Golden leaves, crisp frosts, atmospheric mists… or slippery brown sludge, cold fingers, and endless murk. What will October bring? The only certainty is that it will bring Issue 151 of Singletrack World. This will soon be heading to the printer, so that it can land on your doorsteps, real and virtual, just in time to keep you inspired as the nights draw in. Or, to give you an excuse to stay in that warm bath just a little longer, while you look a bit more closely at those pictures, and think about those words.
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On the Cover
Camera: Sony A7 iii
Lens: Sony 70-200mm f4
Rider: Ben Platt
Location: Les Vallons de la Meije, La Grave
I’d heard stories about the resort of La Grave, and of its wild and untamed trails hugging the mountain side underneath a glacier festooned with ice caves. Ben and I had been riding there all day, dropping repeatedly from 3,200m back to the valley floor and the stoke was high. I grabbed my camera bag for our last run down the ridge, to be met with some of the most perfect conditions I’ve ever had the pleasure to shoot in. Our tyres were spitting up thick clouds of dust that hung in the air for what seemed like an eternity. Glorious late afternoon sunlight streamed through, and good times were had.James Vincent, Issue 151 cover photographer
What’s inside issue 151?
Chipps celebrates being entirely average.
International Adventure: Borneo Singletrack
Steve Chapman helped plant the mountain biking seed in Borneo a decade ago. Visiting again for the first time, he wondered if it had taken root and flourished
MTB Culture: A Clarion Call
Hannah examines the rise of a new type of cycling club: the collective.
Classic Ride: Witch Way
Amanda goes on an accessible tour of Pendle, Mark’s childhood stomping ground, and discovers there’s pleasure to be had without peril.
Kit Essentials – XC Endurance Racer
Amanda takes you through the kit that keeps her going – between the race tape, or away from it.
Purposeful Adventure: Friends in High Places
Pete Scullion goes in search of the dabs of colour that cling to life in the Scottish mountains.
Bike Test: American Classics
The Singletrack test team get rolling on some old school American brands to see how they’re moving with the times.
I LOVE MY… Night Riding Gear
Hannah prepares for making the best of the worst of it.
Column: Welsh Ways
Chipps wonders what happened to the promises of better access for Wales
MTB Culture: Finding the flow
Skipping school and heading to the woods might get some kids told off. Ina De Smet discovered it was exactly what her sons needed.
What did you think of Issue 150? Tell us here!
While you’re here…
Remember, Singletrack World members get to read stories from our archive!
One of the biggest names not on this year’s Red Bull Rampage invite list…Dylan Stark’s back story is wilder than his riding!
As the summer restrictions end on 30th September, maybe it’s time to plan a trip up Snowdon?
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