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DAY AND NIGHT (AND DAY)

AS 24-HOUR RACING APPROACHES ITS 25TH YEAR, CHIPPS LOOKS AT HOW THE SPORT HAS EXPANDED, CONTRACTED AND EVOLVED OVER THE YEARS AND WHERE IT’S HEADED.

The discipline of 24-hour racing started in 1992 with the first 24 Hours of Canaan (in West Virginia). In 1998 Pat Adams introduced Red Bull Mountain Mayhem to the UK at Trentham Gardens near Stoke and the event has been running ever since, now on its fourth venue. The early noughties saw a huge growth in the sport of 24-hour racing – events sold out in a matter of days and huge fields of up to 2,500 racers descended on courses in Sandwell and Eastnor for Mayhem and other 24-hour races across the UK from Plymouth to northern Scotland.

Through out the early years of this century, from the Strathpuffer, up in Inverness in January, to Relentless in Fort William in October, there was a full calendar of 12- and 24-hour racing throughout the UK. It was a discipline that any self-respecting trail rider had to have a go at. And many riders found that racing once would lead to a whole lot of potential ‘Next time…’ ways to improve on their performance, race enjoyment or camping comfort that necessitated another go the following year.

The rumours of freshly cleaned portaloos spread quickly.
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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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