Used to manage a WC team - but after having my bank account drained to zero (and then supplementing this with money I had to spend the next three years paying off) I saw the light and now just pleb around the industry.

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gavind devinci's article
May 12, 2016 at 0:11
May 12, 2016
Tragic News - Stevie Smith Passes Away
I only met Stevie twice when he was just coming up. When I read this yesterday I was with my son and he saw that I was upset by it. We seem to have lost so many good people the last twelve months. The young fella asked what was going on and who Stevie was and after I finished explaining he looked at me with the wisdom of a 10 year old and said, "why don't you go for a ride, dad? It is what he would do, I think." To his family I express my deepest condolences.
gavind vernonfelton's article
Mar 14, 2016 at 23:29
Mar 14, 2016
Orbea Loki 27+ H-LTD - Review
I would think as you are the only one who mentioned it trolling belong'em you...
gavind Odigrips's article
Mar 7, 2016 at 15:27
Mar 7, 2016
Grip It and Whippet: In Memoriam of Kelly McGarry - Video
Balling my eyes out. Made me miss rides with my whippet - - a Great Dane is just no good on a trail.
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Mar 7, 2016
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gavind mdelorme's article
Feb 24, 2016 at 2:44
Feb 24, 2016
The Tracy Moseley Interview
Absolute legend signing off the way she wants to - awesome stuff.
gavind davidarthur's article
Feb 2, 2016 at 22:39
Feb 2, 2016
Ragley Blue Pig Hardtail - Review
Likewise,here. And perhaps I worded my last post poorly, Thom, because I agree with your sentiment, I have never been able to take some sections of a trail on a HT as fast and hard (or long) as I could on a FS. Problem is day in, day out I see blokes on the trail who couldn't ride their way out of a car park plowing through shtml with all the control of a moose on ice skates. They hoot and yahoo and tell you what an awesome trail it was, but riding behind I see the only thing between them and a fall is the grace of a 160mm safety net. No, this is not everyone, but it is too many folk. If these folk learned to ride first on a bike that teaches you not to cock up, maybe they could ride their new FS to the bikes actual ability, rather than their on limited one.
gavind davidarthur's article
Feb 1, 2016 at 17:10
Feb 1, 2016
Ragley Blue Pig Hardtail - Review
'So as for steps from gokart to F1 I only take masturbation and sex Smile All the best.' After all this, now you go and make me laugh when I just fucked my shoulder (again!)... You ar evil Waki, EVIL!!!
gavind davidarthur's article
Feb 1, 2016 at 11:38
Feb 1, 2016
Ragley Blue Pig Hardtail - Review
No - you didn't read...or maybe the whole English as a second language thing got in the way. I never said FS makes you a worse rider. I said that jumping on a 160mm travel rig without learning basic techniques and thus plowing through lines, blowing through the travel on small jumps etc etc is not going to set you up to be a good rider as well as learning these basics on a bike that will not forgive such errors. Waki, I have no doubt you are a good rider, and training properly with coaches on a FS will achieve this - but 98% on those who but buy a mtb will never see a coach or 'train' in the way that training is meant to be done. This means, like most sports (and yes they are compatible - the fact you can't see that shows the level of ignorance you have in terms of coaching and physical skill development) progression paths are present and available. Historically, those riders who have achieved at the highest levels in our sport have followed a progression from HT (and box and DJ) to FS. On a HT there is no 160mm (or more) get out of jail free card. If you can not read a line, position your body correctly, take a drop, use your legs as shocks and clean ou landings...well you get flogged. I have nothing against FS, I only don't own one at the moment as I sold my meta am to do a new build and did not have the money to do two. You keep getting angrier and angrier, Waki, so go have a ride, champ. Like many, I enjoy your rants on here.
gavind davidarthur's article
Jan 31, 2016 at 21:53
Jan 31, 2016
Ragley Blue Pig Hardtail - Review
You don't actually read what people write, do you Waki....?
gavind davidarthur's article
Jan 31, 2016 at 4:37
Jan 31, 2016
Ragley Blue Pig Hardtail - Review
I think you are being a little disingenuous when you say the F1 comment was a joke, Waki, but I will take you at your word. As for the rest of what you said... the term gormless dill comes to mind. The MX comparison is perfect as again there are clear levels of progression in motorcycling that involve a change in equipment. Very very few riders start out riding 400cc machines - most progress from smaller bikes.. The reason we start all riders off on smaller motorcycles is so they learn. They learn body position, braking, jump technique and track position all without a fucking great engine. Before you say "but they are kids, so the bikes are smaller', look at road bikes and see how we do this now in most countries too. Learners start on 400cc- 600cc bikes and can progress only after a given time. Take martial arts - and this is near and dear to my heart as I swapped from Judo several years ago after competing at a fairly reasonable level to Crav Maga. Now I started these new sessions with a fellow bunch of newbies, and yet four years in I have reached a high level and they have all fallen behind. Am I some ultra fighter? No - horseshit I am. It is because I have the basic understandings of body position, weight transfer, stance, vulnerabilities of an opponent... the things that form the basis of any combat. You put words into my mouth, Waki - I did not say that riding a HT makes you a better FS rider. Riding a FS makes you a better FS rider... I agree - but riding a HT makes you a better rider. You will not be a complete rider without mastering both (and BMX and dirt jumps and unicyle.... very fucking Zen I know) Thanks for the suggestion of the dirt jump bike, BTW, but you are assuming I don't already ride BMX and the odd bit of jumps. Yes - I am old, but I am flexible and bounce very well :) I think part of my disagreement with you is the fact that you talk about coaching and teaching and learning, but I don't think you actually understand these things. As I have coached I feel I speak from experience, but your comments suggest that you do not.
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