CHART TOP­PERS

We ask some fa­mil­iar faces to name their top places to ride. This month, it’s the turn of Andy McKenna, of Scot­tish guid­ing com­pany Go-Where

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1.brae­mar & bal­later, scot­land

“For far too long, this cor­ner of Scot­land has been mainly as­so­ci­ated with its royal visi­tors and Bal­moral, but any­one who rides here gets served up a hefty por­tion of big, gran­itey all-moun­tain good­ness, washed down with some of Scot­land’s sub­limest loamy sin­gle­track. Bliss. It’s a bik­ers’ par­adise. We like to call it ‘Moun­tain Royale’.”

2.san miguel de la palma, ca­nary is­lands

“Moon-like vol­canic lava field epic­ness, carv­ing turns through black vol­canic sand to the sea, high-alpine sin­gle­track, beau­ti­ful peo­ple and re­laxed vibes. We landed with­out know­ing much about the place and it blew us away. Can’t wait to go back!”

3.slove­nia (all of it!)

“A tiny coun­try with a big heart. We ex­plored for three weeks and ev­ery sin­gle day was di er­ent, with lush alpine sin­gle­track, big moun­tain tra­verses, views to die for and un­ri­valled hos­pi­tal­ity every­where we went. You could do a lot worse than speak to lo­cal ex­perts Dixie and Anej, at Bike Nomad.”

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