Well, this is where it all started! I met Graham Foot 20 (ish) years ago when he started the ‘Bigfoot’ mountain bike club and persuaded me to start racing.
My first race was less than prepared for; basically I decide that I would race after having one too many ciders at a hockey club bash.
I cycled home that evening (early morning) and then headed out to the race the next day.
I arrived with minutes to go before the race started.
I quickly paid my entrance fee, ran to the car, got my bike and cycled to the start line as the race was heading off in the distance.
Happy days. I managed to catch the pack and win the race.
I have never looked back and with the help of Graham Foot; who became my manager for the Karrimor team I managed to arrive on time for races and learn the ropes of competitive MTB racing.
Fast forward to 2021 and Graham foot is now my inspiration in the world of endurance cycling and who is building us Smokestone bikes for the Silk Road Mountain Race, and moreover teaching us the fundamentals of ‘keep on going’ rather than my usual go as fast as you can then fall over.
Thanks Graham – you rock. #Slam69