From Dirt Issue 111 – May 2011
Words by Richard Cunynghame. Photos by Victor Lucas.
One of the beauties of this sport is that it covers a lot of different riding and challenges. One rider whose appetite seems insatiable to take on these challenges is Chris Akrigg. You would be hard pushed to find a rider with this much talent and even harder pushed to find one willing to test that talent so frequently and precariously.
Those of you that have been into the sport for a while will have heard the name of Chris Akrigg around the place for years, but at 33 it is only recently that he as actually become a paid up pro, this thankfully is why we are seeing more of his riding through the constant stream of films he is producing and more frequent photoshoots. His riding has evolved in a way that is not only captivating but also unique, as is his attitude towards it.
I met up with Chris on the top floor of a bar in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and over lunch, a couple of drinks and a lot of laughter, I tried to find out what makes him tick. Believe me, any boastful comments said hereafter were said very much tongue in cheek with a lot of laughter. He’s definitely a rider assured of his abilities, but in true Yorkshireman style this never gets in the way of him having a good time and poking a bit of fun at himself and others>>