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i think Steve Peats first go at the World Championships  was quite some time back, in 1993 if i remember right, a long time ago. He's been runner up four times, enough to break any mans heart and on top of that he's had some rotten stinking luck along the way but this time the jinx slid off him like water over glass.

The whole show is on over on the freecaster website so you can watch the replay there sometime today, it's a nailbiter for sure. In the meantime this is what he said about being in his mid thirties and still having the desire and motivation to keep racing year after year. Also bear in mind it was recorded the same weekend that he just pulled this incredible achievement off.

Congratulations Steve form all of us at howies, it's been a long time coming kid. Here's a little bio below.


Bad moods get lost in the woods

  • Posted by howies
  • 1 September 2009

Fort William Help

  • Posted by tim
  • 20 May 2009


We are going to the World Cup downhill MTB race at Fort William on the 6-7th June. We need a pair of hands to help on the stand. Some retail experience would be great and a taste for haggis and chips, or in resident Scot David Hicks case, HP sauce on Pizza. 


drop me a line on the blog.

Life is complicated

  • Posted by tim
  • 1 May 2009

Sport is simple. We just finished this little video today, we hope you like it. 


Joe Barnes Toolbox

  • Posted by tim
  • 1 May 2009

I was on the phone to Joe this week congratulating him on his podium finish at the Downhill MTB NPS race that had just happened the last weekend and asked him if he would send me some pics of his van and the contents of it. Joe travels all over Europe every year racing and riding in some incredible places and in some serious events. Here for your viewing pleasure are the young mans travel arrangements. Ghetto is all i will say for now and thanks for getting them to me so quick Joe.







Joe Barnes Rips it up

  • Posted by tim
  • 27 April 2009

howies bike fiend and all round world traveller Joe Barnes got a well deserved 2nd place at the NPS round 1 at AE Forest. He was sandwiched in behind World Champ Gee Atherton and in front of Tom Braithwaite. Well done kid. 

Here's some pics of the lad on his travels....






More Chris Akrigg

  • Posted by tim
  • 21 March 2009

Mongoose/howies rider Chris is out on the springy this time round.


Singletrack magazine have just uploaded all their favorite rides and trail centre info here.

In their words:

We've put together a list of all the best places to ride in the UK, from trail centres to natural trails. Each entry throws up a page of easily digested information designed to give you a flavour of the riding to be had.

We have imported the route guides from previous issues of Singletrack Magazine - complete with nice photos and PDFs of the route maps.

We have information on the types of trails on offer, difficulty, facilities on site and around the local area, links to accommodation and vital spares and even directions and postcodes for your sat-nav.

Our map shows the wealth of options you have when it comes to riding in the UK, so why not step out of your comfort zone, click a pin on the map, or list by region, and get away for a dirty weekend?

Why I Ride

  • Posted by howies
  • 1 December 2008

Why I Ride
I ride my bike for selfish reasons.
I ride my bike so that I am not one of the ordinary people.
I ride my bike for the adrenaline, for the confidence it gives me, to feel empowered.
I ride my bike to be different, as a mountain biking woman you are something of an enigma.
I ride my bike to take me away from being a mum, an employee, old age, to being just me again.

I ride because I can.

Belinda Tarling
9 x National Masters XC Champion
2 x World Masters XC Champion

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