Some sterling outtakes from the likes of Rob Warner, Eliot Jackson, Aaron Gwin, Loic Bruni, Rachel Atherton and Tracey Hannah.
It doesn’t always go to plan when filming at the UCI MTB World Cup. Here are some of our favourite bloopers from the 2019 season. Some sterling outtakes from the likes of Rob Warner, Eliot Jackson, Aaron Gwin, Loic Bruni, Rachel Atherton and Tracey Hannah.
The UK offers a wonderful variety of riding, regardless of whether you are a road cyclist, gravel rider, mountain biker or simply heading out for a gentle pootle with friends and family. While the country’s best-known locations for cycling are popular for a reason – we’re thinking of the likes of the Surrey Hills and Lake District – there’s an array of lesser-known locations to be discovered on two wheels. We’ve chosen 12 of our favourite UK cycling highlights to explore by bike. Camel Trail, Cornwall The Camel Trail is a flat and mostly traffic-free route in North Cornwall, from Bodmin to Padstow. It’s 18 miles long, largely on fine gravel tracks, and is a great place for families to ride. Dedicated cyclists can also use the trail to link up different parts of Cornwall, from the remote hills of Bodmin Moor to the stunning coastal roads bordering the Atlantic. And why not refuel by taking advantage of the many traditional Cornish pasty shops in the picturesque harbour town of Padstow? View the route on Komoot Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Hampshire The Queen Elizabeth Country Park may not be the best-known trail centre in the south of England but it’s a hidden gem. You’ll find two graded trails – a blue flow trail at 6km and a red at 7.4km – but there’s much more to ride besides. These trails remain relatively unknown to the outside community, but look closer and you will find fast, rooty, steep and technical descents. If you’re looking to step-up your riding and climb the progression ladder, QECP is the place to be. View the route on Komoot South Dorset Ridgeway, Dorset The Ridgeway is a hilly spine that runs from east to west, tracing the south Dorset coastline between West Bexington near Bridport to the famous smuggler’s cove at Osmington Mills, near Weymouth. The Ridgeway is capped with a bridleway that runs the length of its spine. Riding it is a great opportunity to see the sights of Dorset’s beautiful coastline, but don’t get too fixated on the views because there are some tasty sections of singletrack that should please even the pickiest of XC riders. Along the way, there’s the chance to explore the woods around Hardy’s Monument, too. There are also plenty of local pubs to visit along or just off the route. In Portesham there’s the King’s Arms, Upway has the Old Ship Inn and in Osmington Mills there’s the charming Smugglers Inn. You can also extend the ride from the top of White Horse Hill by following the bridleway all the way to West Lulworth, giving you plenty of opportunity to absorb even more fantastic scenery. This is a ride that’s got to be on your bucket list. View the route on Komoot Caberston Forest, Scottish Borders The Golfie is a legendary spot in the Scottish mountain bike scene. Andy McAndlish / MBUK Famed for its incredible trails, fantastic scenery and welcoming locals, Innerleithen in the Tweed Valley needs little introduction. For years mountain bikers have ridden the slopes of Plora Rig, with the rooty, rocky and technical hillside trails hosting many downhill and cross-country competitions. It wasn’t until fairly recently, however, that the opposite side of the valley started to gain mainstream mountain biking appreciation. Officially called Caberston Forest, the locals fondly call it The Golfie because, at the foot of the climb to the top of the trails, is a golf course. For years locals have been busy beavering away in the woodlands creating a downhill and enduro mountain biking paradise, with an exhaustive amount of trails ranging from extreme steeps through to bermy, flowy, grin-inducing descent – all of them magnificently enjoyable. In a few years time, it’s looking likely The Golfie will have Europe’s first cycling-specific chairlift and is destined to become a world-leading MTB hotspot. The Tweed Valley might be a long drive for many – even for those who live in the north of the UK – but the trails on offer are well worth the journey. View the route on Komoot Reivers Way The Reivers Way is one of the finest coast-to-coast routes the UK has to offer and starts in Whitehaven on the west coast, before winding its way across northern England to finish in Tynemouth, some 282km later. The route consists almost entirely of quiet country roads and even has some gravel around Kielder Forest. This means wide and capable tyres are a must. While it’s possible to finish the route in a day, splitting it into two and having a bit more time to take in the scenery is highly recommended. