Downhill

Craig Evans // Adam Brayton
  • Craig Evans
  • Adam Brayton

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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.

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 Nicoll // Dan Woody Hole
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  • Dan Woody Hole

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Jamie Nicoll

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.
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XC

Paul Oldham // Annie Simpson
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  • Annie Simpson

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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

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.

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CX

Paul Oldham // Rob Jebb
Annie Simpson // Jack Clarkson
  • Paul Oldham
  • Rob Jebb
  • Annie Simpson
  • 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!!

 

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.

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

Mads Haugen // Dougie Lampkin
Lluis Lacondeguy // Nico Vink
  • Mads Haugen
  • Dougie Lampkin
  • Lluis Lacondeguy
  • Nico Vink

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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.

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

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