Living in the same town as Ben Reid (Newtownards) and have been working for 11 years with his dad Johnny who was an engineer at my place of work, I think it is about time that I put something about this dare devil on the projects website. Ben came along at one of my first ever fundraisers held in Ards about ten years ago (jersey auction) and introduced by his dad, I always gonna be grateful for this, little did I know then how popular he was in his chosen off road discipline. Retiring as a pro rider a few years ago and since been a team manager for his Propain Dirt Sixpack World Cup Team. 5 years after his last video edit and with little to no time on a bike since he is now back on the big screen and whipping up a lot of dust and smoke! With his DRIFT skills in the legendary 1994 Peugeot 106, he could have competed alongside Ken Block! But he also shows on the brand new Propain Spindrift that he hasn’t forgotten anything on the bike and is still one of the most stylish riders. This video is just mental, exciting and amazing and is becoming viral in the world of MTB and the off road section of our beloved sport. I only can wish him good luck in the future and hopefully we can meet up again in the near future..Here the video and Ben’s own words about his new venture..chapeau my friend. https://youtu.be/B9sd-ZcBU1M
Rider – Ben Reid (report below)
Video – Miles Mallinson & John Lawlor & Photos of Pinkbike & Propain websites
For me it was the best thing to hear that even though I manage the team they still want me to follow my passion and get out on my bike. It was cool for them to step in and help me with any team stuff they could so I could set aside the time. Since my last World Cup season in 2013 I pretty much had to turn my back on any sort of 2 wheeled action to focus on running the team so I was a little nervous to get back on a bike, never mind have someone film it. After Andorra World Cup I drove the truck to Morzine for 2 days riding and blew out some cobwebs then got stuck into filming a couple of weeks later in Morgins and Les Carroz.
Even for the fittest of riders these are tiring days of hiking and riding fast and with only the fitness you get from sitting at a laptop for the last 5 years I owe a special thanks to Ben Siri (team road manager) and Andy McCullough (friend) for helping carry equipment so myself and Miles Mallinson (filmer) could make the most from the short time we had on the hill. Cheers to John (the eyeball) Lawlor for doing an awesome job on the intro as well.
A special thanks also to the new Spindrift, she was an absolute joy, all I had to do was steer and lean! Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for my trusty old Peugeot Ten Six, that yoke handles like a boat!