Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK March 2018

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2 min.
editor’s letter

We had a banging time exploring the plentiful trails the park had to offer. It could be a more reachable alternative to Whistler – yes, it’s that good! Welcome to this month’s European Travel Special, where we’ve carefully selected a trio of lesser-known destinations for you to discover and enjoy this year – or whenever you’re next planning a mountain biking trip abroad. There are many well-ridden and written-about trails in the Alps, so we figured we should head beyond the braking bumps of the Portes du Soleil in search of some new, less crowded adventures – and weren’t disappointed with what we found. We had two very different ride experiences in the Tirol region, where western Austria meets northern Italy. One being all about sculpted berms and big jumps, the other…

1 min.
back to the future

The swanky resort of St Moritz was a regular stop on Dan Milner’s circuit as a snowboard photographer. With a ton of backcountry terrain readily accessible from the lifts, it was one of the best places in Europe to shoot the epic cliff drops and powder slashes of boarders’ dreams. But, weirdly, its 3,000m peaks never made it onto Dan’s mountain biking radar – until last year, when he teamed up with Red Bull rider Tom Oehler to explore its trail system “I was blown away by its gob-smacking variety,” he says. “From perfectly-sculpted flow trails to long, winding, nadgetech descents that spiral down into the same backcountry valleys where I’d shot powder roosts 15 years earlier. Being a photographer means juggling time spent capturing aesthetic, aspirational shots with enjoying…

1 min.
number 5 is alive!

Production Privée are a small brand from Andorra who are rapidly gaining a reputation for their boutique steel-framed bikes. Their first full-sus was still on the drawing board when we visited them back in MBUK336, but it’s now been brought to life. Named the Shan N 5, it’s been designed to be equally capable for big days out, enduro racing or being thrashed in the bike park. With no shortage of burly terrain around their Pyreneen HQ for testing their creations, this 140mm-travel all-rounder has been built to take a hammering. That’s reflected in the fairly heavy 14.7kg (32.4lb) weight of the build we have here. The bike centres around a simple single-pivot suspension design, but the shock is actuated via a yoke, which is said to increase suppleness and end-stroke…

1 min.
tempers rise as fog falls

Four enormous jumps made from snow, placed on the side of a steep, slippery ski slope, make Austria’s White Style freeride comp one of the trickier stops on the FMB World Tour. But it wasn’t just the jumps that caused riders concerns at this year’s event. When thick fog descended during the semi-finals, the four remaining contenders refused to drop in, sparking a blazing row. “You couldn’t even see the first jump, let alone perform high-risk tricks,” explains Matt Jones, who was knocked out in the qualis. “Our sport is dangerous in the best conditions, so it was wise to put safety first. But the event organiser from Leogang started shouting at the riders and threatening to cancel the event unless they completed their runs. “Eventually the weather cleared and the course…

1 min.
out of the woods

At the beginning of last year, those in the know had tipped Charlie Hatton for big things, but no one expected that this unassuming 19-year-old from Gloucestershire would finish the season as the British Downhill Series champ and be knocking on the door of the World Cup top 10 (he placed 11th at the final round in Italy). For 2018, Charlie’s been picked up by Trek Factory Racing to ride alongside the Athertons.“It was a case of all the pieces falling together,” he says. “I had a good off season, good people around me and I enjoyed the racing – that makes a big difference.” Growing up in the riding hotspot of the Forest of Dean with two older brothers, Charlie’s always been surrounded by bikes. “Those two were forever digging…

3 min.
hola la poma!

I’VE ALWAYS LOVED dirt jumps. From being taken on trips with my dad when I was younger to seeking out new spots during the off season, there’s something about the challenge of completing a new line and the joy of airtime that keeps me coming back for more. I’d seen photos of La Poma BikePark and the temptation of winter sun and perfectly-sculpted trails was too much! My friend Veronique Sandler was up for it, and it happened that Tahnée and Kaos Seagrave and Kade Edwards were thinking of a trip too, so we teamed up and were soon on our way to Barcelona. There’s so much to ride at La Poma that it’s actually hard to decide where to start – a concrete skate park, foam pit, ‘speed and style’…