Some of my oldest friends in the UK are the immensely talented and infinitely wonderful Diprose brothers. I first met Phil and Andrew at SSUK'06 in Hamsterly Forest, and struck up a rapid friendship. I then joined them for a rather epic Dunwich Dynamo - 120miles from London Fields to Dunwich Beach, Suffolk overnight - which I rode on an old Holdsworth 27" I was running fixed with a moustache bar... The weather was grim, the punctures were frequent, feet up descending was wild - but friendships for life were forged. We became frequent ride buddies in and around London, most often heading to the Surrey Hills for off-road blasts from Dorking station.
When they started the seminal Ride Journal and were looking for contributors and advertisers I unhesitatingly said yes. Likewise when they started the amazing event which is North London Dirt. So it was a no-brainer when they asked if I wanted to be involved in their latest project - Superstore Wilderness. The precept of which resonated closely with me. As we grew older, had families, and subsequently less time - whole day sojourns to the hills became less feasible. As we live in largely urbanised areas - our best opportunity for getting away from the four (and six, and more) wheeled death machines, and to feel a little dirt under our tyres, is to seek out the little back alleys, laneways, cut throughs and frankly illicit trails which skirt the conurbations in which we reside. Phil and Andrew have become masters at finding the best of these makeshift routes in and around London - depicting these stories a beautiful way was a natural for them.
I hope you've enjoyed the group ride out to celebrate these lesser known paths of London - or if not, have found some inspiration in the printed publication. As a little thank you for being part of this growing and constantly evolving riding scene, I am happy to offer you a 10% discount on any in-stock Singular product - just use the code 'wilderness10' on checkout.
If you somehow got to this page without having seen the mag - you can buy a copy here
All photos courtesy of Tom Hill @24Tom