Nukeproof Wild Weekend At Graythwaite PMBA Enduro
Weekends don’t come much more epic. Last weekend saw the Nukeproof squad to assemble ahead of the start of the international season. The Location; Graythwaite, Lake District for Rd 1 of the PMBA Enduro Series, part of the UK National Enduro Series.
Like many of us, our athletes had been chomping at the bit to get back between the tape and all the fun that comes with that. There seemed no better excuse to assemble in the beautiful English Lake District for a weekend of wild trails and camping. Joining us for the weekend was: Team Chain Reaction Cycles Kelan Grant (along with his rapid chauffer and camping partner Greg Callaghan) joining his Wigan’ese Team Mate Elliott Heap. From the Pro’vateer/ independent/ rouge racer ranks we had local lakes legend Adam Brayton (who despite a few days stay in the NHS’s finest establishment earlier in the week couldn’t not help himself but race), Meg Whyte (on her new stunning Mega- more on this soon), future youtube sensation Ant Hale and young welsh pinner Cai Grocott (who got stuck in the UK bank holiday traffic, so missed all of practice and raced blind). Unfortunately, illness took out one of the flock before the weekend with Katy Winton not able to join up this time (She’s thankfully better now though).
And what a greeting we got.. Some of the finest set of nibbly, tech stages this side of Windermere (kudos to the trail builders) and a weekend of weather with the UK spring/ summer finally getting its act together. A stacked field of both local and international talent made for some fierce competition too all perfect to get the race nerves bubbling again. Kelan Grant, back racing in his first event for nearly 2 years (missing last season with injury), battled a few “minor issues” to take fastest senior and a strong 4th overall. As for the rest of the squad, they battled some “major issues”, but like any good racer had some fantastic excuses why they didn’t top the time sheet (caught the person in front, forgot how to ride, my dog eat it, punctures, hugged to many trees, liked the feel of the dirt on the floor so rolled in it). The athletes are super competitive, so not winning always hurts a little, the weekend was worth so much more than a result. A great weekend together as a team, just having a laugh with mates and getting the competitive bug lit ahead of the season ahead, there a good bunch of humans. Thank you to all the customers we meet going around, incredible and a little humbling to see so many Nukeproof product out on the stages. A huge thank you to Kev and his whole team of helpers, trail builders, marshals and medics who made this fantastic event possible, we will be back for the next one!
Winner of the most luxurious of motorhomes in the squad – His beautiful mid 00’s Japanese imported BMW 5 series estate complete with full Ebay single mattress sleeping quarters and 100% blackout tint, was Tommy C who was on film making duties which you can now witness (We expect to see the BMW on MTB cribs very soon Tommy).