We’ ll be keeping UK trail riding as our main focus, while continuing to bring you the best stories and photos from all over the world
I’ve been an avid reader of MBUK since I was 15, so it’s strange – but exciting! – to see my own face on the opening page. My first issue as editor is an unusual one, because it comes with two very different covers – a leafy autumnal one for readers who buy their mag from a shop and a pared-back (in terms of text, but certainly not ambition!) Christmas special that’s exclusive to our subscribers, as a little extra ‘thank you’ for their continuing support. Hope you like them!
While we’re enjoying a bit of festive frivolity this month (make sure to check out Laurence Crossman-Emms’ cracking shot in our Out Front section!), we’ve got all the usual great features and ‘how to’ advice you’ve come to expect of MBUK, including an eye-opening trip to ride Vancouver’s infamous North Shore. Our testing remains as stringent as ever too, so head to page 67 if you want to see our best-buy beginner bikes, flat pedals, waterproof shorts and more.
I reckon we already strike a pretty good balance between being informative and entertaining, encouraging for beginners but inspiring for more experienced riders, so I won’t be making too many changes. One thing I do want to do, though, is ensure that our readers remain at the heart of everything we do. That means rewarding our loyal subscribers and keeping UK trail riding
– the sort of riding most of us do, most of the time – as our main focus, while continuing to bring you the best stories and images from all over the world.
JAMES COSTLEY WHITE EDITOR