The Most English Bike Ride Ever – With CX Legend Jeremy Powers


– Yeah, I’m thinking
that I’m just gonna trick the GCN viewers into thinking, like, we should that, where I just try to thinking that I’m like, that I’m British. ‘Cos some of the words
are actually pretty good. I think that my accent is just fine Where here at Dunster mediaeval village and yarn market. There’s diverted traffic and
there’s Tiverton over there and the A396. And we’ve got Dunster Castle. – It’s pretty good it’s
slightly weird that you age by about 40 years when you become British. – Maybe we just sound really old here. Working at GCN means that
we’re lucky to travel the world riding a bikes in incredible locations. Weirdly though, we rarely
get the opportunity to shout about the amazing riding on our doorstep right here in the UK. But now we’ve got an excuse. Four time US national
cyclo-cross champion and general all-round legend Jeremy
Powers is over for a visit So we have planned an epic ride And, because he’s up for a bit of fun It’s going to be the
most English epic ride we could think of. On road Off road and in cafe’s. (dramtic music) – So Jeremy, what do you think of
when you think of the UK? Mainly, bad weather. A lot of rain – That’s fair. – I think of beer! – Oh you’ve been out already? – Yeah, and I think of history – Yeah, we’ve got quite
a lot of old stuff, that is true. And what about the riding? You done much? – I haven’t done much riding, I don’t know anything about the riding. – The venue for epic ride, is
in the Exmoor National Park, just a stones throw away
from our HQ in Bath. Many Brits probably wouldn’t
give it a second thought when choosing a cycling destination
but it’s stunning and covered with miles and miles of country
road and off-road trails. – Is this breakfast? – It can be yeah. – With the beans and everything? – Yeah. – Alright, let’s try it! (bell chimes) (horse neighs) – Our ride today starts
in the village of Dunster with its beautiful cottages
and in the background you’ll see rather splendid castle – How old is that? – Ah, I think about four times older than the United States of America. Although it that has
been heavily modernised in the 17th century. – Yeah, we got old stuff too. – I’m sure you do mate. – From Dunster, we’re going to
climb up onto Grabbist ridge, and then, we’re going to drop down, before a big ascent on
to the highest point, in the whole area. – How high is it? It’s 512 metres high. – OK. Let’s hit that. – You wait, mate. – The weather is awfully windy today, did you bring like a little hatchet? or anything, so if we get caught out we can I make a fire something. – You mean like survival stuff? – Yeah. – No mate this is England, Never more than 4 miles from a tea shop. – I can get down with that! (lively music) – Jeremy, the fact that
our English epic ride, is kind of in tribute to
your cyclo-cross background. But now, we’re sort of
slogging through British mud, I kind of feel slightly guilty. To reassure me, do you
do this kind of ride back at home, like, explore
out in the middle of nowhere? – Yeah, we do a lot of rides. Sometimes on the little
channel we talk to, and it’ll ask is it an adventure
ride or a training ride? We do a lot of riding like this though. We have a lot of kinda nice, secondary use paths and dirt roads
and gravel adventures. You kinda pick your own.
You can do what you want. – On dropped bars or mountain bikes? – Oh yeah, we push the
limits of the bars for sure. – Right Jeremy, repeat after me, Huntscott – Yeah, Hunscott – Hunscott – Hunscott Yeah, Luccombe – Luccombe – And, Wooton Courtnay – Wooton Courtnay, yeah. – Wooton Courtnay. – Yeah that’s what I
said, Wooton Courtnay. – Yeah ok – The one at the bottom
is that pretty easy too, Ford – Ford – Ford Like the American truck. – Named after that. – Exactly (lively music) – [Jeremy] Does it rain much here? – No not that much. – OK. – So we traversed the
side of Dunkery beacon, but now you can see way back on tarmac, what is quite frankly pretty
steep climb to the summit. We could have done it off road, but the straight route is a bit rocky to be all that much fun on
skinny tyre drop bar bike so we’re making the most of the fact, they’re actually pretty good on tarmac. What do you think of it so far Jeremy? – The rides fantastic, – Nice – I would have had a different
gear for this one though. – Yeah – I love it, it’s really nice despite the low elevation,
I have to give you credit. There are some pretty steep hills here. – There are steep hills
down here that’s right You feel everyone of the 1500 feet. Well done mate, top of Dunkery Beacon. – Is this storm Gareth? – Yeah, but to be fair, it’s
not always this nice up here. It’s often rainy and a bit windy, so we got it on a good day. Can you feel the altitude? – Oh yeah, I can definitely
feel the altitude right now! All of 1500 feet. – Yeah it’s a tough climb though. Shall we go down? – I think that’s a good idea. – You’re going to love the descent. (lively beats music) [Howling] – That was rad! – Is all of England is beautiful. – Yeah pretty much. Jeremy do you guys stop