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you riding the route from east to west, just make sure you go with the prevailing wind. View the route on Komoot Draycott Steep, Somerset Hidden away in the Mendips, close to the classic south-west climb of Cheddar Gorge, you’ll find an ascent known locally as Draycott Steep. Turning off the A371, the climb starts easy enough, before rising to a consistent 20 per cent wall that will have even the fittest riders searching for another sprocket. What makes it even tougher is that you can see the top from a long way off, so you know exactly how far you have to go and how long you have to suffer. View the route on Komoot Great Dun Fell, Cumbria Great Dun Fell is England’s Mont Ventoux. Tejvan Pettinger / Flickr (Creative Commons licence Starting just outside of the small village of Knock, in Cumbria, Great Dun Fell is 7.3km long at an average gradient of 8.6 per cent, reaching an elevation of 842m. This is a seriously hard climb. It’s practically alpine, yet it’s right here in the UK. It’s even got a radar station on top – this is England’s Mont Ventoux. There are a couple of gates along the road because it’s closed to private motor vehicles, but cyclists are allowed to pass, so you’ll almost have it to yourself. You’ll also need to take a jacket for the summit and the descent because the hillside is very exposed – average temperatures at the summit are only 10ºC even in July. We’ll admit, Great Dun Fell may not be entirely unknown but, despite its difficulty, is rarely spoken about in the same breath as perhaps more iconic British climbs. View the route on Komoot Gospel Pass, Powys Gospel Pass is the highest paved road in Wales. Graham Well/Flickr (Creative Commons licence) Starting from Hay-on-Wye in Hereford, the Gospel Pass reaches an elevation of 594m and is the highest paved road in Wales. With a distance of 8.8km and an average gradient of 5 per cent, it’s a real opportunity to test your climbing legs. The first part is covered by hedges and trees, but as you reach the second half of the climb, the landscape opens up dramatically for some incredible views of the surrounding valleys. View the route on Komoot Kodak Corner, County Down View this post on Instagram #kodakcorner #rostrevormtb #rostrevormtbtrails #mountainbiking #mountainbikeni #discoverni #niexplorer A post shared by Rachel Annan (@rachel.annan) on Oct 30, 2019 at 2:54am PDT Kodak Corner is a picturesque viewpoint that features on the fantastic red trail at Northern Ireland’s Rostrevor trail centre. Arriving as a welcome break for mountain bikers climbing to the summit of Slieve Martin, the exposed switchback corner provides expansive views of Carlingford Lough and the surrounding area. Kodak Corner’s stunning backdrop has become something of an Instagram favourite and has even been used in photoshoots held by major bike brands. View the route on Komoot Perthshire’s gravel roads The ride through Glen Almond is one of the best gravel roads in Perthshire. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The area surrounding Crieff in Perthshire, Scotland, is crisscrossed with dozens of amazing gravel roads. From the cruisy to the should-have-brought-a-mountain-bike, there’s a huge variety of roads to choose from. However, without a doubt, the jewel in Perthshire’s gravel crown has to be the estate road through Glen Artney from Sma’ Glen to Loch Tay. The road starts with 9 miles of well-surfaced estate roads. This is followed by a slightly boggier mile-long section of tufty, grassy terrain but, after this, you’re back on good gravel roads for the hair-raising descent to Ardtalnaig on the south shore of Loch Tay. The route is incredibly scenic and truly remote all while being comfortably rideable on a bike with 35mm tyres – a rare thing on Scotland’s usually brutal estate roads. Include this with a loop around Glen Ogle and Killin, or Kenmore and Glen Quaich, and you’ve got the makings of a truly epic day out. View the route on Komoot Ben Chonzie, Perthshire Ben Chonzie (pronounced Ben-y Hone, if you’re wondering) is a great big tump of a hill, but that makes it perfect for riding. Getty / Bertrand Van isterdael Ben Chonzie, located just outside of Crieff in Scotland, is a great big boring lump of a hill and is one of the least interesting Munros to walk. While it may be (relatively) boring by foot, its gentle slopes mean it is almost entirely