Glen Haw, aka Farmer Glen, the founder of the hugely popular MTB stage race Sani2C, believes the true ethos of mountain biking is being eroded by people with non–mountain biking agendas and he’s had enough. He’s come up with an MTB code of conduct (see below) and has vowed to do his bit for the real mountain bike riders. Get the December issue of Bicycling to see how he intends to fight the ‘corporatisation’ that’s creeping into the sport.
Sani2C’s 10 Timeless Principles
1. We will show respect to all. Landowners, other trail users and local inhabitants are often inconvenienced by us. We will show them respect and appreciation. We will greet everyone we pass.
2. We will show respect to the environment. We will be environmentally responsible. We will not litter. We will do things to offset our carbon footprint. We will set an example and make a difference so our children do the same.
3. We will never take things for granted. Many people wish they could ride a mountain bike. Some can’t afford it, some do not have the drive, ability, mobility or health to attempt it and others simply cannot get in. We will never expect to be entitled to anything.
4.We will never complain or be critical unless we constructive. Everyone is trying their best, sometimes with all the best intentions people don’t get things right.
5. We will never be negative. We cannot control the weather or change some terrain. We are at the mercy of the elements and our sport is called mountain biking, there are some hills we have to use. Sometimes it rains and there is mud, other times it is dusty. Life is not all downhill. We will remain positive when the going is tough.
6. Our life has greater purpose than just having fun. In time we will all appreciate that sani2c is more than just a three-day ride. The greatest joy in our lives will not come from the three days at sani2c but in realising that we help many others in more ways than we know.
7. We will never be selfish. We will share, for the betterment of our sport and our broader community. We will share our ideas and our trails. We won’t make the cows stampede, horses bolt and runners move over, and try not terrifying the walkers. We will appreciate that fellow riders on their bikes have right of way. Pushers and slower riders need to move aside. People with manners smile, greet and move over.
8. We will all seek to be excellent in all that we do. At sani2c we all strive to surprise ourselves in what we achieve. We will all (crew, sponsors, partners and riders) be hardworking, train hard, be well prepared and diligent in all we do.
9. We will be real friends to our brothers and sisters. At sani2c we will all be honest, trustworthy, well organised, respectful, considerate, kind, thoughtful, express appreciation, be responsible, reliable and dependable.
10. We will all appreciate that there are absolutes. Some things are just plain wrong.
What is your MTB principle around a race? Comment below or on Facebook. To read the article in the December issue, click here.