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29 October 2020

Introducing – Harry Griffiths

It’s exciting times here at Pedal Progression as we welcome two new Staff members to our team. Having already heard from Phil, here’s a bit from Harry about what makes him tick.

Tell us a bit about your background:

My dad first introduced me to mountain biking, riding on the chalky bridleways of the South Downs. Quickly after that, like many people I started building jumps out of bricks and planks of wood and have been hooked since. I grew up riding Rogate Bike Park and various secret trails dotted around the woods.  Having finished school, I went to university in Southampton before moving to Whistler to chase the dream of riding bikes and skiing. Doing this for a year made it clear to me that I wanted to pursue a career in the bike industry, leading me to where I am now. Alongside riding, other sport has always been a big part of my life.  I rowed at a national level at school, and played rugby in both my school and university days.

What’s your favourite place to ride and why:

It’s a long list. Whistler Bike Park for A-line laps in the Fall is incredible. Squamish, as it has anything you could want riding wise with a cool town to compliment it. Mount Prevost on Vancouver Island for pure speed. And of course, Triscombe for some old school English downhill.

What do you get up to outside of work:

More riding. It depends on my mood, but often I’ll get out on my road bike as it’s a great way to cover ground and a good excuse to drink coffee. I also enjoy writing and spend time writing articles, again, mainly about bikes. Outside of bikes, playing with my dogs and seeing friends is a great way to spend time.

Most memorable day on a bike:

A few years ago my Dad and I were riding from coast to coast on the Tim Woodcock route. The first few days through the Lakes were in near constant rain and featured some seriously tough riding. One particular day sticks out. It took us close to 2 hours to cover a few kilometres due to sinking into boggy ground every other step. To add insult to injury, a river crossing  followed that was a lot deeper than expected due to the rain. This meant that already wet feet were now soaked and didn’t dry for the rest of the week!

Any goals for the coming year:

Coming in 2021, I want to get some enduro races under my belt and carry on exploring by bike. I enjoy riding almost any type of bike and am not adverse to big days in the saddle so ultra endurance events also interest me.

 

Phil Simpson

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Phil Simpson