In our travels we sometimes come across riders who enjoy our type of riding and have more time than us to write about their adventures.

These inspirational and hardy individuals take our bikes and put them through their paces in races, events and personal challenges around the world, providing great feedback about what works and what doesn’t.

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Adventuring since the age of 18, Scott took off cycling across France with little more than a couple of Ortlieb panniers, a Trangier, paper maps, some youthful exuberance, plenty of naivety and some luck. This forged his desire for 2 wheeled adventures, chasing cols and wild camping spots. Having bikepacked in numerous countries worldwide, raced 12-hour solo and mtb stage races, not without mishap or the odd sticky situation, he is still very much engaged in exploring new routes and riding events. Adventures aren’t always about being ultra for him, often heading off for micro bikepacking trips and finding them just as rewarding.

When Scott isn’t out pedalling, he’s helping others to get the most out of their riding, as a physio and clinical bikefitter. He practices what he preaches too, with regular strength and conditioning sessions to help avoid injury and maintain performance on the bike. ‘It’s not all about the bike’ he says!

Supported by Gore Wear, Rotor Components, 9th Wave Cycling

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Paul lives with his partner in the North of England and is a big fan of US long-distance dropbar gravel events such as The Dirty Kanza 200. So much so that he now organises many off-road drop bar cycle events in the UK. Paul rides his Shand Stoater and custom Shand Stooshie often in different experimental component setups.

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As well as being a fabrication guru at Shand, Stu is also one of our brand ambassadors and the creator of the Badger Divide, a 200 mile route from Inverness to Glasgow. Clocking up an average 15,000 miles every year on his many bikes, Stu is the perfect test bed to help us develop prototypes and evaluate new componentry. Stu rides 12 months of the year, all over the world, even through the snow and ice of a harsh Scottish winter, where he changes to studded tyres. He really gives our bikes a hard time, to ensure they perform perfectly for our customers in all weathers.

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