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Our team riders are Chay Granby and James Swinden

Chay has been on board since the team was founded in 2013, since then he's gone from strength to strength, in his first year competing with us, he placed 2nd in Masters overall in UK Enduro, which resulted in an invitation to compete in Elite, which he has done ever since. Chay's podiumed in several PMBAs over the past few years, as well as a lot of success at the Tweed Valley Triple Crown.

James, AKA Swinny, has been racing for Cotic since 2016. His background is in Downhill racing. He raced at all levels including World Cup. Since racing with us he's made the switch to Enduro, resulting in plenty of wins and podiums. He's currently the overall PMBA Series Champion.

You may know them as Rocketman and Straightline. Watch the 2016 Race Prep video here.


08/05/2018 - Steel City Downhill 2018

Will Easey SCDH18

Cy Writes....

Steel City DH 2018 was as awesome as the previous 7 editions, if not more so given how belting the weather was. Sam and I were up bright(ish) and early and on site at 7.15am for stand setup. Even at that hour the sun was warm and the track looked mint. Wasn't long before the team caught up with us after track walks, and then to practice. At this point I'll hand you over to Chay for his thoughts on the day. He had a tough time feeling ill and racing in Pros, and absolutely smashed it considering how he was feeling. Take it away Chay....

So as part of the season racing for Cotic we do a one off event called Steel City down hill. Its been run for 8 yrs now and and I think I've done 4 or 5 of them now.

Its nick name is The Biggest Little Race In The World, as for one day every may Greno Wood in Sheffield has a atmosphere to rival Fort William World Cup.

It's run by a group of mates called Ride Sheffield and it raises money for trail building in the region. Henry Norman, Nick Hamilton and Steve Hardcastle are the main men. Amazing work chaps. You're an inspiration.

Its set in the woods just across from Steve Peat's house and every year he amazes us all keeps the kids at bay and seems to pull a win outta the bag, at 43 as we both are now. The gang of world class down hill riders, the spectators, and everyone else who took part all stand in awe as he seems to have that little extra to give.

At just over a minute long its a very intense run and you have to produce your own piece of perfection to get a good result. A few years ago I won the master class so was bumped up to Pros. That gives me a mixed feeling. One the one hand, it's an honour to be chosen to ride against the full time riders and the rest of the class who are all very talented, but on the flipside, I race with a knowledge Iím probably never going to get on a step at the end. I did come close one a couple if years back with a 4th though.

This year the race date fell on the anniversary of the passing of my mum and Iím pretty sure she gave me a helpful push where needed. Thanks Mum.

The race weekend started for me on Friday afternoon. I decided that needing to know every bump of the newly surfaced and slightly changed track meant a trip to walk it, memorise what I could and just get the pumps and jumps in the right order. Word obviously went round that I'd been, as I had a fair ribbing off an ex-World Champion downhiller about sussing it out. The way I see it is I've nothing to loose and all to gain. I'm a 43 year old joiner, but when they get paid to ride bikes they should easy beat me!! After all I'm old enough to be most of 'em's Dad; him included!!

Race day arrives. I wake up feeling like death as a good dose if cold takes hold if me. I feel horrible but a job has to be done. My bike is bolt checked, tyres are changed to suit the fast conditions and all is good. Praccy gets under way and the big double at the bottom of the track which caused lots of conversation was soon tamed. For me it was actually really easy as long as you carried the correct speed through the previous corners. (Note - this does not in the least bit mean it was easy. No one outside the race team at Cotic would dare hit it!!) A much needed lie down is needed as I feel even worse with sweat and snot oozing out. After a bit of sitting down and resting, race time soon comes around. We're off!

Well I made a right balls of coming down the start ramp being in no where near the right gear. Nearly hit a tree changed up some and gave it the beans. The rest of the run went well but I knew if dropped a couple of seconds on that start. Result after 1st run 10th. Now the secret goal was to get top 10 and prove I had the speed to podium in at least the Vets, if not more of the classes.

SCDH 2018

Roll on 3 hrs later which seemed to fly by and it's race run 2. This is seeded off 1st runs, so I'm 10th from last with Sam Dale behind me (World Cup downhiller). I suppose this should phase me, but as I see it he shouldnít let little old me anywhere near him. 2nd run I have to say I nailed it. Can't pick fault with it: I went a second quicker. The crowd was amazing they roared and cheered all the way down. I'm sure that gives you that extra bit of speed. The noise is intense! It was the best I could have done. Final standing are I'm 11th in the Pros and 14th overall from 272 finishers.

