This issue we’ve got 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 Hawaiia’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.
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.