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I was a crap skiver at school. I put this down to a few key things: I wasn’t brave enough to miss any lessons, I was terrified of being caught, and I could never get beyond the guilt I felt at not being where I was supposed to be. These proved to be such major issues that, on the one or two afternoons that I actually tried it, I never actually got to enjoy the freedom of bunking off.

In the 25 years since my disastrous attempts at playing truant, things haven’t really changed. Even nowadays on a legitimate day off work, I am consumed by feelings of sin and spend my time doing ‘worthwhile’ chores rather than making the most of my freedom. Determined to finnally overcome this I decided that my recent week off should be spent doing the most non-responsible activities possible, a self-prescribed course of flooding therapy if you like. And what better way to flood than go and play on your bike all day, pulling in the most classic riding in an area.

Hey! Some of us have got to eat our lunch off that.

But as any kid knows, bunking off isn’t any fun on your own - you need your mates to join you. Unsurprisingly, my attempts to enlist others to join me on an all-day ride, on a Monday, in the middle of October, with about a week’s notice were not met with much success. Fortunately I did manage to recruit two fellow deviants - Olly who came equipped with his camera and Ant who couldn’t bear the thought of his mates playing without him and joined us in the afternoon once he had ticked some boxes at work.

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Here at Singletrack Towers, Wordsworth's words on the death of his son perhaps capture some of our feelings on Jenn's death: ...he is taken from me—yet in the agony of my spirit in surrendering such a treasure I feel a thousand times richer than if I had never possessed it. We've tried to do as Jenn would have wanted, and got on with doing what we do in every issue: bring you an array of adventures, features and product reviews to inspire you to ride your way through the winter. However in this issue we also pay tribute to Jenn and hope that it gives you that extra bit of oomph to get out there and get doing. We bring you: Singletrack Heroes - it could only be our own Jenn. Written by her husband Tom Hill. The Great Divide - one of Jenn's most popular articles, and one of her many amazing riding feats. We reprint this article in full. Mark's Mountain - Mark says 'no more maybe tomorrow' and heads of to the Alps to go up, up and up... The Matterhorn - Swiss cheese and chocolate pale into insignificance as Daniel Klawczyński finds himself face to face with the mighty Matterhorn. We join him as he explores the epic trails on all sides of this classic mountain. We Work Here - Hope​ Technology​ - Go green with envy as Hopetech invites Sam Needham to tour ​its factory. 24HR Pedal People - Chipps takes a look at the sleep deprived world of 24​hr​ racing​ and how it has evolved over the years​. He gets advice from the experts, including Guy Martin and Jason Miles, and puts their knowledge into practice​ by pitting for a soloist rather than riding for a change. ​ Classic Ride - Rachel Sokal and Olly Townsend head to Nottinghamshire to bring us a classic ride full of ​a​utumn ​c​olour. Bike Test: The Middle Ground - Bikes with 130-150mm rear shock travel. Where do they fit? Are they neither here nor there, or is this a happy medium? Low Carbon Adventure - Chipps and Beate go on holiday without costing the earth.