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Golden Summer

Stories

​To celebrate the Golden Summer and the good vibes warm weather brings, we have spent some time catching up with a handful of individuals from various walks of life.

​From swimming to bike packing, we will be updating this page over the course of summer with some inspiring stories from the heart of our community. ​

Gravel Riding to Escape - Chris' Story

Having left the army in 2012, Chris turned to road cycling as a means to keep fit and find some headspace. He raced competitively and the focus on his performance was a natural transition for him, but the enjoyment began to wane.

In 2018, his friend Danny took his own life and Chris embarked on a charity gravel ride in his memory. This switch to gravel has reignited his love of cycling as he now focuses on enjoying his time in the saddle more than his average normalised power.

Road Cycling with Purpose - Greg's Story

Having moved to England from Nigeria at the age of 10, Greg quickly fell in love with cycling. Later in life, that passion for the bike was renewed when he began commuting to his job in the city, sometimes riding 80km before sitting down at his desk in the morning.

During lockdown, Greg and his friends arranged Zwift Zoom rides to keep their morale up, and always ensured they ended their rides with a coffee, cake and a decent chat. When lockdown lifted, he was massively enthused by how sport had reclaimed his city of London.

Now his message is simple - get out there and do it - no matter who you are - sport is for everyone.

Social Trail Running - Kemi's Story

While studying at University in Nottingham, Kemi decided to destress by going for a walk. Once she returned home, the thought occurred to her; how much quicker would it be to run? And so, she started running for the first time since childhood. In the space of just one year, she had joined every run club in London and completed her first marathon.

In 2018, Kemi was invited on a trip to Chamonix, where she fell deeply in love with trail running. Instantly hooked, she began to look into local trails, regularly making the short trip to Box Hill with friends. As with many people, the restrictions of the COVID enforced lockdown put paid to many of her goals.

Now, with the world opening up a little more, Kemi is most looking forward to teaming up with her run crews and getting back out on the trails she loves so dearly. This is Kemi’s Golden Summer.

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