We’ve taken a detour away from the rules of cover shots for this issue. What we are meant to do is choose a shot that invokes a sense of aspiration as well as a sense of the season. A rider on a ribbon of singletrack; a puff of dust from the back wheel; elbows out and riding through a golden landscape to reflect the ideal summer’s day in the saddle when it all goes perfectly.
Yeah, well, we’ve not gone there this time. Instead we’ve gone for that sense of impending impact that we reckon every rider has felt in one way or another, often several times in a single ride.
The conditions may be perfect and the sun may have turned the trail to dust, but for you it just didn’t work. That one time the dust gave way and your front wheel slid out, or that rut just got deeper when you thought you could ride it up the side and out. Every rider has been there and if you haven’t then you just aren’t trying hard enough.
If looking at this image conjures memories of ‘oof!’ then this cover is for you. We’ve been there too. Far too often in fact. We’ll be paying tribute to this all to familiar moment with a special photo gallery of those moments when it’s all about to go horribly wrong. A special selection of images taken after the mistake but before the impact.
Our issue 106 cover was shot by Mattias Fredriksson and there’s still time to subscribe to make sure a copy lands on your door mat.
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