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Share the Road: Jess and Josh

Share the Road: Jess and Josh

Interview with Jess Duffy and Josh Greet by Tayler Rae Dubé


JESS

I got into cycling because...

FREEDOM! I can't drive and going to University in London meant getting the hot, overcrowded tube everywhere. Once I started riding around, I realized how much closer things really were and it was a great way to explore and meet people in a new city. Getting out on the bike more really helped me sort my head out when going through a rough time, giving me time to think things through and still feel productive in some way. Then it just sort of snowballed from there as I got more and more involved in all things two wheels. Through cycling I have been given some great opportunities to travel, work with good friends and create things that I just wouldn't have had otherwise. 

What's the best part about riding with Josh?

He is really laid back. No ride is ever too far or too hard and he always wants to get out on the bike despite how hard he has been working or racing. He takes everything in his stride and even when he's had a bad day or is suffering from a niggling injury, he will never dwell on it and is always looking forward to the next adventure. His enthusiasm for riding never runs dry and he always does things his own way, no matter what other people think - I respect that enormously. 

What have you learned from riding with Josh?

Embrace the suffering. Ride your bike more. Don't over think things or take your riding too seriously, sometimes the rules are there to be broken. Oh and pace yourself on a long climb because he's going to come zooming past in those last few hundred meters. Grrrr. 

Favorite cycling destination?

Catalunya in Spain. It's such a cliché with so many pros living out there but the riding is incredible. There are mountains, scenic lanes and coastal roads all within a short distance of Girona. The town itself is beautiful, especially the old Jewish quarter with it's many restaurants, cobbled streets and cathedral bells ringing at all hours. The warm weather and the friendly people just add to the great atmosphere when you are there. I can't wait to go back.

When we aren't cycling together we are usually... working on cycling events, photographing stuff or designing kit for various people. When we're not working, we are pretty boring and mainly spend our time eating, watching geeky movies or going for walks in the woods! It's hard to strike the balance right with training, racing and work - I think we're still figuring that one out to be honest. 

Favorite local bike shop?

It has to be SBC Cycles, a relatively new shop in London set up by my old work buddies Jamie and Mark from Tokyo Fixed and Kinoko Cycles. It's full of awesome NOS parts, independent brands and crazy builds. They both have great taste in music so the vibes are always fun too. Support your LBS!

When there is a sale at... the garden or DIY store I buy everything. I rarely spend money on anything other than bike parts, travel or food but when I do have some spare cash, I like to buy little things for our place. Planting green stuff or building something always makes you feel good.

My ultimate goal is... to help develop and grow women's cycling in whatever way I can especially in the South West, where we live now. There are so many talented and overlooked riders here and it's so inspiring to watch them grow in both their confidence and skills. Hopefully in the future, I can figure out a way of making something I love a sustainable job but for now I'm just having fun and enjoying our community grow.

Josh

I got into cycling because...
When I was a kid I was into MTB, spending my time in the woods or a quarry building sweet jumps that I was way too afraid to actually do. Also, I was riding cross country with my Dad in the school holidays. I loved building bikes and would save money from my paper round to buy parts out of the back of MBUK magazine. I got to an age where I thought bike riding was dumb and didn't start riding again properly until I was doing my degree, where I had a small group of friends I would ride with, progressively switching our denim cut offs for lycra. Our group kept thinning out until it was just myself and a friend who I still race and plan cycling trips with now.

What's the best part about riding with Jess?
Aside from exploring and riding in beautiful places with each other, I love seeing Jess's raw determination coming out when she's on the bike. She lacks confidence in her ability but is constantly proving herself wrong which I enjoy witnessing alongside her.

What have you learned from riding with Jess?
Question everything anyone ever says. Everyone is full of shit.

Favorite cycling destination?
I did the Cent Cols Challenge a few years back in the Dolomites and it's forever engraved in my mind as a mystical land with never ending mountains and pain. I reference it constantly while on the bike and I can't wait to return.

When we aren't cycling together we are probably... watching films, eating food and playing with our cat. Taking photographs and designing kit is also our game.

Favorite local bike shop?
Complete Cycle Works is the Local. Run by my friend Tommy.  He's a top mechanic going to extreme lengths to keep my bike in check and keep me on the road (I see to wear out/ break things constantly so this is handy). He is super passionate about bikes and cycling culture supporting local riders. Also he shreds off road.

When there is a sale on... camera film, I stock up. I love shooting as much as possible but it is pretty expensive.

My ultimate short term goal is... to win the South West Road Race Championships because #southwestisbest. But my general goal is to have fun riding my bike. I have recently started a team called Kibosh Racing with some friends this has opened loads of door's and is one of the many things that keeps me stoked to ride.

Mountain Bike: San Miguel de Allende

Mountain Bike: San Miguel de Allende

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How to Start a Team From Scratch

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