Issue 118

£5.50

On sale 6th April 2018

Spring!

Well, apparently it is, although we’d really appreciate it if it would bloody well get on with it. Believe it or not but we don’t really want to be reviewing waterproof jackets or thermal baselayers in June. It’s just not right. Anyway, whatever the weather we’d really appreciate you considering to buy our humble printed magazine.

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Singletrack #118 is here & so is spring!

Within Singletrack Issue #118 –

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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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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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

Interview: Annie Last

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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

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

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.

Plus, in our Premier Edition, only available to Subscribers, from our shop, or from our Premier Dealers, you’ll find the following bonus content:

International Adventure: Finding Perspective In Lesotho

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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

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?

 

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

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