Well I've introduced you to my bike so really Id better introduce you to......myself! I've probably done that the wrong way round! Anyway my name is Jez and I'm a bike-aholic. I've been serious about my cycling for about 17years now, and have made it part of my life every step of the way.
I first got into mountain biking when I lived in the south of England at the age of 17. I was really lucky to live in a house that literally allowed me out of my garden and onto national forestry commission land. It was the ideal play ground for a beginner with lots of single track that had been grooved out of the hills from the race series that were often held there. My bike was a bulking heavy beast of a bike costing little more than two hundred pounds. I loved it all the same as it gave me so much freedom from home life. I even started upgrading parts like brakes and the saddle to improve it. I started using clipless pedals for the first time within a year of owning it, (some lovely red Ritchey logics) and I've never looked back from clipless pedals since. Also about this time I took part in my first race. It was a disaster, I abandoned after getting my arse truly kicked in the first lap. It was a hard moment and I was deep down gutted, but I wanted to do it again, and again. It's an obsession I've always had, I want to race, to do well, I dreamt of winning so many times but have never got there and I know I never will. I still love taking part in races, but my outcomes are realistic. Near the back will do just fine!
Who knows, next year I may have a go at 24hour racing again..........I never seem to be able to let go!!