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TRAIL HUNDTER FREMINGTON EDGE YORKSHIRE DALES

WORDS TOM FENTON PHOTOGRAPHY ANDY HEADING

Once, sheltering from a storm in the Alps, I met some Germans. We’d just climbed off the lift; they’d ridden up a thousand metres of fire road. Hiding from the rain, we started chatting. And if I’m honest, I began to feel a tad lazy, not to mention embarrassed, because they spoke fluent English. I only know the German for ‘Black Forest Gateau’ Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, good, eh?), but, try as I might, I couldn’t quite work it into the conversation. They asked us where we were going and we started babbling enthusiastically about the choice of endless natural singletrack descents around us. But our new friends weren’t interested. ‘Ve just like to climb,’ they said, before rattling back down the same fire road they’d climbed up. Weirdos.

Secretly though, I like a good climb too. And there are great ones all over the UK, from mythical giants like Jacob’s Ladder in the Peak District to tiny, tucked-away challenges such as the short but horrendously steep grunt out of Smith’s Combe in the Quantocks. However, unlike my Teutonic friends, I like to follow my climbs with something sweet – a dessert, if you will (I knew there was a way). There’s got to be a descent to match the climb.

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Editorial The publishing world is changing (again) and we’re going to be changing with it. Here’s how. UK Adventure: The Breakfast Club Sanny discovers that apple pie and custard for breakfast tastes better on the side of a hill you rode up the night before. Trail Hunter: Fremington Edge Tom Fenton earns his descents in the Yorkshire Dales. Build It And You Will Ride Many riders dream of building their own, perfect bike. Chipps takes on a TIG welding, frame building course. Room 101 Mark presides over your submissions - will you persuade him to put anything into Room 101? Interview: Katy Winton It’s not been an easy road to the top. Pete Scullion finds out how this cheerful Scot nearly gave up on bikes for good. Classic Ride: Dead Breconing Barney finds the Brecon Beacons offers a bigger day out than might be expected. With bigger nettles too. Grouptest: Trail Pumps Every rider should carry a reliable pump. Chipps checks out ten to determine which should be in your pack for that ‘last minutes of light, in the sleet’ puncture. Bike Test: Wagon Wheelers. Plus. Barney put three huge-wheeled 29+ bikes to the test. Is bigger better, or just different? Through The Grinder What has survived a winter on the test bikes of the Grinder Team? We bring you some not so shiny goods. Grinder Bike: Whyte T-130 A British bike designed for British conditions. What will our resident Australian make of it? International Adventure: Mount Elbert, Colorado EWS rider Jérôme Clementz takes a day off by getting up at 4am to ride up Colorado’s highest peak. Last Word The vortexes of Sedona make Hannah come over all flowery as she escapes the daily school run.

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