much in the US much mid-ride for a brew? – Once in a while. – Yeah, cos cafe are pretty
much obligatory here in the UK and I have a feeling you might enjoy Periwinkle Cottage tea room. After all that climbing and descending, and my arms the way they feel, I think you’re right. – Here’s Periwinkle. Nice dismount Jeremy,
you done that before? So this, for viewer’s
not familiar with the UK is a traditional cream tea to be drunk generally between about
3:30 and 4 every afternoon, Drunk and eaten. – It looks delicious, I’ve heard the Brits drink
165 million cups of tea a day. Is that… and now that
I heard that the way that you put your milk in your cup actually says something
about you as a person – That’s right, Jeremy. Whether your lower or upper class so there’s you tea pot, there’s your milk. Let’s see what you’re made – Splash a bit of milk in there. – Ooh. You sure you’re
going to do it like that? – That’s just how I do it. – Well now we all know, don’t we. – Would you like some? – Yeah, I’m going to put
the milk in after though. Now, this jam is a
delicacy local to the area. It’s called whortleberry and
we’re told is a wild bilberry Jeremy on the other hand opted for something called Chuckleberry Jam, and no one knows what that is. – That’s why I ordered it. It’s delicious. OK, so I was told that
there is a etiquette also to the way the cream is
supposed to be put on first, correct? – Well, I believe that is a subject for debate as well Jeremy. It’s not like a cream
tea is that contencious but some viewers will now be judging you because I think some people
feel it needs to go on after. – This is unbelievable. You guys have a lot of it seems like you have a lot of rules. – Oh yeah protocol – Around your whortleberry’s and your tea. – Well I think it’s delicious, I’m really looking forward to trying this – Let’s not get onto
what these are called… Because whether it’s a scone or a scone… Look at that Jeremy, an award
of excellence Tea Council 1988 and 1987 – That’s absolutely fantastic. I’m sure they’re very proud
of those prestigious awards. – Should be mate. It’s going to be a fun climb. That’s the trouble with a cafe stop, isn’t it? You then gotta leave. – I know I know, it looks like we’ve got a pretty good climb. – So I thought you guys
might like to check out my new Fuji Altamira CX, which I piloted for the
2018 cyclo-cross season. Today, I had a circle
crosshair on your 33c. I definitely would have gone for a 40c had I known the English
countryside conditions were going to be as
aggressive as they were. But I’m using the all new
AXS Group O from SRAM. It was perfect I would
have gone for a little bit easier gear I was running a 44 11-33, I probably would have gone with a 40 I would have been a lot
happier on those steep bits. Thanks Si for taking me along. (lively music) – So last summit of the day. This is Selworthy Beacon
that delightful body water the background that you probably
can’t see if she says the because it’s exactly the
same colour as the sky is the Bristol Channel Jeremy if you look that
way that’s Atlantic ocean, seamless transition and of course that’s your ocean, we’re like sea buddies. – Yeah, we’re just kick
and paddle our way across. We’ll be here in no time. – Yeah. It’ll be fine man. – Anyway, just one last descent to go. We have storm Gareth
finally at our backs now, so hopefully we’ll barely
have to turn a pedal before we end up in Minehead for a beer. – Can’t wait. (lively beats music) – Here we go Jeremy, finish line, pub. – I see the pub. – Right, cider? Local – Sounds delicious. – How cool is this? Jeremy, cheers mate. – Cheers, Si. – That was the most
English ride we could find for you at short notice – It was absolutely fantastic. I felt like I was in a
bunch of different countries while we were out there, so many different terrains We were going down, I thought
I was like in California on the coast, riding through
this beautiful single track with the trees really low, the holly was almost
touching you in the face. Then I felt we were up in the pine trees, it was super low, low me, beautiful riding like I was back in New England. And then the huge wide open
area, with all the sheep. and wild animals running around, we saw all types of things today. – That was more like Iceland
today, perhaps Siberia. but anyway. – It left a big impression. – Well thank you very much for coming over and visiting it’s been a
pleasure riding with you. Please give us a big thumbs up, if you’ve enjoyed our epic ride. Of course, there are going
to be a lot of people from different parts of the UK, that are thinking, why
don’t they come and ride in our neck of the woods. So make sure you let us know
in the comments section, where you’d like us to check out next. We’ll find another excuse sometime soon. In the mean time, if
you want to see another epic gravel video, there’s
one on screen just now.