The latest member of the INTENSE Europe ambassador crew is British rider Dan Bateson. Dan got into bikes at the age of 15 when he started going to legendary UK dirt jump spots Woburn and Chicksands on his old BMX, but as soon as he got his first dirt jump bike he was hooked.

Back where it all began, Woburn. Photo: Tony Lovatt

He then started to race 4X in the UK before moving on to compete at pro level at World Cups, representing GB at the World Champs. Highly skilled on a bike, last year he started to hit-up the UK national DH series, as well as that flip!!! (see below). It’s great to have him on board.

Photo: Jed Leach

Who is Dan Bateson?
That’s a tough one, I’m just a guy that loves riding bikes and having fun.

Where do you live?
Milton Keynes, UK.

What do you do?
Work with my mate on his new venture running a motocross dealership EmotoUK.

Photo: Jed Leach

What is the worst job you have ever had?
Cutting out corrosion on old trains and re-welding new panels in. I didn’t last long doing that!

Where are your favorite places?
The classics - Whistler and Morzine.

Where is your favorite place to ride?
DYFI Bikepark.

Photo: Jed Leach

When are you happiest?
Riding bikes with a good group of people.

What makes you angry?
People who don’t like eBikes.

What makes you happy?

Photo: Jed Leach

What is the best piece of advice you have even been given?
Not to ask a girl out on NYE because then you’ll never get to spend another one with the lads!

What are your extravagances?
My Pure Gym membership.

What’s the most important thing in your life?
Friends, mum, dad, sister and bikes.

What is your luckiest escape?
Crashing a 50 foot front flip and being able to walk away injury free.

What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
Lube my chain and check tire pressures.

What’s the last thing you do at night?
A thorough bolt check.

Dan with partner in crime Jordan Booker. Photo: Jed Leach

What would your dream meal be?
Basic - endless supply of Domino’s.

What things do you always carry with you?
Just my phone.

Do you have any regrets?
No regrets.

Photo: Jed Leach

What’s the most important lesson you have learnt?
Don’t flip a 25 foot step-up on your mate’s bike in the dark unless they want a detachable headtube!

Who is your favorite rider?
Kade Edwards.

What is your favorite bike product of all time?
The eBike.

Photo: Jed Leach

What is your least favorite?
Handguards - what are you doing?

What’s your favorite motto or saying?
Lovely dop.

What are your weaknesses?
Peer pressure… it’s a massive strength when it pays off though.

What does the future hold for you?
More biking, more fun and more exploring amazing places.

Photo: Tony Lovatt

Follow Dan on his Instagram danbateson