Privateer Issue 14
We've themed issue 14 around the idea of 'place', a fairly abstract concept when you think about it, but we're confident the end result is our most beautiful, cohesive edition to date.
We get things rolling with Mike Davis looking into the history of Ordnance Survey mapping, illustrated by artist Anthony Oram. Next up Dan Barham and Dave Smith head to the Yukon in the middle of winter to discover how much fun you can have when it's -30deg and the trails are covered in snow.
From there we head to south Wales to catch up with Rowan Sorrell who's in the process of building the Bike Park Wales in Merthyr Tydfil, something that won't just create great riding for us, but will generate jobs, income and pride in a deprived but beautiful and blessed part of the UK.
We then have an open letter to Missy Giove, a rider we'd truly love to interview one day, if only we could contact her; and then our Deputy Editor Andy Waterman recounts the history of London's singletrack sanctum, Epping Forest, accompanied by the paintings of artist Simon Pemberton.
This issue's cover comes from John Gibson's equine assisted trip in the Canadian Chilcotins. That trip takes up the next 15 pages in Off the Map.
Regular Privateer contributor Geoff Waugh spent much of 2012 speaking to World Champions about how wearing the rainbow jersey affected their careers for his feature, The Rainbow Jersey. Waugh returns in the next story, Richard Cunynghame's feature on the influential scene around Shropshire in Salop Take My Bones.
From Shropshire, Eddie Clark takes us back across the Atlantic to visit Oskar Blues, a successful brewery that has decided to set up a bike brand, Reeb, on the side. And why not, mountain bikes and beer go together like gin and tonic - perfect partners.
We finish up with a tribute to Burry Stander by photographer Gary Perkin. Stander was killed whilst training at home in South Africa in January 2013, something that shocked the cycling community at home and around the world. Having watched Stander's career develop first hand, Perkin's heartfelt tribute to this great athlete is hugely moving; hopefully we won't have to repeat it any time soon - drive safe.