Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

The founding fathers

Posted by Matt | November 21, 2012 | 9 comments so far

The founding Moles - Mark, Dave and Matt at Mayhem

Here’s a photo of something you don’t see very often. All three founding MoleFathers together in one place with at least two of us threatening to ride a bike.

Kev snapped Mark, Dave and myself at Mayhem this year and if we’d had any sense we’d have stayed put in the tent and drunk beer for the whole weekend. Let’s not re-live that experience again.

I thought I’d post this because if there’s any photo that sums the Muddymoles up as a group it’s this. It’s a broad church and as you can see here, everybody’s special.

We may have been the first but many have followed in our wheeltracks. Just wanted to tip my hat to everyone who’s ridden with us over the years.


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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  1. KevS says:

    I also have this pic available in its original full size format if anyone wants to use it as a pest deterrent, pigeon scarer, fox frightener and any number of other uses!

  2. Bazza says:

    Don’y let any children see the picture, it could put them off for life……..

  3. Dandy says:

    “everybody’s special” but from the look of that snap, only to their mums !

    Thank you, Molefathers; you’ve certainly added some colour (in the clothing dept), laughs (countered by a few tears), and encouragement (mainly of immature behaviour) over these last few years. Cheers guys 😉

  4. paul901 says:

    It’s not easy to get the eyes past those boots or socks that Mark is wearing. Okay kids, is this rock star cool, medieval party boots being all he could find, flared jeans, warm socks summing up that he has gone soft over the years, worn for a bet, personally chosen.

    Let’s just be thankful they aren’t in colours that appeal to Dandy or we will see Catweazle out on the trails yet to go with the dance he has already perfected!…

  5. tony says:

    It looks like “special needs” mountain biking even organised by Matt and Dave. Obviously doing their bit to help the Care in the Community unfortunate in the chair.

  6. KevS says:

    You know those useless “No cold calling” stickers that people put on their front doors … print one of these puppies, stick it on yer door with the message “We live here” … Nuff said!

  7. Markymark says:

    I feel a Dave / Matt duo coming on:

    (Let’s go outside) [Dave solo]
    (Let’s go outside) [Matt solo]
    Outside, Outside… [together]

    [Dave solo]
    Back to nature
    Just human nature
    Hidden in the back
    I think I’m done with the sofa
    I think I’m done with the hall
    I think I’m done with the kitchen…table maybe

    (Let’s go outside) [Matt]

    [Matt solo]
    In the sunshine
    I know you want to
    But you can’t say yes

    (Let’s go outside) [together]

    In the moonshine
    Take me to the places that I love best..

  8. Colin says:

    its not the way you lead me by the seatpost into the tent
    la la la, la la la, la la la, la la laaaaa

    its not the way you throw you bike onto the bedroom floor

    My warnings about the Mole top colouring were not taken seriously!!!!!

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