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Meet The Faces of Beyond

Meet The Faces of Beyond 2021

Meet The Faces of Beyond 2021

Beyond/bɪˈjɒnd/noun - 'something that lies outside the scope of ordinary experience'.
 
If there's a word that summarises what pushes riders to seek the boundaries of what is deemed possible on a bike, then it's 'beyond'. Starting in 2019, HUNT Beyond was established to focus on providing a platform for the aforementioned riders who don’t quite fit into the proverbial box.
 
Headed up by HUNT Beyond Brand Manager (and winner of GBDURO and the TransContinental Race), Josh Ibbett, we are humbled to introduce the wide range of riders who will fly the Beyond flag globally and give us their real world feedback, to help develop wheels that perform in the most remote corners of the globe. So without further ado, here they are...

Sofiane after the Atlas Mountain Race

Sofiane Sehili

Sofiane needs no introduction to those familiar with the world of ultra-racing.

He took some big scalps at the first race of the 2020 season by winning the Atlas Mountain race. Covid threw a spanner in the works and Sofiane took every opportunity to race that he could, finishing second in the 3 Peaks Challenge and the Two Volcano Sprint, as well as winning the French Divide.

For 2021 we look forward to supporting Sofiane and helping him achieve his goal of setting a new course record at the Tour Divide.

Gail Brown

New to Hunt Beyond for this year is Gail Brown. Gail is no stranger to the world of bikepacking having finished the TransContinental Race and GBduro.

Gail manages to smile regardless of how tough things are and will be a great addition to the team. In 2021 Gail will focus on the Silk Road Mountain Race and the Atlas Mountain Race.

Gail Brown during The TransContinental Race

Photo by Angus Sung 

Eleonora Balibi after Bikingman

Eleonora Balbi

Eleonora lives to travel. In 2021 she will be setting off around Europe in her camper van with no plans apart from to find some adventure. We can’t wait to see what Elenora gets up to and are very pleased to make sure she is rolling on some sweet wheels on her cycling adventures.

Fabian Burri

If you have ever taken part in an ultra-race in Europe then there is a pretty good chance that you’ve met Fabian.

Fab manages to pack races into his calendar each year, normally racing at least one a month and always completing the event. When he puts his mind to it and hits a race fresh you can find him right up at the pointy end.

Fabian is the ever smiling face on these gruelling events and will always stop for a chat and to see how things are going.

Fabian Burri, Hunt Beyond Rider
Emma Pooley, Hunt Beyond Rider

Photo by Richard Jackson

Emma Pooley

Emma Pooley is a former World Time Trial Champion and Olympic medallist, however what she really loves is hiking up a steep mountain pass with her bike on her shoulder!

These qualities mean that Emma is a serious contender in Bikepacking races, winning her first ever race in Further Pyrenees and recently broke the women’s Everesting record.

For 2021, Emma is venturing further into the world of off-road riding by taking part in the Hope1000 mountain bike race across Switzerland.

Steve Bate

Steve has an impressive array of sporting achievements including solo climbing El Capitain in the Yosemite National Part and winning a Gold medal at the Rio Paralympic games.

Steve has a degenerative visual impairment which makes his sporting achievements even more impressive and we are very proud to support Steve with his adventures in 2021.

Steve Bate, Hunt Beyond Rider
Claire Frecknall, Hunt Beyond Rider

Claire Frecknall

Claire is a returning member of the Hunt Beyond Team in 2021, and has now joined The Rider Firm in our support team.

When not at work Claire can be found out on her bike on the South Downs Way exploring the rugged landscape and planning her next excursion, we can’t wait to see what adventures she gets up to later in the year.

Andy Cox

Andy is an exciting new addition to the Hunt Beyond riders. Andy spends each summer travelling across Europe on his bike, at his own pace, the result of this is the creation of the European Divide Trail, a 4000mile route from Norway to Portugal.

Andy will begin is wanderings again this spring with the aim of creating an East to West off road trail across Europe, we can’t wait to see the result!

Andy Cox, Hunt Beyond Rider
Iman Kagumba, Hunt Beyond Rider

Iman Kagumba

Iman lives in Kenya and loves to race. We are incredibly proud to support her with Hunt wheels and help her reach her potential. On top of all of her riding and racing, Iman also does fantastic work in her local community, encouraging other women to start riding.

