23 March 2009

Some photos from the 1980s

ThreeThree great photos 'from the archives' here from Flickr - all from a user called Fleming2009 (I think I should know what the first name is but it's been on the tip of my tongue for ages!)

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17 March 2009

Three interviews in one: Bontrager, Jebb and Gould

Tim Gould's three-peaks-specific interviews are hard to come by on the web - the era of his doiminance pre-dated the digital age, but this page of interviews from rouleur magazine gives three in one - two dominant winners Gould and Jobb, and a seasoned and respected 'name' of cycling Keith Bontrager.

Read the article here.

My favourite quote is from Rob Jebb, whose tale he told at the 2008 Three Peaks podium still makes me giggle...

When I was about 14 I was watching the race at the summit of Ingleborough on my bike, supporting Fergy, when Tim Gould came running towards me with a bent wheel. He noticed I was on my bike and asked for me my wheel. I said no, as I didn't know how I would have got home with a bent wheel. As Tim ran on he was swearing at me for not having given him the wheel – I didn't really think anything of this but the marshals on the summit were not impressed that a Peugeot professional swore at a youngster and reported him the organiser, John. John made Tim write a letter of apology, which I've kept to this day. In the letter, he said that he hoped the incident would not deter me from riding the Three Peaks in the future!

13 March 2009

Nick Craig and his monster 3 Peaks training ride

Great story here that I read a while ago about seasoned campaigner and former winner Nick Craig. Nick's renowned for his MTB marathon prowess, but riding the current existing section of the pennine bridleway in a day is very, very impressive.

I rode a 35 mile section of it a few years back when i worked for the Countryside Agency (the best work day ever - 'testing' waymarkers by trying to ride it without a map !!!) and I was wasted after the experience. Nick's attitude comes across brilliantly in this excellent article.