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DESTINATION TRAIL: UNITED KINGDOM

In this episode, Marshall Mullen takes his Camber FSR to the United Kingdom to uncover a vast network of hidden trail gems with UK native, Christian Fairclough.

DESTINATION #6

UNITED KINGDOM

In this episode, we follow Marshall Mullen as he and his Camber head to the United Kingdom to uncover a vast network of hidden trail gems with UK native, Christian Fairclough. Starting in the south of England, the duo ride through the loamy trails of the Surrey Hills, and eventually move to the north by way of Fort Williams and Kinlochleven in the Scottish Highlands. Along the way, they take in the sights and sounds of quaint hamlets where the trail riders seemingly outnumber the residents, stop off at some massive dirt parks, and experience exactly why a region that's so flat has one of the most engaged and enthusiastic culture of mountain bikers in the world.

THE RIDERS

MARSHALL MULLEN & CHRISTIAN FAIRCLOUGH

When he was just 13 years old, Marshall started digging jumps in his family's sprawling backyard in Malibu, California. By the time he was 16, his childhood diversion had become more of an obsession. And today, Mullen's interest has evolved into a successful career in which he produces film projects, designs courses, invents new gear, and generally sets his mind to anything related to mountain biking.

Brother of DH rider, Brendan Fairclough, Christian has been involved in the mountain bike world since he could walk. Starting out as a junior racer, Christian is now equal parts product tester, product designer, and product distributor—truly a jack-of-all-trades.

THE TRAILS

SURREY HILLS, ENGLAND & FORT WILLIAM, SCOTLAND

Covering roughly 163 square miles, the Surrey Hills of southeast England were designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1958. At their highest point, the hills reach 955' above sea level—not exactly primed for trail riding on paper. But what it has in limitations, Surrey more than makes up for in trail networks, short climbs, and fast, punchy descents. Case in point is the small hamlet of Peaslake. With a tiny population, no paved road leading to it, and a central location in the hills, this charming little village serves as the central hub of trail riding in the region. Stemming from the village, riders encounter a network of loamy, repurposed medieval foot trails that connect most of the villages within the Surrey Hills. The riding is technical and fast, which is perfect stock for a bike like the Camber.

Fort William is one of the most populated towns in the Scottish Highlands, and this is due to its prime location. It lies on the southern end of the Great Glen, a 62-mile-long valley running from Iverness to Fort William. It's also at the head of one of Scotland's longest sea lochs, Loch Linnhe, and of course, residing in the Highlands means that the town is surrounded by lush, stunning mountains. In fact, Fort William is only a few minutes drive to the tallest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis, which looms in the distance at 4,409 feet. Then there's also the world famous downhill track that brings in scores of riders before, during, and after the World Cup season. So all be told, the vast trail network, embedded riding culture, and high peaks make Fort William a true riding destination for anyone looking to test their mettle in the UK.

THE GEAR

TRAIL ESSENTIALS