rideable and taking a mountain bike onto its expansive summit is a must-do if you’re in the area. Best accessed from Invergeldie, the ride up the well-made estate road onto the summit ridge is rideable save for a few small, steeper sections. Once up top, you can either hurtle back from where you came from or, if you’re feeling adventurous, take the trail over the watershed to the north west of the summit down into the Glen Artney estate. View the route on Komoot South Wales cycle path network On the other end of the adventure spectrum is South Wales’ network of exceptionally well-made and scenic cycle paths. You can access pretty much all of the valleys via a rail trail or canal path, but our particular favourite is the trail from Newport to Fourteen Locks. You can then take this canal as far as Risca and Crosskeys before taking the truly stunning Sirhowy Valley line. This super-smooth trail takes you through the remnants of some of south Wales’ most interesting industrial heritage sites and can be used to link onto trails that will take you further north or west (we like the route through to Glynneath and onward to Swansea). If you’re looking for a traffic-free playground, it’s hard to beat this part of the world. 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This month MBUK embraces the dark evenings to bring you a 15-strong lights group test. With outputs ranging from 1,600 lumens to a massive 6,500, you’ll discover what will keep you gleaming and what’s a little dull. The team also hit up Bike Park Wales at night to see how wild one of the UK’s best riding spots can be once the sun’s gone down. That’s not all, the mag also brings you a lesson in bike geometry, so you can learn how frame angles and tube lengths effect just how a bike handles, and there’s adventures and characters galore from riding in Iraq and the ultra-endurance Silk Road race. Plus, there are all the usual pages and columns, as well as an environmental message from Rachel Atherton, how to warm-up like Tahnée Seagrave, and shredding in Gwydir Forest and Cheddar. Charge of the lights brigade Get the low down from the lights-out ride at Bike Park Wales, where MBUK see if riding one of the UK’s most fun venue’s gets even more exciting after hours. What’s more fun than riding a bike park at night with your mates? Not much. Geometry lessons Seb Stott, the mag’s resident tech guru, gives us a run-down of how bike geometry works, what all the angles and lengths mean and their effects on bike handling, as well as advice on how to make sure your next bike fits you perfectly. Bike geometry is constantly evolving. Find out all the ins and outs and how to find your perfect fitting bike. Trail lights grouptest Whether you’re getting set for your first night ride or another season of sundown adventures, having a high-power light is essential to help you ride fast and safe. MBUK tests 15 front lights across a range of budgets and lumens to help you pick the best for you. Having a powerful trail light is essential for night riding. A world apart Mountain biking in Iraq might not be first on your list as a destination, but the Kurdish region is full of wild backcountry and formidable peaks, and a world away from the stereotype we’ve become accustomed. There’s more to Iraq than you might imagine. Mile-munching trail bikes What happens when you blend cross-country speed with trail bike security? This month’s bike test finds out as MBUK puts four short-travel trail bikes from Scott, Cannondale, Intense and Specialized to the test. Just how capable, and fun, are short travel trail bikes? Gwydir Forest This trail at the gateway to Snowdonia is a classic. Formally the Marin Trail, and also known as Betws-y-Coed, it’s been a Welsh cycling hotspot for 15+ years, and it’s easy to see why. It features action-packed trails over its 25km with tons of variability. Find all the details you need for a great day out in the mag. Gywdir Forest is one on the oldest and best trail centres in the UK. Free gift This month’s cover gift is an MBUK beanie. A great after riding essential to keep off the winter chill and your helmet hair covered up. Look sharp, stay warm and hide the helmet hair.
In 2018, Jeff Throop crashed his moto. His daughter, GT athlete Rachel Strait, and the rest of the family were told this was it… that Jeff wasn’t going to make it. But six weeks later, Jeff proved everyone wrong. This is the story of how bikes and family inspired Jeff’s recovery, and how we can only do our best while we’re here.
In 2018, Jeff Throop crashed his moto. His daughter, GT athlete Rachel Strait, and the rest of the family were told this was it...
