Adventure sports & mountain photographer, mountain biker, filmmaker, and your host for the evening...
Like many adventurers, professional photographer Dan Milner has a perverted bent for tough, unforgiving places. His 30 years of hauling a mountain bike through some of the world’s most remote and demanding locations - from Afghanistan to more recently Ethiopia - in search of trails has put him on the map as one of the world’s most experienced and respected bike adventurers. To some he’s a Jedi knight of bike expeditions, living the adventure dream, while to many that have seen his films, he’s more like an idiot abroad. Either way there are few mountain bikers as qualified to present this evening’s collation of mountain bike adventure films and talks.
andy & aneela mckenna
Andy and Aneela, have many a story to tell about their bike adventures in Scotland...
Aneela loves riding her Roubion. She’s passionate about getting more women into the sport and finds nothing more satisfying than seeing other women ride harder, stronger and most importantly gain confidence and value their skills.
Aneela’s favourite saying tells a lot about her outlook:
Andy’s a dedicated (hairy) mountain biker and has been since the mid 80’s, spending far too much time pouring over maps, exploring the mountains of Scotland and beyond. Turning his passion for two-wheeled adventure into a successful mountain bike guiding & tour business, Andy’s an experienced mountain bike guide and gets onto the hills as much as he possibly can!
Doctor. Writer. Speaker. Photographer. Adventure Cyclist.
Like most decisions of great consequence, Stephen settled on a plan to cycle the length of six of the earth’s continents in a pub, beer in one hand, mini-atlas in the other.
For six years, from 2010 to 2016, the Stephen pedalled across 75 different countries, clocking up a distance of 86,209 km (53,568 miles) by bicycle. From the baked deserts of Syria and Afghanistan to an outstandingly untoasty Mongolia mid-winter, Stephen dodged landslides and leaping camel spiders, was detained on suspicion of espionage in China, towed a rollerblader across Uzbekistan, contracted dengue fever (and the urge to tell everyone about it), survived blizzards, tropical storms and volcanic eruptions, marvelled at his own spiralling dishevelment, began a relationship with Ol’ Patchy – a personable inner tube, and survived both a run-in with a gunman and the marauding hoards of school children armed to the milk-teeth with snowballs in Kent.
Meet the author
Author of Bikepacking:
Mountain Bike Camping Adventures on the Wild Trails of Britain
BIKE PACKING takes you on an off-road adventure, cycling and wild camping some of Britain’s most beautiful hidden trails and ancient trackways. Laurence McJannet sets off to find the 30 finest multi-day rides our island has to offer. From easy city-escapes with the family to epic trails in the Scottish Highlands, this ultimate adventure guide is filled with inspiring stories.
Laurence McJannet is a writer, explorer and father of three who cut his teeth in Beirut before forging a career in cycle journalism, interviewing Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre and British cycling legend Chris Boardman. He is a regular contributor to publications including What Mountain Bike, MBUK, ProCycling and Cycling Plus and makes cycling maps for Sustrans. He now lives with his young family in Somerset, runs a custom bike building business and is establishing a vintage cycle cafe near Bristol - the UK’s first designated Cycling City.
We're not going to give everything away but suffice to say, we've selected the most exhilarating bike films around showcasing the very best of outdoor filmmaking.
Throughout the evening you'll have the chance to win some fantastic prizes from our sponsors, Ortlieb, Bombtrack, Sidetracked, Cranked and Kendal Mountain Festival.
Seat packs and handlebar packs from Ortlieb will be up for grabs...
Bombtrack will be giving away one stunning bike frame:
In today‘s world of high modulus carbon fiber and complex hyro-formed aluminum there is something about the clean and classic look of a steel frame that will always appeal, and not only to the purists. Being made from Reynolds 725 tubing, the Tempest has slim and clean lines synonymous with a classic steel frame but in an entirely modern design. Due to the inherent dampening characteristics of steel, the frame offers more compliance, making the frame effective in transferring power but also supple, for a comfortable ride. The modern road geometry avoids being too extreme, so the shorter rear end and head angle make for a comfortable and dynamic ride giving the confidence to carve through any corner.