Summer issue of MBUK

Published: June 20, 2017 at 10:02 pm
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The summer 2017 issue of Mountain Biking UK is on sale now and features the UK's most successful mountain biker, Rachel Atherton

Our Summer 2017 issue is now available to buy, and features the incredible Rachel Atherton - Britain's most successful mountain biker, ever!

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Inside this issue Rachel Atherton invites us to her home for a chat and a ride down some of her nearby training runs. Staff Writer Ed's the man who has to try to keep up with her, and has an incredible time following Rach down some seriously gnarly North Wales hillsides. He also gets the inside line from her as to what keeps her hungry for more success and why she's consistently the one to beat on the women's circuit.

MBUK have never been ones to shy away from a mad idea, so when the Flanagan brothers came to us and said they wanted to ride underground in some local caves we said, "Hell yeah, go for it."* We weren't entirely sure what they'd come back with to be honest, but the results blew us away!

Riding a mountain bike underground – because sometimes we just want to try something totally different

The caves themselves provided an eery mix of beauty and isolation, and the boys actually got a bit of damp riding down there. See just how they did it in the issue.

After our inaugural Bike of the Year award a couple of issues back, we've followed it up with our Superbike of the Year test. These are essentially 'money no object' bikes, which although maybe out of the price range for most of us, are important because they feature the latest technology, which will soon trickle down to more affordable models. We've been testing 10 carefully-selected bikes over the past couple of months to find out which one is worthy of the prestigious title.

MBUK Superbike of the year riding shot
Some of the best bikes money can buy were put through the wringer on the trails we know best, all in the name of finding our Superbike of the Year
Two riders testing for Superbike of the year
Bikes at this price point should be super-capable on the trails and demonstrate how well new technology can be incorporated into your ride

If you're looking to improve your skills, our MBUK team rider Al Bond shows you how to hit steep tracks, you can learn how to do the 'Switzerland Squeaker' with Danny MacAskill (no, it's not an extreme farting trick) and pick up some top tips if you're thinking of entering a mass-participation mountain bike event.

Happy riding everyone!

*"Although make sure you tick the necessary risk assessment boxes and do it in a safe and orderly manner."


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