2021 will see Iman racing the Migration Gravel Race in her home country and we're looking forward to cheering her to the finish line.

Fede Cabrera

Fede lives in Argentina and spends many months each year traveling South America by bicycle.

Fede runs a project called ‘Their Only Portrait’ where he donates solar lamps and take photographs for families in remote mountain villages in South America.

Itching to get back on the road in 2021, after 8 months being isolated in Buenos Aires, Fede has some big plans and we can’t wait to see his incredible images from his next adventure.

Fede Cabrera, from Their Only Portrait
Jenny Tough, Hunt Beyond Rider

Jenny Tough

Jenny just loves to be out in the mountains whether it’s on foot or on her bike, she was the fastest female rider at the 2020 Atlas Mountain Race and she naturally gravitates towards the harder events on the bike packing calendar, such as the Silk Road Mountain Race.

Jenny's an all round athlete and her running goals include running across a mountain range, on each continent, ticking off a mountain range each year.

Josh Ibbett

Josh doesn't need much of an intro, he has been part of Hunt from the very beginning, both as a rider and employee. He has won the Transcontinental Race, Italy Divide and GBDuro on HUNT wheels, as well as completing multiple long bikepacking trips.

Josh keeps the Beyond riders in check making sure they have the best wheels possible for their adventures.

Josh Ibbett, Hunt Beyond Rider
Joachim Rosenlund, Hunt Beyond Rider

Joachim Rosenlund

Joachim found cycling as way to rehabilitate after a number of skateboard induced hip fractures and before he knew it was bitten by the cycling bug.

Taking every chance he can get, Joachim thrives on setting out on two wheels to explore beautiful and expansive routes, mixing overnighters with long distance rides.

Always looking ahead, Joachim's dairy will be packed full of ideas for the coming year and we are looking forward to seeing where he ends up.

Angus Young

Angus is an up and coming rider in the world of Bikepacking, not to mention a competitor in top winter triathlons (run/bike/ski), running for a spot at the next Winter Olympics. Around all this he somehow manages to find the time to be a secondary school teacher.

Angus is pretty handy on a bike and loves to give it everything in any race he enters. It’s only a matter of time before he wins big, let’s hope 2021 is the year!

Angus Young, Hunt Beyond Rider
Axel Carion, Hunt Beyond Rider

Axel Carion

Axel is the brains behind the Bikingman Series of ultra-events, which is becoming more and more popular every year. Outside of the events Axel loves to head out into the wilderness on long expeditions, having travelled extensively through South America, including riding the length of the continent.

We're thrilled to be supporting Axel in 2021 and we're sure he will be putting our Dynamo wheels to good use.

Rich Rothwell

Rich loves a tough ride, give him remoteness, bad weather and rough terrain and he will be happy.

Rich has tackled some of the toughest bikepacking routes including the Highland Trail 550 and the Colorado Trail Race, as well as winning multiple solo 24hour Mtb races.

As well as a racer Rich is a top coach with Transition Coaching specialising in helping riders reach their potential in endurance events. Rich will be targeting the Highland Trail 550 in 2021.

Rich Rothwell, Hunt Beyond Rider
Rich Rothwell, Hunt Beyond Rider
Nathalie Baillon, Hunt Beyond Rider

Nathalie Baillon

Nathalie is another new addition to the Hunt Beyond line up. She lives in the foothills of the French Alps and has been riding for 15 years.

She was drawn to idea of lightweight bikepacking whilst touring the length of New Zealand, having crossed paths with riders taking part in the Tour Aotearoa (a bikepacking event riding the length of New Zealand) and was instantly hooked.

Since then Nathalie won the 2020 Bikingman Corsica event and has her sights set on Bikingman Eskadi and the B-hard Ultra race in Bosnia, as well as a number of bikepacking trips across Europe.

Welcome to the team Nathalie!

Jason Kiefer

Jason is the newest member to the HUNT Beyond Team coming on board just before his first attempt at Unbound Gravel XL in 2021, where he placed 8th overall. Jason’s most recent achievements include a 2nd place finish, behind Josh Tostado at the Colorado Endurance Series event, SBFL and also an amazing effort on the Colorado Trail Race finishing 9th.

