MTB Egypt Rider of The Month: April 2014
Name: Sherif Taymour
Where are you from?: Cairo, Egypt
What do you do for a living? Owner/ Manager Floors& More
When and why did you start cycling? I started cycling in October 2011. I’ve always had a passion for outdoor sports. A friend of mine introduced me to mountain biking in Wadi Degla and since then I became addicted to the sport. It truely gives me a sense of freedom. I feel like a superman when riding. It also helps a lot in clearing your mind during stressful times.
Road, off-road, or both? Mainly off road except when I don’t have the time to go to Degla; I cycle around the area where I live
Tell us about your bike(s)!: I started off with a Gitan bike that I bought from a local bike shop. Three months later I bought a Cannondale Z120 3×9. A year later I bought a Kona Abra Cadabra full suspension 3×10. 2 years later I bought a Santa Cruz Bronson 2013. 27.5 (650b) wheel size and a 1×11 cassette. Bike comes with a reverb seat and a 120-150 front adjustable kashima Fox fork CTD. To be honest I believe American bikes are the best!
Favorite ride(s) (road or off-road): Off road. My best ride ever was in Chatel, France with my fellow friends from MTBEgypt in July 2011; wish we could organize another one soon.
Do you practice other sports?: I try to maintain a good physique by doing crossfit.
Tell us about your cycling-related injuries/accidents: My worst ever accident was on road around the area where I live. I had my running shoes tied around the handlebar!!! I hit a road bump and the shoes got stuck between the front wheel and the fork… you can imagine what happened next. Seriously I don’t even remember how I got back home that day. I must say the helmet saved my life. Rule of thumb…NEVER RIDE WITHOUT A HELMET..
Anything else you want to tell us about yourself? I just wanted to say that I truly have a passion for mountain biking and would like to see this sport spread in Egypt. We have an amazing team (MTBEgypt) many of which I consider as family. It is through this team, our love and passion that we can grow this sport in Egypt and place our country on the map of MTBing.