The summer issue of MBUK is out now

Summer is here and the trails are waiting, so get inspired to ride with MBUK issue 344

MBUK issue 344 is out now and not only is it packed to the brim with all our usual two-wheeled news and testing, but we’ve been hanging out and riding with multiple World Champ Rachel Atherton, and that’s not something that happens every day!

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Rachel Atherton showing off the skills that have made her a multiple world champ
Rachel Atherton showing off the skills that have made her a multiple world champ

Rachel has been at the very top of her game for nearly 10 years now and is pushing on to beat Anne-Caroline Chausson’s record of 55 World Cup victories.

The epitome of a professional athlete, Rachel is focused, committed and a fantastic role model for young mountain bikers. But she’s also well aware of the expectations resting on her shoulders, as Ed found out when he visited her home in North Wales and tried to keep up with her on her local trails.

You can find out how he got on and whether he managed to tease a few of Rach’s success secrets out of her on page 66.

Rachel Atherton enjoying some downtime with her dog Kyah at her home in Dyfi, North Wales
Rachel Atherton enjoying some downtime with her dog Kyah at her home in Dyfi, North Wales

This month we celebrate some ‘Best of British’ riding, showing you where you can go for the ultimate MTB staycation.

We take an in-depth look at the trails of Penmachno in mid-Wales and Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, as well as route maps from the Cairngorms, the South Downs and Chopwell Woods.

Features editor Al blasting through the puddles of Penmachno
Features editor Al blasting through the puddles of Penmachno

Learn new skills in our How To section, courtesy of MBUK Team rider Al Bond and trials legend Danny MacAskill
Learn new skills in our How To section, courtesy of MBUK Team rider Al Bond and trials legend Danny MacAskill

But if riding on the surface of the Earth sounds a bit boring then how about going underground?

We follow Sam and Joe Flanagan on their latest adventure, where they combine caving and biking in the potholes of Yorkshire. Turn to page 77 to read more.

Bikes, climbing gear, caves and underwater rivers, what could possibly go wrong?
Bikes, climbing gear, caves and underwater rivers, what could possibly go wrong?

We also get up-close and personal with the bike that’s probably caused the biggest stir this year — Greg Minnaar’s Santa Cruz V10 29er.

The jury is still out on whether the big wheels are an advantage or not, but either way, this is one stunning looking ride.

And on the subject of drool worthy bikes, following on from our inaugural Bike of the Year test a couple of issues ago, this month we’re awarding the moniker again, but this time in our ‘Superbikes’ category.

It’s an important segment of the market because new tech and designs introduced on these cost-no-object machines will generally trickle down to a more affordable price range before long. Besides, we’ve all got to dream, haven’t we?

We've hammered 10 of the most desirable bikes on the market to their limits in our 'Bike of the Year' Superbikes test
We've hammered 10 of the most desirable bikes on the market to their limits in our 'Bike of the Year' Superbikes test

And that's not all — we've teamed up with Silverfish UK and Witter to give one lucky reader the chance to win a Mondraker Foxy R and Witter bike rack in the latest issue. To enter, simply CLICK HERE, answer the question and cross those fingers!

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