Journal

  • The Round of Kinder Plateaux

    The majority of Yompers leave Edale village by way of Grindsbrook. On the 16th December myself, Andy Mac and Pat took the same path at 0712 and headed up the Pennine Way highway. In winter conditions the hillside of Grindslow Knoll is probably the most popular ski-slope in the Peak District. On this day, skiing would have been possible.  Our route lie North-West near the head of Crowden Clough. Black ice was underfoot, our speed was probably a-third of normal pace. We looked for and found 'wool packs' or 'The Mushroom Garden' or 'Whipsnade', depending on what you like to call it and...

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  • The Colours of The Outdoors

    More than any other country in the world, the UK has proudly played a prominent role in the innovation of waterproof and outdoor fabrics. This is probably due to our textile industry, our geography and climate. Some of our National Parks, like the Peak and Lake District, as well as Scotland are known for being very wet. While both mountain sports and sailing need waterproof clothing, hiking and cycling generate sweat from more energetic motion, this sweat can chill the wearer. Rain is only part of the problem, if accompanied by wind and low temperatures, conditions can get pretty serious.  In...

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  • The Story of DARK PEAK

    In late 2016 Mamnick and Albion got together to discuss a possible collaboration between the two brands. That collaboration was realised in late-November 2017.  During this time I took my 35mm camera and documented the trip to the factory in Italy and to the final shoot in the Dark Peak with model, Matt Tucker.  All images were made using a Yashica T4 with out-of-date Kodak Ektachrome stock (click on the image to enlarge). 

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  • The Independent Mind - Part 2

    “The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.” AA Milne   Perhaps geniuses and prodigies are born knowing how to think for themselves, but most of us have to learn how. And unfortunately many never do. Perhaps it’s because they never had the right teacher at school or met the right friend to show them. Or perhaps because thinking for yourself isn’t easy. To think properly requires an understanding of the subconscious...

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  • Yomping and The Independent Mind

    YOMP is a term used by the Royal Marines to describe a long distance march carrying full kit. It is thought to come from the acronym of Your Own Marching Pace. It is in this sense that it reflects the Mamnick ethos to do things your own way. Dressing, bike riding and thinking are Mamnick’s main interests. Here is a brief Yomper's guide to each. Dress your own way “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” Orson Welles Street fashion tribes have been around for a long time. Teddy Boys, Mods, Rockers,...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Alex Howes

    Alex Howes is an American pro-cyclist who is currently riding for UCI world-tour team Cannonade-Drapac. Born in Denver, Colorado Alex turned full-time professional in 2012 and has completed all three major Grand-Tours; the Vuelta (2013, 2015) Le Tour (2014, 2016) and the Giro d'Italia. (2017)  Many thanks to Alex for talking the time to complete the Mamnick 'quiz'.  As a racing cyclist, which results are you most proud of and why? My two stage wins in Colorado (2014 & 2017) are probably my two favorite results. The feeling of winning at home is just amazing and both had absolutely wild crowds. Which...

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  • 42.21 by Tom Southam

    Forty-three nineteen. Krabbé’s twenty was clean as a whistle. Tim Krabbé – The Rider   Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. One day in March 2005, I was out training with a group of Spanish pros near Madrid. It was a fairly decent group; there was David Plaza, from my team, Pablo Llastras from the team I always think of as Banesto even though it hasn’t been Banesto since 2003, and the great Pavel Tonkov.   It’s always cool to be riding with senior professionals when you are a young pro. But while most guys are just pros...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Neil Phillips

    Neil Phillips hails from Cornwall and has been living in London for over 8 years. He has been road racing for Kibosh for a couple of years and is “pretty average” by his own admission, which is rather humble considering some of his other bike-exploits. The Kibosh team doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously, with its witty #youaintprobro hashtag you may have seen on Instragram.  Neil has ridden the Transcontinental Race twice; once as a pairing with Timothy France finishing as first pair also, coming second in the solo category the next year - finishing with a time of...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Joey Walker

    Joey Walker is a local rider with a bright future. Son of local cycling legend Chris Walker, Joey has been working hard over the years with a set of local development teams and has been part of the British Cycling Academy. After tuning his race-craft riding with RST and the BCA (with some excellent results) this year Joey signed for Team Wiggins.  I once read in another interview with Joey that he likes “smelling nice aftershave” - a pretty interesting way to spend your free time!  As a racing cyclist, which results are you most proud of and why? I’m most...

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  • Local Riders Q&A - Ray Hosler

    Ray Hosler is the author of Bay Area Bike Rides, which has been in print by Chronicle books since 1990. He was the weekly bicycle columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle from 1987-89. Prior to that he was an editor at Runner's World magazine. A life-long cyclist, he rode his bike to work nearly daily for 45 years. His cycling reached new heights when he worked at Palo Alto Bicycles in 1979 and started riding with Jobst Brandt in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He has ridden in France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Thailand and the Philippines. It gives me great pleasure to...

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