Party laps, mega trains, racing, big hits, and whips. Wyn, Noga, Skills WIth Phil, TMac, Tom Isted, Joey Gough, Rachel and a bunch of GT Coalition crew, all press the send button together for Crankworx Whistler 2019. #Crankworx #GTFactoryRacing #GTBicycles Filmed and edited by Last Light Cinema Good time brought to you by GT athletes: Wyn Masters Noga Korem Rachel Strait Tyler McCaul Skills With Phil Tom Isted Ian Morrison Trevor Burke Simmone Lyons Dylan Conte Adam Robbins Clair Sick Jake Snow
Wyn, Noga, Skills WIth Phil, TMac, Tom Isted, Joey Gough, Rachel Strait and a bunch of GT Coalition crew all press the send button together for Crankworx Whistler 2019.( Photos: 5, Comments: 1 )
Starting from scratch in the 80’s wasn’t easy. Starting again from scratch in the year 2000 was another story. In the midst of the giants of the industry, how do we make our mark? Simply by following our path. The one that involves competing. We spend all our energy (and our money ) on getting to the top steps of world class podiums. Sometimes it works and we spray champagne. We love champagne. Maybe sometimes it’s not enough. That’s sport. But every time we move forward we learn. We learn from winners and champions who keep us busy pushing us to raise our game by demanding ever more efficient products from us. Miguel MARTINEZ, Christophe DUPOUEY, Rémy ABSALON, Rachel, Gee & Dan ATHERTON, Cédric GRACIA, Romain SALADINI, Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON, Rémi THIRION, Myriam NICOLE, Cécile RAVANEL, Thibaut DAPRELA, Amaury PIERRON. So many big names who won their first major titles in our colours. Loads of reasons to look back on these 20 years with huge pride. In order to celebrate this landmark, at first we thought about making a vintage bike, which would represent our colourful history. But at 20, we’re not really old enough to be nostalgic yet. We’ll have time for that in the future. At this age we’re full of ideas and energy. We look forward. So we have created a bike that turns towards the future. XX Edition. A sleek bike with the all new SRAM AXS wireless transmission and seat post. A design with a bit of bling (of course!) with its pearly white paint and oil slick graphics. It’s a bike that really represents us. And because we wanted this bike to be super special we decided to produce just 100 of them. We’ve made 100 but only 99 will be for sale. We’re keeping one for our museum. Because one day there will come a time when we’ll be old enough to sit down and reflect. When we’ll look back and come across this bike. And hopefully we will be proud.
Hands up, who loves looking at new bike kit? We’re guessing the answer is most of you! And it’s certainly all of us. So allow us to bring you another helping of shiny new kit, including kids’ cycling clothing from Alé, Endura’s Durapak packable jacket for those summer showers, Smith’s Reverb sunglasses, new mountain bike shoes from Ride Concepts and a Van Rysel bike that looks astonishingly well-specced for the money. Garmin Edge 530 GPS computer review Cheap cycling shorts for road cycling, mountain biking and commuting So what else has been happening in the world of cycling lately? Well, the amazing Fiona Kolbinger put in a sensational ride to become the first outright female winner of the Transcontinental, a 4,000km ultra-endurance race across Europe. Downhill fans will pleased to hear that there’s now a slightly cheaper aluminium version of the Scott Gambler, while Specialized has introduced the new S-Works Epic hardtail with a crazy-light 790g frame. We’ve also been to see the latest 2020 bikes from Genesis and Saracen, while, in the racing world, we’re gearing up to watch the Vuelta a España. Van Rysel RR920 CF Ultegra The Van Rysel RR920 CF Ultegra Is available from Decathlon. Earlier this year, the French cycling superstore Decathlon rebranded its higher-end Triban road bikes as Van Rysel, in order to gain ground at the performance end of the market. And while there may be an element of marketing spiel about the Dutch- or Belgian-sounding name, if our first glance at Van Rysel’s RR920 CF is anything to go by, it’s backed up by some substance and an impressively light 7.61kg weight (on our scales). The RR920 even comes with genuine race pedigree, being the weapon of choice for the AG2R La Mondiale U19 team. For £1,999.99/€2,500, you’d expect lightweight carbon and this Van Rysel frame comes in at a claimed 850g with a 320g Evo Dynamic fork that’s equally feathery on the scales. This model is kitted out with an Ultegra groupset. You might also expect a full raft of Shimano Ultegra R8000 for that price, and this bike includes the pro-compact 52/36 chainset. What you’re less likely to find is a pair of £989 Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon wheels with 45mm NACA aero-profile carbon rims, even if they do have an aluminium braking track. These help make the Van Rysel one of the best equipped bikes at this price, with Fizik’s Antares saddle also headlining. The frame has a PressFit 86 bottom bracket shell and is Di2 compatible, with the £3,499.99/€3,600 Van Rysel RR940 having the same frame and wheels but with electronic Ultegra. We’ll be putting our Van Rysel RR920 CF Ultegra to the test in the near future. Van Rysel RR920 CF Ultegra specs: Weight: 7.61kg (medium) — measured weight Frame: Full carbon, PressFit 86 bottom bracket, 850g claimed weight Fork: Full carbon, 320g claimed weight Gears: