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TRANS ANGELES ROCK AND ROLLING A CROSS THE ANGEL’S CITY

Hans Rey shepherds legends from wildly diTherent backgrounds on a trip across his adopted home of Los Angeles.

INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURE

Southern California has been my home for more than 30 years, and after travelling to over 70 diTherent countries and riding my bikes in many remote corners of this world I thought it was time to explore my own ‘hood. What better way to do so than with a couple of mountain biking rock stars?

Missy Giove is one of the greatest legends the sport of mountain biking has ever seen – she had a huge influence in helping to shape mountain bike racing and the rock star image it had in the ‘90s. Her attitude and racing style made her one of the most outstanding characters in the world of bikes. Her childlike enthusiasm and naivety can sometimes mask the deep thinking and intelligent person underneath. A motormouth who can talk a 100 words a minute that reveals a personality as colourful as the tattoos that cover her body. This is a woman who is pretty fearless, addicted to speed with sometimes reckless abandon and no fear of broken bones, which might explain a little as to how she has ended up in some sticky situations in her life.

Timmy C (Tim Commerford) has been a long-time friend and hardcore mountain biker for years, he is also the bassist for bands like Rage Against The Machine, Prophets of Rage and Audioslave. He grew up around LA and has more passion and enthusiasm for bikes than many pro riders I’ve met over the years.

The idea of this trip was to traverse one of the biggest cities in the world on bikes in five days, not only showing the incredible nature and mountains surrounding this city, but also to ride some of its diverse neighbourhoods, suburbs and famous landmarks. When this city was founded, its full name was ‘El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles sobre el Rio Porciuncula’. (If your Spanish is rusty, that translates to ‘The town of our lady, queen of the angels, on the Porciuncula River’.) Los Angeles, or just LA.

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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.