Cédric Gracia, Richie Schley, Geoff Gulevich and Brett Tippie are all legends of the sport. In our feature, this band of brothers join up for an overnight backcountry adventure with a difference and high altitude antics ensue. Tricks with epic backdrops, scree slope drifts and endless 20km downhills. Read the story and find out how you can get a piece of the action too.
Huck Yeah Dudes!
Norway’s Hillbilly Huckfest is the rowdiest bike festival you’ve never been to. Held in the depths of rural Scandinavia this raucous three day celebration should definitely be on your hit list if you like sending jumps, discovering killer trails and sinking more than a few post ride beers. Our own Staff Writer Ed headed there last summer to witness the madness firsthand and scare himself on the mighty Fest Series jump line. Muddy, hungover, but grinning, he recounts his tale.
The Dudes on Harris
Pro enduro racer Joe Barnes and his pals need no introduction, other than that they’re a bunch of quirky Scots with a penchant for adventure. We join them this month for an exploratory mission in the landship (their camper van) on the Hebridean Isle of Harris. It turns out that this remote and unspoiled island is pretty damn good for bikes and the Dudes make the most of it.
Women’s specific bikes have come a long way, since manufacturers just painted them pink and slapped a girly name on. We look at what’s changed, from geometry and contact points, to specific suspension tunes. We also pick out three bikes from Specialized, Santa Cruz and Canyon that are well worth a look. On the subject of women’s bikes, we also take an up-close and personal look at DH star Tahnée Seagrave’s Transition TR11. Is this the steed that’ll see her top the World Cup podium this year?
This month’s mag is especially good if you’re debating where to go riding. The Wrecking Crew go for a thrash at the hugely popular Welsh centre of Llandegla and Big Ride heads south to Dartmoor. Besides that though, we’re also giving away a 100page guide to ‘The UK’s Ultimate Trails’. Free with every issue, this guide gives you the lowdown on 30 of the best graded and waymarked riding spots Britain has to offer.
Staff Writer Ed is a downhiller at heart but has been riding bikes of all types since a young age. He’s raced both nationally and internationally in downhill and enduro and has spent several summers living in The Alps and Canada, riding, roadtripping and living the dirt bag lifestyle. He’s also an avid trail builder and has scraped out numerous steep and technical lines in the woodlands of his native North Yorkshire. These days Ed will happily turn his hand to any discipline and he says that the sign of a good week is when every bike in his shed ends up muddy by the end of it.