One of the most stylish veterans on the DH circuit, Kiwi Sam Blenkinsop has been a pro for almost 17 years. We talk about how his life unfolded and what it’s like combining fatherhood with a pro racing career.
The European alps have an impressive network of high alpine refuges to offer shelter for hikers, bikes and mountaineers. We head out to one of them to experience the solitude of spending a night high up in the mountains.
Against the advice of 90’s music sensation TLC, Graham doesn’t stick to the rivers and lakes that he’s used to. It was his way or nothing at all. He went chasing waterfalls, and ended up riding some sick trails along the way.
Key bike parks like Morzine and Saalbach are getting busier and busier. We head out to the relatively unknown spot of Gampel, where the people speak a strange language and the public transport gives bikers access to dusty singletrack goodness.
On test this issue: BMC’s flagship down country beast the Fourstroke LT and Santa Cruz Tallboy X01. The PNW Loam post & lever, Fizik’s Tensor shoes, Schwalbe’s new Wicked Will, clothing from Double3, Peaty’s Clean&Lube; kit and OneUp’s EDC tool.