Tom (aka Minipips) is 11 years old but has already packed in more adventure on a bike than many adults have managed. With his dad Rich (aka Richpips) the dynamic duo have completed numerous endurance events, some on their custom made MTB ALPKIT tandem ! The Rapha festive 500, Relentless 24 and the infamous Strathpuffer 24 hour mountain bike race are some of the highlights. This year they will be taking on the French Divide, an ultra bike packing race over 2,000km of mixed cyclo cross, mountain bike terrain without assistance. This is in preparation for taking on the Tour Divide next year from the Canadian Rockies to the Mexican border, 2,745 miles in a single push.
Tom writes for Singletrack Magazine, grit.cx and Sidetracked but really he goes out and gets lost, deliberately. He loves the hills and the mountains and sniffing out adventures be they epic or small and he loves to find them right outside his front door. Tom will help you to get lost and to spend your first night under the stars.
Artist Nikki Pugh investigates interactions between people and place. This used to involve a lot of walking, but nowadays seems to be involving bikes more and more. In current project 'Orrery for Landscape, Sinew and Serendipity', Nikki asks the question "What happens when you change from thinking about markers on a map to an awareness of the changing rhythms of effort and terrain?". The Orrery is an alternative approach to the visualisation of cycling data where online dot-watching is replaced by a moving sculptural object.
Your lunchtime will never be the same again after the Workers Lunchtime take you on an exploration of the magical hour in the middle of your working day. Instead of a soggy sandwich scoffed at your desk take your bike and explore art, history, philosophy and vineyards amongst other shenanigans and hidden treasures.
Jet is a writer (Boneshaker; The Idler) and musician (Glastonbury; End of the Road Festival) who is currently writing “Mind is The Ride” an exploration of the experience of cycling from Bristol to India using the insights of Western and Eastern philosophy. How he travelled imaginatively, not just on two wheels. Jet will take us on a physical and intellectual adventure by bicycle, weaving philosophy into the cyclist’s experience, using the components of a bike as a metaphor for that experience and how this informs the bike rides we all take everyday. You can contribute to crowd fund The Mind is the Ride here
Tinkering with things since he was little, Brant’s first foray into the bike industry was as a Saturday boy at Two Wheels Good on Call Lane in Leeds. Through various confusing twists and turns, he ended up as Technical Editor for MBUK, then Editor of MBR magazine, then Bikemagic. First producing a women's specific brand perhaps ill advisedly called “Smart Tart” in 1993, he stayed with magazines, before moving across to launch the On-One brand in 1999. Moving to Chain Reaction Cycles for a few years he launched the Ragley brand and worked to develop the first Nukeproof suspension frames, relaunched the Vitus brand and then returned to on-one to develop the Codeine, Fatty, Parkwood, as well as many models for Planet X, Titus and Holdsworth. Now working with Alpkit on the Sonder bike range and Mango Bikes on their models, he’s just diversified into trousers with HebTroCo with partner in crime Ed Oxley. Brant is 46 and should know better. Lives in Hebden Bridge with his partner and many children.
A lifetime of being immersed in the world of cycling has led Joolze to be regarded as the UK’s premier female professional cycling photographer. Equally at home in damp ditches, muddy pits, warm, dry studios, back of motorbikes and exposed sections of tarmac as she waits to grab those action packed, evocative images of every aspect of cycling. Whether it be mountain biking, cyclo cross or road, she is always looking for fresh and inventive ways to portray the landscape the rider is interacting with along with the emotion both during the event and behind the scenes. Her images and creative writing feature regularly in prominent UK media.
Nick tells stories of passionate people who make things but who are often tucked away out of sight. Nick seeks out these artisans on his bike, usually as part of some long distance adventure, and records their stories. This started for Nick when he decided to keep the sea close and cycle around the coast of Britain, followed the next year by the coast of Ireland, meeting and recording along the way; The Slowcoast. Nick has continued to explore on his bike and meet interesting craftspeople in the States and Europe including riding from Bristol to Mainz in Germany with a purpose built bike with a printing press on the back. When not creating these stories Nick is a graphic designer and photographer setting up the Letterpress Collective in his native Bristol and has written three books: Conversations on the Coast, Conversations on the Hudson, and The Printing Bike.
Chris has been a bike industry veteran for over 10 years, and despite that still happens to love riding bikes. She has spent much of that time helping women have a more enjoyable experience when they ride, while simultaneously agitating those that would keep cycling a giant sausage fest. You’ll find Chris challenging conventions in columns on the Singletrack Magazine website, as well as trade publication Cycling Industry News.
