We dig through the sticky pages of our Au­gust 2001 is­sue to ind out why Kelli Salone and pal bared all on a tan­dem

Mountain Biking UK - - UPLIFT -

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

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