Are you missing the summer? We know we are! The hot weather, the dusty trails and of course the excitement of the race and contest season. Over winter everything seems to go a bit quiet and without events every weekend it's easier to lose touch with what the pro riders are up to. Luckily, thanks to social media and the internet your favourite riders are never too far away (even if they might be on the other side of the world!) allowing us to fulfil our vicarious MTB fix – so here is just a sample of the cool stuff some of our favourite names have been filling their time with.


Warning: the following selection may induce serious biking jealousy!

Surrey's No. 1 stoppie specialist, Bernard Kerr, isn't letting slippery trails and a lack of grip hold him back from some front wheel lovin'.

While Wyn Masters is still lovin' back wheel…

Trek Factory Racing's Kade Edwards ain't no one-trick pony. Besides being a Junior World Cup top ten rider, he's got some insane skatepark skills. Here he stays out of the rain and clicks a nac-nac in Dan Atherton's new skatepark barn.

Oop north in t'Steel City, Peaty's been hanging out with a reet pair of legends – Hans Rey and Danny MacAskill. He's been brushing up his trials and quad bike drifting skills (See Peaty's Instagram for more!)

Across the pond, EWS beast Richie Rude proves he's not scared of a bit of snow. You can be sure that the American powerhouse is putting in some serious miles and gym time, ahead of the 2018 season.

But this is more what we're used to and it wouldn't be winter without Joe Barnes and The Dudes of Hazard boys sliding around in some horrible slimey ruts and making it all look irritatingly easy.

Fellow Scot, and our next MBUK cover star (see issue on sale 25 January), Katy Winton has forgone the slop in search of Southern Hemisphere sun. She's been hiking up mountains, racing enduros and generally getting in loads of bike time ahead of EWS round 1 in Lo Barnechea, Chile, come 25 March.

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Also down south, Aussie flat pedal ripper Connor Fearon isn't resting and has been keeping things going 100 percent, racing the Australian National DH series.

Gwin's been spending some of those dollars, earned by riding his bike ridiculously fast. In the words of Rob Warner, "Who said mountain biking doesn't pay?".

Manon Carpenter and friends have been sunning themselves at La Poma bike park in Barcelona and she's been showing off her impressive dirt jump skills!

You can read more from a selection of other UK pros in the latest issue of the mag, where we quiz Tahnee Seagrave, Ben Cathro, Katy Curd and Matt Simmonds about their favourite winter riding spots and how they keep the stoke levels at a peak.

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Ed ThomsettContributor

Former Mountain Biking UK features editor Ed Thomsett 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 dirtbag lifestyle. Now Ed calls upon his years of experience riding bikes to the limit as a writer and reviewer for MBUK and BikeRadar. 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 believes the sign of a good week is when every bike in his shed ends up muddy by the end of it.