MTB Egypt Rider of the Month: March 2014

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Name: Tarek El-Gammal.

Age: The big Four O

Where are you from?: I am half Egyptian half Japanese but born and brought up in Egypt.

What do you do for a living? I am in charge of Finance at an Egyptian Cement Company.

When and why did you start cycling? I started off as a kid riding my bike in the streets of Cairo and in Germany where I used to spend my summer vacation but all of this stopped at the age of 15 until my friend Karim Azmi told me about this group back in 2011 and helped me buy my first mountain bike and I have been hooked ever since.

Road, off-road, or both? Definitely off-road.

Tell us about your bike(s)!: I started off with a Bianchi Kuma which was a hardtail. It served me well for a couple of years and that is when I decided to upgrade and go for a full suspension. I went all out and got the S-Works Enduro which I am very happy with. It took some time to adjust to the 1×11 but it is definitely worthwhile.

Favorite ride(s) (road or off-road): I like any ride that has several riders of a similar level but I particularly like the Quarry, Extended Long Loop, The Flume, and the Return from the North Ridge.

Do you practice other sports?: I go to the gym two or three times a week to do a mix of weights and cardio.

Tell us about your cycling-related injuries/accidents: Thank god nothing major till now but I guess the most serious one was when I slipped on sharp rocks walking down a steep trail in Wadi Hof (yes walking not ridinig ;)) and had very deep cuts in my arms and legs that took around a month to heal.

Anything else you want to tell us about yourself? I would love to go ride in the Alps one day with MTB Egypt but need to train hard for that first ?.

Register for the MTB Egypt’s April 2014 riding skills clinic!

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This one-day course is ideal for  intermediate mountain bike riders. Participants will practice the key skills in trail riding including: optimum use of gears and brakes, building confidence on corners and rocky terrain and steep slopes, and all the tricks to stay on the bike while the terrain gets tough.

The course is a workshop-oriented day where participants will practice skills on natural terrain and a circuit of man-made obstacles. The course will also provide an overview of bike fit, safety, equipment options, and accessible trails to practice in Wadi Degla. Participants must already know how to ride a bike comfortably on roads and have at least a basic level of fitness. At the end of the course beginners will have the foundation to expand their skills and intermediate riders will pick up a few new tricks to safely ride more challenging terrain.

Necessary items and equipment to bring for the Course

Mandatory:

– Mountain bike (not appropriate for any other type of bicycle)- Helmet – Proper clothing including gloves, protective sun glasses – Enough water to last the entire day – Comfortable pair of outdoor shoes

Optional, but highly recommend:

– Bring your own lunch, we will break for 30 minutes after the first half of the course – Snacks to have during the day – Protective pads for elbows and knees – Sun Screen

About the instructor: Bob Smith • USA Cycling level one qualified mountain bike coach • 18 years experience mountain bike riding and racing including multiple USA Nationals • Former Chairman of the Hong Kong Mountain Bike Association Disclaimer

This is course is not provided by a company but by an individual as a free service to the community. Mountain biking is inherently a dangerous sport. If you choose to join the class you do so at your own risk.

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 15 RIDERS ONLY. REGISTER ONLINE BY FILLING OUT THIS FORM. YOU WILL ONLY BE CONFIRMED TO PARTICIPATE  ON RECEIPT OF A CONFIRMATION EMAIL.

Registration for this event is now closed.