Are We World Class?

DMBinS (Develop Mountain Biking in Scotland) asked MTBCut to interview leading riders and figures in the mountain biking industry to discuss whether Scottish mountain biking is world class. Danny MacCaskill, Steve Peat, Rachel Atherton, Joe Barnes and more give their view and comment on areas we could improve – all presented with some inspiring scenes of mountain biking in Scotland.

 

Flow's going the Mo! Join the Flow Crew in November and support Beyond Blue

Movember, the month formerly known as November, is here once again and that means one thing: it’s time to don the mo. Blokes of Australia and New Zealand, let nature run its course and sprout the best lip-warming caterpillar you can muster!

Of course, a good mo is nothing without an even better cause. Movember is all about changing the face of men’s health, specifically growing awareness of men’s mental health and prostate cancer.

Join us in becoming a Mo Bro and help raise awareness and funds for a great cause. Register here, horrify your partner with a mighty face broom AND help make a difference to the lives of men living with mental illness or prostate cancer.

Help us change the face of men’s health, one upper lip at a time.

 

Flow’s going the Mo! Join the Flow Crew in November and support Beyond Blue

Movember, the month formerly known as November, is here once again and that means one thing: it’s time to don the mo. Blokes of Australia and New Zealand, let nature run its course and sprout the best lip-warming caterpillar you can muster!

Of course, a good mo is nothing without an even better cause. Movember is all about changing the face of men’s health, specifically growing awareness of men’s mental health and prostate cancer.

Join us in becoming a Mo Bro and help raise awareness and funds for a great cause. Register here, horrify your partner with a mighty face broom AND help make a difference to the lives of men living with mental illness or prostate cancer.

Help us change the face of men’s health, one upper lip at a time.

 

Rydal Welcomes Riders To The SRAM Singletrack Mind Series

With the 2012 SRAM Singletrack Mind Series heading towards an exciting conclusion the penultimate round at Rydal would prove to be popular as teams and soloists sought to improve or consolidate their ranking in the Series.

Male Pairs winners Luke Dale exhibiting the dual skills of drifting through a corner while perfecting the “Blue Steel” pose

The practice day saw perfect conditions at the venue but the clouds gathered during the night and while it stayed dry, riders awoke to decidedly grey and chilly start. Good conditions to be on the bike but teammates, waiting in transition were adorned with a variety of blankets and jackets before tagging their incoming rider.

After sitting out the previous round due to injury, in the Solo Male category Canberra’s Ed McDonald was raring to get one back on long time training buddy but race rival Andrew Hall who was still recovering after a hard fought third place at the Australian 24 hour MTB Championships. The two riders plus Aaron Thomson were inseparable for the first 4 hours of the race but as the sun came out the battle also warmed up as McDonald attacked and Series leader Hall was left to ask his legs if they could respond. With the gap opening up the answer was “not really” and probably followed by his response of “shut up legs”, but he kept Thompson at bay to consolidate his Series lead with 2nd place.

Solo Male winner Ed McDonald staged a well-timed attack mid-race to earn his 3rd win of the Series

The women’s solo category was a locals grudge match between Series leader Janet Martin and 2010 Series winner Kate Heynes, both of Orange. Martin was first after the opening lap but Heynes singletrack skills gave her the edge and the lead through laps 2 to 5. Martin’s consistent laps brought her back the lead to take the win. The masters women saw another win from Libby Adamson and the male masters also featured another dominating ride from Garry James.

The Solo Female category featured two riders from Orange, Janet Martin winning the day from Kate Heynes

Reassuring us that the future of the sport is looking healthy, there was a great turn out from the Junior teams. The Alltrack Juniors looked to be on a flyer leading for the first two laps but as they have done all season the Young Guns put in very consistent laps to claw back the lead. The Highland Smashers also put in a solid ride to take 2nd. The other large team categories featured repeat wins from the BG Three in Mixed, HORCCules vs The Chocolate Footed Monster again victorious in the Masters Threes, and Powered by Cadbury powered to another win in the Women’s Threes. The Male Threes has become the “industry” category as bike wholesalers and bike shops battle for bragging rights. The ultra-consistent Stevens Bikes team lead all day from the Ashfield Cycles Trio and Velosophy Racing rode half the event with only two riders, latecomer Luke Beuchat was put to work in the afternoon with a succession of double laps.

The Pairs categories were far from predictable this round, the Masters saw a breakthrough win for the Elderly Illegitimates. The Female pairs featured London Olympian Bronwyn Watson, after years of literally going backwards in a rowing scull, she’s seen the light and is adapting her athletic prowess to mountain biking. It was Watson’s first ever MTB race and she looks to have a solid future in the sport as she and teammate Philippa Southey won the category.

After a performance plagued by injury in the previous round, it was a return to form for the BikeCulture/Whyte racing duo in the Male Pairs, winning by a lap to the Fly 8 team. Mixed Pairs was full of surprises, the podium was a reverse to what has been seen for most of the season as the normally dominating Bike Culture team’s Brooke Rowlands was carrying an ankle injury. Despite that they held the lead for nearly half the race until they were overtaken by an in-form Ria Johansen and Sebastien Dunne. They looked to have it in the bag until a puncture on their 3rd last lap saw Dunne lose over 10 minutes, presenting an opportunity for the team of Super Stoked to assume the lead. They held the advantage to the end and needless to say they were “Super Stoked” with the result!

