Rachel Bird – very sad news
Ex-club member Rachel, a close friend of mine and many others in the Club has sadly lost her battle with cancer on Saturday 19th January. Many of us have know Rachel for years, myself almost 15. She and some friends joined up with Bigfoot after bumping into us in the woods on night time rides in Cranham – and the group became one! The rest is really history. I have many fun memories which I can share with you and here are just a few. We went on the Bigfoot Freeride Spain holiday in 2004 and to Ride Serira Nevada Spain for several years together, we taught each other to jump and to drop on our bikes and fell in love with downhilling. We enjoyed downhilling together in Morzine for a couple of years, we did the Mega Alvalanche race in 2007, the Bigfoot trip to do the Pass Porte du Soleil, downhilling in Chatel and Switzerland. We raced downhill together, Rachel often beating me by just 1 or 2 seconds. We lived for downhilling and visited much of the country riding all the downill tracks we could ….. Abercarn, Cwm Carn, Mynth Du, Foel Gasnach, Gethin, Moelfre, UK Freeride Park, Forest of Dean, Scotland, Hopton, Bringewood, Ashton Hill …. Rachel loved to travel the world cycling and met her husband Andy on a cycling trip to Peru! Both of them have been to the Rocky Mountains, California and Canada any many other locations besides. Her love for XC riding saw her racing team events and also pair events with myself, Ian, Tim P with some fantasic results. In 2008 she achieved the UK Masters XC National Points Series – 2nd place. Rachel had been riding bikes since mountain bikes were invented … way back when she was very young, cyling was her passion. I’ve attach some random photos taken over the years. If you’d like share any memories you have of Rachel, please feel free to add them below.
Janet, i hope you don’t mind, a found a few pictures from some adventures with Rach, Jason:
Our snowy trip to find the Wentwood downhill a few years ago, note the Pink bike at the end