STORM IN A D CUP
We dig through the sticky pages of our August 2001 issue to ind out why Kelli Salone and pal bared all on a tandem
Back in the day, when ‘lad’s mags’ ruled the magazine racks, British mountain biking was a little less politically correct. Or maybe that was just us! MBUK regular and flatout 4X rider Kelli Salone had never been shy to expose a little flesh in the name of our sport. And when she revealed that she’d ridden a tandem topless to scare off some ramblers who’d been making trouble at her local trails, we felt we owed it to our readers to reenact the whole scenario.
Going twos-up in the buff with her friend Michael Blake, Kelli (who now runs the Dame Cycling club) must have been quite a sight as she streaked past the old giffers with an evil grin on her face. We can just imagine their jaws dropping to the floor with shock (and perhaps a little excitement!), before the realisation hit them in the face (or was that Michael’s trailing appendage?!) that mountain bikers were in charge on these trails and their red-socked ways weren’t welcome!
Things have come a long way since the early Noughties, and these days the only person getting naked on photoshoots is our Jimmer (seriously dude, put it away!). We like to focus on women riders’ ample skills and fitness, rather than any other assets. (Mind you, we always did that too, showcasing the talents of the likes of Caroline Alexander, Helen Mortimer and Tracy Moseley alongside the odd silly article). We’ve also worked out that it’s better to talk to walkers than flash and roost them!
At the end of the day, we were just happy the safety of Kelli’s local trails had been enhanced. Much like her 42D chest. (Sorry, couldn’t resist at least one boob gag in tribute to the MBUK of old!)
We can’t help thinking that a naked Jimmer on a tandem would have been way more o putting for the ramblers