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Podcast: Trash Free Trails – Best Environmental Initiative, Singletrack Reader Awards
When we chatted to Dom Ferris of Trash Free Trails before the Singletrack Reader Awards voting opened, he had so much to say that we couldn’t bring you all of it or it wouldn’t have given any of the other finalists a chance! But as it happens, Trash Free Trails were the runaway winners of this award, and with good reason. Their movement has gathered support from across the industry, and it’s about much more than just keeping trails tidy.
So here it is, the full length chat we had with Dom. Congratulations again to everyone involved with Trash Free Trails for winning the title of Best Environmental Initiative in the Singletrack Reader Awards, sponsored by Kona.
Tweed Valley Trails Association – Best Trail Stewardship Initiative
It might seem like a mountain biking paradise in the Tweed Valley, but that’s thanks in large part to the volunteers of the Tweed Valley Trails Association that keep the trails open and running for so many of us. You nominated them your winners of the Best Trail Stewardship Initiative award, in the Singletrack Reader Awards, sponsored by Kona.
Join us in this podcast with three of its members to discuss how they got going, the importance of trail associations, and where they – and the industry – needs to go next.
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Making Up The Numbers: Benoît Coulanges and Emilie Siegenthaler
In the last two seasons Benoît Coulanges has jumped from the world’s top 30 into the top 10 & is now a podium threat at every race. Along the way he’s pocketed a silver medal at the 2021 World Championships & the 2020 & 2021 French national titles. In this episode, his first ever podcast, George and Jack find out just how he did it. Also joining them is one of the most loved riders on the World Cup circuit, Emilie Siegenthaler. Emilie announced her retirement from World Cup racing at the end of the 2021 season with 6 x Swiss national titles & 16 World Cup podiums to her name.
Emilie Siegenthaler Gallery
Emilie Siegenthaler performs at UCI DH World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 10th, 2019Vali Höll and Emilie Siegenthaler in the Startgate at Crankworx Innsbruck Dual Slalom June 17, 2021Credit: Red Bull Content Pool
Benoit Coulanges performs at UCI DH World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia on August 15th, 2021Winners at UCI DH World Championships in Val di Sole, Italy on August 29, 2021Benoit Coulanges seen at UCI DH World Championships in Val di Sole, Italy on August 29, 2021Benoit Coulanges performs at UCI DH World Championships in Val di Sole, Italy on August 29, 2021Credit: Red Bull Content Pool
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Best Use Of Lockdown Winner – Daren Austin OBE aka TiRed
Daren Austin OBE, known on the Forum as TiRed, is the winner of the ‘Best Use of Lockdown’ award in this year’s Singletrack Reader Awards, in association with Kona. He has spent the past couple of years patiently explaining complicated Covid information to people on the Forum, while at the same time doing some very serious bits of work at national policy level to help inform the Government’s response to the pandemic.
When he was nominated for the award, we had a chat with him for a short podcast. Only, he had an awful lot of very interesting stuff to say, which couldn’t all be squeezed in to the 10 minute slot we had for each of the nominees. So, we’re publishing the full length version now, so you can appreciate a bit more about just how complicated all this Covid science and forecasting is. For those who have wondered why the Forum is so often the source of surprisingly expert information, it’s because it’s made up of lots of individuals like TiRed, who come to the Forum because they like bikes, but bring with them a wealth of knowledge from other areas of their lives.
Congratulations again to Daren for winning this award, and thank you for his (continuing) contributions to the Forum.
Most Outstanding Human – The Finalists
We’re revealing the Finalists in each of the Singletrack Reader Awards 2021 categories. Thanks to all of you for your nominations, and to our awards sponsors, Kona Bicycles. Here’s who made the cut for the Most Outstanding Human.
Whose work has really changed your point of view? Who always seems to be busy doing something else for the good of someone else? Who would you like to take 5 minutes out of their days of giving to others to give a pat on the back?
