VAARU Ambassador – James Ketchell

We invited James Ketchell to be a VAARU Ambassador when we learned that not only had he bought one of our bikes, he was riding around Britain on it and fundraising for a worthy cause too. Captain Ketch is a man worth listening to; in 2014, seven years after a serious motorcycle accident which broke his legs and ankle very badly, he became the only person to have rowed The Atlantic Ocean, summited Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles around the world, he has some great tales to tell.

We recently spoke to our Ambassador James Ketchell, to find out what he likes about his Vaaru Octane 6-4.

“I have wanted a titanium bike for a number of years now and after meeting James at the Bike show NEC, I decided that the bike I wanted was a Vaaru. 

One of the reasons I like the bike so much is it’s ability to do everything. The bike is perfect for lightweight touring, with frame bags. I’m pretty confident saying that, as I cycled 3,500 miles around the UK coastline in 2016 and never had one problem. 

I also like the fact that it can be used as an out and out race bike, I have been competing in criterium’s throughout the summer of 2017. 

Overall, I just like the look and feel of the bike. Having got to know James at Vaaru I instantly warmed to him, I could see his passion for building bikes and we share similar interests. Whenever I meet someone who I think is a good person and is doing something exciting I like to try and support them however I can. 

I am very proud to be an ambassador for Vaaru and am extremely excited at the prospect of watching the development of Vaaru and it’s products”.

James is author of ‘The Ultimate Triathlon’ which is a great read and is available to buy on his website .

James rides an Octane 6-4.