Despite the tight and twisty nature of the track, riders heaped praise on Central Tablelands MTB Club, the builders and guardians of the Rydal course. As many would learn throughout the day, it’s a course that requires a different approach, some saying “you need to ride it slower to go faster”, the course rewarding those with flow rather than power.

The 2012 SRAM Singletrack Mind Series is set to come to an exciting conclusion at the singletrack oasis that is Awaba MTB park near Newcastle on 25 November.

For more information and full results see: chocolatefoot.com.au

Deans Bank – New Zealand

The Lake Wanaka region of New Zealand is renowned as one of the upcoming mountain bike hot spots of the world, with over 500km of tracks on offer.

Justin Leov rides the Deans Bank trail, in Wanaka, New Zealand on a beautiful Autumn day. The trail is a 12km loop (approx 45 mins) accessible to riders of all abilities with incredible views of the surrounding mountain amphitheatre and into New Zealand’s largest river – the mighty Clutha.

ERW – Airless Bicycle Tyres

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Czech Mate – Ivan Rybarik Wins The 2012 Crocodile Trophy Title In Cooktown

An excited crowd of spectators welcomed the 2012 Crocodile Trophy winner Ivan Rybarik (CZE) on Grassy Hill in Cooktown today. On the ninth stage into Cooktown, Josef Benetseder crowned the Crocodile Trophy 2012 with a stage win for Austria ahead of Mike Mulkens (BEL) and the Australian Luke Haines. Ondrej Fojtik claims the overall second place and Wolfgang Krenn comes in third.

Ivan Rybarik (in the orange jersey) takes the overall win.

Cooktown was Captain Cook’s first landing place and a meeting place for the Aboriginal people of today’s Far North Queensland. So it seems that it is only fitting that the Crocodile Trophy racers arrived today at the historic Grassy Hill after days of immense efforts racing their bikes and experiencing adventures in the Outback together with likeminded cyclists from all over the world. Together they endured more than 900 kilometers and 16,000 m of climbing and many will return home having found new friends for life.

Josef Benetseder was the fastest rider of the day and claimed his first Crocodile Trophy stage win. “Last year I got second three times, so I came back to win a stage”, said the beaming Austrian road racer today. “It was much harder this year and those technical mountain bike stages were challenging, but today I knew it was a stage for me.” The field had been started in staggered starts with the leaders in the GC riding out of Laura onto the wide and undulating gravel roads last. That way most of the riders arrived together on Grassy Hill and celebrated their achievements of the past nine days. Mike Mulkens from Belgium was second today and the Australian Luke Haines third.

Czech rider dominates field

With an impressive performance and four stage wins, Ivan Rybarik is the 2012 Crocodile Trophy champion. He arrived together with second and third on the podium and after congratulating Ondrej Fojtik (CZE) and Wolfgang Krenn he of his race, “I just had such a good time racing the Crocodile Trophy this year.” He added that he wanted to thank his wife Yana and daughter Elena who had supported him in preparation for the adventure stage race on the other side of the world and his Rubena Rocky Trail Racing Team, “My business partner Ondrej [Slezak] and his Hana were great and looked after me these past weeks and motivated me each day. We just had such a great time, in our team camp the atmosphere was always positive, we were chatting and talking about biking all the time. It was really the best environment for me to do well this year.”

Australian rider Kate Major finished on top of the podium after 9 stages and over 42 hours on the bike.

Race organiser Gerhard Schönbacher was content on Grassy Hill also, “This year we implemented a lot of new elements in the Crocodile Trophy. More mountain biking tracks, new stage destinations and even though the increased participant number meant a much greater logistical challenge in the Australian Outback, it definitely encourages us to keep improving our event.” The hardest longest, hottest and most adventurous mountain bike stage race certainly delivered on its promises this year and will be back in Tropical Far North Queensland in 2013 from 19 – 26 October.

Crocodile Trophy 2012
“The hardest, longest and most adventurous mountain bike stage race in the world.”

Full podium Elite Men overall:
1. Ivan Rybarik (CZE), Rubena Rocky Trail Racing CZE, 34:08:59 2. Ondrej Fojtik (CZE), +17:55
3. Wolfgang Krenn (AUT), +49:18
4. Cory Wallace (CAN), 01:11:06
5. Ondrej Slezak (CZE), Rubena Rocky Trail Racing CZE, 01:28:25

Full podium Women overall:
1. Kate Major (AUS), 42:23:17
2. Alice Pirard (BEL), O2 Bikers – WMTB.be – Schwalbe, 45:38:29 3. Tinneke Van de Voorde (BEL), 53:13:44
4. Annie van der Linde (NED), 59:24:33
5. Jade Forsyth (AUS), 60:09:23

M1 Winner:
1. Werner van der Merwe (UK), Subaru-MarathonMTB.com, 35:15:54

M2 Winner:
1. Marc Baechli (SUI), 37:14;45

M3 Winner:
1. Milan Spolc (CZE), 37:28:15

Adventure Team category elite winners:
1. Mark Griffin / Aaron Lakeman (AUS), Rubena Rocky Trail Racing, 37:48:50 / 37:50:34

Adventure Team category M1 winners:
1. Pierre Paligot / Dirk Abeloos (BEL), Croco RR Team Habay, 57:53:25 / 57:53:38

Team of Three category winners:
Rubena Rocky Trail Racing, Michal Kafka / Ivan Rybarik / Ondrej Slezak (CZE)

Norris and Fay wrap it up at Cape to Cape

The final day of the Cape to Cape MTB played out in spectacular fashion under the blue Western Australian skies, as riders took on the 66.8km fourth stage from Margaret River to Dunsborough.

