While I wouldn’t call myself an expert off-road I’d ridden sand before, so as I was heading towards the floor while Marc Coma was gliding off into the distance, I couldn’t help but wonder what had gone wrong. Luckily, that’s why Marc was there.
“This sand here is very soft,” says Coma. “You need to lean back and give it more power. That will keep the front wheel from digging in. Then it’s just a case of staying relaxed while the bike moves around.”
With his words ringing in my ears I set off again. What was throwing me a little (notice I’m getting my excuse in early here) was riding a geared electric bike, which was adding a few too many confusing extra elements for my simple ape brain to cope with. I was trying to relax as much as possible but with 190kg of bike, seemingly with a mind of its own, flailing around underneath me, I was struggling. Before long, I lost concentration, stayed in too high a gear and came to an unedifying halt at the side of a dune. Coma stood on top of it like a Jedi master, while I languished at the bottom – the padawan with a great deal to learn.
‘Coma stood on top of the Dune like a Jedi master’
‘Give it more power and relax.’ That’s easy for you to say Marc
Drinks stop: MCN’S Gibbons (centre) with the mighty Marc Coma