28/03/2017 - Brand Ambassador Ben Gerrish

Ben Gerrish

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An update from our Brand Ambassador, Ben.

This weekend was most definitely the first taste of the summer to come. The plan was to get out and take some photos of two groups of walkers out on a Wonderful Wild Women social, up and over some classic Lake District peaks. The obvious method of transport... bike!

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A leisurely start with both groups sauntering up the gravel track to the mines. Mid climb they split for the low and high level groups, I tagged along with the high level group to start. Bike on shoulders, all the usual bemused stairs and "aren't you meant to ride that, mate!" comments from passers by.. But the sun was glowing and the hard pack snow was getting less icy and easier to manage so we plodded on.

After shooting the walkers on the way up and getting the obligatory summit shots I set off on my own adventure. The snow was deep, and as I've mentioned it was getting softer. If I wasn't on my wild women documenting mission I would never have chosen this particular route, but always keen for an adventure, I journeyed on.

Cotic Rocket

The quickest way to catch up with the second group was seemingly an unridden (for me) path, that cut extremely quickly through a LOT of contour lines. But I was up for a challenge. After not really testing the Rocket's climbing ability on the way up as it was on my back for the most part, it was nice to put it through its paces on the way down. The riding was full on, techy, steep and wild. It put the Rocket through its paces but I came out with some serious arm pump and a massive grin on my face after losing a few hundred metres in what felt like a few minutes. This brought me, with pin point precision, to the meeting point with the second group, a few more snaps then a fast speed tuck back down the gravel track to the pub. A pint of Consiton Bluebord in hand whilst I waited for the walkers to return.

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