Australian Mountain Bike - - Editorial - WORDS: MIKE BLEWITT PHOTO: S. LORENCE

In a time where moun­tain bik­ing is push­ing fur­ther to­wards the bound­aries on ev­ery spec­trum, it can be hard to find where you fit. Are you a trail rider, and if so – what does that mean? If you pre­fer to bomb the de­scents does that make you ‘en­duro’? So what if your fun comes from keep­ing your wheels on the ground and spend­ing all the day­light hours ex­plor­ing? Would you be pretty happy if you only ride flow trails, and didn’t have to ne­go­ti­ate rocky, off-cam­ber nat­u­ral trails again? That’s your choice. It’s all your choice. The more our sport grows, the more moun­tain bik­ing di­ver­si­fies. Here at we ob­vi­ously love moun­tain bik­ing, and I per­son­ally think a moun­tain bike can be one of the best ways to see your lo­cal area, a new place – or the world. To me, a moun­tain bike is a ticket to free­dom and opens up a whole world of pos­si­bil­i­ties. Be­yond the cov­er­age from the Down­hill and Cross-Coun­try Na­tional Se­ries and Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, this is­sue of is full of sto­ries about ex­plor­ing by bike. From the near-end­less, ex­posed, high alpine trails in the east of Switzer­land, to the more con­tained Noosa Trail Net­work. And from ac­tion-packed itin­er­ar­ies around Cairns, through to lux­ury moun­tain bike es­capes in Tas­ma­nia. How you ride your moun­tain bike and in­ter­ract with the great out­doors is up to you, and these are just a few great op­tions for see­ing some amaz­ing parts of our coun­try, and the world, by bike. And that’s why we are all more than stoked on the sub­scrip­tion of­fer we have been able to put to­gether with Switzer­land Tourism and Reho Travel. You have to look at the de­tails on p20, but when you sub­scribe, or up­date your sub­scrip­tion, you can en­ter to win a dream hol­i­day in the Swiss Alps. With re­turn air­fares for two, first class rail travel, BMC moun­tain bikes to use and ac­com­modaiton in Swiss Bike Ho­tels in both Grindel­wald and Zer­matt. Yes Zer­matt, where the fi­nal of the En­duro World Se­ries will be held in Septem­ber 2019. This is an epic prize and all of us at and our part­ners with the prize are so ex­cited that a lucky sub­scriber (and a friend!) is go­ing to get the chance to win it. So go on, see the world by bike. Or your back­yard. But get out and en­joy it, in what­ever way moun­tain bik­ing works for you.

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