Sit in, grit your teeth and hold on. It’s pace line time!

It was a tough finish to a fantastic few days; the fourth stage is the flattest and fastest of the event, and it was definitely a day where those with strong road legs could come to the fore. Rolling out from the Colonial Brewery just outside Margaret River, the pace was exceedingly quick from the word go, as the lead bunch sought to test out who still had the legs to hang on and the rest of field just tried to keep up.

The speedy fourth stage took riders along the fastest of surfaces, including tarmac.

Once again, the starts where staggered with around 200-250 riders in each wave. This strategy has worked well the whole way throughout the event and has meant that the trails have been surprisingly free of congestion despite the whopping 1100 riders.

Rohin Adams kicks up the dust for the pack to chew on.

Fast, gravelly fireroads and tarmac were the order of the day for the majority of the stage, except for the final 6km which was pure pea gravel singletrack of the kind you’ll only experience in WA. It was here on the technical, twisty final stretch that defending Cape to Cape champion Andy Blair hoped to make his move to regain the 34 second deficit held by Lachlan Norris.

Sighting the blue water signalled the end to four days of epic riding. But, it wasn’t a time to sit up and relax, that pea gravel surface is remarkably slippery!

The elite men’s field had hung together for most of the race, save some strong attacks by stage two winner Brendan Johnston and young gun Reece Tucknott, but with the singletrack looming, Blair launched his final assault, hoping to force Norris into making an error. It wasn’t to be, and whilst Blair won the stage, Norris hung onto a 28-second overall lead and grabbed his first ever Cape to Cape title.

Masters men winner Jon Gregg, and elites Jenny Fay and Lachlan Norris in their well earnt leaders jerseys.

Jenny Fay made it four stage wins from four starts today. Her form throughout the race has just been astonishing, spending most of her time riding with the elite men’s field, doing just as many turns at the front of the bunch as any other rider. Fay admitted that she spent most of the day counting off the kays and riding conservatively, well aware that she had it in the bag save for serious disaster. She even had a large piece of gaffer tape on her top tube, just in case she should somehow slice a tyre open today!

Jenny Fay nails Jodie Willet with her bottle of victory bubbles, whilst third place getter Nic Leary and local Leonie Burford avoids the whole ordeal nicely.

Jodie Willet had a better day on the bike, though she did confess to being “completely fu#ked” when Flow caught up with her on course. Her consistency across the race was enough to land her second overall, just ahead of Nic Leary who was at her best in the singletrack of stage 3.

 

Singletrack Feast During Day 3 of Cape to Cape

The third day of the Cape to Cape MTB gave us a real feast of mighty fine singletrack today, during the Margaret River Special Stage. The 53km stage took in the bulk of the finest singletrack that has put Margaret River on the mountain bike map.

In a stage filled with massive berms, tabletop jumps and picturesque trails running along the river, Lachlan Norris was able to retain his yellow jersey while Jenny Fay extended her lead even further.

Lachlan Norris leading Peter Hatton through some tasty trails in Margaret River.

After the bunch riding of the last couple of days the elite men’s field used the singletrack to try and blow each other apart, but in the end it came down to a five man sprint with Andy Blair just taking the win.

Jodie Willet was unable to make up any ground on Jenny Fay and a tangle with some fencing wire didn’t help things either. In the end it was Nic Leary who snagged second place, her 650B wheels clearly suiting the singletrack.

Pink jersey adorned, Jenny Fay has been mixing it up with the men’s elite field.

The stage finished at the idyllic Colonial Brewery where it will host the start of the final day’s racing tomorrow morning. Cape to Cape will wrap up tomorrow after a final 66km push to Dunsborough.

 

 

Sunny skies over Cape to Cape Day 2

Day two of Cape to Cape MTB stage race departed the beautiful, shimmering coastlines of Hamelin Bay this morning and headed into the Karri forests for the first time.

Stage 2 was seriously fast-paced; with less climbing and more high-speed fireoad and singletrack, the pointy end of the field stretched their legs to knock off the 62km in just 2:20:39.

Brendan Johnston was the surprise winner in the elite men’s field. With the pace lines and large portion of fireroad of the second stage, his experience and time racing on the road recently made all the difference. The main elite men’s pack all rolled through together a couple of minutes back with no change to the overall top three standings.

Brendan Johnston of Trek/Anytime Fitness had the legs on this fast and frenetic second stage. He held of Rohin Adams and a pack of immense talent to take the win, but Lachlan Norris still holds an overall lead.

Lachlan Norris still holds the lead, but by less than 30 seconds after Andy Blair scored a minute time bonus in the Redbull Sundown Showdown event this evening.

