Privateer Magazine Issue # 16
"Things are a little different in issue 16... We sent Editor Andy Waterman and photographer Daniel Sharp to California to catch up with the state that gave us mountain biking and to find out where the sport sits in 2013. One writer, one photographer, and one huge state to explore in 148 pages...It was a good end to a long day plotting and scheming, drinking and dreaming (California dreamin’); just watching the sun set over the hum and hustle of San Francisco’s 11 mystic hills from a taco joint across the bay in Sausalito. Half drunk on a mix of Mexican beer and intercontinental jet lag, Portland Dan – who was to photograph all this – and I sat eulogising the times we just knew we were going to have driving and riding round this notoriously crazed state for the next three weeks. Nowhere was as good as the places we’d go to, the trails we’d ride; nobody as great as the people we’d meet; no tales as tasty as the ones we’d take back with us when it was all over. The odds were in our favour on all that. California has been important to mountain biking from day one and, whether you know it or not, it means as much in 2013 as it did in 1983. More, perhaps. This was the state that, through a mix of hippy entrepreneurship and anti-establishment libertarianism, helped establish what we now know as the sport of mountain biking. Even though there were comparable cliques doing something similar elsewhere at the same time, those people weren’t able to market the off-road riding thing, worldwide, the way the Californians did."