Brother in the Wild
WRITTEN BY:Jay Waldon
Images by: @jaywaldon
Set amongst the backdrop of the Isle Of Purbeck, a peninsular in Dorset filled with dramatic cliffs, hidden coves, forest and endless sandy gravel trails.
A perfect spot for the guys behind Brother Cycles to host the 2021 edition of Brother in the Wild; a 2 day off-road cycling/swimming/camping/eating event.
After attending last year's COVID restricted, slightly more stripped down approach to the event I was looking forward to sharing the trails with more folks this year. On queue, the late British summer served up a beauty of a weekend.
Living locally and getting to ride around the area all year round it’s always great to see and capture the stoke on peoples faces as they reach a viewpoint or make their way down some rocky white knuckle descents.
One of the highlights was to see the sheer amount of people that made their way down to Chapmans Pool, a small secluded cove near Worth Matravers. Mid rides swims are unmissable feature of Brother in the Wild meet ups.
There must have been what seemed like a hundred bikes down there with riders taking a dip in the sea to cool off, snacking, brewing up coffee or just chilling out. The vibe was incredible after a year of meeting mostly in small groups.
With an emphasis on off-bike activities as much as seeking out glorious trail, there was a healthy balance of stopping all along the way for photos, more snacks and a pint or two at the best pub in the world.
In the evenings there were film screenings, local businesses providing good food and beers and some great campfire talks around diversity and inclusion in the cycling community, bikepacking with a baby and an introduction to long distance cycling.
This is what has made this event truly special, by having these talks opens up a dialogue and starts to create an inclusive space for all to feel welcome regardless if you’re a pizza rack rider, flannel shirt wearer, full lycra lover or 90s mtb converter; good times were had by all.
Whilst there is still a lot of work to be done to make these spaces truly inclusive for all, Will and James at Brother Cycles have made a great start and I look forward to next year's event already.