We Ride, You Ride: Meet Ben from We Ride’s Mountain Bike Holidays & Coaching…
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3. Day job?
MTB Coach and Guide.
4. What was your first mountain bike?
It was a lilac Saracen Kili Flyer with Suntor groupset, full hardtail and rigid forks, I loved that bike.
5. What bikes do you currently own?
I have a Whyte G160RS which is simply an awesome machine, Whyte19 Steel single speed, OnOne45650B and a Nukeproof Pulse DH bike.
6. What are your favourite trails around Rossendale?
There’s so many trails in the area that I love to ride but when you’re in the mood for steep climbs and rocky descents you can’t beat Lee Quarry. It offers a variety of trails and makes for a great place to coach riders too.
7. What is your favourite album or artist?
The Stone Roses.
8. What was the best gig you’ve been to?
Missed out on seeing The Stone Roses the first time around so I made up for it last year and finally saw them and it didn’t disappoint.
9. What’s your current tipple of choice?
I love real ale but my easy go to beer is Black Sheep.
10. Why do you ride bikes?
I have ridden bikes for over 25 years from when the sport first emerged in the UK and it’s simply part of my daily life and I would be lost without it.
11. What does Northern Grip mean to you?
Fun, old friends, new friends, bikes, music and beer!!
12. What are you looking forward to most at this years festival?
Meeting new people, talking bikes and drinking some beer.
13. What else, besides bikes, are you interested in?
In the winter my thoughts turn to snowboarding but only for a couple of weeks then I am back to bikes.
Join WeRide and discover the best mountain bike adventures that the UK & Europe has to offer.
Like us, they like to think that being on your bike is about as good as it gets when exploring the great outdoors – muddy trails, forest path, long descents and crisp autumn mornings are pretty hard to beat!
Whether you’re going it alone, playing out with mates or thinking of a family adventure, they’ve just the thing for you. And, it doesn’t matter if you only have a day to spare, or a whole week!
You can book on a number of coaching sessions during the festival. There’s three courses available on Saturday and Sunday but places are limited so head over to WeRide and get yourself booked on one of them.
The sessions will be run in Lee Quarry and the surrounding areas with full course details provided on booking.
If you book a follow up course with WeRide, we’ve sorted you out with a £10 discount off the full day course. Sweet right?
Check out their website to see all the courses available – https://www.weride.co.uk/