This weekend Steve Peat came to Bristol. He was mainly in town for Peaty’s Bike Bonanza on Sunday. But he also came for a ride with a big group of locals around Ashton Court and Leigh Woods on Saturday before a evening at the Arnolfini for “An evening with – This is Peaty”.
The ride on the local Bristol trails was great. The sun came out and with the trails dry from a rain free week it felt like summer! I don’t think that I will ever again ride trails that I know so well in a single file of 90 riders one of which is a past world champion. Everyone enjoyed the ride and we all went at a pretty chilled out pace with all egos left behind in the cafe.
The evening event consisted of an hour long film put together from recent This Is Peaty episodes with some previously unseen footage, then a Peaty themed quiz followed by a Q&A ask Peaty anything session. It was great to meet the man, the legend and find out lots more about him. He spoke about his career, his team and the highs and lows including his life changing crash at the 2004 World Championships in Les Gets. It seems like it effected him very deeply. After the Q&A he came and had a couple of pints with everyone in the bar. He is a really nice bloke, really approachable and friendly.
At the Bike Bonanza there were bargains galore. Everything from Steve’s own bikes, ENVE wheels and riding clothing to titanium hardtail frames to last year’s Fox forks brand new from Mojo to all the stuff that the local biking community had in their sheds. It was a brilliant event, lots of people went away very happy to have sold on their spare kit and to have got a great deal on some second hand parts.
Fingers crossed that Steve decides to come back and do it all again next year!
Do carry cash, don’t pass wind, and other essential advice for the aspiring well-mannered cyclist from the Global Cycling Network on YouTube.
A while ago Martyn Ashton released the excellent Road Bike Party. And then started making Road Party 2, but before it was finished he had a massive accident during a Trials riding demo at Silverstone and broke his back and was left paralysed from the waist down. Since then he has been very positive and stayed strong, he always seems to be smiling in every photo you see him in. He hasn’t let his situation get him down at all.
He has enlisted the help of some trials legends to help him finish Road Bike Party 2 and today it has been released.
Here is some of the blurb from YouTube about the video:
Incredible stunts and amazing tricks all completed on a £15,000 Colnago C59 Italia? It can only be a Road Bike Party! Lycra-clad trials legend Martyn Ashton’s first Road Bike Party was a YouTube sensation, so a sequel HAD to be made, bigger and better than before! Martyn was in the middle of filming when his life was transformed by an accident during a trials display which has left him paralysed from the waist down. Courage, determination and great friends have helped Martyn to complete his vision for what a Road Bike Party is.
Road Bike Party 2 features special guest appearances from two trials riding and YouTube legends, and music from Catfish and the Bottlemen with “Rango” and Capella.
In the words of Mr Ashton, “Party on”!
No bikes were harmed in the making of this film.
She might be a crazy World Cup downhill racer, but I am still very impressed at the size of her ….. oh wait. Something for a Friday afternoon, enjoy.
Yesterday on Sunday 23rd June 2013 we were running a Dr Bike session with the LSTF Roadshow Sustainable Travel Team at the Redcatch Park Fun Day (http://www.friendsofredcatchpark.com/news/community-fun-day-2013).
Quite often as part of the Travel Team’s stall there is a smoothie bike. Yesterday the Bristol Lord Mayor, Faruk Choudhury, came and opened the Fun Day and had a look round, whilst looking round he came to our stall and made himself a smoothie!
Another great video from those northern monkeys at Hope. This one has lots of great cameos. I especially like the two downhill racers from my generation getting up to no good.
How many can you spot?
Unfortunately we couldn’t make it this year, but it is always a brilliant event. Hopefully we will be there in 2014!
I used to watch quite a few mountain biking videos. But then I got bored of them as more and more they all looked the same. But I just watched this trailer for an upcoming film that actually made me smile and look forward to watching it. What do you think?
It is just over 17 minutes long but worth a watch if you have time. There are even cotterpins!
I recently posted about the video preview of the Orange Bike Video. When it was then released in full, I have to say that I was a little disappointed. It wasn’t as cool and engaging as I had hoped. I think that the earlier Hope Technology Video was much better.
What do you think?