TODMORDEN, U.K. (BRAIN) — The publishers of Singletrack, a U.K.-based mountain bike magazine, are launching a digital magazine and website called grit.cx. Content will focus on cyclocross riders, racers and lifestyle.
In a press release announcing the launch, the new publication was described as being more than a race magazine. “Cycocross bikes are fun, and we intend to show you just how much fun they can be,” the release said.
The website is set to go live at the end of the summer and the first issue of the digital magazine will appear in early October. Meanwhile, the magazine has launched a Facebook page while it builds out its website, www.grit.cx.
Both the digital magazine and website will have contributors, feature stories and draw influence from the U.K., Europe, the U.S. and other countries. Neil Webb has been tapped as online editor and Jeff Lockwood was named digital magazine editor.
Lockwood previously worked at Dirt Rag magazine, and as a correspondent for Singletrack and other magazines. He relocated to Belgium several years ago, and now has the unique perspective of being an East Coast U.S. rider immersed in the center of Belgium cyclocross culture.
“Cyclocross and other sorts of riding drop-bar bicycles on unpaved roads are exploding in the U.K. and the United States right now. And we all know how huge cyclocross is in Europe. I'm excited to be part of the team that will document, share and help grow the excitement and beauty of these scenes,” said Lockwood from his home in Antwerp, Belgium.
Webb is also a familiar name in the bike trade. He has been a brand manager at U.K. distributor Madison and handled marketing at Evans Cycles. A lifelong bike racer, he was also a technical writer for IPC Media at Cycling Weekly and MBR magazine.
“’Cross racing, riding and general fun is on the increase in most places. There's so much new product, innovation and general stuff to tell people about. Unless you hunt obscure blogs and a huge variety of sites, this info has been pretty hard to come by so, it is really quite exciting to get the grit.cx show started,” said Webb.
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