Hurrah! Issue 86 of Singletrack magazine has left the building and is being painted onto big rolls of paper in Lincolnshire as we speak.
If you’re a subscriber look out for your copy landing on the doormat towards the middle of next week. The official on sale date is Thursday 5th December but if you want to get in there early you can pre-order a copy from the Singletrack shop. We’ll dispatch pre-ordered copies as soon as they arrive, so with luck they should get to you in time for the weekend if you choose speedy postage.
The by-now-traditional sneak peeks and Premier exclusives will go live over the next few days. In the meantime here’s a rundown of the contents and a selection of the ace photography in the new issue to keep you going…
The Cover Shot:
“I had arranged to shoot at sunrise with Seb Kemp up at Dirt Park in the Cardrona Valley, just outside Wanaka NZ. We left Wanaka in the dark as it was stupidly early, and drove up the access road to the top of the track. Although it was autumn we were mightily surprised to see a fresh dusting of snow on the ground when we got to the top… It was just so beautiful. I was pretty excited to shoot some singletrack in these conditions as the valley looked so magical. I was determined to get a ‘fresh track’ shot of Seb cutting through the snow just as a skier would. So it was a one hit wonder and he nailed it not losing his traction on the slippery fresh snow. You can’t plan for mornings like this, I guess we were just lucky!”
Picture by Camilla Stoddart.
Contents (click to make biggerer!):
International Adventure: Getting Krazy in the Karwendel. Karen Eller and the Scott Contessa team get a warm welcome in the Karwendel mountains.
UK Riding: Merthyr Rising. Tom Hill braves the long drive south to play out in the UK’s newest bike park. Clue: it rains, but fun is not denied.
International Adventure: The Best Three Days of the Year. Dre Hestler and friends head into the Canadian backcountry for a good ol’ adventure threesome.
We Work Here: Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery. Bikes and beer? But of course! Geoff Waugh makes the connection.
UK Riding: That Was Summer, That Was. In order to fully appreciate a great summer, you need to have endured a couple of horrible wet ones – and Chipps is just the guy to tell you why.
Classic Ride: North York Moors. Moorland slogging in the snow? It must be Classic Ride time.
Bike Test: A Bit More Than A Grand Day Out. Steve Worland tests three bikes from Canyon, Merida and Specialized that don’t cost the earth, but let you ride all over it.
And finally, as this is the last issue of 2013, it includes the free Singletrack 2014 Calendar, packed with inspirational photography and ready for you to scribble next year’s riding plans all over it (Sharpie not included):
Every printed copy of issue 86 comes with a copy of the calendar – whether you’re a print subscriber or buy your print copy from our shop, one of our Premier Dealers or a newsstand outlet.
If you’re a digital subscriber, you can get hold of a free copy of the calendar from the Singletrack shop (you just pay P+P).