"There’s flow if you know exactly what you’re doing and how to find it. The Derbyshire Dales are not somewhere that rewards laziness.."
- Aiken C and Kelly–Jane M. @aikendc
In other places we’re amazed by how quickly you can kick a trail in, but it requires serious effort here. There’s no dirt; it’s just rocks on top of rocks with some air gaps.
Eventually, you get down to the golden, a little cacheé, but then you’ve got to ship it up in a bucket to where you need it. To get enough dirt for the landing of the rock-roll in the clip, we had to ferry it up in the winter. 1 in every 3 buckets you’d slip over in the snow.
It’s quite North Shore-y here, just because it’s so janky. In winter it’s borderline dangerous, but in summer I might ride it without knee pads – once I’ve landed it I’ll ask myself why I just did it. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not knife-edge, put-one-front-wrong type riding, but it’s super tight and to hit it right and fast, you’ve got all these sharp, pointy rocks to navigate – there’s nowhere nice to crash.”
ASSOS of Switzerland got local riders Aiken C and Kelly–Jane M to spend a season riding in the brand new Steinbeisser Trail Rain Jacket. Known primarily for its premium road riding apparel, ASSOS has developed this advanced rain jacket using their road-proven softshell but have adopted a whole new cut and panelling for going off-road. Think MTB helmet–hood compatibility, drop tail, looser fit for shredding and breathability for the climbs, see a video explainer below:
Mens - http://bit.ly/STEINBEISSER
Womens - http://bit.ly/STEINBEISSER_woman
Video / Nico Turner
Riders / Aiken C & Kelly–Jane M
Photography / Phil Gale