Jenny Fay continued to stamp her dominance on the women’s race. She now stands a full six-minutes ahead of second place. Jodie Willet grabbed second while Jenni King lost a lot of time today, just not feeling it.

Tomorrow is the Margaret River ‘super stage’, a singletrack bonanza through the pine and native forests around the Margaret River township.

 

Norris and Fay on top at Cape to Cape day 1

The fifth annual Cape to Cape MTB got underway today under sunny skies at Cape Leeuwin. The race has grown in size tremendously over the years, with over 1100 riders showing up to race the four day event through WA’s beautiful south west.

Whilst day one is the shortest at 41km, it is definitely known as the hardest and most decisive stage.

1100+ riders make their way from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse to Hamelin Bay in stage one of the Cape to Cape MTB.

Men’s defending champ Andy Blair couldn’t hold the wheel of a storming Lachlan Norris (fresh off a huge win in the Tour of Tasmania road race) as he attacked on the very first climb and led the whole race.

Lachlan Norris puts down the hammer with an attack he has fine tuned on the road bike recently, within minutes of the start of day one.

Likewise in the women’s race, Jenni King lost time to first time Cape to Cape racer Jenny Fay. Fay is on the form of her career at the moment and looked comfortable all day.

Stage one finished off at the magnificent Hamelin Bay where the race will recommence for the 63km second stage.

A letter from the President of MTBA

In my message to you on 30 September, I flagged potential changes to the way that your association is led and managed.

These would have required constitutional change and these proposed changes had been prepared, leading towards a Special General Meeting of the association on 10 November. During their preparation, the sport of cycling has been rocked by the drugs-in-sport revelations about Lance Armstrong and closer to home, Matt White and Stephen Hodge. Cycling Australia has taken prompt and decisive action in those matters and while I applaud that action the reputation damage to cycling should not be underestimated.

However, in that process, certain shortcomings in the MTBA constitution have been identified and we now need to take prompt action to rectify them. Accordingly, the Special General Meeting scheduled for 10 November has been delayed to 8 December. This will allow us to properly prepare the additional changes, with legal advice from ASADA and the Australian Sports Commission, and to advise the membership in sufficient time to hold this meeting. These additional changes will reflect matters dealing with the use and/or supply of performance enhancing drugs in sport and the ineligibility of people with such a history for office within MTBA. This delay also means that the 2012 Annual General Meeting will now take place in early 2013.

I wish to make my position on the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport abundantly clear. I abhor them and they represent a tarnishing blight on sport, creating an environment in which drug cheats damage the reputation of the whole sport and deny rightful team placings and professional careers to clean athletes. In short, I would rather our riders come 50th clean, than win dirty. Cheating is not the Australian way.

While mountain biking is an international sport in its own right, it is also an introductory and pathway sport to road cycling for many riders. We have an obligation to young riders entering our sport, and to their parents, to provide them with a safe and drug-free environment in which to begin their sporting careers and develop their personal sporting values. We must never forget that we are the first exposure to competitive cycling for many young Australians. We also have obligations to those who support our sport, from Governments through Sponsors to the countless volunteers without whom mountain biking would not happen in Australia.

I will be proposing to the MTBA Management Committee for their approval, that the MTBA Management Committee, Staff, Selectors, Coaches, Managers and Contractors sign statements reflecting their non- involvement in performance enhancing drugs. We will also look to those who act as role models and mentors for our riders as they enter the top-level competitive ranks, and seek the same commitment from them. We already require similar commitment from our riders when they are selected to national teams and development squads. We should have no issue in asking for the same commitment from those who influence them, manage them and manage their sport.

In advance of this, I take pride in making my declaration that; I have never taken performance enhancing drugs, I have not been involved in their supply or distribution, nor have I promoted their use. Should the subsequent legal advice from ASADA or the ASC require a different or stronger statement, I will sign that.

Should you wish to contact me directly on these matters, or any other matters to do with our great sport, my email address is below.

 [signed]

Russell Baker AM
President, Mountain Bike Australia [email protected]

24 October 2012

Specialized Carve: Ned Overend Edition

 

Limited edition: Specialized will make just 150 of the bikes.

Fully butted, smooth-welded M4SL alloy frame is superlight, stiff and efficient, with 29er XC geometry, integrated headset, tapered head tube for front-end stiffness, plus bridge-less seatstays for compliance over bumps

RockShox Sid 29 Brain fork, Solo Air spring, Brain Fade and rebound adjust, provides premium XC suspension performance

Roval Control Carbon 29 wheelset is built for increased stiffness with durable alloy hubs, oversized 28mm end caps, and DT Swiss Super Comp spokes, gives riders more control to power over demanding terrain

S-Works Fast Trak 29 2.0″, 2Bliss ready front tyre features dual compound rubber delivering exceptional speed and traction, while minimising rotating weight

Custom SRAM carbon, single speed specific XC crankset with 32t chainring and 19t alloy cog is built for strong, yet lightweight performance

Custom Avid X0 World Cup hydraulic brakes with tool-less reach adjust plus alloy-backed, semi-metallic pads for sure-fire stopping and precise modulation

Viewing Figures for Mountain Bike Racing Soar

The 2012 RockyRoads Mountain Bike World Cup strongly increased its media coverage on the internet, by as much as four times as last year, as official figures show.

