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Name John Parker
mountain bike holiday guide John
Acronyms: JP, Parker, The Big Man
Job Guiding you lucky 10fifty mountain bikers
DoB: Old enough to know better!
Bio highlights: Started riding about fifteen years ago after an inspirational pic in a grocery store magazine. Not I might add one of the adult variety. After arsing around on the local trails with friends, i got into "serious" riding about five years ago and started hitting the trails in Montana.
After graduating from college I decided to go on the road with my Bob trailer around the Alps. It was here that I first met Ian in Chamonix. I rode for a couple of days in Chamonix and then left to ride Lake Garder and other such riding meccas. I kept in touch with Ian during the winter and decided that the small taster of the trails I had had in Chamonix was not enough so the offer of a job for the summer was all I needed to pack my bags and head off to Europe again.
First Bike: My first mountain bike was a Bianchi Offsprey with Rock Shox Quadra forks. She was quite a beast and she certainly taught me the rudiments of riding and falling off.
Favorite Bike: Yeti 575 - without doubt the best all round mountain bike I have ridden.
Best trails: In Chamonix I would say the descent from the Argentiere Glacier is simply fantastic. Just getting that close to a glacier is amazing, looking at the seracs and hearing the creaking of the ice, fantastic! Add that to the rock, switchback, slabby strewn mountain bike trail on the way down and you are onto a winner.
  My all time favourite trail has got to be Sypes Canyon Trail in Montana. It really is superb, you name it it has got it, I can certainly reccomend that anyone who loves to ride checks out this little known trail.
  Local trails; I always like going up to the Peak District for the mountain biking as well as the climbing!
What am I like?: Tall


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