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Video: Lee Gratton Winter XC Race Training

Mar 14, 2014
by Thomas Gaffney  


Lee Gratton is a midlands based rider riding for Trek Coventry in 2014.

Originally coming from a downhill background Lee raced in the British Downhill Series for a few years but never really broke top 10 in the senior category. He didn't have much luck and through the time I've known him he always had always had some sort of problem come race run with punctures and chains snapping which brought his races to an abrupt end. He has also overcome some massive crashes. In 2008 he hit a tree and had surgery on his knee and he also took a tumble breaking his wrist and collar bone late in the 2013 season.

Lee riding in Ft William during a Scotland road trip in 2009.

Lee racing at the Llangollen BDS in 2010.

Despite the setbacks Lee never stopped and in fact found a new love in Cross Country racing. Due to a crash in training last year he had to miss the last 3 races but was so far up on points he was still promoted into the elite category where he will be racing in 2014. This year he has gone all out, dropping his job to part time hours and getting out riding as much as possible and training for the season ahead. He is an absolute whippet up the hills and a monster on the downhills due to his previous background so expectations are high, but I've no doubt he can do really well.

Lee Gratton preps for the 2014 Cross Country series. www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com

Lee Gratton preps for the 2014 Cross Country series. www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com

Lee is always smiling, joking and such a pleasure to be around. Make sure to keep an eye out for him at the UK Cross Country races (you can't miss his socks.)

Lee Gratton preps for the 2014 Cross Country series. www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com

www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com

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35 Comments

  • + 26
 He missed the enduro memo!
  • + 18
 This guy rips...but that bike just looks wrong for the style...it's like the road bike party.
  • + 16
 Now thats how to shred a XC hardtail good luck
  • + 4
 Train with him. He is so quick on the downhill. Natural rider...
  • + 1
 No wonder he looks awkward, he's hitting everything with the seat at full extension. How does he do that?I can't do anything unless the saddle is as far away from my arse as possible.
  • + 3
 He rips but big wheels just look gash
  • + 3
 He could do with eating a few mars bars!
  • + 3
 Nice one lee, great riding.
  • + 2
 There 2/3 clips of him jumping over the fire road but I've not ridden that trail before. Anyone know what it's called?
  • + 3
 Skills
  • + 3
 where are these trails
  • + 4
 Cannock chase monkey trail
  • + 2
 A lot of it isn't the actual monkey trail, but its all around that area
  • + 2
 There's loads of good stuff around the Chase if you just look - some of the runs on this are a stones throw from the Monkey Trail. Literally...
  • + 2
 Been riding there for years and only found the trail with the hip jumps a few weeks ago I should explore more instead of sticking to the marked trails
  • + 1
 The trail with the hip jumps is the 'Blue spade trail', credit to Harry Clark- who runs the Racers Guild at Stile Cop. Salute
  • - 3
 He should be riding Enduro series,looks super awkward on that bike. Riding Cannock and Stile cop tomorrow for first time.
  • + 2
 This is how I picture myself on my specialized hardrock...
  • + 1
 Ive ridden with Lee a few times at Stile Cop and Bringewood and he is awesome on a dh bike.
  • + 1
 Yeah brother glad to see it all going to plan this year So far! Need to get out in a ride soon!! X
  • + 1
 The least 'XC' song ever Razz

Nice vid Smile
  • + 1
 Goes to show XC can and is fun as well.
  • + 1
 good ridin that fair do's
  • + 1
 Impressive XC riding Smile
  • - 3
 Get ride of the lycra and drop your saddle and this would sick. Fair play on a hardtail though!!!
  • - 3
 This dude rips but I 'm afraid I can't see past the lycra/big wheels/narrow bars/high saddle.
  • + 20
 You mean you cant see past the skills required to manoeuvre the bike so well with those 'big wheels', 'narrow bars', and 'high saddle', and the balls required to ride like that with only some lycra to protect you rather than body armour and a full face?
  • + 0
 No not at all, I respect it, the look just isn't to my taste! Haha. Of course I'm sure it works far better for cross country racing so I understand why..
  • - 2
 This dude would tear you a new one on a DH bike. I've raced against Gratton on DH, and he's the real deal on a big rig too.
  • + 4
 Well that's just irrelevant, particularly considering the first thing I said was that he's a sick rider
  • + 0
 I doubt the internet will care until he can whip on an XC bike in lyrca with his seat up. Big Grin
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