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Read a little bit about the experiences and unique personalities of Factory’s staff, in their own words.
This month: George Scott, Editor – Road Cycling UK
What was your start date and position at Factory?
I started as a junior writer on RoadCyclingUK and Bikemagic way back in September 2010, when they were part of Magicalia up in Angel. Factory bought both titles in March 2011 in a multi-million pound deal and the three of us who worked on RCUK and Bikemagic moved down to Farringdon soon after. I started writing exclusively on RCUK at the start of 2013 and have been staff writer, assistant editor and editor, though essentially my job revolves around the same thing… writing about bikes.
What has been your favourite Factory project?
Two recent projects have undoubtedly been the most rewarding: the RCUK 100 and Best of British. Both really raised the bar in the online road cycling media and got great feedback from competitors, brands and readers alike. They were also a real team effort, working with development, design, production and sales to bring it all together.
What has been the weirdest job you’ve ever had to do?
I once did work experience on the Croydon Advertiser as a wannabe journalist and joined a taekwondo class for OAPs. I think I’ve still got the newspaper cutting somewhere.
What’s the best place you’ve ever travelled to?
I’ve been lucky to travel a fair bit for work and ride in some incredible places, but generally always in Europe and mostly to the cycling heartlands of Italy,Spain, Belgium and France. However, I also went to Colorado earlier this year to ride for four days through the Rockies. That was every bit as good as I hoped it would be – everything is unimaginably vast – so it tops the list.
Away from work, I’d say New Zealand – it’s got it all – though I went to Costa Rica & Panama earlier this year and that was spot on.
Who has influenced your career the most and how?
A bloke called James Toney taught me a lot about what it takes to succeed as a journalist and also gave me my first break.
If you could have a drink with anyone, who would it be? (dead/alive/fictional/famous/not famous…)
I’m going to Gunner’s ’90s warehouse rave.
Greatest personal achievements?
- Winning the Tuesday night five-a-side title with the 50 Shades of O’Shea.
- Having Mark Cavendish hang up on me.
Three things people would be surprised to know about you?
- If the mood is right and the beer is flowing, I occasionally enjoy rolling back the years as a garage/drum and bass MC. Only a select group of people here have been lucky enough to witness this and I don’t take requests.
- I have three knee caps.
- I had a tortoise called Bob but sadly she (it’s complicated…) passed away last year.
Best thing about your job?
It doesn’t feel like a proper job (note to Ed: I work very, very hard). It’s not all trips to the Rockies but I feel lucky to do something I enjoy, for a company where everyone is passionate about their sport and job.
Judging by how long it’s taken me to complete this, it probably should be: “Why do today what can be done tomorrow.”