Wheelie Bike Shop Race Team

February 18, 2018

 

Have a read and find out more about the Wheelie Bike Shop riders!

 

Rhys Barter (@_rhys_barter20)

 

When he's not making rad edits in the Welsh hills Rhys will be racing at various downhill races this year in the Junior category. Don't blink otherwise you'll miss him!

 

What bike(s) do you ride?

Nukeproof Pulse

 

Where's your favourite place to ride?

Cwmbran run by Cwmdown uplift service.

 

What are your aspirations for the year?

Some good results along with some good memories.

 

If money was no object what bike would you buy?

A Nukeproof Pulse by far the nicest bike I've ridden.

 

If you could ride with anyone for the day who would you choose?

Not sure

 

 

 

 

Nick Lester (@nicklesterrides)

 

Nick is a man who loves to tinker with his bike and get his setup perfect before hurtling downhill! Give Nick a follow on Instagram to see what he's eating and where he's riding!! Nick will be in racing in the Masters category.

 

What bike(s) do you ride?

I ride a 2017 YT Tues CF Pro and a 2015 GT Sanction.

 

Where's your favourite place to ride?

I love riding at Tidworth. Nowhere has helped me progress my riding like that place and the guys that run it are really good people. I also like riding at Windhill and FOD.

 

What are your aspirations for the year?

My aspirations for 2018 are to race the Root 1 series again, Conquer The Cliff and possibly try my luck at some nationals too. I'd love to better my 4th overall at the Root 1 Series and I'm a little more realistic about my chances at a national event LOL.

 

If money was no object what bike would you buy?

Honestly if money was no object I'd stick with the same DH bike. The YT is insanely good, it inspires so much confidence and is really progressive. I can't fault it. If I was to change the Sanction I'd be tempted with a new Capra based on how much the Tues impressed me, but I also really enjoyed the test ride I had on a Bronson too, so maybe I'd look at one of them.

 

If you could ride with anyone for the day who would you choose?

I'd love to ride with Peaty he's been a hero of mine since I was about 14. I think a day with Bryceland and Loosedog would be pretty amazing too. To be a bit less patriotic, I don't think you'd go wrong with a sesh with Vouilloz or Barel either!!

 

 

 

 

Alonso Barbour (@alonso_dh8)

 

Alonso can often be found perfecting his skills at Aston Hill Bikepark with Firecrest coaching. Alonso will be racing in the Juvenile category.

 

What bike(s) do you ride?

2018 Saracen Myst Pro

 

Where's your favourite place to ride?

Revolution Bike Park

 

What are your aspirations for the year?

To come on the podium at a national race, win a Pearce race and come top 10 in the International Rookies Cup

 

If money was no object what bike would you buy?

Pivot Phoenix Carbon

 

If you could ride with anyone for the day who would you choose?

Phil Atwill

 

 

 

 

Christian Georgiades (@chrisgeorgiades28)

 

Christian loves getting out and about on his bike with his trail dog Rocket (@rocketdog28) and is always trying out new camera angles! Christian will be racing in the Youth category.

 

What bike(s) do you ride?

I ride my 2017 DMR Sled

 

Where's your favourite place to ride?

My favourite place to ride is Peaslake in the Surrey Hills, it's nothing huge but it's near home and has a great vibe.

 

What are your aspirations for the year?

This year I want to ride in many different countries.

 

If money was no object what bike would you buy?

If I could buy any bike, that's a hard choice, currently I love the Trek Session 9.9 but if I could have one bike it would be a Pivot Firebird.

 

If you could ride with anyone for the day who would you choose?

If I could ride with anyone for a day I would choose Loic Bruni, he is so fast but makes it look so easy and inspires me to ride fast.

 

 

Michael Maiden (@michaelmaiden) - Team Manager

 

It's pretty difficult running the shop full time and trying to race all over the country but I love it! 

 

What bike(s) do you ride?

I ride a Santa Cruz V10 with Fox suspension, Burgtec cockpit and Sixth Element carbon wheels. She's a stunner!  I also ride an enduro bike for mucking about in the loam but I haven't quite decided what bike I should get to replace my current one.

 

Where's your favourite place to ride?

I love riding at the Forset of Dean as it is very natural but you're able to carry loads of speed even when it's wet. I really want to go back to Hopton in Shropshire as the track they used for the 5th BDS in 2017 was my favourite trail I've ever ridden and I'm keen to try the other trails there.

 

What are your aspirations for the year?

I would like to get a top 10 finish at a national race this year and I would also like to try and get good results so that I can be selected to represent Great Britain at World Cups next year.  

 

If money was no object what bike would you buy?

My V10 is my dream bike so I wouldn't really want to change it, but I would like to try either a V10 29'er or the Intense M29 and see how they compare to my current bike. I also want to try the Mondraker Summum and see if the Forward Geometry works for me. So basically I want a truck full of all the best carbon downhill bikes!!

 

If you could ride with anyone for the day who would you choose?

Definitely Greg Minnaar as he's just so cool. What I find super interesting about him is how he is also a highly successful businessman and I would like to know how he has managed to grow his businesses and his riding simultaneously. 

 

 

 

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If you have any questions or would like to be involved with the team then send us an email:  info@wheeliebikeshop.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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