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GAME PLAN

My life is currently full of the wrong sort of plans. In any given day in any week in the year ahead, I could give you a pretty good idea of what I will be doing – probably with significantly greater accuracy than a courier delivery slot. I know when I will have my children, when they’ll be staying at their dad’s, when they’ve got a concert to perform at, when we’ll be extra busy sending an issue of Singletrack to the printer, when the major trade shows of the year will be filling the working day and website with product launches, and when my car will probably fail its MOT.

These are all unavoidable and necessary – although some of them are enjoyable. But they’re not plans, in the sense of something plotted and devised, considered and revised. Plans that start as an idea, and are put together with friends over dinner. Ideas that grow from a casual mention into a date in the diary complete with a few extra branches and leaves that weren’t part of the original idea but give the plan more body, more shape, more reasons to anticipate their fruition.

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Editorial: Echo Chambers International Adventure: Folgefonna Sunrise UK Riding: Guiding Light Column: Jason Miles International Adventure: You Should Never Go Back… Or Should You? Interview: Chris Akrigg Column: Finding The Lines Classic Ride: Cornish Classic Column: Ode To Climbs Bike Test: Staff Rides Interview: Cedric Gracia International Adventure: What’s Zermatt’er With You? Column: One Last Run International Adventure: The Frigid Secrets Of Ukraine Last Word: Game Plan

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ECHO CHAMBERS
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FINDING THE LINES
Barney journeys back to his Cornish roots to bring you this West Country classic ride.
Self-confessed climb-lover Rich Rothwell reckons that you’re missing out on half the fun if you don’t learn to love the ups as much as the downs.
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