Let’s start with the cover: an illustration by Anders Engberg. He originally submitted it as part of his ‘Mirror Mirror’ article inside this issue, but we took one look at it and knew we had to put it on the cover. Be sure to check out his other illustrations in his Behind The Build series.
Editorial: Gambling With Choices
Chipps ponders those moments where the path you choose makes all the difference.
UK Adventure: The Shugborough Inscription
Pete mixes fact, fantasy and pure speculation on a tour of Cannock Chase.
Classic Ride: The Other Peaks
Chipps takes on a tour around one of Yorkshire’s iconic Three Peaks with a couple of similarly iconic characters.
MTB Culture: A Seismic Event
Hannah Collingridge looks at the events scene and asks what bike races, bike gatherings and their organisers need to make them fun (again).
Kit Essentials: Flat Pedal Shoes
What makes a great flat pedal shoe, and who is delivering? Benji and the test team get pedalling
UK Adventure: The Art Of Not Suffering
Sanny sets off to prove that bikepacking need not involve long periods of misery and discomfort.
Column: Mirror Mirror
Our cover artist, Anders, struggles to match aspiration to reality.
Bike Test: The Big Short
Benji ponders the meaning of ‘short’ as he rags these three not-long travel bikes round his local trails.
Charlie serves up Chipps’ Stag Breakfast
Pete’s Pros: Rachel Atherton
Pete takes in laps and baby naps with Rachel Atherton on her home turf.
Interview: Going Downhill
Steve Chapman chats to the unassuming Pearces who have shaped UK downhill racing.
International Adventure: Costa Del Climb
Amanda goes on a beach holiday, turns her back to the sea and rides inland to find trails and adventure.
International Adventure: Nice To See You, To See You… Nice!
Tech-averse Sanny loses himself in the sun and dusty trails of Southern France.
Last Word: My Ride Pal
Hannah has found a new friend to ride with.
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