Journal

  • Local Riders Q&A - Tom Newton

    Known in the cycling world as Crosby, Tom Newton was an elite and international rider in the late 1990’s in to the 2000’s, he rose rapidly through the junior ranks and quickly progressed on to the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) now British Cycling’s academy. He competed in many pro and u23 international races throughout the world but called time on life as a full time athlete aged 22 after a measly manner of existence on the French circuit. He now lives in Sheffield with his Wife, Jo and daughter Annabelle. It is here he rediscovered his love for the...

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  • Not So Local Riders Q&A - Carlos Verona

    Carlos Verona is a Spanish cyclist who currently rides for Etixx-Quick Step. Whilst on holiday in Lucca, Italy, my good friend Bruno Schooling managed to ride with Carlos and persuade him to answer the Mamnick local riders questions. His answers are below. Big thanks to Carlos (and Bruno) for his time and co-operation and Etixx-Quick Step for providing images.  As a racing cyclist, which results are you most proud of and why? At the moment I have limited myself to work for others so I have not had so many chances to ride for myself and get results. If I have...

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  • In Conversation with Camille McMillan

    I first came across the work of Camille McMillan when I saw Le Metier, the book of ex-Team Sky rider Michael Barry. A full season in the world of a pro-cyclist. The images stood out to me, as it wasn’t your usual ‘sports photography’. How the pro’s prepare, behind the scenes images, have always interested me. It's as close as some will get to being on the 'inside' of the sport and images of this ilk I've always found interesting and inspiring.  There was something different about the details and aura of the images that Camille captures that were different to what...

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  • 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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  • Local 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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