ED­I­TOR’S LET­TER

Mountain Biking UK - - SPOILED FOR CHOICE -

we caught up with an old friend of MBUK re­cently. Back in the early 2000s Marc ‘Slug­ger’ Beau­mont was just start­ing to make a name for him­self on the down­hill scene, which is why we thought it would be a good idea to get him signed up to our MBUK race team. Marc joined us in 2005 and en­joyed a good three years on the team, record­ing his first ever World Cup win at Vigo in 2007 and tak­ing part in loads of great fea­tures for us from around the world. He had a bit of a break from rid­ing re­cently to be a pre­sen­ter on some YouTube chan­nel or other, but now he’s back in full flow and, as we dis­cov­ered, still as hun­gry for suc­cess on the World Cup cir­cuit as ever. He took us rid­ing round his lo­cal stomp­ing ground in Shrop­shire as part of our Ori­gins se­ries – where we try and find out more about the land­scapes that have shaped some of the best rid­ers in the world. What’s great about this se­ries is, sure, we get to watch and ride with class acts like Slug­ger again, but we re­ally get a sense of how his pas­sion for rid­ing got started. And how it in­volved loads of rid­ing, sculpt­ing trails and ba­si­cally hav­ing fun on a bike. It’s great in­spi­ra­tion for any young rid­ers out there – you can find out more on page 62.

As you read this our test­ing crew are in the mid­dle of ham­mer­ing 20 long-travel/en­duro bikes for our Bike of the Year is­sue next month. Make sure you don’t miss that is­sue when we re­veal the win­ner!

“Sure, we get to watch and ride with class acts like Slug­ger again, but we also re­ally get a sense of how his pas­sion for rid­ing got started"

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