JAMES SHIRLEY

JAMES SHIRLEY

JAMES SHIRLEY

Let us introduce James „Jamesy Boy“ Shirley – engineer, traveler, mountain biker and the latest addition to our roster of team riders.

Based out of Fort William, James spends most of the summer travelling Europe in his self-converted van. He enjoys the freedom as a privateer even though he has to wear a number of different hats – from mechanic, chef, team manager to chauffeur – which isn’t always easy. Here’s your chance to get to know James a little better.

Let us introduce James „Jamesy Boy“ Shirley – engineer, traveler, mountain biker and the latest addition to our roster of team riders. Based out of Fort William, James spends most of the summer travelling Europe in his self-converted van. He enjoys the freedom as a privateer even though he has to wear a number of different hats – from mechanic, chef, team manager to chauffeur – which isn’t always easy. Here’s your chance to get to know James a little better.

Let us introduce James „Jamesy Boy“ Shirley – engineer, traveler, mountain biker and the latest addition to our roster of team riders. Based out of Fort William, James spends most of the summer travelling Europe in his self-converted van. He enjoys the freedom as a privateer even though he has to wear a number of different hats – from mechanic, chef, team manager to chauffeur – which isn’t always easy. Here’s your chance to get to know James a little better.

James will start this year with an ACROS equipped Rose Pikes Peak.
James will start this year with an ACROS equipped Rose Pikes Peak.

Who is James Shirley?

„I’m a mountain biker from Fort William in the Scottish Highlands and I try to live the best life that I can. I love riding bikes, I enjoy travelling and I always strive for self-improvement so racing combines these 3 aspects perfectly. To maximise my work/life/adventure ratio I spend the majority of the summer seasons hanging out in the van in cool places.“

Who is James Shirley?

I’m a mountain biker from Fort William in the Scottish Highlands and I try to live the best life that I can. I love riding bikes, I enjoy travelling and I always strive for self-improvement so racing combines these 3 aspects perfectly. To maximise my work/life/adventure ratio I spend the majority of the summer seasons hanging out in the van in cool places.

There is an actual law that specifically says we (and walkers too) have the right to roam.
There is an actual law that specifically says we (and walkers too) have the right to roam.

What does riding bikes mean to you?

„Picture Mel Gibson prancing about on his horse as William Wallace in the age-old classic movie Braveheart… To me, riding bikes means “Freedom!” It doesn’t have to be taken in such an aggressive tone though. I love how simple it is. It’s just one man and his machine, in the wilderness and free to roam across the mountains. This is something that is particularly special about growing up and riding at home in Scotland – There is an actual law that specifically says we (and walkers too) have the right to roam. „

What does riding bikes mean to you?

„Picture Mel Gibson prancing about on his horse as William Wallace in the age-old classic movie Braveheart… To me, riding bikes means “Freedom!” It doesn’t have to be taken in such an aggressive tone though. I love how simple it is. It’s just one man and his machine, in the wilderness and free to roam across the mountains. This is something that is particularly special about growing up and riding at home in Scotland – There is an actual law that specifically says we (and walkers too) have the right to roam.“

What are your plans and goals for this season?

„My plan is to be based in Scotland until the middle of June (plus a quick jolly over to Madeira for the EWS) and then spend the rest of the season cruising round the Alps in the van. I want to do the Scottish Enduro Series, the Europe based EWS races plus some fun/random events slotted in between. The other big goal of mine is to create some entertaining media. I’ll be writing some stuff but the main aspect will be to produce some entertaining videos with my good friend Liam Moynihan and a few of our other pals along the way.“

What are your plans and goals for this season?

„My plan is to be based in Scotland until the middle of June (plus a quick jolly over to Madeira for the EWS) and then spend the rest of the season cruising round the Alps in the van. I want to do the Scottish Enduro Series, the Europe based EWS races plus some fun/random events slotted in between. The other big goal of mine is to create some entertaining media. I’ll be writing some stuff but the main aspect will be to produce some entertaining videos with my good friend Liam Moynihan and a few of our other pals along the way.“

What’s your tip on how to spend more time riding bikes?

„Set your priorities, I guess? If you want to do it more than the other stuff then it’ll happen. I find it’s best not just to talk about stuff. Go and do it! There’s always some social media post from someone with their little fiddle saying they wish this or they wish that. If they take as long as I do for a social media post then they definitely could have done a few laps of the pump track by then! I also, genuinely believe that more people should cycle to work when it’s possible. If I ever have to do a shift in the bike shop in town then I really look forward to it because in each direction I get to do a 20km road ride!“

What’s your tip on how to spend more time riding bikes?

„Set your priorities, I guess? If you want to do it more than the other stuff then it’ll happen. I find it’s best not just to talk about stuff. Go and do it! There’s always some social media post from someone with their little fiddle saying they wish this or they wish that. If they take as long as I do for a social media post then they definitely could have done a few laps of the pump track by then! I also, genuinely believe that more people should cycle to work when it’s possible. If I ever have to do a shift in the bike shop in town then I really look forward to it because in each direction I get to do a 20km road ride!“

Too muddy? Never!

Too muddy? Never!

What bit about working with ACROS are you looking forward to the most?

„Getting to hang with Axel Brunst ;p Haha, I guess the Carbon wheels are the most exciting thing for me about signing with Acros this year. Wheels are such an important component on a bike and these are by far in a way the lightest and nicest ones I’ve ever owned. They are a relatively recently release as well so it’ll be cool to try and give some feedback and help develop the brand into the future. I take a lot of satisfaction from working with my sponsors in such a way.“

What bit about working with ACROS are you looking forward to the most?

„Getting to hang with Axel Brunst ;p Haha, I guess the Carbon wheels are the most exciting thing for me about signing with Acros this year. Wheels are such an important component on a bike and these are by far in a way the lightest and nicest ones I’ve ever owned. They are a relatively recently release as well so it’ll be cool to try and give some feedback and help develop the brand into the future. I take a lot of satisfaction from working with my sponsors in such a way.“

Nineteen Enduro hubs
ED Race carbon wheelset in 27,5″

What’s your “motto”?

There are a few sayings that bounce around inside my head but the most important one is this, “Do what makes you happy”. I just think you have to be fair to yourself AND to those around you. At the end of the day, those who are around you aren’t going to like being around you if you’re a grumpy git so what’s the point in being miserable? If there’s a tough decision to be made then don’t dwell on what you are expected to do or what is deemed to be conventional/acceptable. Just go and do what makes you happy.“

What’s your “motto”?

“There are a few sayings that bounce around inside my head but the most important one is this, “Do what makes you happy”. I just think you have to be fair to yourself AND to those around you. At the end of the day, those who are around you aren’t going to like being around you if you’re a grumpy git so what’s the point in being miserable? If there’s a tough decision to be made then don’t dwell on what you are expected to do or what is deemed to be conventional/acceptable. Just go and do what makes you happy.

2019-06-04T16:47:57+00:00