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Mountain Biking UK December 2018

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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13 Issues


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editor’s letter

We’ll be keeping UK trail riding as our main focus, while continuing to bring you the best stories and photos from all over the world I’ve been an avid reader of MBUKsince I was 15, so it’s strange – but exciting! – to see my own face on the opening page. My first issue as editor is an unusual one, because it comes with two very different covers – a leafy autumnal one for readers who buy their mag from a shop and a pared-back (in terms of text, but certainly not ambition!) Christmas special that’s exclusive to our subscribers, as a little extra ‘thank you’ for their continuing support. Hope you like them! While we’re enjoying a bit of festive frivolity this month (make sure to check out Laurence Crossman-Emms’ cracking…

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come rain or shine

Two bike park jump jams, two contrasting settings, but one common purpose – ripping on bikes and having fun! Pictured above is William Robert slinging it sideways in the dust and sun of France’s EVO Bike Park, and on the right is Sam Hockenhull getting loose in the dank and rainy woods of Wales’s Revolution Bike Park. Situated in the balmy Côte d’Azur region, EVO Bike Park is a popular winter haunt for many of Europe’s top freeriders. At the 2018 edition of their annual jam, the park’s monster jump lines played host to an adrenaline-fuelled weekend of berm blasting, whipping and flipping, with Andreu Lacondeguy, Louis Reboul and William Robert taking the top honours. Over in North Wales, the 50to01 jam at Revs was the first of its kind and a proper…

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going balearic

The name Ibiza conjures up images of hedonistic beach parties, all-night raves and boozed-up Brits abroad. But there’s an alternative side to the Spanish island – one of quiet natural beauty and great trail riding potential, as British ripper Monet Adams found out. “Standing in the check-in queue and looking around at the other EasyJet customers, I had my reservations about the quality of the riding we might expect on the island, but I was happily proven wrong,” she told us. “A crew of locals called the Carub Riders showed us everything from XC trails that wound their way through farms, past vineyards and along azure coastlines, to downhill-inspired lines that got the blood pumping. They’ve got a spot overlooking the town of Ibiza itself that boasts several descents of switchbacking…

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rampage’s wildest moments

Insane, wild, ridiculous… Red Bull Rampage has been the most extreme event in mountain biking since its launch in 2001, and this year was no different. Every autumn, the world’s best freeriders make the pilgrimage to the Utah desert to out-trick and out-gnar each other with runs that link together sketchy ridgelines, steep plummets and huge jumps. The judges base their scoring on four categories – the difficulty of the rider’s line, their tricks and style, fluidity and control, and amplitude and airtime. But they’re not the only ones voicing opinions. Every year, thousands of us become instant experts and take to the internet to slate the official results! While we’re no big-mountain freeride judges, we thought we’d throw our hats in the ring and let you know what impressed…

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james shirley

For five years I’ve been racing full-time all over the world, and the majority of those summers have been spent in Europe with the van. As much as I love racing enduro, the end of the season is always my favourite time of year. The pressure is off. No more serious racing. No more gnarly training. Just riding. The weather is usually OK and there’s enough daylight to make the most of it. It’s so cool just to get out because I can and I want to. I’m free to tick off those big rides or new trails which I’ve had in mind but not had time to explore. There’s also plenty of opportunity to dig in some juicy tracks with the boys for a winter at home in Fort…

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the christmas pantomime

CINDERELLA, 1999 In this tale of Steve Peat racing for the hand of his now wife Adele Croxon, Mint Sauce outsmarted the dastardly Rob Warner and we dressed up trials aces Martin Hawyes and Martyn Ashton as the ugly sisters. What a pretty pair! BABES IN THE WOODS, 2001 A half-naked Warner rescued DH star Fionn Griffiths from three witches, played by fellow racers Helen Mortimer, Kelli Salone and Helen Gaskell, but ended up with a fate worse than death (for him) – being forced to wash! PUSS UP THE BEANSTALK, 2004 Chris Smith had to use his dirt jumping skills to save Princess Rachel Atherton from the clutches of Sir Robert D’Unt (Warner), his murderous assistant Chopper (Grant Fielder) and the giant Jim Davage.…