si-paton

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si-paton whitetux's article
Nov 18, 2014 at 14:53
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Video: Riding Scotland Between Races
Dunkeld is a gnarly track for sure, always scared me. Solid riding by Morgan for sure..
Nov 17, 2014 at 3:26
Nov 17, 2014
si-paton geebeebee's article
Nov 14, 2014 at 3:38
Nov 14, 2014
Capturing the Action: Behind the Scenes at the British Downhill Series
Great insight into what you guys do. Those race videos don't just make themselves!
si-paton rachellefrazer's article
Nov 11, 2014 at 9:40
Nov 11, 2014
Share the Ride - One Week In and Riding Strong
I'll be hitting up a secret location in inner city London, UK with a van full of swag to some very grateful kids with the UKs slice of the funds. So please dig deep all my UK brothers and sisters.
Nov 11, 2014 at 4:34
Nov 11, 2014
Nov 11, 2014 at 4:33
Nov 11, 2014
si-paton mikekazimer's article
Nov 8, 2014 at 3:25
Nov 8, 2014
Now THAT Was A Bike - 1991 Alpinestars Ti Mega
So we need: Geometry figures. Price from that time. Relative price today taking into account inflation. Even more retro articles please!
si-paton rachellefrazer's article
Nov 4, 2014 at 15:02
Nov 4, 2014
Share the Ride is Back for 2014 - Donate and Win
After taking Share the Ride to Birmingham in the UK I'll be hitting up another UK destination that is a well worthy cause.
si-paton mikelevy's article
Oct 31, 2014 at 1:06
Oct 31, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: What Do You Want to See in Videos?
Behind the scenes documentRy style clips with interviews of the background of the events skimming over the mechanics of how the event came about. Plus more interviews with the riders, team managers and mechanics.
si-paton laurenjenkins's article
Oct 26, 2014 at 14:30
Oct 26, 2014
British Cycling will not back Enduro for 2015
BC have recently announced that for 2015 they will not be insuring Enduro events here in the UK. In Spring this year BC stated that they would not allow any new Enduro events to appear on the BC calendar under their insurance. Those with a crystal ball would have realised at that exact point that there was 'Trouble at mill'. No matter how much you dress up Enduro, bottom line is that it's racing a number of timed stages on courses that are predominately downhill. This is exactly what the insurers, lawyers, health and safety and any Judge or Coroner in the land will class the event as, "Downhill". You start at the top and finish at the bottom with a bit of pedalling in the middle. Especially when they find out that a number of tracks used in Enduro events were similar if not the same to those used for downhill races several years ago. Therefore they will expect all organisers to follow the guidelines laid down by the National governing body that is British Cycling. BC we can guess would wholly agree with the above paragraph. After all if you are asking BC to insure your event you will have to abide by their rules and regs. If not the insurance would be null and void. You can only imagine how much BCs insurance has increased in recent years with this sue culture it seems we are adopting. If they open themselves up to litigation then at some point in time they will be no more. Please do not think that Downhill and the BDS is getting off lightly. We are increasingly under the microscope and will have to ensure we go above and beyond the regulations. I wholly believe Steve Parr and the UKGE team are leading the way for Enduro here in the UK and I wish them every success next year. In the meantime, please don't blame or attack British Cycling on this decision. They are wholly supportive of all forms of cycling. I guess we just have to understand their hands are tied on this matter for now.
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