Dirt #147 – What an Odd Couple Indeed

The latest issue of Dirt is on shelves and in postboxes right now, so if you haven’t already got it you should be rushing straight to the shops, especially once you’ve heard what’s inside!

Brendan Fairclough graces the cover with a typically stylish shot from our exclusive feature on Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company film section from Fiji.

I was fortunate enough to witness and photograph the two clash it out on a custom made DH track in the hills above the Pacific Ocean.

King photographer Sterling Lorence provides imagery and words. This is a must-see feature.

Breeding Ground

It’s a cut throat business that involved poopa scoops (jet washers), paw type nail clippers (tyres), de-matting devices (pedals), bamboo brushes (riding kit) and flea combs (helmet and goggles.

Steve Walker, aka The Butcher, takes to the British Downhill Series at Antur Stiniog in North Wales to assess the breeding ground of talent that is the British race scene. Woof woof.

Wheat Grass Pasty


…take them to a sketchy narrow bit of singletrack and feed them a pasty and the frappacinos are out.

We invited our friends from US company Acre to little old Wales for a taste of mud and pasties…

Wham Bam!

Our job is to keep a clear head whilst booze, spa treatments and head massages are being applied…

The above is mentioned of course in jest (read Dirt editor Mike Rose’s introduction to this feature to find out how we approach press camps remembering to “keep a clear head and an open mind”). We bring you our lowdown on some exciting fresh produce from an industry giant.

Dual or Duel?

 We’ve had biblical rain storms, gale force winds which stopped riders in their tracks, and yet still dozens of riders turn out to race.

Oh man the confusion! Dual or duel, which is it? This is my favourite feature in the latest mag and come to think of it pretty much anything written by Sheffield’s Nick Hamilton is usually pretty entertaining. Cracking photos by Duncan Philpott too. What a scene they have going up there!

Also in this month’s magazine: Dirt bike tester Steve Jones goes tyre testing with Bontrager, Trek Remedy 29 tested, we get the best of both worlds on location in Fiss/Ladis, Austria, and Andrew Neethling and Chris Akrigg are the stars of our ‘Half and Half’ regular. Plus there’s a lot more good stuff in there!

Go and buy Dirt #147 now!

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