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We’re not sure when she sleeps or eats because Aneela’s palmares is so long it seems more than enough for a lifetime. She’s the Scottish Parliament’s Equality Officer, a mountain bike guide, Juliana ambassador, co-founder of the FNY Collective (a not for profit organisation empowering women on bicycles), Board Member of MissAdventures (a collective formed to increase participation of young girls into mountain biking), she runs Mountain Lassies Women’s Camps (women’s MTB trips by women for women), founder of the Mòr Diversity widening participation in cycling programme, Board Member of Tweed Valley Trails Associationand Co-Chair of British Cycling’s new Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group. You probably need to pause for a breath now, and perhaps you’d like Aneela to take a moment and enjoy a moment of recognition for a life filled with giving people from all walks of life a chance to enjoy mountain biking.
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The cool as a cucumber Australian has taken an interesting approach to professional cycling of late and mixing up his World Tour calendar with ‘alternative’ events. If you haven’t seen any of his somewhat inspirational achievements on the internet we urge you to take a look. From the Unbound 200 gravel race to GBDuro’s alternative Land End to John o’ Groats route with the Three Peaks Cyclocross in between; you’ll soon find yourself inspired to get out there and take up a challenge. Earlier this year Lachlan pedalled the entire Tour De France route, including all the transitions, to raise more than £500,000 for World Bicycle Relief – and due to a knee injury, he did a fair chunk of it in flip flops.
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Best Use of Lockdown – The Finalists
We’re revealing the Finalists in each of the Singletrack Reader Awards 2021 categories. Thanks to all of you for your nominations, and to our awards sponsors, Kona Bicycles. Here’s who made the cut for the Best Use of Lockdown.
Who made the most of the quiet hills and downtime? Did someone add new trails to a trail centre? Did someone set up a cargo bike delivery service, or a bike rebuilding service? Was there some enormous bit of cycling street art, or a video series that made you smile? Tell us which lockdown project gets your vote.
Rob Belsom – The STW Zwift guy
What happens if you shut a bunch of mountain bikers indoors? Do they tidy their garages? Replace their drivetrains? Service their forks? Apparently, they ride Zwift. Much to everyone’s surprise, Rob’s organisation of the Singletrack Zwift racing league became a highlight of many a rider’s week. It was a little off-brand for Singletrack, in that it was very professionally run, complete with carefully calculated handicaps, prizes, and race series results. On brand however, was the atmosphere of friendliness and fun. As the discussion on the thread shows, people found that their fitness improved, and they came back week after week to keep those improvements coming. What Rob thought might be 15 people at the most has become a regular turn out of 50 riders, and there’s a regular debrief/excuses session on the Forum afterwards. It’s not a mountain bike ride with the pub afterwards, but it does a great job of replicating that social feel. Thanks Rob.
Aoife Glass started the Silverstrange Sessions during the first lockdown. They were a series of daily interviews, held using Instagram Live, around lunch time. As well as choosing a broad array of interesting guests, Aoife made the interviews a bit different to the usual format, making them feel like intimate and free form discussions or chats between friends, rather than a structured interview. The platform also allowed viewers to join in, asking questions or giving feedback on the discussions. The result was three months of daily interactive content on a wide variety of topics. Aoife is now working to build on this with her new Spindrift podcast, so tune in there if you enjoyed her style.
More properly called Daren Austin, OBE, TiRED brought sense, science and clear explanations to the Singletrack Forum in the form of his contributions to the Coronavirus Discussion Thread (Originally started with the title ‘Where’s the Coronavirus We’re All Going to Die Conspiracy Thread?). He batted back conspiracy theories with data, qualled panic with analysis and reassurance of more data, and was open about the unknowns that we faced. Without Daren’s input, the thread would have been a much more argumentative place, but his input encouraged measured and reasoned thinking, thoughtful questions, and insightful answers. He’s already got an award from the Queen for his work on Covid – perhaps she is a secret Forum lurker who found reassurance and comfort in his posts?
To help you learn more about these three great finalists, we’ve got this podcast for you.