CONTENTS M O U N TA I N PAGE B I K E M A G A Z I N E • A U T U M N 2 0 1 8 NEWSSTAND EDITION Nino Schurter giving it horns at the 2017 MTB XCO World Champs in Lenzerheide by Sven Martin 74 POINT OF VIEW 16 Paul gets patriotic. 162 Zane De Decker’s #radride across New Zealand. PHOTO GALLERY 18 Maximum stoke, just for you. EXPLORE THE WORLD 42 Iran: Holger Meyer and Andrew “Needles” Neethling on a Persian adventure. 74 Graubünden: Traversing the Alps with Steffi Marth and Richie Schley. 92 Los Angeles: Hans Rey shows us the La La Land we’ve never seen before. 100 Mozambique: The tropical escape you need this season. PAGE 120 Namaqua: A desert to ocean coastal route you have to try. 12 | MTB | look what we have for you PARTICIPANTS’ EDITION Fast, flowing single track – signature sani2c trails await! by Kevin Sawyer 26 RIDERS WE LIKE 26 Sam Gaze: The first Kiwi to nab a MTB World Cup title is on a winning streak. 54 Legends: Meet some of the sani2c heroes. 82 Bianca Haw: Freak wipe outs and future plans. 90 Nikki Haywood: Why being the Trail Angels boss rocks. 106 Phillimon Sebona: When passion and perseverance pays off.