Cris Bloomfield started racing in 1992 under the tuition of Ian Brown (a rider with a phenomenal pedigree) in the Channel Islands. Mountain Biking may have been the catalyst for the hobby but by the mid 1990s road racing followed and his results as a junior equated to notable placings in the senior ranks. As a result Cris went on to form part of the Giant youth development program.
Regional successes in hillclimbing, timetrials and mountain bike racing were taken to the next level through participation in the Eastern Region Mountain Bike Association series. After a year in the East he moved north to Manchester and has been there ever since. The north west of England offers beautiful riding in the Peak District, Derbyshire, Cheshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire. Manchester also allowed Cris to ride the world famous velodrome and local criterium racing series.
Around 2000 racing shifted towards longer endurance type events, including team and pair entries in Europe’s largest 24hr race the SAAB Salomon Mountain Mayhem, Shimano’s Sleepless in the Saddle, Marin’s Dusk til Dawn and the Bontrager Twentyfour12 event. Recent aims have been to ride more in new places and this has led to multi-day point to point rides including the Trans-Cambrian and the famous Alpine Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt.
Since March 2003 Cris has run this mountain biking website, which amongst other things is the home of the Singletrack Magazine Archive, as well as the platform for providing accounts, discussion and photos of riding and mountain bike shenanigans in general.