Local to Fort William Lachlan Blair has received his Jersey and will be riding in the first ever Junior category of the MTB World Cup at Fort William. He’s 17 and sponsored by Exempt Clothing, Nevis Cycles and Nevis Range.
His mum Lisa, who works in the T-hut at Nevis Range in the winter, was also working at the first Mountain Bike World Cup event at Nevis Range. Lachlan, who would have been 5 at the time, arrived in tow with no option other than to watch the racing. He started off with a XC bike but, since watching the racing at the first Fort William World Cup, he’d always wanted to ride DH so went on to buy his first DH bike a second hand Giant with his pocket money for £500 when we was 11.
He’s now riding DH in the Scottish and British circuits – he was 6th at the Saracen BDS round 2 in Fort William last weekend. Also riding Enduro style races, he won his category in the UK Gravity Enduro – Rd2 Innerleithen, earlier this year and he’ll be riding in the SDA, Glencoe this weekend.
2012 was full of highs and lows for Peaty. Coming into the off season, he was looking for that extra edge, something to get him back on track for the up-coming season…
That edge turned out to be his beloved beard, with a serious growth even God himself would have been stoked on. With his new found ambition, he felt the urge for a sudden epic montage, taking in some of Sheffield’s finest Urban training sights, including everyone’s favourite race food, Nandos.
As you can imagine though, his wife wasn’t best pleased and the kids were starting to ask ‘where’s dad?’, so it was time to tame the beast, by heading into a classic barbers in his hometown of Sheffield.
The off season comes and goes quicker than a wheel size and this year was no exception. Before you knew it, Peaty and the Syndicate were travelling to La Fenasosa Bike Park in Spain, to get some serious test time with Fox Suspension, setting the bikes up for the new season, whist taking in the rest of the Bike Park’s amazing trails and whipping up a storm… At least until one of them crashes hard…