We’ve all done things that seemed like a good idea at the time. Most of those things probably started with the words “hold my beer” or “watch this…” before ending in calamity and disaster. Photographer Ben Winder thought that a motorbike would be the perfect way to get himself and his mountain bike to MTB nirvana in the Italian Alps. Unfortunately for Ben, reality struck him down in cruel and repeated ways, and in the latest issue of the mag he recounts his turbulent adventure of a lifetime…
In a change of tack for MBUK, we make a beeline for the urban jungle to meet up-and-coming street rider Tom Cardy. Swapping trails for trolleys and mud for mini roundabouts, Tom gives us a tour of his stomping ground, Chelmsford in Essex, and shows how he’s used the city’s harsh jumps, big drops and uncompromising landings to sharpen his razor-like skills. Here’s proof, if needed, that you don’t need mountains to become an amazing mountain biker.
School of ‘Ard knocks
The ‘Ard Rock Enduro is one of the biggest, longest and toughest mountain bike events in the UK. With over 1,500m of climbing and six timed stages spread out over a 45km loop, it certainly lives up to its name. We sent two enduro virgins – MBUK team rider Al Bond and Features Editor Al Evans – up to North Yorkshire to see how they’d fare on their maiden enduro mission. Grab a copy of the mag to find out if they made it round in once piece, and watch GoPro footage of Al’s favourite stages here.
Hard-and-fast XC hardtails
Got a penchant for wearing Lycra? Love caning it up, down and across hills? How about engaging beast mode and pushing yourself to the limits? You’ll need a bike for that! We’ve put four super-fast XC race machines through their paces to find out just how quick you can, or can’t, go. Which will propel you to the top of Strava leaderboards without breaking into a sweat?
How To, Wrecking Crew and Big Ride
And that’s not all, folks. If you’re keen to learn how to flatten rock gardens like MBUK team rider Alex Bond, we’ve got you covered. Always wanted to race an enduro? We tell you how to get fit for it. How about using your GoPro to ride faster? Yep, you guessed it – find out how in the mag. We’re also on a mission to whisk you away, with an amazing Big Ride across Grizedale Forest in the Lake District and an action-packed Wrecking Crew at Aston Hill in Buckinghamshire. So, grab your copy of the mag to find out more now…
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.