Issue 97

And Issue 97 is here! We’re getting ancient now. Here’s what’s in store this issue.


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Issue 97’s cover shot is by Christoph Laue, on the border between Austria and Germany. It’s making us excited for our summer hols, and that hot pine/dust/suncream smell…


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The Old Ghost Road is 88km of singletrack in New Zealand’s South Island. Chipps follows in the footsteps of the gold miners and gets his mind blown. Nan Bield could be the perfect ride to tempt trail centre heroes out into the backcountry – Sam Flanagan explains why. Chipps tackles an enduro tour, Scottish-style, on his springtime traverse of the Tweed Valley and if you’re in search of a quiet, out-of-the-way holiday destination that still gives you a mountain bike fix, Tuscany might fit the bill.

Back in the UK, Jenn gets a Classic Ride in between Eastbourne and Friston, mixing sweet forest singletrack with wide-open South Downs cruising. Roly has – finally! – got a modern bike and would like to tell you all about it, while reinvention as a cross-country racer causes Steve the Butcher to face some home truths – not least, the realisation that he’s thinking like a girl…

We get our heads round progressive geometry and test bikes from Canfield, Jones and Mondraker. The grouptest looks at flat pedal shoes for your flat pedal feet and Grinder tackles the latest batch of all that was once new and shiny in our test box, including Norco’s Sight Alloy 7.0 140mm do-everything bike.

In the exclusive Subscriber Supplement, Mark Mackay and friends head out from Nelson, B.C., in search of the elusive ‘alpine’, and Singletrack Heroes talks to the women behind #trailtakeover about the trials and tribulations of social media wrangling and good trail times.


Here is the subscriber-only swag, including wallpapers for your desktop, tablet and phone of issue 97’s cover shot, and the Alfriston and Beyond Classic Ride GPX file.

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Comments (3)

  1. I tried to access the Alfriston and Beyond ride file but just got a page of code! ?

  2. Slofox – That’s because a GPX file *is* a page of code until you open it in a mapping application 🙂

    Download the file (right click will normally get you a ‘Download…’ command) and then open it in your mapping application of choice. is a good free one.

  3. Can anyone explain the Nelson article? I re-read it again last night, and just kept wondering what on Earth they had been smoking.

    Almost every paragraph had this phrase, ‘we kept on searching for the alpine’. What does that mean? Does the word have a different meaning in North America to Europe, where alpine is used as an adjective accompanying such words as descent, meadow, summit etc.

    It just made no sense to me at all.

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