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TRAIL HUNTER OUT OF MY MYND

IN THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF FEATURES, BARNEY TAKES A TRIP TO A PLACE THAT IS MUCH LAUDED, BUT TO WHICH HE’S NEVER BEEN – THE LONG MYND NEAR CHURCH STRETTON.

What’s on your bucket list? What are the trails you really, really should ride before you die? Or, if you’re considering packing our wonderful sport in, which are the places you need to ride to remind you what’s so special about knobbly tyres in the first place? And are any of these wonderful places in the UK? Join us as we visit those must-ride locations, starting with the Long Mynd.

Out of sight, out of Mynd.

It’s not that I’d not been made aware of the Long Mynd and the varied possibilities for singletrack awesomeness, quite the opposite, in fact. But for one reason or another, it’s never been a destination for me – if I’ve passed within 20 miles of the Mynd and the nearby town of Church Stretton, it’s always been on the way to somewhere else. It’s not that I’ve not been tempted, mind you – but the collision of real life, geographical necessity and the presence of other alluring areas to ride has conspired to keep the Mynd and me apart. But no more…

Today, I am a guest of local shop Blazing Bikes which, as part of the Shropshire Outdoor Group, conveniently has camping pods, a pub and some freshly minted log cabins to stay in, as well as the shop on its premises in the tiny village of Marshbrook. And it is here, early one morning in May, that I meet with old mucker Antony and locals James and Chris, who will serve as our local guides. And once coffees are duly imbibed, bikes duly peered over, and chins duly wagged, we set off.

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UK Adventure – Long Mynd: Barney goes in search of long singletrack descents too good to miss. International Adventure – Ecuador: Cass Gilbert goes bikepacking – stunning photography and adventure results. International Adventure – Los Angeles: Chipps seeks out that which is not concrete in the City of Angels. Crash Gallery – A fond look at some crash photos inspired by this issue’s cover. Classic Ride – Exmoor: Barney finds that steep hills and merciless gorse can hide a treasure trove of West Country singletrack. Grouptest: Trail SPD shoes are tested by the team. But do they pass the ‘pub’ test? Bike Test – The Second Coming: We test three second iterations of bikes from Orange, Santa Cruz and Singular. Is it a case of improvement through evolution, or a film sequel style flop? Grinder: A bucketful of shiny components, lovingly mixed with some springtime grit and exuberant riding before judgement. UK Adventure – Orienteering: Chipps tests out his map reading skills in the Dark Peak. Magic in the Margins of the Day: A change in circumstances leads Doug McDonald to discover the joy of dusk and and dawn riding.
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