Singletrack Issue 78 – Sneak Preview!

Issue 78 is heading off to the printers this week and the Singletrack coffee machine is in a permanent state of red-hotness as we work our way through the last few bits of this issue’s stories.

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Issue 78's cover shot by David Martin, somewhere high in the Alps. Makes us want to be right there, right now. Please.

In issue 78 Benji invents his own niche of a sub-niche and calls it Mountainbikepacking (for want of a catchier name), David Martin and friends hit the Swiss Alps for their summer holidays with the aid of Il Postino Pat and his little yellow uplift bus. Classic Rides heads north to the Cairngorms for some mountainous, Mountain CafĂ© fun, Jewel of the Isle heads west to the Quantocks, and Steve Toze wonders what the National Trust ever did for us (answer – quite a lot actually).

Mountainbikepacking: just riding along.

In Grinder, Chipps picks three bikes he’d like to find under the Christmas tree this year (from Empire, Intense and Santa Cruz in case you’re wondering what to ask your mum for) and we test far too many winter jackets, plus the usual assortment of kit that keeps our long-term test bikes, like this issue’s Kinesis FF29, ticking over and our washing machines working overtime to keep up.

The Lairig Ghru: downhill all the way to almond blondies and a flat white.

Our columnists muse on the vagaries of pedals old and new, the rules of a new bike build and the Seven Deadly Sins, while the Big Feature takes a thoughtful look at how depression and cycling seem to make such comfortable trailfellows.

We’ve also done the dirty on our mountain bikes, temporarily at least and are coming clean on our love of all things 700c. No, not road bikes – those are staying safely tucked away in the cellar for now. It’s cyclocross season and to celebrate we’ve devoted some glossy page space to the wonders of the skinny, knobbly tyre. In the 2012 Singletrack Cyclocross special, we take a look at this year’s epic Three Peaks race through the eyes of some of its participants and with the help of ace lensman Sam Needham.

The 2012 Three Peaks: character building.

We’ve got an interview with GB’s hottest ‘cross rider of the moment, European Champion Helen Wyman, who is taking the international race scene by storm. The Grinder team man up and put a trio of ‘cross bikes from Felt, Focus and Genesis through their paces, as well as a few of our favourite bits of ‘cross kit, while Sanny and pals take to the beaches as they tour the Fife Coast Path on two wheels in search of ice cream and sangria, or whatever it is they drink in Burntisland these days.

Not Helen Wyman by any stretch of the imagination.

The new magazine is due to hit newsstands on 6th December but subscribers get it quicker (as long as the posties behave themselves), so head over to our subscriber page and get signed up:

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The cut-off date for new subscribers to start their sub with issue 78 is Monday 26th November. Get in there now and make sure you don’t miss out.