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Yes, it’s that time again: Deadline Day. As we send the Spring edition of Singletrack, Issue 118, off to the printer, ready to be published on 6th April, until midnight on Sunday 25th March you’ve got a last chance to subscribe and get Singletrack delivered straight to your door.

Put the bleak midwinter behind you, get your bike out from behind the sledges and snow shovel, and get riding. Here’s what we’ll be bringing you to help put that spring in your step and the purpose in your pedal.

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Classic Ride: Surrounding Swinley

Geoff Waugh takes us on a Classic Ride round and about Swinley Forest. It may not be an epic journey over high mountain peaks, but it’s a great route to kick start your riding, blow away those winter cobwebs, and discover the trails beyond the trail centre. Go on, get out there.

Trail Hunter: Peaky Blinder

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White out in the White Peak

Heading a little further north, Tom Fenton takes us on a Trail Hunter in the Peak District. Away from the better known trails of the Dark Peak, Tom thinks there are gems to be found, hiding round the many corners of the White Peak.

UK Adventure: West Is Best

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How cold is too cold?

Adventures continue as we head north again. Pete Scullion takes us on a camping trip to a remote Beach Camp Out. Wild hills, foaming seas, and a deserted beach…it’s proper adventure. But in a cold Scottish winter, is it fun?

International Adventure: Soviet Singletrack

Finding the flow in the lava.

If north isn’t remote enough for you, how about east? Philipp ‘El Flamingo’ Becker heads to a former Russian military zone in search of trails which were off limits until just a few years ago. Between the rusting tanks and tumbledown buildings he finds trails worth the longest domestic flight in the world to get there.

Interview: Annie Last

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Peak District peak performer.

Maybe you just want to settle back and enjoy the feats of others, waiting for the sun’s rays to become warm before you venture out. In that case, you can read our interview with Annie Last. The British Olympic hopeful and XC World Championship Silver Medal Winner is arguably the most successful British MTB athlete we’ve ever had, so what lies ahead? Rachel Sokal sits down to chat about winning, the year ahead, and her new team.

Our regular columnist Jason Miles tells us a few home truths about the indignities of 24 hour racing. The physical battle doesn’t end at the finish line.

Grouptest: Packing Light

If only bags grew on trees.

As the weather improves and daylight hours increase, the chances of nipping out for a post work spin improve. Antony De Heveningham has been checking out a range of kit-carrying solutions that will allow you to carry just enough for those snatched rides. Bum bags, mini backpacks, and small frame bags get put to the test in our Packing Light Grouptest.

Bike Test: One Click Ponies

Mail order bikes.

Maybe you’ve wheeled your bike out of the shed only to discover it has more things wrong with it than you remember? Perhaps then it’s time for a new bike? James Vincent tests out three bikes from Bird, Intense and Sonder in our Direct To Consumer Bike Test.

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International Adventure: Finding Perspective In Lesotho

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When you wish the river crossing was deeper.

Kristi Stump and Steffen Schraegle take on the challenge of the Lesotho Sky stage race. They race, they crash, and Kristi ponders the gap between her own challenges and those of the people she encounters during the race. Is it the racing that matters, or what you learn on the way?

International Adventure: Internal Struggle

Dream trip, or restless night?

In another thought provoking feature, Tom Johnstone finally makes the trip he’s been dreaming of for years. Crossing Iceland’s empty interior, solo, with a head full of emotions, he learns about pushing on when you don’t want to, and discovers what bike riding really means to him.

Column: Seduced By The TV Remote

Steve Longdon misses the days when we used to ride up hills under our own power and peel our own oranges. Wait, what?

International Adventure: No Mercy In The Mountains

Big rock, tiny rider.

Chipps takes a rather taxing holiday in the Pyrenees. Perhaps a change isn’t always as good as a rest…

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