benrFrankly Friday with Ben Rafferty

How old are you? 37

Where do you live? Between Queenstown, New Zealand, and the rest of the world. Kinda like a biking nomad at the moment. Roots in many places.

Who makes it possible? Friends and family.

First bike? Age three and a half, had a wee fold-up bike that didn’t have stabilisers. Learnt skids that first summer. benr2

What can you not live without? A bike of some sort.

When you’re not riding bikes you are? Depressed. Actually no, when I’m not riding bikes I take pictures. Like a semi pro. What are your favourite five albums? Blondie - Parallel Lines U2 - Unforgettable Fire The Specials - The Specials Bad Brains – Rock for Light Take That - Take That And Party

What are your favourite five video parts? Joe Kid on a Sting- Ray – The whole movie gives me goosebumps. It’s like all my heroes from a kid there on DVD.

The Matrix – Opening Scene. The repercussions of watching that movie for the first time having no idea what it was about at 6am on a Sunday after a very big night out in London. The brain was not all there and that movie took it to new places. I always take the red pill and I’m still here... I think.

Props 4 or 5 - Section from Pennsylvania trails where they are all doing a train. First time I ever saw something like that.

Taxi. The French movie. This kid rips it up through Paris on a pizza delivery scooter.

Looking for Eric... Just watched it. If you love life then you’ll love this.

What’s wrong with mountain biking? Nothing. benr3 What’s right with mountain biking? Everything. It does it all. Scares me shitless, makes me laugh, cry, hang with friends and takes all my money.

Who do you look up to? Actually everyone I meet whilst out biking. They’ve got the passion, the energy and the get up and go to get out there.

Ever worn Lycra? Errmmmm occasionally. Though I cannot bring myself to sit in a café wearing it. What are your vices? Manyana manyana.