Jason lives in Leadville, Colorado (2 miles above sea level) with his wife and new baby and juggles family life, a full time job and training on his bike. We look forward to big things from “Kiefer” as he’s more motivated than ever to compete in big events.

Beyond/bɪˈjɒnd/noun - 'something that lies outside the scope of ordinary experience'.
 
If there's a word that summarises what pushes riders to seek the boundaries of what is deemed possible on a bike, then it's 'beyond'. Starting in 2019, HUNT Beyond was established to focus on providing a platform for the aforementioned riders who don’t quite fit into the proverbial box.
 
Headed up by HUNT Beyond Brand Manager (and winner of GBDURO and the TransContinental Race), Josh Ibbett, we are humbled to introduce the wide range of riders who will fly the Beyond flag globally and give us their real world feedback, to help develop wheels that perform in the most remote corners of the globe. So without further ado, here they are...
 

Sofiane Sehili

Sofiane after the Atlas Mountain Race

Sofiane needs no introduction to those familiar with the world of ultra-racing.

He took some big scalps at the first race of the 2020 season by winning the Atlas Mountain race. Covid threw a spanner in the works and Sofiane took every opportunity to race that he could, finishing second in the 3 Peaks Challenge and the Two Volcano Sprint, as well as winning the French Divide.

For 2021 we look forward to supporting Sofiane and helping him achieve his goal of setting a new course record at the Tour Divide.


Gail Brown

Gail Brown during The TransContinental Race

Photo by Angus Sung 

New to Hunt Beyond for this year is Gail Brown. Gail is no stranger to the world of bikepacking having finished the TransContinental Race and GBduro.

Gail manages to smile regardless of how tough things are and will be a great addition to the team. In 2021 Gail will focus on the Silk Road Mountain Race and the Atlas Mountain Race.


Eleonora Balbi

Eleonora Balibi after Bikingman

Eleonora lives to travel. In 2021 she will be setting off around Europe in her camper van with no plans apart from to find some adventure. We can’t wait to see what Elenora gets up to and are very pleased to make sure she is rolling on some sweet wheels on her cycling adventures.


Fabian Burri

Fabian Burri, Hunt Beyond Rider

If you have ever taken part in an ultra-race in Europe then there is a pretty good chance that you’ve met Fabian.

Fab manages to pack races into his calendar each year, normally racing at least one a month and always completing the event. When he puts his mind to it and hits a race fresh you can find him right up at the pointy end.

Fabian is the ever smiling face on these gruelling events and will always stop for a chat and to see how things are going.


Emma Pooley

Emma Pooley is a former World Time Trial Champion and Olympic medallist, however what she really loves is hiking up a steep mountain pass with her bike on her shoulder!

These qualities mean that Emma is a serious contender in Bikepacking races, winning her first ever race out in Further Pyrenees and recently broke the women’s Everesting record.

For 2021, Emma is venturing further into the world of off-road riding by taking part in the Hope1000 mountain bike race across Switzerland.


Steve Bate

Steve Bate, Hunt Beyond Rider

Steve has an impressive array of sporting achievements including solo climbing El Capitain in the Yosemite National Part and winning a Gold medal at the Rio Paralympic games.

Steve has a degenerative visual impairment which makes his sporting achievements even more impressive and we are very proud to support Steve with his adventures in 2021.


Claire Frecknall

Claire Frecknall, Hunt Beyond Rider

Claire is a returning member of the Hunt Beyond Team in 2021, and has now joined The Rider Firm in our support team.

When not at work Claire can be found out on her bike on the South Downs Way exploring the rugged landscape and planning her next excursion, we can’t wait to see what adventures she gets up to later in the year.


Andy Cox

Andy Cox, Hunt Beyond Rider

Andy is an exciting new addition to the Hunt Beyond riders. Andy spends each summer travelling across Europe on his bike, at his own pace, the result of this is the creation of the European Divide Trail, a 4000mile route from Norway to Portugal.

Andy will begin is wanderings again this spring with the aim of creating an East to West off road trail across Europe, we can’t wait to see the result!


Iman Kagumba

Iman Kagumba, Hunt Beyond Rider

Iman lives in Kenya and loves to race. We are incredibly proud to support her with Hunt wheels and help her reach her potential. On top of all of her riding and racing, Iman also does fantastic work in her local community, encouraging other women to start riding.

