Issue 8

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine Winter 2002

In this Issue:
Tim Blumenthal Interview
Riding the Glen of Tranquillity
Rothbury Route Guides

Cover photo: Dave Gould, High Street, Cumbria. By Mark Alker.
Contents photo: The Brits, Downieville, USA.
Spineline: …a hardcore expose of the fluffy world of mountain biking.

Issue 8: Editorial

It’s been two years since the launch of the magazine, but where’s all that time gone. Chipps Chippendale thinks it through.


Vancouver and Whistler are two names that mean a lot to people with interests in the outdoors, in summer the British Columbia North Shore is reognised as a mecca of mountain biking and winter Whistler is one of the most renowned ski resorts in the world. Chipps hooked up with Kona and found out more.


Images from Jeremy Lawrence and Mark Alker

Industry Insider

The director of the International Mountain Bike Association, Tim Blumenthal, speaks to Singletrack about trail building and his hopes for the latest international arm of the organisation, IMBA UK.

Bike Porn

The Serotta Colorado, possibly the most expensive mountain bike frame you will have ever seen.

Column One

Ben Boney M writes his final column and discusses his new sporting pursuit and the problems of overcrowding.

Bike Test

Three classics in this issues test:

  • Santa Cruz Heckler
  • Seven Duo
  • Marin Rift Zone Quad

Long Term Tests

Feedback on a number of components and other kit thats been under test for quite some time. This issue reviews:

  • The Immortal Class
  • Belffes Belgian Waffles
  • Specialized S1 Helmet
  • Camelbak Ventoux
  • Aspen Jacket

Pro Vision Brushes
Crank Bros Egg Beater Pedals
Fox Incline Gloves
Feminine Frames Calendars

A Ridge Too Far

Riding from Ambleside to Keswick on a single winter day is no mean feat, Mark Alker and a few others tested the trails to find out if it’s possible.

Singletrack World

Chipps reports from Downieville, the location of last years World Singlespeed Championship race and gets to ride the Butcher Ranch Trail.

Column Two

Piers has run out of patience and wants it to hurt more.


Oliver Townsend puts together a clutch of images.

Riding the Glen of Tranquillity

Freezing riding in the Scottish Highlands and a visit to the Glenmorangie Distillery, mmm Single Malt. Chipps puts words to Andy McCandlish’s photos.

The 2002 Singletrack Awards

A report from the evening when the votes revealled the winners.

Trans-Alp Torque Torture

The idea of riding the Trans Alp may seem bad enough, but Roger Seal tells us that working as crew on the race is far from fun either. Life on the road as an official race mechanic.

Fish Out of Water

Chipps used to be a bike courier in London village, now Mark has a go at it armed with an A-Z and a suitably inconspicuous courier bike and is soon getting into the swing of things. Roger roge…

Sleepless in the Saddle

A picture story of one of the UKs most popular endurance events.


Rothbury, Northumberland – two routes described as well as crucial information on what services and ammenities are in the area when you arrive:

  • Easy 12.87km (8 miles), no timescale given
  • Expert 38.6km (24 miles), no timescale given

The Armchair Story

The Alaksan Puppies have an epic ride story for you. From Glasgow they rode to the very North of the Scottish mainland and after eleven days reached Cape Wrath. Ashley Green, Graeme Blance, Celia Geyer and Craig Inge tell the tale. Roundup

A brief look at the highlights from the magazines daily website over the last few months.

Singletrackworld Goodies

Details of all the merchandise that Singletrack now has on offer.


Photos and captions from the Singletrack editorial team.