2012 Round Up – DUNC

Not only does Duncan Smith have the name of a WW2 fighter pilot, he also patrols the south coast of Blighty with the same resolve, on his quest for premium Ride UK coverage. Worst intro ever.. Ok here’s Dunc’s 2012 round up. He covered many events last year and this is the overriding focus to a banger 12 months.

What one rider stood out for you in 2012?

Ben Wallace for sure. He seems to keep a relatively low profile as far as today’s social media and self promotion are concerned, but just blows my mind every time I see him ride a contest. He can ride pretty much anything, has everything on lock and goes higher than the rest. And to top it off he’s a super nice guy.

What one event stood out for you in 2012?

Well that’s a tough one between Empire of Dirt and Kill The Line. But Empire is an obvious one, so I’m going for KTL. It’s one of my favourite jams of the year; South of France, amazing line up of riders and the most chilled atmosphere. Not to mention partying in the woods. Not the biggest event of the year, but one with real personality.

What one moment stood out for you in 2012?

2012 has been so much fun for me, so it’s hard to pick out one moment. Just looking back through my calendar I was reminded of Ride To Glory, where I had to perform first aid on a serious leg wound which my team member Janis Cunculis sustained. I managed to recall my first aid training from 15 odd years ago, and he’s still alive so I guess I did the right thing. It goes to show how important the smallest amount first aid knowledge is, especially in our sport. If you are offered a course at work or college then attend it and listen! You never know when you might need it!


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