- Hybrid’s UK office staff unleashed on Exmoor
- Mother Nature’s finest experienced by all
- Tired legs, sunburn and pub grub feature heavily
On May 26th 2017, the Hybrid team’s UK office staff set off for a day of mountain biking across one of the most beautiful places in the UK, Exmoor.
In a break with the tradition of Hybrid away-days, the great British weather proved spectacular, with the main dangers presenting themselves to all the budding Bradley Wiggins’s as overheating, sunburn and lactic acid build-up.
Beginning with a short talk by Mick Lindsay, owner of first-rate events organisation company, Mocean, that introduced the team to what lay in store, the day began with a short but viciously steep climb up the valley side from Exford to the edge of Exmoor proper, in teams of five. The majestic views on offer were much appreciated by all, despite the high-pitched keening and retching coming several of the more sedate members of staff.
From there, an off-road cycle across the moor provided an exhilarating exploration of the bikes’ suspension setups and first-hand experience for many of what was, literally, a ‘white knuckle ride’. The teams all regrouped at the highest vantage point on the moor, with the warm wind quickly drying sweating brows and adding a certain attractive tousling to the hairdos of some of the more rakish members of the Sales team.
After a welcome lunch supplied by the ever-prepared Mocean and gallons of water taken onboard, it was a welcome (but long) downhill cycle to Purlock, via several cow fields, and in one alarming incident, via Beachy Head; the latter in part due a reckless break with accepted navigation methods employed by Mocean’s Wayne. Despite this, Hybrid still has a Managing Director and several other key members of staff.
Familiar territory ended the day, with not one, but two pub trips, where drinks and grub were taken, as were many vows never again to get on a bike of any description, at least until Satan himself iceskates to work.
Many thanks to the marvellous team at Mocean, who once more provided us with the most fantastic event. Their only problem will be how to top this one!
James Craven, Managing Director of Hybrid, said: “We make sure that we get out of the office as a team as often as possible. Coasteering, sailing, go kart racing, bowling – it doesn’t really matter. In some respects, it’s about team building, but really it’s about having some fun and saying thanks to everyone for working hard through the year.”
About Hybrid: Hybrid is a high-growth independent media company with niche internet brands in Asia and emerging markets. Hybrid has an extremely ambitious content strategy that will see them produce an increasing amount of engaging content in new and exciting formats for a growing audience (eight million unique visitors every month), reflecting the rapid growth experienced by the company.
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