Video: Martha Gill Bashes Mucky Ruts on Slick & Slimy Trails

Mar 25, 2021
by Tom Caldwell  

One soggy day back in December, I headed out with Martha into what I thought was going to be a gloomy, wet woodland where my camera struggled to see anything. It was wet, I won’t lie. But, it was actually quite a picturesque spot with some pretty cool corners and trail features, albeit a very slick and slimy day. The freshie switchback ruts she’d cut in were prime and a credit to her digging skills.. and ability to then ride them and have a right old laugh at the same time.


Images for Microshift project with Martha Gill. Photos by Gerry Paddock.

Martha and the steed on her home turf, ready to open it up down the moorlands.
 Sadly stolen not long after this shoot, god damn bike thieves. 


Images for Microshift project with Martha Gill. Photos by Gerry Paddock.

Grit your teeth and hold on, because you will inevitably get grit in your teeth. Just behind where this shot was taken, Martha struggled to stop on trail after going out of shot and nearly fell a good 30ft into a boulder filled river bed.

Images for Microshift project with Martha Gill. Photos by Gerry Paddock.

Proper mucky. Martha is running the Advent X mech and shifter from Microshift along with wide range cassette. Seems to hold up really well with the UK grit and grime.



Images for Microshift project with Martha Gill. Photos by Gerry Paddock.

Pinned through the lower woods. We had budding young Gerry Paddock along to help out on photo duty, younger brother of World Cup and YT photographer Isac Paddock.



Images for Microshift project with Martha Gill. Photos by Gerry Paddock.

And back up to the top for more soggy runs.. you have to be prepared to train in all conditions round these parts..



Video / Words - Caldwell Visuals

Photos - Gerry Paddock


32 Comments

  • 19 0
 Flying Martha! Proper talent
  • 14 0
 We need to come up with a name for sloppy muddy edits, something akin to shredit: sloppit, medit? hum...? Excellent edit, btw.
  • 4 0
 'Shwetdit'? Too close to Schweddy Balls?
  • 3 0
 Britslop? Smile

That vid was rad.

The lady at the end, "do do doo, just going to pause here and pretend I didn't walk into a video..."
  • 2 0
 Bredit
  • 8 1
 ahhh a break from 600 dollar E shifting. Thanks Martha for the muckit/sloppedit/sloppit and some good riding. Hope to see you and Bex collaborating with the Top Chief soon on some mucky sloppy edits.
  • 8 1
 Martha is sick! I wonder if UK riders feel the same way about the Northern California dust as I do about the UK mud??......just doesn't look that fun and I really don't like washing my bike.....
  • 2 0
 I can't speak for the UK mates/gals but I used to live in the south of Chile where it rains constantly the whole year and even a whole week in the winter so muddy conditions are something really common. Some time ago I moved to Santiago and it took me quite a while to get used to the infamous “antigrip”, I never really cared that much about having to watch my bike every day, I guess it’s something you just assume and don’t pay that much attention.
  • 4 0
 Up there every weekend for as long as I can remember due to restrictions. It's made me appreciate it a hell of a lot more too! Martha making it look easy as usual lol.
  • 5 0
 Martha energy and vibes are top. Keep it lit and fun like always
  • 5 0
 Winter in the UK looks like character building season
  • 3 0
 and bike destroying
  • 3 1
 Cool! Martha is pretty rad! If I had Microshift gear, I could have been riding all week in Sydney without an issue it looks like.
  • 4 0
 Stoked on Martha Gill and mud.
  • 4 0
 Watched her ig videos. She's talented!
  • 4 0
 Martha is a beast.
  • 2 0
 awesome riding Martha. Nailing those corners.
  • 2 0
 Slickity slurpin sundays
  • 1 0
 Interesting to see Martha takes that left-hand line in Wilderswood.
  • 2 0
 Mad cornering skills
  • 1 0
 Fleosc Fleosc
  • 1 0
 Mint.....zooming along
  • 1 0
 sick
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