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Editorial – Chipps wonders where all the mountain bike heroes will go. Room 101 – a couple of things that really get us wound up. But are they enough to be condemned to the Room? International Adventure: Morocco Blues – a look at the Morocco that tourists rarely get to see. Trail Hunter: The Wayfarer. Berwyn Mountains – these oft-overlooked mountains in north Wales hold some tasty promises. International Adventure: Riding Romania – it’s accessible, seldom visited and beautiful. Here’s a road trip through the best of it. Column: Jason Miles – it seems you don’t get to be a winning 24 hour solo racer without getting annoyed about stuff. Biketest: Zombie Apocalypse Bikes – it’s the near future and society has broken down. A bike means freedom. But which one? We look at three British bikes from BTR, Olsen and Shand. Classic Ride: Cannock Chase – Barney finds fun and challenges in this popular area that locals love and which non-locals often forget about. Grouptest: Pads for Pedalling – now that pads are all-day comfortable, there’s a huge choice of what to wear. We recommend the best ones for each job. Singletrack Recommended – What the Singletrack team believe to be the cream of the crop when it comes to test products. Kit Bag – Our new feature delves into the bags of mountain bike riders of every discipline. This issue, Chipps shows us exactly what he needs to carry in his pack as a qualified BC Level-2 Guide. Oddball – Our random series of ‘just another thing’ begins with 6 mouth watering cheeses to celebrate great riding spots of the UK. UK Adventure: Three Peaks (The Wrong Way) – Nick Craig and Sanny take on an impossible circuit of the Lake District in a (long) day. Which one broke first? International Adventure: Danny MacAskill and Hans Rey take on Mt Kilimanjaro – two of the world’s best known stunt riders take on a huge mountain challenge. Column: Roly – Roly Lambert vows to stop being ‘that guy' again.

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Back in the late sixties, London was the place to be
Carlos heads to Morocco to immerse himself in a side to this country that tourists rarely get to experience.
Every issue we highlight some of those niggly aspects
Sanny and Nick decided to tackle three classic Lakeland peaks in a single, epic day’s ride. Things, however, do not go according to plan.
Hans Rey, Danny Mac Askill and Gerhard Czerner take on the highest mountains in Africa, and the hardest ride any of them has ever done.
Roly faces some hard realities about the health of his longtime companion.
We don’t just love mountain bikes here at Singletrack.
Tom Fenton and pals head to the Berwyn range to ride the classic Wayfarer trail, though controversially not the ‘right’ way.
Glimpsing a world of open spaces, empty mountains and wickedly tough trails.
Jason Miles pitches ‘The List’ against ‘Me Time’. In his world, there’s no reason why ‘Me Time’ shouldn’t win absolutely every time.
In this slightly unusual Classic Ride, Barney takes the Chase to Cannock…
Kit Bag is our chance to have a nosy inside the bags
Bike Test
We look at three British-made bikes that we’re choosing when the revolution comes.
Headed up by two guys called Burf and Tam, BTR (Burf
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Located in the industrial belt of Livingston in Scotland
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