In total, 1.46 million internet users watched videos of the competition this year on the internet, whether live broadcasts or replays. The final figure is no doubt even higher, since the videos from the Windham (USA) and Val d’Isère (FRA) rounds have not been included in the count, for technical reasons.

The Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN) round, which was raced in June, recorded the strongest growth. The cross-country event went from 25,927 views last year to 102,309 this year. The growth rate is the same for downhill, from 38,388 to 110,055 views.

Overall, most of the video viewing (two-thirds) was watched live rather than replayed, proof of the public’s vivid interest in the most beautiful Mountain Bike contests.

Downhill events were most successful, with 860,745 videos viewed during the 2012 World Cup.

The most followed event was the downhill race at Fort William (GBR) in June, which received 166,219 views.

To this date, UCI has fulfilled its mission, which aimed to give a new impulse to video coverage of the UCI RockyRoads Mountain Bike World Cup. This achievement is to be credited to the partnership contracted this year with Red Bull Media House (RBMH), which supplied media services including High Definition television production, Webcasting and content syndication.

“The significant increase in media coverage of the UCI RockyRoads Mountain Bike World Cup shows that this discipline holds great media potential,” said Nicole Gruber, Commercial Manager at UCI. “Our partnership with Red Bull Media House has been very successful and we worked hard together to develop responses to the interest which Mountain Bike creates. We used more and better filming, production and promotion techniques on site.”

“We want to go further”, adds Nicole Gruber, “specifically behind the scenes at events. We want to develop media coverage of Mountain Bike even more in the coming years.”

2 Wheeled Demo Reel 1.0

This demo reel was created in 1.5 days for the 2012 Green Mountain Showdown event hosted by MTBVT.com and the Vermont Mountain Bike Association on October 19th.

Included are some of our favorite locations and shots from the past 12 months of shooting mountain bikes as we covered many events for the Highland Mountain Bike Park, as well as our adventures to South American in February to capture some of the craziest urban downhill races in the world.

Trek World Racing to Focus on Gravity

Following on the recent announcement that Aaron Gwin has signed to Trek World Racing for the next 3 years, the team is confirming that it will focus on gravity moving forward.

As Trek World Racing refocuses on gravity it will be bolstering its line-up of riders by adding another top rider. Trek World Racing will announce its remaining roster of 3 additional gravity riders later in the year. The only confirmed signing at this point is Aaron Gwin.

After 4 years of successfully racing Trek Bikes at the sharp end of the World Cup XC scene with extremely talented athletes like Lukas Flueckiger, Mathias Flueckiger, Emily Batty, Anton Cooper, Willow Rockwell and Liam Killeen, the Trek World Racing XC program will be finishing at the end of this year.

Team Director Martin Whiteley – “We are extremely grateful for having been entrusted with the development of the XC World Cup program for Trek over the past four years. With 2 World Championships, Worlds Silver and Bronze, a World Cup Title, 3 World Cup race wins and 23 World Cup podiums, we are very happy with our record. Apart from the extremely talented athletes we’ve been privileged to work with, we’d like to thank our Cross Country specific sponsors for their support of this discipline. We certainly wish our current riders all the best for the continuation of their brilliant careers.”

With Trek World Racing focusing on gravity, Trek will continue to race cross-country at the highest levels with a separate Trek XC Program under the management of Jon Rourke (current Team Director of the Subaru-Trek program).

Aaron Gwin at the 2012 World Cup in Scotland

Thredbo Announces Concept Plan for Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking in Thredbo is set to reach new heights in 2013 with more trails, more bikes and plans to create a world class trail network.

Click on the map to see the Thredbo trails

Renowned trail designers, World Trail, have commenced work on the new Thredbo mountain bike Concept Plan, that will see Thredbo become one of the country’s most iconic mountain bike destinations.

World Trail, are industry leaders in design and construction and are one of the most respected authorities in sustainable trail technology. Director and professional trail designer Glen Jacobs and his team are set to create a network of downhill, cross country and skill based trails utilising a series of natural and man-made features across the village and mountain areas.

Familiar with Thredbo, Jacobs first rode the famous downhill in 1992, he is looking forward to developing the resort trail network.

“Thredbo has a history of biking and the potential is limitless. The terrain is exciting with vast open glades, bushland, granite outcrops and spectacular natural features, there is easy chairlift access to the top plus village facilities and a community to boot, it will be incredible.

“We will be crafting trails to suit recreational riders with climbs, descents and loops that showcase the resort features, an optioned up racing trail grid with wet weather options and iconic downhill products that will all complement the new Thredbo Valley Track. It is exciting times ahead for Australian mountain bikers.” said Jacobs.

The Concept Plan that will be a three stage process will be finalised to Thredbo in February with work to commence soon after.

New for this season is establishment of Thredbo MTB, a new business that will operate biking in Thredbo and shape the Snowy Mountains Resort into one of Australia’s key mountain biking destinations.

In an exciting move, the experienced downhill duo of Daniel Taliana and Tim Windshuttle, return to run mountain operations after a second season working and racing at Canada’s MTB mecca – Whistler Mountain.