My time would have won the Vets by over 2 seconds, won Masters, podium in Senior and in all the other categories. Chuffed should be my mood, but why after a amazing day am I disappointed? Is it the fact i didnít stand on that podium? As a racer, it's what we all chase. Is it that the Vets winner takes home a set of new wheels, but due to earning the right to be called a Pro i get nothing despite going faster than him? I do this to represent Cotic at races and get them advertising. Is 11th good advertising?!! It feels not when Swinny, Will, Wes, and Dave all smash amazing results in there respective classes. Why doesn't it feel good?

Maybe its the cold making me feel grotty!

I donít know but sitting here with a few hours reflection, the final numbers seems unimportant today because two separate thing happened at the end:

Firstly, two old mates came to me separately and were full of admiration for how fast I went past them. They were both buzzing with excitement for me and compared me to some if the best riders in the world.

And the other was this:

Uncle Chay

My God Son want me to sign his shirt. Heíd been round the pop stars and got all their autographs but i got the honour of writing "Uncle Chay". And I think that's worth a damn sight more than any medal/prize or podium.

Cheers Thomas. You made my day.

Till next year.....

Chay



Well to answer Chay's question, 11th is fine advertising when it prompts features like this! We are all incredibly proud of our guys in orange and blue: every one of them. The marshall's at the big new gap (which did cause some mayhem!) told me "Every time I saw a blue and orange jersey, I knew I could relax for 10 seconds because they would be fine over the jump!". The rest of the guys did brilliantly as well. Swinny came 5th in Pros - just off the podium this time in a stacked field, and he was feeling ill too! Will came 3rd in Junior, Wes for 6th despite also feeling grotty. Gaz from A Line rallied his brand new Rocket to 4th in Masters despite a crash! As much as all of those results were mega, hats off how-the-hell-did-he-do-that run of the day for us for Brand Ambassador Dave Camus. 3rd in Senior....ON. HIS. BFe!.

Awesome event, awesome riders, awesome crowd, awesome people.


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30/04/2018 - New Rockets Everywhere

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Will Easey's 'Big Blue' Rocket 2018

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26/03/2018 - Vallelujah Race Results

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Vallelujah

Chay Cotic

Our team rider Chay (AKA Straighline) smashed it at Vallelujah yesterday at his first enduro race of the season and brought home 2nd place. It's the first race of the Tweed Valley Triple Crown which he'll be competing for the title of King of the Valley.

Chay is keeping up his reputation in the Valley, every time he's raced there, he's been on the podium!

Chay Vallelujah 2018

"I love the Tweed events, they are ace. It's tough to sort the men from the boys and it's damn good fun... Not to mention how beautiful it is when the sun shines, like it did this weekend. The new bike is amazing, after lots of development work with Cy it's brill to see a finished product and it's really nice to ride. You'd be faster on a Rocket."

Best of luck to Chay this season, what a great start!

Chay's Tweed Valley Trophies

Pedalhounds

Will Easey

Same weekend, different podium. Congrats to our Development team rider Will Easey, 1st at the Pedalhounds Enduro at Land of Nod. He's captured some great Go Pro footage of his race runs, have a watch below.


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14/03/2018 - Howard Street Dual 2018

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Outdoor City Weekender 2018

Howard Street Dual

Howard Street Dual 10/03/18

Cy - Last Saturday saw the second running of the awesome Howard Street Dual. This is where Mates Races go legit, crawl out of the woods and onto an urban track right in the middle of Sheffield City! Bringing biking to the masses.

This year was next level, with a stacked field, TV cameras for both the massive big screen and the web Live Feed of the race, huge sound system and a later start for the finals under floodlights.

I raced last year and had loads of fun, but with the Race Team and the Development Squad all in town for this years' event, plus mates race regulars Baybutt and Mechanic Will wanting a shot too, I decided to man the stand and watch the action unfold. And what action there was!!

With all the rain in the run up, the forecast wasn't brilliant, but luckily stayed mostly dry on the day. That didn't stop the grass sections and polished concrete being slick and slippery as hell! From our vantage point at the lower end of the track, the big grass sweeper was catching everyone out, with no one - not even Peaty - making it look easy.

It was an awesome event and I had a great time watching all the Cotic riders in their brand new team tops making us look good! But I didn't take part, so I'll hand you over to the others for their take.

Howard Street Dual 10/03/18

Richard Baybutt - Cotic Marketing Man, Pro Photographer and Arting for Lyfe

If the weekend wasn't shaping up to be hectic enough, I made life more difficult for myself in the run-up by making 4 huge leaderboards, hosting the development squad at my house and having both my car and motorbike off the road with no MOT's! Somehow, with literally an 11'th hour effort on the Friday night, everything got done and we could focus on a weekend of shreds.