2021 will see Iman racing the Migration Gravel Race in her home country and we're looking forward to cheering her to the finish line.


Fede Cabrera

Fede Cabrera, from Their Only Portrait

Fede lives in Argentina and spends many months each year traveling South America by bicycle.

Fede runs a project called ‘Their Only Portrait’ where he donates solar lamps and take photographs for families in remote mountain villages in South America.

Itching to get back on the road in 2021, after 8 months being isolated in Buenos Aires, Fede has some big plans and we can’t wait to see his incredible images from his next adventure.


Jenny Tough

Jenny Tough, Hunt Beyond Rider

Jenny just loves to be out in the mountains whether it’s on foot or on her bike, she was the fastest female rider at the 2020 Atlas Mountain Race and she naturally gravitates towards the harder events on the bike packing calendar, such as the Silk Road Mountain Race.

Jenny's an all round athlete and her running goals include running across a mountain range, on each continent, ticking off a mountain range each year.


Josh Ibbett

Josh Ibbett, Hunt Beyond Rider

Josh doesn't need much of an intro, he has been part of Hunt from the very beginning, both as a rider and employee. He has won the Transcontinental Race, Italy Divide and GBDuro on HUNT wheels, as well as completing multiple long bikepacking trips.

Josh keeps the Beyond riders in check making sure they have the best wheels possible for their adventures.


Joachim Rosenlund

Joachim Rosenlund, Hunt Beyond Rider

Joachim found cycling as way to rehabilitate after a number of skateboard induced hip fractures and before he knew it was bitten by the cycling bug.

Taking every chance he can get, Joachim thrives on setting out on two wheels to explore beautiful and expansive routes, mixing overnighters with long distance rides.

Always looking ahead, Joachim's dairy will be packed full of ideas for the coming year and we are looking forward to seeing where he ends up.


Angus Young

Angus Young, Hunt Beyond Rider

Angus is an up and coming rider in the world of Bikepacking, not to mention a competitor in top winter triathlons (run/bike/ski), running for a spot at the next Winter Olympics. Around all this he somehow manages to find the time to be a secondary school teacher.

Angus is pretty handy on a bike and loves to give it everything in any race he enters. It’s only a matter of time before he wins big, let’s hope 2021 is the year!


Axel Carion

Axel Carion, Hunt Beyond Rider

Axel is the brains behind the Bikingman Series of ultra-events, which is becoming more and more popular every year. Outside of the events Axel loves to head out into the wilderness on long expeditions, having travelled extensively through South America, including riding the length of the continent.

We're thrilled to be supporting Axel in 2021 and we're sure he will be putting our Dynamo wheels to good use.


Rich Rothwell

Rich Rothwell, Hunt Beyond Rider

Rich loves a tough ride, give him remoteness, bad weather and rough terrain and he will be happy.

Rich has tackled some of the toughest bikepacking routes including the Highland Trail 550 and the Colorado Trail Race, as well as winning multiple solo 24hour Mtb races.

As well as a racer Rich is a top coach with Transition Coaching specialising in helping riders reach their potential in endurance events. Rich will be targeting the Highland Trail 550 in 2021.


Nathalie Baillon

Nathalie Baillon, Hunt Beyond Rider

Nathalie is another new addition to the Hunt Beyond line up. She lives in the foothills of the French Alps and has been riding for 15 years.

She was drawn to idea of lightweight bikepacking whilst touring the length of New Zealand, having crossed paths with riders taking part in the Tour Aotearoa (a bikepacking event riding the length of New Zealand) and was instantly hooked.

Since then Nathalie won the 2020 Bikingman Corsica event and has her sights set on Bikingman Eskadi and the B-hard Ultra race in Bosnia, as well as a number of bikepacking trips across Europe.

Welcome to the team Nathalie!

Jason Kiefer

Jason is the newest member to the HUNT Beyond Team coming on board just before his first attempt at Unbound Gravel XL in 2021, where he placed 8th overall. Jason’s most recent achievements include a 2nd place finish, behind Josh Tostado at the Colorado Endurance Series event, SBFL and also an amazing effort on the Colorado Trail Race finishing 9th.

Jason lives in Leadville, Colorado (2 miles above sea level) with his wife and new baby and juggles family life, a full time job and training on his bike. We look forward to big things from “Kiefer” as he’s more motivated than ever to compete in big events.