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Tom Fenton makes a horrible plan, some questionable choices, and wins.

“Hang on a minute lads, I’ve got a great idea…” Hoping it would be more Michael Caine than Baldrick, I continued, “let’s ride all the bridleways on Snowdon in one go.”

Descending Snowdon on a bike is one of the best things you can do in Wales. It’s 850 metres of uninterrupted descent, varying fro. That-out motorway to technical singletrack. Eight hundred and fifty metres of fantastic descending? firee times. That’s more than the Mega. That’s over 2,500 metres of down, on ace trails, in the UK, in one day. definitely a great idea!

At least, I think it is…

Climbing Snowdon once is hard. firee times sounds really hard. And that much descending, no matter how good, is hard. By the time we roll off the top for the third time we’ll be knackered. We’ll just get phenomenal arm pump and crash in spectacular fashion.

Still a great idea? It must be, because when I tell everyone about it, they all want to come.

I decide to stop telling people before things get silly, and so it’s Andy, Steve and Richie who join me in a dark Welsh valley at an unearthly hour on a Thursday morning. Bags already packed, there’s no messing about, just excitement and anticipation and a quick nervous pee before we grab our bikes and head off. The wrong way.

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Editorial: Finding Your Place Chipps is away in Moab, so Hannah has taken over. She thinks Moab is all very well, but there might be even happier places to be. UK Adventure: Snowdon All Ways Tom Fenton thinks that riding all the bridleways on Snowdon in one go is a good idea. Surprisingly he finds friends willing to join him. Will they ever join him again? Column: Jason Miles Jason asks us to mind our manners while we’re riding, or in the supermarket. International Adventure: Vancouver’s Treasure Islands Ryan Stuart takes a tour of the slow paced islands where quiet trails lie waiting. Classic Ride: Borders of the Borderlands Olly Townsend takes us on a classic moorland yomp in Northumberland’s quiet fringes. Interview: Tracy Moseley - Mother Hucker The queen of enduro isn’t slowing down as she adds motherhood to her titles. Bike Test: Ti Hard Our very own Bruce Willis lookalike, Andi Sykes, tests out three titanium hardtails from Kingdom, Nordest and Sonder. Editors’ Choice Our team pick out their product, place and bike highlights of 2018. International Adventure: Risking It For Polish Champagne Dorota Juranek goes on her rst bike packing trip, through the snowy urban decay of Poland. Charlie Says: Abus Alarm Lock Charlie the Bikemonger checks out the Abus Alarm Lock. Beyond The Review: In My Shoes Products don’t just get tested, we live with them. Hannah looks at the relationship between her shoes and her riding. Climbing Up In Trentino, Stepping Back In Time Pete Scullion and trials rider Ali Clarkson take their ill prepared bodies round 100km of history in the Italian mountains. Last Word: Highland Heist Charlie the Bikemonger reveals his criminal past.