South East Mountain Biking’s Jane Corben will also be on board to assist with the Thredbo MTB launch and special events.

“It’s great to see the emphasis this summer is on developing the mountain biking in Thredbo.

“The Thredbo trail Concept Plan is integral to the mountains future prosperity.” said Ms Corben

This winter Thredbo launched with the new Thredbo 365 pass, that for the first time incorporates downhill and cross country riding in the annual season ski pass.Along with the new Thredbo 365 pass, comes a new price structure for casual and first time riders.Revamped downhill and x-country trails and an upgraded fleet of rental downhill and all mountain bikes, clinics, private tuition and personal guiding are also now available to help maximise the Thredbo mountain bike experience.This summer will see an array of trails open up for riders of all levels. In particular;

  • Stage 1 of the Thredbo Valley Track is now complete with close to seven kilometres of gentle gradient riding on offer. Meandering along the Thredbo River the ride takes in impressive bridge crossings and valley views. This Trail will be officially opened on the opening weekend of the mountain biking season – 17/18th November.
  • The new Kosciuszko Flow Track will be the intermediate alternative to the Thredbo Downhill. This top to bottom gravity flow trail has all the tricky technical features removed and is ideal for those who are comfortable on the bike and are keen to experience the downhill thrill.
  • The famous Thredbo Downhill has also been revamped with the addition of new jumps and features.Thredbo will also host a number of high profile mountain biking events for the countries leading riders.
    • Round #5 NSW State Championships; 17th & 18th November
    • Round #2 National MTB Series Championships; 8th – 10th February
    • Australian MTB Interschool’s; 15th – 17th March“Mountain Biking is already one of our key summer activities and with the development of new trails and facilities we are really looking to ensuring that everyone from experts to first timers can enjoy some of the longest and most scenic trails in the country.” said Angus Thomson, Director of Marketing at Thredbo.The Thredbo Mountain Bike Downhill Season kicks off November 19th.

Alice Springs Masters Games 2012

Thirty is the minimum age to get into the Masters Games. The third decade doesn’t seem that old these days, though, and getting older won’t instantly make you a sports master, no matter how many birthday candles you blow out. But there’s something for everyone in the Masters Games, ‘the friendly games’.

The Masters Games has been running since 1986. This multi-sport event travels around Australia, returning to Alice Springs every second year.

This year’s mountain biking events attracted over 90 riders – double the number of participants in 2010. Many were interstate visitors and people new to mountain biking, and they were welcomed to the trails and to the sport by Alice Springs’s local club, the Central Australian Rough Riders (CARR), which ran the cross country, the Anzac Hill climb (a 300m hill sprint), the dirt criterium (of 10 minutes plus one lap), and a 4-hour enduro.

Respect!!!!!

Jason English Injured After Being Hit by Car

News has come in that Jason English was injured after being struck by a car during stage two of the Crocodile Trophy.  It also appears that Cory Wallace was very lucky to escape injury in the same incident.

“Of the chasers English was thought to be the strongest and as had Fojtik crossed the finish line, all eyes were on the tree line, looking for English and his Australian leader’s jersey. Instead, Rybarik charged into the event centre and across the line with a 7.58 gap and reported an accident on the last kilometres involving English and Wallace. Apparently in a narrow section of the already sealed road as they came towards the Lake Tinaroo campsite, a car coming towards Kauri Creek, struck Jason English and also Cory Wallace only escaped narrowly of being hit by riding off the road. Jason English was conscious and able to stand up and Wallace raced towards the finish to alarm the Croc Trophy medical crew who brought Jason English and his bike with a cracked top tube back into the event centre.

We are happy to report that Jason English is in good spirits and was sent to the nearby Atherton Hospital to get his shoulder x-rayed. A first diagnosis is a fractured left collar bone and Jason won’t be starting at stage 3 tomorrow. The whole Croc camp wishes him well and a speedy recovery.”

Martyn Ashton – Road Bike Party

Martyn Ashton takes the £10k carbon road bike used by Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins & Mark Cavendish for a ride with a difference. With a plan to push the limits of road biking as far as his lycra legs would dare, Martyn looked to get his ultimate ride out of the awesome Pinarello Dogma 2. This bike won the 2012 Tour de France – surely it deserves a Road Bike Party!

Shot in various locations around the UK and featuring music from ‘Sound of Guns’. Road Bike Party captures some of the toughest stunts ever pulled on a carbon road bike.

And now for the outtakes and the truth about the bike and how it did or didn’t survive.

Bike Buller Mountain Bike Festival Entries Open

Entries have opened for the 2013 Bike Buller Mountain Bike Festival presented by Giant with a stellar roster of cross country and downhill biking events scheduled for the March Long weekend (9-11 March).

Luring more riders than ever before will be the fact the line up of races will be on trails recently given the highest seal of approval ever awarded in Australia by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA).

IMBA certified Mt Buller with Bronze level Ride Centre status this month, meaning the mountain joins a select group of mountain biking destinations around the world recognised for large-scale mountain bike facilities.

Now in its fifth year, Bike Buller Mountain Bike Festival presented by Giant will make best use of the newly crowned trails lining up a raft of two-wheel mountain delights on the March Long Weekend (9-11 March, 2013). This year’s three-day celebration of singletrack will again coincide with the popular ‘Picnic in the Park’ food, wine and music festival held at the base of Mt Buller.

