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RED. ROCKS.

Hannah takes a mountain biker’s pilgrimage.

I have waited for this. Maybe months, maybe years. Acquiring something of a legendary status, I have heard about this place. Huge slabs and swathes of red rock, towering up to dizzying heights and dropping away to hip-cracking depths. Bulbous outcrops and plunging cleavages punctuate the landscape. In, out, over and down – there are no routes, but lines to everywhere. Pick an angle and roll. Choose a drop and jump. Geology, geometry, traction, and trigonometry. An alien landscape of extraordinary experiences. And now, I’m here. the wait has been worth it. No, necessary. Earlier would have been too soon. Before, I would have been nervous. Tense, rigid, too afraid to let go and fly. Now, I am ready. the entry. Plunge down the lip, throwing the final drop and reaching the flowing rhythm of the shelf. Waves swoop. I ride, standing, pumping, popping, hopping. Crest a wave, take flight, dive back in. In. Out. Arch up, arch back down. Shift left, shift right – extending the line, prolonging the play. Not slowing, just reaching out for new corners, curves, lips and leaps.

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Editorial: There Is No Right Or Wrong. Choose a bike, any bike, and enjoy it. International Adventure: Panning For Trail Gold In Arizona. Huw Oliver finds gold in the ghost towns of Arizona. Classic Ride: Don’t Mynd If I Do. Tom Hutton rides the Long Mynd in search of forgotten corners and new trails. Behind the Scenes: Colour Wheels. Sim Mainey finds out how the next bike fashions are decided. UK Adventure: Cornish Fasties Barney Marsh goes to the edge of the UK and finds a world of overlooked trails. UK Adventure: How To Lose Friends And Alienate People. Sanny reduces the nicest man in mountain biking to rude words. Hope’s Helping Hand. Chipps checks out a bit of innovative thinking from Hope Technology. Bike Test: Overlooked Awesome. Daz Hall checks out three smaller wheeled, shorter travel bikes that you probably should be riding, from Bird, Cotic and Santa Cruz. Column: Jason steps out of his comfort zone. Pete’s Pros: Rock[et] Science Manon Carpenter may not be racing much, but Pete Scullion finds she’s still aiming high. A Day In The Life: Fort William Saskia Dugon goes behind the scenes at this noisiest of World Cup races. MTB Culture: The Quiet Revolution Rich Rothwell argues that GPS technology has opened up a whole new world of mountain biking joy. Last Word Hannah gets to ride somewhere she thought might only be a far-flung fantasy.