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Inside Singletrack 88…
We visit the Tweed Valley ahead of the very first UK round of the Enduro World Series, watch 24-hour soloists and all-round nice guys Guy Martin and Terrahawk face off over a loaded teapot and send Chipps to ride from Summit to Sea in the Pyrenees on another busman’s holiday.
Seb Rogers gives us a koala’s-eye view of manmade trails down under, Sam Needham interviews the irrepressible Josh Bryceland and Benji talks you through one of his top five UK rides (clue: it’s not in Wales or Yorkshire…).
We prove there’s still plenty of life in little wheels by getting Steve Worland to put in trail time on three brand new 26in bikes from Devinci, Commencal and Yeti. The combined might of the Grinder team takes on 18 Bikes’ new Pinion-drivetrained 853 hardtail, seven double chainsets, gets its grubby mitts on the usual handfuls of soft goods and hardware, and rounds things off with a comprehensive shakedown of three dream adventure vans.
“I was amazed at how quiet and undiscovered some parts of Ibiza are, like this isolated bit of trail on the south west coast. You’d hardly believe it’s just a few miles from night-club central. It was the first time for our guide Ash to ride this hidden gem, something he had spotted on the map – so what started as a bit of late afternoon trail-blazing ended up with some lucky timing, as the sun sank to the right spot above Es Vedrà Island.”
Victor Lucas, Ibiza.