Bike Buller is regarded by many as one of Australia’s most revolutionary MTB events, with one eminent mountain biking commentator stating that “Bike Buller epitomises the kind of progressive vision for mountain bike events that Australia needs…”.

The event is unique in Australia for the variety of XC and XC/DH races, the variety of riders who attend, and the fact that they come from all over Australia to compete.

The festival is also one of the fastest growing mountain biking events on the calendar, growing from a first year attendance of 220 in 2008 to last year’s 650 riders.

Event organiser, Rapid Ascent, is expecting a record number of competitors following last year’s bumper crowd and have broadened the offerings to ensure there is something for every rider from elite to beginner and, of course, the kids.

“All in all, the Bike Buller MTB Festival is designed as a super fun mountain bike event for everyone; racers can race, recreational riders can enjoy the trails and the scenery, non riders can enjoy the mountain scenery and we can all get together to enjoy a good party on Saturday night,” says General Manager, Sam Maffett.

This year’s event will feature a 50km cross country stage with a 30km option; the famous Brakeburner Enduro, a 4.5hour multi-lap featuring a life ride as part of each lap; a Super-D downhill and 25km cross country to finish up with. Plus there is a kids’ race to entice the next generation of mountain bikers to get a taste.

There will also be a Bike Expo and plenty for non-riders to enjoy, including the renowned Merrijig Rodeo on Saturday night and a range of activities available on and around Mt Buller to suit all ages and interests.

Entries are now open at www.bikebuller.com

The long weekend schedule is:

Stage 1 – A Stirling Circuit: 50km cross country (XC): over Mt Stirling and back again on the incredible ‘Stonefly’ single track and other flowing trails all in a magical alpine setting.

Stage 1b – A Mountain and Back: 30km XC. A shortened version of stage 1 that still takes In Stonefly and some stunning alpine single track.

Stage 2 – The Brakeburner Enduro: a 4.5hr mutli-lap enduro down a flowing XC-downhill course where you catch the lift up as part of each 6km lap until the final 12km Mt Buller Super D descent to the Picnic in the Park food, wine and music festival at the bottom of the Mt. Suitable for XC bikes.

Stage 2b – The Mt Buller Super D: a friendly 12km top to bottom race down a flowing 1,100m vertical descent to the Picnic in the Park festival at the base of the hill.Suitable for XC bikes.

Stage 3 – Cornhill cranker: 25km XC: on the flowing singletrack around the Mt Buller village and neighbouring Corn Hill

Stage 101 – The Kids Race – 10km: held on the single track around the village – designed to give kids their own fun MTB experience

GoPro HERO3

The Wi-Fi enabled HERO3: Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro, ever. No expense was spared during its development, resulting in a GoPro that is 30% smaller, 25% lighter and 2x more powerful than previous models. Wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197′ (60m), capable of capturing ultra-wide 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60 fps and 720p 120 fps video and 12MP photos at a rate of 30 photos per second, the HERO3: Black Edition is the world’s most versatile camera. Built-in Wi-Fi, GoPro App compatibility and the included Wi-Fi Remote (normally a separate $79.99 accessory) make the HERO3: Black Edition all the more versatile, still.

Key Benefits
-Professional quality HD video & 12MP photos
-Built-in Wi-Fi enables remote control via included Wi-Fi Remote or live video preview and remote control on smartphones and tablets running the free GoPro app.
-New advanced camera settings: Looping video, Continuous Photo, Manual White Balance control, Protune Mode, allows to shoot photos while recording video and more.

Key Specs
-Professional 4k Cinema 12 fps / 2.7k cinema 30 fps / 1440p 48 fps / 1080p 60 fps / 960p 100 fps /720p 120 fps and more video capture
-12MP photo capture with 30 fps burst
-Wi-Fi Built-In
-197’/ 60m Waterproof Housing*

The new HERO3 by Go Pro

When Sir Chris Hoy met Danny MacAskill

Two Scotsman: one a YouTube phenomenon and the other a six time Olympic Champion, met up to film a clip in support of Glasgow’s successful bid for the XX Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Street trials and velodrome racing are worlds apart but with some tips from the most decorated Olympic cyclist, Sir Chris Hoy – Danny takes to the circuit for a couple of laps.

Even though we never get bored of it, we are all used to seeing Danny with his iconic orange colored Inspired trials bike and POC halfshell helmet, usually jumping and spinning around town. However, in support of Glasgow 2014 Danny trades in his usual gear for some ‘flattering’ lycra and an aerodynamic helmet to ride alongside Sir Chris Hoy at Glasgow’s velodrome – deservedly named after Sir Chris himself.

In Danny’s own words: “Sir Chris is just a legend and having the opportunity to work with him was quite a surreal experience and to be honest one I’ll never forget!”

Danny has never ridden a velodrome before so putting aside his small trials bike with thick tires for a bigger, faster racing bike with ultra thin tires was a challenging experience. To ride the velodrome you need “pistons for legs” in order to race round the track and take on the steep walls. Visually comparing Danny with Sir Chris – the master of the velodrome – it became obvious that Danny had to push hard to get a good lap time. However, being the true athlete that Danny is, he took the challenge in his stride. But for all the loyal Danny fans out there, don’t worry – it is unlikely that Danny will be switching careers in the near future.

