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The Pursuit Of Perfection

 Being faster is something we all strive for, I'm sure. Beating a mate to the bottom puts a smile on the face of even the most humblest of riders. I'm just the same. The strive for speed is real and my intention is always to be quicker than last time. More recently, especially on some of the more gnarly trails, I've been quietly confident with the speed I'm able to pick up. What's not so good is that my mind slows me down. Before I realise, I'm feathering the brakes and killing off all that hard earned speed. Subconsciously, I think I'm worried about crashing. More and more my mind tells me to slow down for fear of a...

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Why I Bike

As a kid I used to love anything extreme. Skateboarding, rock-climbing, motocross, bodyboarding, BMX... You get the idea. We used to spend as much time as possible outside doing things that would push us. Wheelies off walls that were half our size was a norm. Building sketchy jumps for our motocross bikes was an everyday experience. I had a great childhood. Over the years, I lost touch with much of this. I played tennis for a while and then even stopped with the more typical sports. I went to college and then to university and put a lot of effort into my studies. In my spare time I worked and occasionally managed to get in the sea with the board....

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Tees And Hoodies: An Honest Review

Gravity Clothing Co. was the only brand I wanted to work with when I set out on a mission to get sponsored. Their approach on their social media mirrored mine, and their products looked good. The simple design really appealed to me - I'm not really one for skulls or weird patterns - I like simple. Minimal. Gravity Clothing Co.'s 'Original' series of products is exactly that. So when I got the phone call from Benoit, I was absolutely thrilled to be working with them.   However, I must admit I'd not actually tested any of their products. Although there's plans to be producing products in Europe soon, Gravity Clothing Co. currently prices in US Dollars, and ships from the...

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Gravity Clothing Co. Photo Shoot: Behind The Scenes

In the UK, we're pretty lucky. As riders we've got a whole load of trail centres scattered up and down our little island. I've heard it said that, as a country, we're leading the way when it comes to trail centres. And of course, that's without including the abundant natural trails that we've got too! In the east of Yorkshire though, gravity orientated trails are hard to come by. Sure, we've got the Yorkshire Wolds but they're rolling hills. Perfect for the lycra clad riders amongst us, but they're not steep enough for any real challenge. It's not until you venture north, to the North York Moors, that you find some steeper riding. There's plenty of opportunity in that part of...

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Top 10 Nutritious Foods for Mountain Bike Racing

Winning a grueling race and beating out tough competition is not just a matter of being in shape, having a good bike, or having technical skill. What you eat before, during, and after you race is vital. Here are 10 foods that will help you prepare, win, and recover in mountain bike racing.   PREPARE In the few days before the race, you need load up on fuel and nutrition and avoid undermining your performance with excess sugar.   Pasta Doesn’t sound like a race food, does it? Foods high in carbohydrates allow your body to build glycogen stores in its muscles. Glycogen is a fuel used to sustain difficult exercise over a long period of time. If you eat...

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