We hit Greno on Saturday morning, Devonshire green skateparkpark on the way to town, the Howard St dual race and then some street jibs on the ride home. Sundays itinerary was a peek at the legendary Bolehills, followed by visiting Sam at Lady Cannings (which is now closed for essential winter work) and then a solid pedal round Wharny with the Fifes, Will, Kelly Jayne, Hanna Jonsson, Dave Camus and Jake Monk. Even listing it there doesn't even scratch the surface of how much fun was had. Wes & Will are a huge credit to the team and everyone did so well at dual.

Highlights in no particular order were having my first proper go on the new longshot Rocket, me & Sam just making incomprehensible noises about how good it is. Qualifying for the main race at Howard St and then lining up next to Ratboy on the gate. Blagging some much needed warmth, beer & food at the SHAFF industry hang-out Saturday night, dancing at the illegal rave at Lady Cannings at 11am, giving in to peer pressure and clearing the 50:01 step-up deep in Wharny woods and celebrating with a huge McDonalds after. Weekends like this make it all worthwhile, it's just a bonus then that I love the rest of the job just as much! Can't wait for the next one.

Howard Street Dual 10/03/18

Will Easey - Cotic Development Squad Rider

To be completely honest, words can't actually describe this weekend as it was a constant flow of amazing events! Well, being my first time in Sheffield, it was already a great feeling. But to be riding bikes all weekend especially with incredible people around me made it that whole lot more enjoyable. Everyone was so high stoked the entire time and there was never a dull moment. Even slipping out on the last corner against Peaty didn't even frustrate me, just knowing I was that close to him made me realise my level of riding and what I am capable of, so standing up and waving off the crowd was exactly what had to happen! I will definitely have lifetime memories coming away from this weekend and I can't thank everyone at Cotic enough; Rich for providing me with a roof over my head and company from Otto, looking after me and making sure I was always smiling. Wes for being the best long distance friend I could of asked for, Nick for putting on such an INSANE event in which I am for sure hoping to come too next time, Chay & Swinny for tips and just being great people to be around, and Cy for being so supportive and stoked the entire evening! What a family of great people, couldn't ask for anything more. I will never forget the moment I was pushing back up after my first run with Steve Peat, walking past the stands and Cy joined eyes with me and said "Dude, you're racing Steve Peat!!" That made it real.

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Swinny "Rocketman" Swinden - Cotic Race Team, Reigning PMBA Champion

What a fascinating experience! I missed last years race because it clashed with an enduro, so to be able to to ride and race through the middle of Sheffield, with a stacked field of talented riders and a crowed mixed up of regular bike followers, to folk who stopped to watch as they were passing through, to football fans chanting their teams songs.

Dual, to me, has got to be the funnest form of competing. A 20ish second track, 2 lanes, and a load of mates old and new, the excitement out the gate is top drawer.

It was great to see the family representing Cotic in such a large way, and to be able to compete with close friends that I don't get to ride with much anymore is as exciting as it is to race one of the greatest to ever grace a bike. Sheffield is a damn good place to be around.

Cheers to all involved for making this event happen, Nick Hamilton, mayor Dallow (and anyone I've missed).

Howard Street Dual 10/03/18

Chay "Straightline" Granby - Cotic Race Team

What a spectacle. Massive well done to the gang that organised it all. To bring mountain biking to the masses is not only brilliant for the sport but for the city that hosted it. To interact with folk on a full on Saturday night out whilst I'm sat waiting to race in full kit is something that wont be forgotten soon.

The field was packed with talent. It's the first race of the year so I should of been a little nervy....Far from it! Its a honour to be part if it. Going be honest getting knocked out early on wasn't disappointing as it meant I got to watch. Not only was the the atmosphere brilliant but getting to watch some world class riding made it a event that needs to happen again.

Howard Street Dual 10/03/18

Wes Fife - Development Squad Rider

Aah what a weekend! Arrived in Sheffield at about 7pm on Friday. Stoke was high for a weekend of racing/riding, but first me and Will had been assigned to helping Baybutt build the leaderboards for the dual, 4 hours later with 4 boards done and 400 or so hooks screwed in we rolled back to Baybutt's with very sore fingers!

