Graham Cottingham's gear of the year 2020

Graham's gear of the year
(Image credit: Graham Cottingham)

As 2020 comes to a close it marks the end of my first year as a tech writer on Cyclingnews and what an eventful (or uneventful, depending on how you look at it) year 2020 was. The excitement was high as I joined the team in January and calendars quickly began filling up with interesting events and launches only for everything to suddenly get cancelled again as the world plunged into lockdown. While that was a bit of a dampener I have still greatly enjoyed my 2020 and continually feel grateful for all the experiences and support that I have received as part of the team thus far. 

I am lucky that the terrible events of the last year had no reaching effects beyond my social life and only being able to ride locally. While I look forward to the return of group rides, pubs and bikepacking adventures of the old days, I would be lying if I said that the summer of social distancing didn't have its positives. We saw huge numbers of people reassess priorities, work-life balance and experience a life free of many of the pressures that can take precedence over self-care. This did mean that my quiet local gravel and singletrack trails became awash with people keen to escape the confines of their living room though.

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