UK mountain biking is the beating heart of Royal Racing’s heritage, it’s where we started and since ’99 our jerseys have been on the backs of the best talent to grow from this island.
Adventuring, racing and just belting round the trails with your mates covers pretty much everything we do on our bikes. One person who has done it all stands out as a stalwart of our UK riding scene. Sandy Plenty.
Sandy has been with Royal for longer than we can remember and his love of riding is infectious. He can talk about bikes, adventures, gear, racing and anything that surrounds our sport longer than most people will listen. Sandy is MTB through and through, he’s also exactly what represents Royal.
Sandy’s shop in Shrewsbury has become a mecca for any two-wheeled fan in need of advice, some fresh gear or their dream build, and they make a mean brew!
We’re stoked to officially welcome Sandy as a Royal Activist, he’s a lifer and will no doubt keep his fingers on the pulse of the UK bike scene long into the future. Sandy will be popping up in magazines, online features and more trails than you can shake a tyre at. Welcome Sandy!
You can check Sandy, his writing and shop out on the links below:
We caught up with the main Mon and asked him a few questions, here’s an insight into the man from Shropshire.
Who is Sandy Plenty?
A mountian bike geek from Shropshire UK, who has been riding & racing for over 25 years.
How did you land in your current job?
I’ve always worked in the bike industry, mainly running bike shops. The opportunity to open my own came along and I grabbed it with both hands (death grip!).
And the worst job you’ve ever done?
I’ve been lucky, I was once a cycle courier in Liverpool. That switched between worst & best depending on the rain.
What makes you happy?
My family & friends. Riding with the girls & Ruben is equally as fun as doing laps of the bike park with the lads
Do you have any heroes?
Yeah I guess I look up to people. My two favourites have to be Shaun Palmer for how media savi he was and changed the sport for ever. He was also fast as f%^k. 2nd my son Ruben for his outlook on life. Love watching him progress on a bike.
Where is your favourite place to ride?
In the UK you can’t beat Eastridge, overseas it has to be Chamonix.
Can you remember your first MTB race?
Yes I am specifically remembering how heavy my bike was. The race was Sarn Helen, near Lampater, Wales. I came last and was hooked from that day onwards.
Do you have any extravagances?
I like to eat out every lunch time if I can. I am a social person, love taking other industry folk to my favourite spots.
What’s your favourite MTB invention?
I used to say the dropper post, but I call bike parks and invention/progression. They provide me & my customers somewhere to get excited about riding.
What’s the best piece of advice you have been given?
You have to break a few eggs to make an omelette
What does the future hold for mountain biking?
More trails, more fun! We just need to be careful on how fast we grow.
What does the future hold for Sandy?
More adventures, more chances to push my own limits. Travel!