This issue’s cover stars are our very own Amanda and her partner Rhys! Taken by James Vincent during their bikepacking overnighter in the Lake District, we like how it shows that loading up and sleeping out doesn’t have to mean being weighed down and missing out on all the fun of great descents.
Cover Story! Wrong-Packing.
Amanda and James Vincent head out for a night on Hotel Helvellyn, skipping crisp white sheets and even, as it turns out, sleeping bags.
Bike Test: XC Madness
We take three fast and light bikes to the races: Short-travel full suspension bikes from NS, Scott and Trek.
Classic Ride: Peak District – Cakes and Ladders
Barney Marsh heads to the Peak District to tackle that old favourite, Jacob’s Ladder. Why isn’t it any easier than he remembers it? Has his bike not got better?
UK Adventure: Dyfi Depths
Grab your sword and shield and head with Pete Scullion to the Dyfi Valley in search of Arthurian myths, legends, and legendary trails.
MTB Culture: Going Legit
Antony de Heveningham gives us a peek into the effort and admin that official trail builders put in (on top of all the back-breaking digging).
Kit Essentials: Helmets
We bring you a selection of helmets to protect your head through a range of riding styles, from XC to DH.
UK Adventure: All Aboard! Bikerafting for Beginners
Sanny sets aside his fear of water to paddle his way to a trail that would normally be out of reach of a day trip.
UK Adventure: Monega Road
Markus Stitz takes us to the highest pass in Scotland for what he hopes will be a descent worth climbing to.
International Adventure: Over the Mountains, Under Prepared
Julian Morel rides the Tour de Mont Blanc, unaccompanied and unaware of what lies ahead of him.
Pete’s Pros: Bex Baraona
Pete Scullion talks not having a coach and what’s the best trail dog option with this effervescent EWS racer and Gowaan Gal.
Charlie’s Kitchen: The Beefer Reefer
Charlie serves up another post ride feast – this time he claims it’s an e-bike specific recipe.
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