Journal

  • Our Makers // Pat Helliwell

    I feel proud that the majority of the Mamnick Inventory is made in England. It allows me to share stories like this about the people we work with. The Hibell and Ecton shoes are made in a small family-run factory in Derbyshire, a forty minute bike-ride from my home in Sheffield. The 'closing' lady's name is Pat Helliwell and she has been working there for over 50 years, only having a break from the boot factory when she had her family. Pat has lived in the village all her life. Closing boot uppers is the traditional process of sewing the individual leather pieces together to form the upper....

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  • Local Riders Q&A with Tao Geoghegan Hart

    My favourite poem is by Charles Bukowski. ‘Roll the dice’ it’s called, and if you don’t know it you should go and read it. It may not change your life, but it could certainly make you think about it.  The opening lines are a doozy.   ‘If you’re gonna try,  go all the way,  otherwise don’t even start.’  When I think of Tao Geogheghen Hart, a guy I first met as an ambitious 15 year-old, and have seen develop into one of the best U23 riders on the planet, I often think of that line. Tao is a kid who...

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  • Getting Past the Front Door.

    I only ever think, ‘there is no way.’  In the dark, in that first pre-dawn moment, it’s the first thing I can articulate. But it doesn’t come from nowhere, it’s an answer; an instant riposte to a question that to me seems so ancient that it doesn’t even have to be formed. It is the same question I have asked myself every day for the last twenty years, a question that is so much a part of my psyche that by virtue of just opening my eyes it has already been posed.  Am I going to go cycling today?  And...

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  • Do one thing at a time; as beautifully as possible.

    Do one thing at a time; as beautifully as possible. I heard this advice 15 or 20 years ago from a Buddhist monk. I would like to be able to say it was in some exotic, remote Tibetan monastery, but it was in Hathersage just outside Sheffield. (I say that as a Sheffielder. Perhaps a Tibetan would prefer to hear poetic pearls of wisdom in Hathersage.) Regardless, it’s the most eloquent expression of the idea of living life in the moment that I know of; the idea that one of the keys to happiness, fulfilment and enjoyment is to commit...

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  • Locals Riders Q&A - Mike Cuming

    Mike Cuming is a professional racing cyclist currently riding for Rapha Condor JLT. He was born in Macclesfield and started riding at the age of 15 with his local club, Macclesfield Wheelers.  At Condor-JLT he has been developing into one the countries top riders, winning some great races including the National Under 23 Road Race in 2012 and the Tour of Korea, following in his dad’s footsteps (David Cumin) to be one of three British riders to ever win a national tour.  He is also an avid Liverpool FC fan!    As a racing cyclist, which results are you most...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Ed Clancy

    Ed Clancy's talent on the bike spans across both road and track disciplines. He is the current reigning Olympic and European team pursuit champion and in the London 2012 Olympics, he claimed a bronze medal in the Omnium. Born in Barnsley, Ed is a four-time world champion (2005, 2007, 2008 and 2012) and twice European champion (2010, 2011) in team pursuit; he also won World and European titles in Omnium (2010 and 2011 respectively). He is currently riding road for Rapha Condor-JLT. As a racing cyclist, which results are you most proud of and why?Two olympic golds from Beijing and London are...

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  • Local Riders - Tom Stewart

    Tom Stewart started mountain biking at the age of 14, not racing, just riding. At 16 he got his first road bike and started training with his first club, The Doncaster Wheelers.After completing his A-levels he moved to Whistler, Canada for a year where he worked as a bellman in a hotel and spent the year skiing and mountain biking. At 19 he moved back to the UK to start a masters degree in Civil and Structural Engineering at The University of Sheffield. Tom's first proper season road racing was in 2012 under the guidance of local riders Dave Coulson and...

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  • Not So Local Riders Q&A - Lachlan Morton

    Most people know Lachlan as the young Garmin Sharp neo-pro who in 2013 broke out - Winning a stage at the Tour of Utah and leading the US Pro Cycling challenge for three days as a mere 21 year old kid. But ask Lachy and you’ll find out he isn't too concerned with that. Lachlan isn't your standard, 22 year old kid, or your orthodox pro. Riding his bike for the places it can uncover and the people you can meet along the way, success in the World Tour is only really a by product of that. In December last year,...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Malcolm Elliott

    Malcolm Elliott is the most well known local pro rider around theseparts and is the 3rd most successful British male professional cyclistof all time (based on the number of wins in top international races;ranking above Bradley Wiggins and Tom Simpson). Malc's professionalcareer lasted from 1984 to 1997 and then from 2003 to 2011 when hemade a comeback to domestic racing.Born in Sheffield and an honorary member of Rutland Cycling Club, Malcwas the winner of the green points jersey (and three stages) at theVuelta de Espana, 1989. Other major wins include the Milk Race,Kellogg's Tour of Britain, National Champion and 3rd...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - David Millar

    Perhaps it's not entirely correct to include David Millar in the Local Riders series, but he did once live in Chapel en le Frith which is good enough for me. Ever since I started following cycling, Millar always seemed to be a guy who was just as stylish off the bike as he was on it, which always appealed to me.  He has won four stages of the Tour de France, five of the Vuelta de Espana and one stage of the Giro d'Italia. Millar is the only British rider to have worn all four of the TdF jerseys and...

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