Blimey – we’re 75 issues old!
Here’s what’s in our XTR anniversary issue (in the absence of a definitive Wikipedia entry on 75th anniversary values, we’re claiming our favourite groupset):
9/ Editorial: Making Sense Of Your Senses.
Chipps turns his finely-tuned musician’s ears towards his bicycle habit.
10/ Realism: The Worst Rides Of All Time.
Everybody has them, nobody talks about them: curator of misery Benji Haworth turns his attention to bad rides.
20/ Column: Cheek To Cheek.
Roly has saddle issues. Please bare with him.
22/ Benji Haworth: Sewing Seed.
Benji used his last few moments of wedded freedom to write us a column.
26/ Jewels Of The Isle: Wilf’s Café, Staveley.
If you went to a bike race in the 90s, you’ve probably already partaken of Wilf’s. Geoff Johnson has a poke around the Yard.
30/ International Travel: Transvesubienne – Nice Or Bust.
How hard can the hardest one-day race in France be? Jenn finds out.
40/ Interview: No Fuss Events – Three Pints Of Inspiration.
Jon chats business with Frazer, Spook and Chloe of No Fuss Events.
48/ Adventure: Snow Mental.
Ever wondered what’s going through the mind of someone pedalling across Alaska? Shaggy gives us an insight; it’s not what you’d expect.
58/ A Question Of Fitness.
One pulmonary embolus, some eggy breakfasts and a downhiller with a sore back: the panel gets stuck in.
64/ Classic Rides: Yr Wyddfa.
What do you do when you’ve got the most iconic Welsh mountain on your doorstep? Simple – nip up and down it after work. Ali Chant is a lucky boy.
78/ The Big Feature: Scottish Cycling.
Chipps looks at how similar, yet pleasingly different (and rather better) Scotland’s cycling governing body seems to be.
92/ UK Riding: Trail Swap.
Dom Mason and Cy Turner do the North vs. South thing with us.
103/ Bike Test: Twenty Nine Inch Heroes.
Three sub-grand 29ers for your delectation from Felt, KHS and On-One.
112/ Through The Grinder.
Roof racks, groupsets, finishing kit and Matt’s Slackerator™; not an umbrella to be seen.
124/ Grinder Bikes: Yeti SB66 and Pivot Mach 5.7 Carbon.
A brace of supertrailbikes for you to dribble over.
130/ Premier Listings.
Proud owner of a Premier Member’s card? This is what you win…
133/ Grouptest: Summer? What Summer?
There didn’t seem much point in the usual bikini test this year, so we’ve taken a look at real-world clothing systems instead.
146/ We Just Work Here.
Who does what, how to get in touch, what helped this issue on its way and who we’d like to thank.
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