Name: Jim Hart
Sport: Mountain Biking / BMX racing / Paddle Boarding / Surf
Based in Poole, UK.
I spend most of my time riding the local Mountain Bike Trails, BMX tracks or on the water on my paddle board. I have come from a Mountain Bike and BMX race background, first competing in my early teens in both local and National Downhill and Four Cross events. These days I still compete but more for fun and fitness than podiums – although it is always nice to collect the odd bit of silverware for the trophy cabinet! I am lucky to be surrounded by a great network of friends who enjoy the outdoors and the same stupidity at the weekends.
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How long have you been in the sport for?
I started riding bikes seriously at the age of 13 and entered my first race about 18 months later. It’s scary to think that was 23 years ago – I’ve never really grown up!
Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully still being fit enough to keep pushing my personal boundaries, riding and racing bikes and pursuing my passion for the great outdoors.
Who inspires you?
One of my best mates and Kitvision team mate Rob Webb – man that dude’s got style on a bike!
What has been your biggest achievement and biggest fail to date?
That would be completing the 2018 Megaavalanche, which is a downhill race that starts in deep snow at the top of a mountain in resort of Alpe D’Huez in France.
Biggest fail? Breaking my bike on the second day and having to rent an absolute dog of a bike in order to keep riding!
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into your sport?
Riding bikes isn’t easy at first and crashes are common, make sure to buy decent safety equipment and keep at it. One day it will all click into place and you will progress naturally and quickly.
What are your favourite and worst parts of the sport?
My favourite part has to be the people; your riding mates quickly become a second family. Friends are always there to support, to laugh and to help if things go wrong and they often end up being friends for life. The worst part I would say is the bike cleaning and maintenance, which means constant cleaning in the dark after a wet and muddy winter ride!