I have been racing bikes for just over a decade and have finally found my niche, Solo 24 Hour racing. This is my story.
As I am sure some of you know I have been writing for XCRacer for the last few months but I am now delighted to announce that it has been made all official and I will be a member of the team for the 2014 season.
The details of all of the team riders can be found on their website. I know most of the team already, and am really looking forward to working with them, they are all thoroughly nice people. There are also a couple of new (to me) faces, Katie and Paddy, let’s hope they don’t show me up by beating me too often!
Along with a new team come a variety of sponsors, old and new. Scimitar clothing have the title role (oddly enough the full team name is XCRacer/Scimitar).We will also have excellent support in the vital area of food and drink from the lovely chaps at Torq, and I am very pleased to be able to continue my association with Mt Zoom, I have been with them since 2011 and have been using a variety of their gadgets and gizmos both on and off the road. I am a weightweenie at heart and do tend to get rather excited whenever a new shiny thing arrives. And last but no means least we have Exposure Lights, watch out for them at the European and World 24hrs and the Gorrick 12hrs.
However, as always with exciting new things something has to give and so it is after three years I have to say a fond farewell to Dave and co at Bikefood. Thanks again guys, I really wouldn’t be where I am now without you.
Where did the name Crasher come from? As I am sure some of you know once you have a nickname you are stuck with it. When I first started riding road bikes, back in 2003, I was riding them like I would ride my mountain-bike, going into corners far too fast and generally throwing them around. However, it quickly became apparent that one cannot do this all the time and expect to remain upright and so Gavin christened me Crasher, a name which has stuck ever since. I do have the occasional mishap which seems to reinforce this association in people's minds - breaking my seat-post and falling off a turbo-trainer for example, riding into the back of a parked car and smashing the window or breaking my trophy at the club dinner, things which I'm sure everyone else does all the time too but since I am "Crasher" they do seem to get noticed more...
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