In ten beautiful editions since 2008 The Ride Journal broke the mould for cycling publications. A Journal based on personal stories, of riders, not worrying about what it is that they rode, or how fast they rode. No race reports or product reviews but simply sharing experiences from all corners of the world and all elements of bike culture. Passionate writing, wrapped in a stunning visual package of great art, illustration and photography with all profits going to charity the Ride Journal rocked. The Diprose brothers Andrew and Philip will tell you the beautiful story of The Ride Journal.
Adele Mitchell has enjoyed an award-winning career writing about beauty and fashion for glossy magazines ranging from Just 17 to Marie Claire. These days, however, her love for mascara has been replaced by a passion for mountain biking, and in the last few years she has become a well-known cycling blogger and contributor to Total Women’s Cycling and Singletrack. Adele will be talking about women in the cycling media.
Fangirl or the most knowledgeable person on women's cycling or both ? Either way Sarah is one of the UK’s best known voices in the field of women’s cycling. She is a prolific writer, providing content for a huge number of cycling sites and blogs with an infectious enthusiasm and encyclopaedic knowledge that covers the full range of women's cycling including road, MTB, BMX, cyclocross as well as issues, tips and advice. Sarah is one of the voices you’ll hear on the unashamedly enthusiastic and unapologetically sweary podcast, ‘The Unofficial Unsanctioned Women’s UCI Cycling Show’. Sarah will soon be bringing her knowledge but less swearing to a TV screen near you.
Caren is currently one of the few female frame builders in Britain but she started out studying jewellery and metalwork at the Royal College of Art and worked as a sculptor on large scale public art projects. As a dedicated cycling commuter Caren decided to build her own frame to fit her and to her own specifications. She enjoyed the experience so much that she has taken her skills into the world of bespoke bike building where she is forging an award winning career making beautiful bikes under her Hartley Cycles brand.
Carlton Reid is the executive editor of trade magazine BikeBiz, author of Roads Were Not Built For Cars, and writes for The Guardian, Bike Mag of the US and National Geographic Traveller. He has been writing about bikes for 30+ years. In 1986 he created and co-managed the first British mountain bike team after returning from a two-year bike tour of the Middle East.
The Adventure Syndicate is a collective of extraordinary cyclists who happen to be women and who aim to challenge what others think they are capable of. The Adventure Syndicate are champions, record-holders, award-winners, athletes, adventurers and explorers. They are also speakers, authors, teachers and learners – passionate about sharing their adventures with other people and inspiring them to set out on their own. But inspiration is only the first step. What sets The Adventure Syndicate apart is their commitment to encourage and enable women – and everyone else – to identify their ambitions, overcome the obstacles that stand in their way, and make the most of their talent and potential. This will be done by publishing what they are up to on their website, giving talks, running workshops, leading rides and answering questions. We are all capable of so much more than we think we are. Imagine what you are capable of….now multiply it by ten.
Hannah Nicklin is a writer, producer, game designer and academic specialising in games influenced theatre and theatre influenced games. She makes theatre and games in public, activist and community settings, and has worked with organisations such as The RSC, Slung Low, Invisible Flock, Hide & Seek, Coney, The V&A, Gamecity, Rock Paper Shotgun, and on housing estates, on the internet, in swimming pools, on the streets of cities and rural market towns. She also teaches at places like UEL, UAL and Goldsmiths on creative technology, game design and community theatre. Hannah is also a racer of bikes and a triathlete. Hannah's latest show is Equations for A Moving Body a story about the physiology of endurance - when our brains tell our bodies to stop - and the psychology of carrying on. It is a story about preparing mind and body for a 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles of cycling, then running a marathon. About the people who share that journey with us: family, coaches, friends, ex-boyfriends and the people we swim, ride and run alongside on our journey to the finish line.
Peter has been a member of Otley CC since he was 13 and he is still going strong into his 80's. A keen time trialist Peter is still racing regularly looking to improve his times and believes he has got better since he retired. The proof is in the pudding as at 80 Peter set a national age related record covering 343 miles in 24 hours as well as setting the age related record for 100 miles ! Peter will be telling us how he does this as well as other tales from his lifetime on two wheels.
I hope that you will take this opportunity to join in what promises to be a great, social and inspiring weekend. Come and enjoy yourself, get ideas, be inspired and in doing so help to raise a significant contribution to a great charity in memory of a special person. Thanks