Having spent three years as the Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling champ (1998-2000), I like to think I've done my bit at getting down and dirty. But if you want to see real bog cycling, take a look at Ian Hibell's legendary crossing of the Darien Gap in Panama. Ian was tragically killed last year after being hit by a car in Greece, but his extraordinary accomplishments on the bike – the first man to cycle the length of the American continent, amongst many other achievements – will always remain.

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.