Shimano Ultegra 52/36, 11-28 Wheels: Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon Brakes: Shimano Ultegra, direct-mount front Finishing kit: Deda Zero stem and bar, Fizik Antares saddle, 25mm Mavic Yksion Pro tyres Price: £1,999.99/€2,500 Alé Sartana women’s and kids’ cycling kit If you fancy dressing the whole family the same, the Sartana kit comes in men’s, women’s and kids’ versions. Aoife Glass / Immediate Media Co If you like your kit bright and colourful then Alé has just the outfit for you, or for your mini cyclist, for that matter, because this kit also comes in kids’ sizes. The Sartana kit has a multi-coloured floral jungle print that will certainly stand out on the club ride, but the features aren’t restricted to looks. Designed for warm weather riding, the jersey’s fabric has been chosen for its breathability, with a lighter mesh on the sides and arms to help keep you cool in hot weather. The wide arm bands should mean that they sit in place without squishing or squeezing, and there are three deep pockets at the rear. The floral pattern will certainly get you noticed. Aoife Glass / Immediate Media Co There’s a silicone band around the hem to help keep the jersey in place, and there are subtle reflective highlights too. The adult bib shorts feature a sex-specific chamois pad and a panelled construction for figure-hugging support. The kids’ kit comes with waist shorts instead of bibs. The men’s version of this kit comes in a more subdued monochrome colourway, which is a bit of a shame. That said, there’s also a more low-key version of the women’s print too, so if you like the flowers but don’t want to go completely rainbow, Alé has you covered. Price: £185 / €177 / $TBC Ride Concepts Skyline Shoes Flat pedal fans will be pleased to see another addition to the rather sparse market. Aoife Glass A fresh arrival in the world of flat pedal shoes, Ride Concepts has just hit the UK from the US and already has a raft of high profile riders on its roster, including downhill World Cup racers Gee and Rachel Atherton. The brand hails from Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountains, an area known for its great mountain biking, and the extensive range includes several flat pedal and clipless shoes that cover everything from trail riding to downhill racing. The Skyline shoe here though is a rugged, protective shoe that looks well suited to aggressive or technical riding. It features a rubber outsole with a custom-moulded toe and heel cup for added protection from hits. The inner ankle cuff is cut higher to provide a bit more protection for the ankle bones from the bike. There are two colour options: a blue outer with a grey sole or black with dark purple highlights. Ride Concepts offers a good range of sizes, from US5 to US10. In the UK, they’re available from UK4 to UK8. However, British riders take note; the sizing is a bit off, with the UK7 that we have in fitting more like a UK6. Price: £134.95 / $150 View this post on Instagram Who can guess which bike @jacquelucque is talking about in this video? Or, You can find out the answer by heading to our YouTube channel and watching the latest episode of BikeRadar Diaries. #terrifyingtt #retrovsmodern #jackvsjoe #hotboizofbikeradar #bikeradardiaries A post shared by BikeRadar (@bikeradar) on Aug 2, 2019 at 6:08am PDT Smith Reverb glasses The Reverb glasses come with a spare lens in a complementary tint plus a storage case. A good set of performance specs should be on every rider’s kit list. Smith’s Reverb sunglasses have a minimalist design consisting of a central one-piece lens, with detachable arms which click into place. This makes swapping the lens over to suit different light conditions very easy — good news if you live somewhere with changeable weather. Each set of glasses comes with two lenses, typically one lightly tinted to suit most riding conditions and a more heavily tinted lens for brighter conditions. The Reverb glasses are crammed with neat details. There’s also a range of arm colours, so you’ll be able to find a set that suits your kit. You can also buy spare lenses if you want a different tint or have an accident with the set you have. The Matte Moss set pictured comes with the Chromapop Red Mirror lens for bright conditions and contrast-enhancing Chromapop Contrast Rose lenses for dull weather. You also get a storage case and bag to keep everything together. Price: £189 / $189 View this post on Instagram How's this for a seat cluster? Coming soon to BikeRadar.com. ???????????????? #raw #gravel #mtb A post shared by BikeRadar (@bikeradar) on Jul 30, 2019 at 7:31am PDT Endura Durajak packable windproof jacket The Durajak from Endura is a packable, lightweight windproof with DWR coating. Aoife Glass Summer riding in some parts of the world can be an… interesting experience. Your ride might start off cool and crisp in the morning, then warm up rapidly. Endura’s very packable Durajak is designed for exactly this scenario; when you need something light and windproof to keep the chill off in the morning, on long descents or when stopping for lunch. The lightweight jacket squishes down to a size that’s small enough to stow in a pocket or waist bag. It features a full-length zip, hood and is constructed from a windproof Cordura fabric with a DWR coating, which should help keep light rain showers at bay. The fit is relaxed and it comes in sizes S to XXL. Price: £79.99 / €89.99 / $119.99