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SELFIES WITH MATT

DANIEL KLAWCZYŃSKI VENTURES INTO THE SHADOW OF ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC MOUNTAINS IN THE WORLD TO FIND OUT IF THE RIDING ON THE CHOCOLATE BOX IS AS GOOD AS THE CHOCOLATES INSIDE.

Residents of the Swiss Canton of Valais will proudly tell you the area plays host to more than 40 four-thousand-meter-high peaks. The most famous is of course the Matterhorn. It’s hard to resist an invitation to such an iconic part of the Alps and by good fortune and chance it turns out that our singletrack struggle at the foot of the legendary mountain coincides with the 150th anniversary of its first ascent.

Rockgardens? Lush, green singletrack? How about a bit of both?

Will the giant look kindly on us and peek out from behind the cloud curtain? If only! For those of us – including myself – who are not used to a daily Alpine view, the majesty of the mountains surrounding the Mattertal valley makes a really big impression. Everything here is XXL size and served in a very concentrated pill. Somewhat overawed, I wonder if I’m going to make it. Apparently Wade Simmons once said this is one of the best mountain biking places in the world. A week-long exploration of this area looking for the biggest classic trails of mountain riding will allow us to decide for ourselves if the mountain biking legend is right.

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Here at Singletrack Towers, Wordsworth's words on the death of his son perhaps capture some of our feelings on Jenn's death: ...he is taken from me—yet in the agony of my spirit in surrendering such a treasure I feel a thousand times richer than if I had never possessed it. We've tried to do as Jenn would have wanted, and got on with doing what we do in every issue: bring you an array of adventures, features and product reviews to inspire you to ride your way through the winter. However in this issue we also pay tribute to Jenn and hope that it gives you that extra bit of oomph to get out there and get doing. We bring you: Singletrack Heroes - it could only be our own Jenn. Written by her husband Tom Hill. The Great Divide - one of Jenn's most popular articles, and one of her many amazing riding feats. We reprint this article in full. Mark's Mountain - Mark says 'no more maybe tomorrow' and heads of to the Alps to go up, up and up... The Matterhorn - Swiss cheese and chocolate pale into insignificance as Daniel Klawczyński finds himself face to face with the mighty Matterhorn. We join him as he explores the epic trails on all sides of this classic mountain. We Work Here - Hope​ Technology​ - Go green with envy as Hopetech invites Sam Needham to tour ​its factory. 24HR Pedal People - Chipps takes a look at the sleep deprived world of 24​hr​ racing​ and how it has evolved over the years​. He gets advice from the experts, including Guy Martin and Jason Miles, and puts their knowledge into practice​ by pitting for a soloist rather than riding for a change. ​ Classic Ride - Rachel Sokal and Olly Townsend head to Nottinghamshire to bring us a classic ride full of ​a​utumn ​c​olour. Bike Test: The Middle Ground - Bikes with 130-150mm rear shock travel. Where do they fit? Are they neither here nor there, or is this a happy medium? Low Carbon Adventure - Chipps and Beate go on holiday without costing the earth.
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