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

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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

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