Wednesday, June 24th, 2020
Skelmersdale; for a region with few official hill’s let alone mountains, there is a quality crop of riders coming out the area. With Tommy C pedalling the tales of the Merseyside/ Lancashire locals, Team CRC-Nukeproof team Manager Nigel Page helping to inspire the next generation of riders and the recent addition of not one but two bike parks, Skem locals have every right to be stoked right now. Nigel has always been keen to give opportunities to riders that haven’t had the break that potentially their talent deserved, step up Antony Hale.
Ant came to mountain bikes a little later than most (starting racing at 22, he’s now 25). A youthful career as a promising Motocross racer has given him a stacked skill set. However a depleted bank balance and injuries shattered his dreams of a career of an MX racer. The switch to pedal bikes was a logical move, a little more economical, easier to wield a spanner at and they fit into that back of the car. It was all about racing from the start and over the past 3 years has seen him rise to the top of the time sheets in downhill and enduro. A chance meeting up the local with Nigel Page led to him demonstrating his speed, moto style and motivation (plus his insane love for the back wheel!).
As Nige Put’s it:
“I only met Ant about a year ago up the local with tons of mad scousers having a great time riding bikes and getting filmed by Tommy C. Ant is a really genuine nice lad that absolutely lives for riding anything with 2 wheels.
His passion for riding is so infectious weather it’s on the DH bike, Enduro bike, mini bike whatever, he just has so much fun and you can see it in his riding. Apart from being keen to ride he totally has the skills in my opinion to get to the very top of the sport and his drive and determination will help. He also hates loosing which is another trait you need to be a champion.”
Nigel really related to Ant’s situation and character and was keen to offer him an opportunity to see where that can take him. In late 2019 we agreed to support his step up to the Expert category in the UK National Downhill with a bike, components and Ridewear. Over the winter and start of the year he’s also spent a lot of time riding with our athletes. With an MTB legend in your corner like Nigel is going to be excitign to see where he can go in the sport.
Unfortunately the season of racing was put on pause for obvious reason. Just before “lock down in the UK”, Ant acquired a Mega 290c and a Reactor 275c off Nigel and started digging with Tommy C for an edit.
Now with green shoots starting to show in the health situation, Ant met up back up with Tommy to welcome himself to the team, Skem’ Style.
Follow Ant’s going on here: @Ant_Hale_MTB
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