We don’t just sell bikes at Halfords – we ride them, too! This month we caught up with Paddy who works at our Kidderminster store to find out what he gets up to when he’s not at work!
Paddy is sponsored by Halfords for his riding, and he’s also in training to become an assistant manager.
What do you like about your job?
“The role (cycle technician) is perfect for me- being able to have jobs that require some thought and planning really gets me going. I also like the fact that I’m the problem solver; any issues in the area and I’ll be on the phone talking my colleagues through their difficulties. I got into cycle mechanics through my riding and racing over 10 years ago now.”
Why do you love cycling?
“I love riding just full stop. It is the best way to release tension and clear the mind. It’s a very solitary sport; completely independent, you, the bike and the hill and this naturalness is what I enjoy. What I really find addictive with regards to downhill is the speed and adrenaline rush that you can get.”
“I have a little motto that is very applicable to my riding: “You feel most alive when you’re almost dead”. Quite dark and deep, but very meaningful but I find it’s very apt for the sport!”
What kind of cycling do you do?
“I ride everything other than road. I started my cycling career dirt jumping, and then took up trials riding for two years. Trials really influences my riding style: hopping and gapping obstacles on track rather than ploughing through the main line.”
“Throughout this time I rode downhill and trails on a hardtail, teaching myself line choice. It wasn’t until the end of my first year at uni where I got my first ‘big’ bike. Now it unleashes all types of carnage on the hillside while racing downhill!”
How often do you ride?
“I try to ride as much as I can. If I’m not riding, I’ll either be building trails or in the gym training.”
Taken part in any races recently? Any on the horizon?
“Last year I graduated university with a 2:1 in Product Design and Innovation, and not much racing occurred because of this! But this season has been my biggest and best, with the last race I was at being my best result with an overall of 11th at Fort William for round three of the Scottish Downhill association.”
“Next season, I’ll be competing in the BDS, Pearce series and a few IXS European rounds to try and progress into the expert category for the following season.”
Any words of wisdom for other cyclists out there?
“You’ll never know your limits until you go past them, so push and push hard!”
Check out the video to watch Paddy in action! Inspired to hit the trails? Check out our range of mountain bikes here!