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JASON MILES GAME CHANGER

Readers of my last column will be aware that the good people of Newton Stewart have now got a BMX track to play on. That’s one BMX track to be shared between 5,000 people.

Nothing exciting apart from the BMX track has been happening here and I’m far too busy right now to have time to start reminiscing or having highfalutin opinions on mountain bikes and stuff, so I thought I’d write about the BMX track again. Or rather the effect it’s had on a small town in Scotland.

There are grown men limping around the town. Injuries seem to be mostly knees, ankles and hips. These men are smiling in a way they’ve not smiled for some time. Or perhaps they’re just grimacing through yet another ‘jeans stuck to grazed skin’ situation when I see them.

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Editorial: The wider we travel, the more narrow our focus… Travel isn’t going to broaden your mind if you keep travelling to the same damn place. Interview: Dan’s Secret Forest Dan Atherton has made his home in a far flung corner of Wales. He’s teaming up with the locals to give you a lot of reasons to make the trip there. Behind The Scenes: Filth Camp Chipps gives a West Coast American a lesson in UK weather. It’s not (just) about the rain. Classic Ride: I Love Wight Dean Hersey escapes the grips of winter by going south to the Isle of Wight. Still Going: Keep Pedalling It’s not a review, it’s a relationship. Hannah’s DMR Vaults have been given some TLC. Interview: Grayson Perry: Bloke On A Bike Hannah finds that fun is in the eye of the beholder – and artist Grayson Perry sees things differently to her. International Adventure: Getting High in Colorado Rich Rothwell is seeing more than stars as he battles altitude sickness and injury through the wilds of Colorado. Bike Test: Rackpacking Antony de Hevenigham checks out three mountain bikes that come ready for the long haul. Bikes with racks, from Mason, Salsa and Trek. Behind The Scenes: Bounce Cycles Barney admits to being a little bit boggled by those who aren’t afraid to look at something and say ‘Give me a minute with this lathe and I’ll make that better for you’. International Adventure: #vanlife, Canada Anna Cipullo finds that the camera might lie, but the smell of mould does not. Pete’s Pros: Joe Barnes Pete Scullion catches up with the enduro racer and van dweller as he moves back to Orange Bikes and starts his own team. Last Word Hannah pushes up a hill just to ride down it again. Sound familiar?

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