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LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN

Pete Scullion takes a trip up north. And north again.

UK ADVENTURE

As Ali and Mark batter across the bedrock away from the summit cairn with the golden morning sun on their backs, the fast, straight, easy-going nature of the trail lulls them into a false sense of security. Despite having been awake for the best part of a day at this point, they’re not holding back on the easier upper slopes of Scotland’s most northerly Munro before things get a little more hectic much further down this lonely peak.

Here, as Sutherland sinks into the North Atlantic, there is a splendid isolation that simply can’t be found anywhere else in the UK. The sheer, rugged terrain of the north-west coast is long behind us, but there’s no sign of the broad plateaus of the Cairngorms here either. Ben Hope stands alone as a fine teardrop with its head facing north, the long ridged tail due south.

Chasing midnight gold.

Midnight sun is something only seen in the northern wastes of Scandinavia, Russia and that empty bit of Canada. Can the same be done on within the UK’s shores? ‘Mr Alba Mountain Bike’ trials whizz Ali Clarkson, Mark Clark and I head to Scotland’s most northerly Munro to seek out our own land of the midnight sun.

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Editorial: Chipps is in an upbeat mood and thinks that things have never been better. UK Adventure: Land of the Midnight Sun: Pete Scullion heads to the northern tip of Scotland in search of midnight sunlight and spectacular trails. Column: Don't Call It A Heatwave, Just Call It Summer: Fearing the weather will turn, Chipps is worn out from riding day after day after… International Adventure: Uncharted British Columbia: e organisers of the BC Bike Race lay on this increasingly spicy taster menu of Canada’s finest trails. Classic Ride: North York Moors: Where better place to start a ride than Fryup? Olly Townsend takes us on a tour of technical trails that he can’t quite believe are legal. Bike Test: Beyonduro: To infinity and beyond… well, maybe just 170mm. Dean Hersey tests out three huge travel bikes from Nukeproof, Santa Cruz and Whyte that are not just for riding downhill. Trail Hunter: Quantock Hills: James Vincent revisits old friends on new trails in the Quantocks and remembers how much fun it is to ride without having to carry your bike. International Adventure: Trans Angeles: Hans Rey, Missy Giove, and Timmy C. from Rage Against e Machine go on an all-star ride across Los Angeles, from the mountains to the ocean. UK Adventure: Tyke Packing: Barney defeats the lightweight, solitary, point of bikepacking by taking his young children with him. We’ll let you decide if this is a how-to guide, or a list of reasons not to. UK Adventure: Back to the Future Sanny goes on a trip down memory lane, and his body reminds him why modern bikes are a good thing. Last Word: The Same Sort of Different. Hannah thinks that the world can be a more interesting place if you ride a bike. We Just Work Here: Who we are, what we do and who we would trust to build us a bike from scratch.