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Mountain Biking UK December 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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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.

Epic is an overused word, but appropriate in this case! This issue is all about taking on personal challenges, trying new things and not letting anything stand in your way – be that a sheer rock face or budget equipment Epic is an overused word in mountain biking, and I’m as guilty of that as anyone. But just one look at the photo above should convince you that it’s appropriate in this case! This issue is all about taking on personal challenges, trying new things and not letting anything stand in your way – be that a sheer rock face or budget equipment. Ed Thomsett and Joe Flanagan lead the way, as they see whether rock climbing beats hike-a-bike as a way to reach the top of the trails (p50). MTB legends…

5 min.
qut front mbuk

WORLD CHAMPS BRITS SCOOP GOLD MEDALS IN THE GLOOP What a week the World Champs turned out to be – not only because of the fantastic successes of the British riders, but also the savage winter weather that plagued the event and turned the already challenging tracks into battlegrounds. The downhill course was the most dramatically affected, with the freshly-cut track on the bottom half becoming a nightmarish quagmire. It wasn’t all doom and gloom, though. Scotland’s Reece Wilson (pictured) bested both the treacherous conditions and the rest of the field to bag the gold and become the men’s DH world champion – an incredible feat. Other standout performances came from Scotland’s Mikayla Parton, who rode to a brilliant fifth in the women’s race, and Greg Williamson, who fought the grimy conditions to…

3 min.
uplift mbuk

HUSHFEST! How Nico Vink organised one of this year’s biggest freeride jams on the sly Every year a bunch of the world’s best freeriders and hundreds of spectators flock to the unlikely venue of Malmedy, Belgium, to check out the huge jumps of Loosefest. But this time around, tight restrictions around public gatherings put the event in doubt. Organiser Nico Vink was determined for it to still go ahead, but knew he needed to keep things on the down-low so as not to attract the usual big crowds. Nico had two main problems: how to invite the riders and get them there without anyone seeing them, and how to shape all the jumps without arousing any suspicions. This was made more complicated by the fact that the jump line lay in the middle…

2 min.
the man with a plan

How did you go from downhill racer to freerider? “I always just wanted to progress my riding, and working on fitness wasn’t really my thing. At my last World Cup in Fort William in 2013, I flatted in qualifiers. When I heard the air coming out of my tyre I thought: “I’m so glad I didn’t spend all winter in the gym!” From that moment on I did my own thing, building trails with huge jumps and berms. I became a full-time freerider, which worked out well." How did Loosefest come about? “When I did my first project at Royal Hills in 2013 I invited Makken [Mads Haugen]. In turn, he invited me to Huckfest in Norway, together with Aggy [Graham Agassiz], Sam Reynolds, Andreu Lacondeguy and more. We thought it was the…

1 min.
gee atherton

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for me, with some pretty nasty crashes – not the 2020 I’d envisaged! Through 2019 and this season, I’ve been racing a ‘mullet’ version of the Atherton downhill bike, which I find a bit more responsive. At the end of last season, we finalised changes to the back end and the team are loving how it rides now. I was feeling optimistic that before the year was out I’d be given the chance to show what this beast can do. My 2020 race set-up took a while to perfect. No matter how many test runs you do and however brilliant a track you’re shredding, it’s never quite the same as racing. We definitely put in the hours at Dyfi Bike Park, but after the first…

1 min.
ride of their life

With Reece Wilson’s standout ride tackling the treacherous conditions at this year’s World Champs in Leogang, we look back at a couple of other riders who managed to pull out all the stops when it mattered most... VANESSA QUIN, LES GETS, 2004 Riding not for a huge global factory team but for the small UK-based Dirt Magazine squad,Vanessa charged to the top spot at the 2004 World Champs in France, after the reigning world champ for the previous eight years, Anne-Caroline Chausson, broke her shoulder one hour before the race. The Kiwi wasn’t a complete outsider, having won two World Cup bronze medals earlier that season, but certainly wasn’t the favourite to take the rainbow stripes. MYLES ROCKWELL, SIERRA NEVADA, 2000 It was the USA’s Myles Rockwell who finally put a stop to Nicolas…