Mountain Biking UK August 2021

Mountain Biking UK has got all the latest news, kit and exclusive info on the newest and best bikes. The MBUK Wrecking Crew testing team are out there right now, riding new bikes and products to destruction, to give you expert reviews you can count on to be brutally honest. We live to ride - and that's what makes MBUK Britain’s best-selling bike magazine.

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There are few greater pleasures in life than sitting back with a favourite book or magazine, leafing through the pages and forgetting about the ‘real world’ for a few minutes. It’s one of the reasons I love working in print. That and the fact that, with no rush to ‘break’ news or chase clicks, we can take our time looking for killer shots, researching features and digging up entertaining stories. The short lag between us sending MBUK to press and it arriving on your doorstep or newsagent’s shelf isn’t usually an issue – but this month it’s left us in a bit of a quandary. As I write, the Olympic XC racing and Red Bull Hardline – two of the most exciting events of the year – are still to…

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blues cruise the winner!

WINNER ‘BLUE ROUTE’ Where: Glentress Forest, near Peebles, Scottish Borders Trail length: 16km (or you can just ride the 8km lower loop) Ride guide: MBUK 397 Get there: EH45 8NB More info: https:// If you’ve been following our Blues Cruise series, you’ll know we’ve been on the hunt to find the UK’s best blue-graded trail – an engaging loop that offers as much entertainment for seasoned pinners as for off-road beginners. After heated debate among our team, invaluable suggestions from our readers and expert input from our contributors, we narrowed it down to a shortlist of one trail each from England, Scotland, and Wales. Then, with Saracen supplying us with bikes and support, we took Luke (an experienced old-timer) and Julia (our newbie) to ride each spot and determine an overall winner. “THE GLENTRESS BLUE IS…

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hats off to harnden!

Rounds three and four of the Enduro World Series in La Thuile, Italy, saw Richie Rude on fine form, taking the series lead away from now-second-placed Jack Moir. But it was 20-year-old enduro and XC pro Hattie Harnden who made headlines, finishing second in the first race and taking her maiden Elite EWS win in the second – the youngest female rider to ever top the podium and the first Brit to do so in five years. Series leader Mélanie Pugin (second) and Isabeau Courdurier (third) lost out on top honours as Hattie, from Malvern, Worcestershire, completed stage after stage of tricky Italian tech with consistency and relentless pace. The Trek Factory Racing rider’s win puts her joint second overall with Courdurier as the series heads to Loudenvielle in France, with…

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freedom train

When the riders at Rogate Downhill B1kepark talk about training, they aren’t referring to wattage, power meters or heart monitors – they mean slotting together to form the biggest conga-line of jumpers they can! And at this year’s Freedom Ride, it looked like every man, woman and child at the popular Sussex venue had heeded the call, since they filled the Bottle Rocket trail from start ramp to rider-clogged finish. The brainchild of Davi Birks, of HKT Podcast fame, his sidekick and superstar local Olly Wilkins, and trail builder Sam Bowell, this mini festival of grassroots MTBing gives seekers of gravity-induced kicks the perfect opportunity to ride some great trails while also mingling and sharing a trail story or two with the likes of O-Dub, Ben Deakin, Grant ‘Chopper’ Fielder and…

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tahnée tops the table

After a tumultuous weekend of World Cup racing in Les Gets, France, with the track builders and weather providing serious challenges for even the world’s best riders, it was Britain’s Tahnée Seagrave who stood on top of the box, winning her eighth Downhill World Cup and achieving her 33rd podium finish. Tahnée had made some tweaks to her bike set-up before the finals, which had her feeling confident, and it really showed when she put together a storming run on the incredibly technical track to take the win. Local legend Myriam Nicole was snapping at her heels in second, with series leader Camille Balanche close behind in third. Tahnée produced the goods, though, chomping into Balanche’s points lead and extending the gap back to Vali Höll, who now sits third, with…

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window to the wild

Like most events , the Naughty Northumbrian enduro went on a hiatus in 2020, but it’s back this year, with the promise of some great riding in store. The event takes place over the August bank holiday weekend, in the remote Coquet Valley, at the upper limits of Northumberland National Park. So, you can expect spectacular scenery and some deceptively large hills to navigate. As the valley includes areas of international ecological importance, the well-loved, handmade and technical trails here are only open to the public for a brief window each year, during the race. In this photo, Luke Mumford makes the most of another lazy sunset session checking that the trails are ready for the race, with only the sounds of skylarks and buzzards, the Usway Burn below and…