Director of @mid_life_cycles_royal_enfield, Michael Catchpole, has followed two passions in his life: motorcycles and media. Around the same time he earned a journalism cadetship, he got his motorcycle license.
“From my mid-teenage years, I was a motorcycle enthusiast. I got my learners license when I was 16 years old and rode motorcycles then moved to race cars for a number of years and raced them at a semi-professional level. I always maintained a passion for motorcycles and about 10 years ago, I became interested in the Cafe Racer movement, which started in the late-1950s in Britain and has had a huge resurgence in the last decade."
As he built a career in media and communications, he also raced and maintained motorcycles and cars. And eight years ago, Michael decided to take his passion for motorcycles to another level. .
“There are times when I think it was a mistake turning my hobby into a business. The thrill of the hobby is largely lost in the day to day pressures of running a business. Certainly, I don’t have a lot of time to participate in rides, events or builds because I’m working six and sometimes seven days a week. The work-life balance is heavily weighted towards the business at the moment.”
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