This year's big goal is to travel, meet the makers and do video podcasts to help share their stories and learn more about them.
Why Montgenèvre? Andy explains it all in our podcast, but for a quick summary:
"I ran away to France, initially thinking I'd just go for a couple of months and get some head space. But once I got there, I started driving a transfer bus for a friend's company, and I would pass all these landmarks from some of the world's top pro-cycling events. I had found myself pretty much by accident in the best cycling area in the world, just above a town called Montgenèvre. The Tour de France has started and finished a stage there, and the Giro came through my village. And if you roll down that mountain, you're then on a road that stretches all the way to Venice, and everybody who's anybody in bike manufacturing is along that road. It was great to be near all those craftspeople making the kind of bikes I wanted to build. So I just got my head down and got to work." - Extract from Ed.2
Andy lived in Montgenèvre for three years, and it's where it all started for him. He invited us out for a podcast as he was shooting a short film for some adverting for his bikes, so we were up for some adventure!