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Mountain Biking UK October 2020

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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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2 min.

This issue is all about stretching out the riding season and heading into winter with a bang, not a whimper – let’s make this autumn awesome! Summer’s over, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to retire your bike to the shed. This issue is all about stretching out the riding season, exploring new places, having new experiences and heading into winter with a bang, not a whimper – let’s make this autumn awesome! If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably accrued a load of annual leave that needs to be used up, or maybe you’re just desperate to get away. Either way, we’ve got some great ideas for late-season riding adventures, from the 99 locations in our updated Trail Centre Guide, to roadtrips and new experiences in the UK and abroad (p26),…

6 min.
out front mbuk

ENDURO WORLD SERIES YOUNG BRITS EXCEL IN THE SWISS SLOP The 2020 Enduro World Series finally kicked off with a race in the rugged mountains of Zermatt, Switzerland. Big mountain weather is never predictable, but lady luck wasn’t on-side at the opening round. During the week leading up to the event, the pretty mountain town beneath the Matterhorn was bathed in sunshine. The inaugural EWS-E e-bike event had some brilliant weather too. But come the day of the main race, the rain arrived – as did frigid temperatures, snow and fog. For safety reasons, the race was shortened to two stages and the start delayed. But, given all that had gone against the EWS organisers this year, bad weather wasn’t going to stop them getting the riders back between the tape. In the women’s…

3 min.
who’s your money on?

While 2020 hasn’t exactly gone to plan for racers, organisers or anyone else for that matter, we’re hoping the World Champs – scheduled for 7-11 October in Leogang, Austria – will go ahead. Although there’ll probably be a less-than-full field, we can still expect to see some outstanding racing. Plus, with this event being the first world-level racing of the season, it could well throw up a few surprises as to who ends up wearing the rainbow stripes. Cross-country cats Being (what should have been) an Olympic year, you’d think the XC stars would be in peak shape. However, in the women’s field, two of the top three racers – Jolanda Neff and current world champ Pauline Ferrand-Prévot – have undergone surgery this year, and the reigning World Cup champion, American Kate…

1 min.
olly wilkins

When the travel restrictions were (somewhat) lifted, I went straight into five weeks of travel and, I must admit, it’s been quite a shock to the system! Every trip has brought its own precautions and unique weirdness. Whether in France, Italy, Scotland or Madeira, I’ve fortunately managed to dodge quarantine at every stop. I’m currently sitting in Germany at the side of a trail with just one more flight to go until I’ve made it home quarantine-free! I’m super-happy to ride in some amazing new places once again, but that said, there’s no place like home, and I want to get some dirt jumping in. “For my last block of travel, I’ve taken my e-bike abroad for the first time. You’re not allowed to fly with the battery, so it’s a…

1 min.
pimp my ride

The World Championships have become an event where teams and sponsors roll out special custom bikes for their racers. This tradition began in 1996 with Shaun Palmer’s Intense M1 (right), which he raced to second place in Cairns, Australia. The stars-and-stripes paintjob may not have been the classiest, but it certainly made a statement. Since then, there have been a few standout designs. Sam Hill’s Iron Horse Sunday for the 2007 Fort William World Champs (left) was one of them. Sure, it was bold to run a gold fork and head tube, but Sam took the win and his second senior World Champs title so it worked for him. Another of our favourites is the red, white and blue Santa Cruz V10 Steve Peat rode in 2012 at Leogang, Austria.…

2 min.
red, white & blue kit

1 EVOC duffle bag Tough, waterproof and coming in sizes for short trips or big adventures, this EVOC bag has your back. From £109.99 www.zyrofisher.com 2 Troy Lee Designs D4 Carbon full-face helmet No other lids have quite the same long-standing desirability as TLD’s D-series downhill helmets. £500 www.saddleback.co.uk 3 Fox Airline gloves White gloves were all the rage in the mid-2000s and we’ve never lost our affection for them. Made for MX, we reckon these should work well for MTBing too. £30 https://uk.foxracing.com 4 Fox Vue goggles Available in red or white (but sadly not blue), these high-tech eye protectors ain’t cheap, but look pretty sweet. £110 https://uk.foxracing.com 5 Chris King ISO MTB Boost hubs Chris King parts have legendary status, so these will give you big bragging rights. From£240https://saddleback.co.uk 6 Specialized 2FO Flat…