Hurrah – issue 84 is safely on its way to the printers! Without further ado, here’s a quick rundown of the contents and a few of the stunning photos to whet your appetite…
This issue has rather an island theme. Classic Rides heads to the Isle of Man for a quick blast around the off-road version of the TT circuit while the Big Feature focuses on Northern Ireland’s mountain bike scene and new trail centre developments. Further afield Steffi Marth’s story on Hawaii’s epic singletrack will have your picture-postcard appreciation glands working overtime, Joe Schwartz gives us the racer’s-eye view on the singletrackathon which is the BC Bike Race, and Chipps draws the short straw with a trip to the foothills of Lincolnshire.
Issue 84’s cover shot, by Rikard Lindby: “I always feel privileged when I get the chance to witness how the last light of day transforms the mountain landscape into something almost otherworldly. And experiencing it all while out riding bikes together with good friends makes it even better. Captured in Haldigrat, central Switzerland, this photo shows Stefan Zürcher blazing down the trail just minutes before the sun set.”
In the columns, Steve Worland gives marketing the scant respect he thinks it’s due, Meerkat sketches out a new reality bereft of golf and football (woohoo!) and Olly Townsend does double duty as café reviewer and bike guide bean-spiller. Chipps talks tools, while the Grinder team have been hard at work on 16 pairs of baggy shorts, three 2014 dream bikes from Ibis, Kinesis and Santa Cruz, one ‘new breed’ trail bike from PYGA and the usual assortment of soft goods, hardware and all the good stuff in between for your reviewing pleasure.
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