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SOVIET SINGLETRACK

A trail bike adventure between volcanoes and waves in the former Russian military zone of Kamchatka.

INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURE

We’re in the last hour of the longest domestic flight in the world, and it’s been a pretty shaky one. Suddenly a snowcovered volcano pops out of the grey clouds outside the window, seeming really close to the plane, but as fast as it appeared, it disappears again. Just a glimpse of what we can expect for the upcoming days. The excitement grows as we realise we’re almost there, after 20 hours of travelling. From Dusseldorf in Germany on a plane to Moscow, then a crazy taxi drive from Sheremetyevo International Airport through the city to Vnukovo International Airport to catch the eighthour flight we’re now on to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

“It didn’t look like this on air BnB…”

On the edge of the east.

Our friend and athlete Patrick ‘Bengel’ Rasche came up with the idea for this adventure some weeks ago, thinking it would be a great location to film. When he showed us the pictures, we knew we had to make it happen, and the last weeks of September promised to be perfect timing for the trip.

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Editorial: Chipps wonders what comes after the corner after the next corner. International Adventure: Soviet Singletrack: With military restrictions lifted, singletrack trails are waiting to be discovered on the very fringes of Russia. Column: A Glamorous Job: Jason Miles reveals that riding your bike a lot doesn’t necessarily make you healthy. UK Adventure: West Is Best: Pete Scullion goes wild camping on Scotland’s west coast, in the depths of winter. Bike Test: One Click Ponies: James Vincent tests out three bikes from Bird, Intense and Sonder - available to you at the click of a mouse. UK Adventure: Trail Hunter - Peaky Blinder: Tom Fenton seeks out some of the Peak District’s lesser known trails in the White Peak. Group Test: Packing Light: Antony de Heveningham checks out frame, hip and back packs in search of a bag that carries just enough for those local rides. Interview: Staying Ahead, Being Last: Rachel Sokal chats to Olympian and British Champion Annie Last about staying motivated, and cake. International Adventure: Finding Perspective In Lesotho Kristi Stump ponders the gap between her own challenges and those of the people she encounters during the Lesotho Sky stage race Column: Seduced By The TV Remote: Steve Longdon misses the days when we used to ride up hills under our own power and peel our own oranges. Wait, what? International Adventure: Internal Struggle Tom Johnstone nally makes the trip of a lifetime through Iceland’s remote interior. International Adventure: No Mercy In The Mountains Chipps takes a rather taxing holiday in the Pyrenees. Perhaps a change isn’t always as good as a rest… Last Word Barney Marsh admits he’s not getting any younger or fitter. At least he can do something about one of them.