Monday, 1 December 2014



I decided that it was time to get my arse in gear, biking gear that is, as over the past year I have

been building up Joe's Bikes and had very little time for riding my bike or anything else else.
It has been an eventful year, the bike shop has been a challenge but something I have thought of
trying to do for many years, it may be many years before it is how we want it but it's work in
progress, but definate progress.
The shop has been a destraction that has stopped me from doing some things I would have liked
to do, such as last years Santa Cruise, I like the idea of doing something at Christmas to put
something back into the community, and it is the perfect way of doing it, a bike ride with your
mates to make you feel like you have finished the year on a positive note.
I did feel sad that last year was not possible and didn't happen, last year I did too much, worked
too hard, burned too many candles at both ends, so I had to take what little time I had off to rest.
In past years I have asked people to turn up with selection boxes, chocolate etc and swap the
booty for a festive beer, a raffle ticket and a smile, in return the chance to ride with my legendary
mate Steve Peat is on offer and after the ride a raffle served up with a bit of a laugh and a joke.
This years format was similar but the problems with donating chocolate, a food stuff to the usual
places was getting to be more of a problem so a change in tack was called for.
Me and Steve chatted a little about the subject and my suggestion was that we did something that
was a little closer to home. Last year was a strange one with friends coming to grief after riding
accidents offering up life changing situations so this would be the direction to aim our fund raising.
One of our friends in a predicament is Michael Bonney, we need to remind ourselves of how good
life is sometimes and over the last year I have often thought about Michael, his situation is a
unique one to say the least, and has frequently made me think how lucky I am.
It was decided, this years S|anta Cruise was for Michael, it was a bit last minute dot com but
most of the best things are, a few texts and phone calls got me and Steve in the same place at
the same time and we were on.
We all congregated in the car park at Cannock Chase at 9:00am we had 2 vehicles full of bikes,
bodies, beer and raffle prizes, sounds like mtb heaven, friends, bike industry profs, racers and
fans chatted and we all had a group photo. A few brief words by myself about why we were all
there was all the reminding we needed to have fun.
I found myself leading the pack through the trees over the cobbly trail quickly followed by my 12
year old son Ross on a big Higball carbon, Sandy Plenty was snapping at his wheels on his Nomad
but Ross was holding his own, we got out to our first stop and I emailed Steve my photo of the 70
strong group of riders, a short time later two and a half thousand likes had been posted with a
variety of comments made.
We had a girl called Sarah join us for the first part of the ride, it was her first ride since having a
bad accident on her bike earlier in the year, Steve made her day by signing her book and taking
time out to talk to all her family.
It was nice to see so many of my Joe's Bikes customers turn up and ride, it reminded me how
many fantastic Santa Cruz bikes I have helped people with and how beautiful they are.
The Chase is a bit tight between the tree's and bar size has gone balistic recently so the new
Joystick bars on the Tallboy Carbon I was riding meant It was close between trees, a wheelieand
turn of the bars tactic was soon employed to avoid loss of palm skin or fingers to bark.
There was a lot of banter on the trail and we had some laughs, there were a few stunts and a few
falls but nothing too serious, an Elvis tribute act from Bolton dislocated hid finger and Andy Appleton
dumped his brand new Bronson scuffing it a little and he bent his brake lever, I felt for him.
We got back to the car park and congregated around the van for the Raffle, I had all sorts of prizes,
John Chennels from Orange also donated Nathan Rennie's Santa Cruz Syndicate race kit from a
few years ago, very generous, i decided to auction this along with some of Steve's books and a dvd.
The raffle was a great success and the auction good fun with a bit of banter and some joking around
but we raised some good money, I would say how much each thing raised but would not want to
incriminate anyone, the names have been changed to protect the inoscent, but thanks guys, they
know who they are.
Packed up and ready for home we went off seeking the most welcoming looking pub we could find
on the way home, lots more swapping of stories and talking about the big French and English
mustard debate with farmer Jack was a fine finish to the day, a good meal a few beers and Coka
Cola's for the drivers made the journey more bearable and a quick count up on the way back in the
van gave us a total of £640 raised, not a bad days work.
I hope it goes a small way towards helping Michael, and thanks to all the kind people who donated
on the day, I'd also like to thank Endura who donated some clothing and 2pure who donated a POC
helmet, cheers Naythan and Chris for helping me with that.
Last but not least I'd like to thank Steve Peat who is always generous with his time, without him it
would not have happened, I look forward to doing it again next year, Cheers, see you there.   

                                       But finally Remember.......... Ride for Michael

Some photos available on instagram @joesbikes and @stevepeat 

No comments:

Post a Comment