Everesting is the act of ascending the equivalent height of the world’s highest mountain in one continuous attempt, although in a slightly less hostile location more suited to bikes. Our Features Editor, Alex, decided the Pleney mountain, which towers some 500m above Morzine in the French Alps, would be an ideal location to try his Everest attempt. And, if trying to ascend just under 9,000m in one day wasn’t hard enough, Al had to ride back down the gnarly and flat-out Pleney downhill trail, descending the same amount that he ascended. To help out a little, Al enlisted the aid of a Cannondale e-bike, which was a good job, seeing as he needed to ride up and down the mountain 19 times to reach his ascending and descending goal! Check out some of the highlights from his attempt here:
2018’s most wanted bikes and kit – Eurobike
We trudged along the maze-like corridors of the world’s biggest bike show so you didn’t have to! Tech Ed Rob Weaver has separated the wheat from the chaff to bring you 22 of the hottest products on show. We hope you’ve got tissues ready, ‘cuz you’re going to be frothing at the mouth when you look over all of this kit. Turn to page 61 to find out what we’ve included…
It’s the little things that count
Becoming a pro mountain biker won’t fast-track you to riches, but it’s certainly a move in the right direction from storing loads of old mouldy kit in the back of a clapped-out estate car! We caught up with Oli Carter, who’s been on the UK enduro and downhill scene for years as a privateer but has now made the step up to being a fully-paid rider. We asked him what it’s like to be living the dream. For a behind-the-scenes look at the photoshoot, check out the video below:
Mountains of tea
Fancy a cuppa, old chap? Dan Milner takes to the mountainous slopes of Southern India’s tea plantations to see how the century-old trails fare under modern mountain bike wheels. As it turns out, India is a country loaded with adventure, and between the humid weather, bone-shaking uplifts, chaotic traffic and highly-spiced curries, Dan has his work cut out! Will he find the ultimate trail? Grab a copy of the mag to find out.
Wind Hill B1kepark, Wiltshire
The MBUK Wrecking Crew rolled into the Longleat Estate, famous for its safari park, to sample some exotic and freshly-built trails at Wind Hill. Nestled away in a corner of the estate, the bike park boasts seven trails of varying difficulty and a quick-draining surface, with a good mix of natural and manmade riding. Grab a copy of the mag to read all about our adventure at Wiltshire’s newest riding spot.
First rides, How To and much more!
MBUK’s crack team of bike testers swing a leg over Swarf’s new Contour trail bike, Vitus’s Sommet enduro machine and DMR’s Sled. Flick to page 36 to find out what we thought of them! We reveal the moves behind four essential (and fun!) riding skills in the How To section on page 121. Plus, we review four affordable trail bikes, test loads of kit and have all of the latest gossip and news from the MTB scene.
One more thing!
On top of all of this great content, we’re also giving away a free MBUK mudguard with every issue of the mag!
Features Editor Alex calls the mellow rolling hills of Dorset home, but before he started on MBUK, he lived in The French Alpine town of Morzine for seven years. Here he developed a scary ability to make the steepest and gnarliest trails look like a walk in the park. Occasionally his speed caught up with him, resulting in several bone crunching crashes at World Cup downhill level. Since hanging up his racing shoes Al regularly clocks up a massive weekly mileage on his trail bike, so is one of our hardiest testers.