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 will have noticed, I have now also started writing for XCRacer (click here for their site, and here for my bit) A lot of my content will be shared but there will always be more on here, and the shared articles will be here first.
I was supported last season by Mt Zoom, purveyors of fine lightweight gadgets and am lucky enough to have them on board again this year. I am a weightweenie at heart and do tend to get rather excited whenever a new shiny thing arrives.
Another team sponsor from last season who I am delighted to have with me are Bikefood, and the sister company Gymfood. Together they make the perfect combination, Bikefood drinks and gels to keep me going through the races, and Gymfood protein to help me recover afterwards. It has all the benefits of the Bikefood protein but a much nicer taste, although I shall continue with the Bikefood protein for use in cooking and baking, not many rivals one can do that with! As a vegetarian I do have to be careful with my diet and it is nice to find a range of foods that do what they say on the tub and are even suitable for vegans.
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.