"This issue sees us returning to a more traditional format and taking a good long look at the world of XC racing, from grassroots events like Brighton’s Big Dog or our very own Beastway series, to the Andorra World Cup where we followed Team Orange Monkey this summer. In between we’ve got everything from the man behind the largest participation race in the UK, Patrick Adams of Mountain Mayhem, to Sally Bigham, the British Marathon Champion and World Champs silver medalist who’s virtually unknown amongst even serious enthusiasts. Hopefully not for long.
Elsewhere we interview the Iranian refugee making a name for himself as an XC racer in Turkey, and we follow Rich Rothwell through the Manx 100 mile race. We also look behind the scenes at Bike Park Wales, which is rapidly revolutionising gravity MTB riding in the UK, and we take a ride around Delamere Forest in the northwest of England.
Last but not least, we’ve dedicated 21 pages to a mammoth interview with bike builder Jeff Jones. His frames may not be to everyone’s taste, but the philosophy behind why he builds bikes the way he does is fascinating – a true one-off. "