This month’s MBUK is all about trying different things and exploring new places — and we’ve been getting stuck in ourselves.
Al and Ed headed off to France to bang bars with hundreds of other riders on a glacier at the infamous Megavalanche. Find out how they did on p56.
Matt took on a very different sort of challenge as he attempted to ride 550 miles across The Scotland Highlands unsupported. He couldn’t have predicted that the uncharacteristically hot weather would be his biggest obstacle. Go to p74 to find out more.
Meanwhile, Sam Flanagan and the Trippin’ Crew have jetted off to even warmer climes, and a very different environment, on a Red Stripe fuelled mission to check out Jamaica’s nascent MTB scene. Between eating their weight in jerk chicken, they discovered some pretty amazing trails. See p69.
But you don’t need to travel across the world to have fun on your bike. Make the most of the late summer weather by exploring closer to home or trying something new if you feel like you’re stuck in a bit of a rut with your riding. Hell, this month we’ve even taken a look at a drop-bar mountain bike on p51. If that’s not mixing things up, we don’t know what is!
If you want to find new places to ride or learn new skills, then turn to ‘The Manual’ section of the mag on p131. We ride in The Chilterns and at Gisburn in Lancashire, as well as showing you how to carve loose turns and scrub jumps.
While you’re out riding make sure you use the free Utility Strap we’re giving away with this issue to keep your spare tube, tools or trail snacks in place.
The September issue of MBUK is in the shops now, go out and grab it while it’s hot.