rides)

Whats your greatest ever riding achievement.

for me i would say this is the 2011 world championships St wendel getting top 20 in worlds! (18th i think)

If you were a car, what kind would you be?

Volkswagen Golf GTI MK1 with all shiny chrome bits 😉

Miles on the road v trails in the woods?

tricky one this i just ride my bike for fun! if i wanna ride off road i do if i wanna ride the road i do as far as fitting it in my training just make sure you pedal pretty hard!

Tell us something about you we might not know.

when i was 13 – 14 I took up cycling as a way of losing weight as i was around 15 stone mark!

Whats the worst injury you’ve had?

2014 cross champs i managed to slam my hand in the van door the day before this made me brake the outside bone in my hand and struggled to change gear / brake still raced! got 4th ! it hurt…… a lot!

Top tips for young aspiring riders.

do it because you enjoy it ! dont be pressured in to doing something you dont wanna do! set yourself a realistic goal / target and then smash it and aim higher and higher!

Goals for 2014?

main goals for me are in the 2014 – 2015 cross season! would really like to get a national trophy series leader jersey maybe even the overall! national cross champs i would like to podium and try for another top 20 at the world champs in tabor!

10. Whats your favourite colour?

colour…hmmmm am i allowed green ? if not blue!

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Other

Fuji // Fabio Wibmer
Mads Haugen // Dougie Lampkin
James Dabill // Lluis Lacondeguy
Nico Vink // Mehdi Gani
  • Fuji
  • Fabio Wibmer
  • Mads Haugen
  • Dougie Lampkin
  • James Dabill
  • Lluis Lacondeguy
  • Nico Vink
  • Mehdi Gani

Select a rider from the list to view their bio.

Fuji

1.      Describe yourself in three words?

Competitive, disciplined and happy.

2.      Top tips for young aspiring riders?

Keep training hard and enjoy it.

3.      What has been your greatest achievement to date?

My 2 daughters and my little boy.

4.      Your hero?

My frien Daijiro Katowice

5.      Favourite Hope Product.

Bike trial brake system.

6.      If you could have one superpower what would you choose?

Fly.

7.      Favourite place to practice?

Mie, where I was born.

8.      Hobbies outside of trials riding?

Practicing enduro.

9.      Perfect day.

Spend the morning doing trial and then playing with my kids and taking lunch with my friends

10.  Best weather for trials riding?

A rainy day.

Fabio Wibmer

Describe yourself in three words?

ambitious, athletic and amusing

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role?

Vin Diesel

Most difficult trick you have ever performed?

flat drop frontflip

Scariest moment on a bike?

The scariest moment on my bike was probably when I stood in front of a small mound of earth and tried to pull a backflip on my 27” MTB bike. Unfortunately I crashed pretty hard. Luckily I was able to walk away without having an injury, haha.

Favourite country and why?

I don’t have a favourite country because every country has it’s own beauties.

Hobbies outside of biking?

Beside biking I really enjoy riding my Motocross bike, hanging around with friends and my girlfriend or just doing a sick Trampolin-bike-session with my Cousin.

Top tips to young aspiring riders?

Never give up, don’t focus on getting sponsorships and always try to have as much fun as possible

Greatest biking achievement?

Team rider of the Danny MacAskill’s Drop and Roll tour

Describe your riding style?

flowing and smooth

Favourite Colour?

blue

Mads Haugen

Describe yourself in three words?

ignorante, overconfident and ironic 😉

Greatest riding achievement?

they are all good!

What makes you frustrated?

politics, religion and the way money effect people.

If you could be any rider, who? And why?

steve peat. cause it be ok that i am drinking all the time.

Favourite place to go riding?

hafjell bikepark, hilbilly høkkfest, kamloops, santa cruz

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your super power to be?

a ninja turtels, cause they do bad ass stuff while having fun!

Favourite colour?

red, yellow, green

Favourite biking event? Why?

any fest series stop, because its the only thing legit in mtb

Top tips for young aspiring riders?

ride for fun and express yourself through your riding.

Dougie Lampkin

1.      Describe yourself in three words?

perfectionist – tight – slow

2.      Top tips for young aspiring riders?

Keep training, push yourself as hard as you can but more importantly enjoy it

3.      What has been your greatest achievement to date?

12 times FIM Trial World  Champion and the boss giving me the MBE

4.      Your hero?

Mick Doohan when I was younger, 500 GP massive talent to ride a bike

5.      Favourite Hope Product

My R4 lights which I also use in Extreme Enduro competition

6.      If you could have one superpower what would you choose?

To be invisible could come in handy

7.      Favourite place to practice?

The moor side above Silsden is where I spent all my youth, just riding day after day

8.      Hobbies outside of trials riding?

Spending time with my wife and children and riding my MTB with friends

9.      Perfect day?

Start off with a fry up then riding with my boys Alfie and Fraiser with friends followed by relax on the sofa in front of the TV, easily pleased !

10.  Best weather for trials riding? 

When its raining as the competition is sulking so your in front to start with, go for it.

James Dabill

Describe yourself in three words?

Fun, Motivated…

When did you know you wanted to be a trials rider?

I would say the last year of school I didn’t fancy the idea of working much haha

Favourite place to practice?

Pratts above Silsden (Yorkshire)

Most important competition to you and why?

SSDT because its such a prestigious event and its one I have wanted to win from such a young age.

Top tips for young aspiring riders?

You get out of it what you put into it. Believe/achieve.

Your hero?

My dad and Doug. Lol

Favourite Hope product?

If I had to pick 1 it would be my 50mm carbon road wheels but they don’t make a bad one so all of them.

Perfect whether for trials riding?

Barcelona Sunshine.

Goals for 2014/2015…

To be 6X British Champ, SSDT Winner, Scott Winner and top 4 in the indoor/outdoor World Champs.

Favourite bike?

My hoped up girl coloured santa cruz nomad.

Lluis Lacondeguy

Describe yourself in three words?

biker, happy, lazy

Your hero?

my parents

When did you know that you wanted to ride bikes?

when my dad bought to me and my brother a bike magazine around 1999

Favourite country to ride in? Why?

canada, they know how to build and ride there

Goals for 2015…

ride lots, travel lots, and have lots of fun

Worst injury?

broken elbow or broken tendons of my wrist

Favourite biking event?

fest series

Favourite type of biking? Why?

big bike free ride, you ride whatever you wan whenever you wan

Perfect day?

free ski on the morning bikes on the afternoon

Top tips for you aspiring riders?

style, fast, big jumps

Nico Vink

Mehdi Gani

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Danny Macaskill