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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

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