Saturday morning we headed down to Grenoside woods for a couple of pre-dual laps to build the stoke up (which was already unsustainably high). Mad inside lines, manny landers and Euro tables took place and fun was definitely had by all. We returned to Baybutt's house for lunch and set out riding down to Howard St through midday traffic. We signed on and had a quick run up and down the track to check out the features before practice. Practice started and was quickly established that the course was more difficult than previously thought. Stairs from the start gate posed a bit of an issue for me as I was on flat pedals and despite having recently putting a chain guard on I still wasn't 100% confident that my chain was going to stay on. Further down the track was "carnage corner" an off camber sweeping left turn on wet grass which was proving to be an issue for some riders. Thankfully my shiny new WTB Vigilante tyres, there was no problem with grip on this corner - cheers WTB!!!

Well qualifying rolled round quickly and I was worried I wouldn't qualify, due to the pretty stacked field of pros and local pinners. Thankfully something clicked in my qualifying run which sat me very midfield along with some big names. At this point, stoke was peaking. However, sadly I was drawn against James Hughes in my first round and was humbled very quickly by him and didn't progress any further. Thankfully that meant I could watch bossman Easey who being the wizard he is had progressed through to the next round where he would race the godfather of Sheffield MTB, Steve Peat!!!! I made my way up to the start of the course to cheer him on! He made a strong start but sadly crashed out on his second run! Never mind though, he was still ecstatic that he got to race against one of the worlds legends of racing. We, along with Kelly and Aiken who had also been knocked out, set up camp at the bottom of the course on carnage corner to heckle the semi-finalists and finalists.

Sunday morning came round quickly. We had a quick lap of Lady Cannings before heading to Wharncliffe for shredz with Camus. We said our goodbyes and made our way back to Guisborough. It was an awesome weekend and I can't wait to get back down to shred in the future!!!!

Howard Street Dual 10/03/18

It was SUCH an ace weekend. If you can, next year get the Sheffield Outdoor Weekender in your dairy, come up and cheer the dual, have a grand night out, then hit the trails on the Sunday. Mint!

I want to say a big thank you to all this lot, plus Mechanic Will, Kelly-Jayne and A Line Gaz for representing Cotic fantastically and making us all look good. As Swinny said when I posted this photo below, "FAM". Too right bro.

FAM

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02/03/2018 - Chay's Rocket

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Race Ready Rocket

Thing of beauty @coticbikes @wildernesstrailbikes @burgtec @canecreekusa @hktproducts @ridejoystick @mudhugger2

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Team riders Chay (@chaymoose) and Swinny (@jpswinny) are taking home their new Rockets for racing 2018! They've been sharing their rad-ventures over on Instagram, and will continue to post about their training for upcoming races, so go and give them a follow. You'll get bike envy, be warned!

Thanks again to their sponsors this year: Cane Creek, WTB, Burgtec, Joystick Bicycle Components, Burgtec, Polaris Bikewear, Kingud, Wild Trail Snacks and Bike Track.

First race? Vallelujah! Bring it on!

Some weekend ont new steed . #bluesky #bluebike @coticbikes @wildernesstrailbikes @canecreekusa @hktproducts

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31/01/2018 - onboardwithrocketman

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on board the Rocket

Onboard with @jpswinny. Looks sped up - itís not. Heís not called Rocketman for nothing. #unsustainablyhighstoke #gritandsteel #visitsheffield #coticbikes

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31/12/2017 - Best Of 2017

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Best of 2017

2017 has been amazing. Highlights include Hannah joining the ranks, urban dual races, Sheffields first ever piste map, enduro podiums and wins, ambassadors, more Rocketman and Straightline, luggage, Development Squad, the ever awesome Steel City DH, the new BFe, the new Roadrat, the radical new 15th anniversairy Soul, road trips, the demo programme, adventures, races, parties, laughs, tattoos, crashes, frontflips and occasionally a visit from dog or two. What a ride.

Join us for the same and more in 2018. We've so much planned already it'll make your head spin. Have a great New Year.

All the best from all at Cotic


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22/12/2017 - Will Easey at Cotic Demo Day

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14/11/2017 - Cotic Racing - A Year In Numbers

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Cotic Racing

A Year In Numbers

1 x team, 2 x racers, 2 x Cotic Rockets, 11 x events, 3 x wins, 13 x podiums, 1 x overall win (PMBA), 2 x 2nd category overall (Tweed Triple Crown), 1 x 4th overall (Tweed Triple Crown). Amazing!

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Teaaaam! Swinny Race 2 SCDH nationals Swinny Podium 1 Swinny Escapade Team Nationals Swinny winny Revs + Cotic Tweedlove 2017 PMBA Lee Quarry Darren Ellis Photography Swinny Rocketman 2

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10/10/2017 - Swinny PMBA Champion

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Swinny PMBA Champion

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Swinny is PMBA Enduro Champion for the second year in a row. It's an amazing achievement and we're so happy for him! Beer to celebrate!! More info and photos to follow soon...


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