Before the inaugural ride in the Velodrome, Danny put on a little demonstration for Sir Chris to illustrate what street trials is about and what it involves. Sir Chris Hoy, one of Britain’s biggest sporting icons praised Danny for his skills saying: “Having the opportunity to film with Danny was brilliant. It was amazing to watch him negotiate the bollards, walls and handrails on his bike.  He’s incredible and he’s got so much skill. He can turn a fairly mundane object on the street into something interesting and it’s not just the skill, it’s the bravery of what he can do”.

It’s great to see these two biking icons together – both have immense mutual respect for each other’s skills and achievements. Sir Chris’ invitation to come and ride the inaugural lap was nothing short of an honor for Danny – and a great way to start the countdown to the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014.

It's almost Fling time!

There’s less than one month to go until The Flinging Scotsman departs Central Station in Sydney and delivers eco savvy mountain bikers to the 2012 Briars Highland Fling – Australia’s largest mountain bike marathon and the final race in the 2012 Real Insurance XCM Series, now in its eighth year!

The Fling is always ripper day in the NSW Southern Highlands. Just keep some fuel in the tank for those final climbs!

 

Every year, the Fling has a theme, and for 2012 it’s See Yourself. Expect lots of mirrors on course to give you a look at just how haggard you actually appear at the top of the climbs! Or perhaps you see yourself stomping your way to the win?

The Fling is all about sustainability too, so the Wild Horizons mob have organised ‘The Flinging Scotsman’,  a special charter train to take riders from Central Station to Bundanoon (and return). At $29 it’s cheaper than petrol, speeding tickets can be avoided and race strategies can be planned on route. Then of course there’s the benefit of sleeping all the way home to Sydney after racing hard.

The Flinging stars of tomorrow aren’t left out of the Fling either, so over the weekend there’s a kid’s skills clinic plus the Todds Real Estate Kid’s Fling where they can put it all into practice – 170 kids raced last year.

In addition tho the 110km Full Fling and 55km Half Fling, there’s also the 100Mile Fling – we expect these longer mega-endurance format formats of 150km plus are about to explode. There are other weekend highlight races to keep the legs turning too, with the fast and furious Bundanoon Dash, the 14km Casual Fling, and local legends will contest the Battle of the Businesses dressing up bike and rider.

It’s almost Fling time!

There’s less than one month to go until The Flinging Scotsman departs Central Station in Sydney and delivers eco savvy mountain bikers to the 2012 Briars Highland Fling – Australia’s largest mountain bike marathon and the final race in the 2012 Real Insurance XCM Series, now in its eighth year!

The Fling is always ripper day in the NSW Southern Highlands. Just keep some fuel in the tank for those final climbs!

 

Every year, the Fling has a theme, and for 2012 it’s See Yourself. Expect lots of mirrors on course to give you a look at just how haggard you actually appear at the top of the climbs! Or perhaps you see yourself stomping your way to the win?

The Fling is all about sustainability too, so the Wild Horizons mob have organised ‘The Flinging Scotsman’,  a special charter train to take riders from Central Station to Bundanoon (and return). At $29 it’s cheaper than petrol, speeding tickets can be avoided and race strategies can be planned on route. Then of course there’s the benefit of sleeping all the way home to Sydney after racing hard.

The Flinging stars of tomorrow aren’t left out of the Fling either, so over the weekend there’s a kid’s skills clinic plus the Todds Real Estate Kid’s Fling where they can put it all into practice – 170 kids raced last year.

In addition tho the 110km Full Fling and 55km Half Fling, there’s also the 100Mile Fling – we expect these longer mega-endurance format formats of 150km plus are about to explode. There are other weekend highlight races to keep the legs turning too, with the fast and furious Bundanoon Dash, the 14km Casual Fling, and local legends will contest the Battle of the Businesses dressing up bike and rider.

Transition Klunker

Klunking 2 follows the rise of pro klunking athlete Tony Jonsson as he picks up new sponsors Shotgun Energy Drink and Transition Bikes to pilot their all new Klunker. Tony then get’s his crew together to shred the most technical trails on Galbraith Mountain in Bellingham, WA. Guest stars Lars Sternberg, Darrin Seeds, Kevin Hall and Thadeus Quinn.

 

Klunking 2 from Transition Bikes on Vimeo.

RockShox B.I.K.E Full Length Film

On September 16th, RockShox pros Ryan Howard and Red Bull Rampage winner Kurt Sorge played a best of three game of B.I.K.E. up in Kamloops, B.C. RockShox put up $5,000 for the winner, as long as the game was played over Facebook on the RockShox wall so everyone could watch and participate.

What they didn’t tell you was in addition to the low-res webcams they shot the live game with — RockShox also hauled a full film crew and a mini-helicopter up to the ‘Loops to catch the action in full cinematic quality. (You didn’t really think they’d let Howard and Sorge throw down and only take a few camera phones, did you?)

And now RockShox has released the full game, along with extended footage, the Vegas segment of the loser’s henna chest tattoo, and they threw out a little teaser for what they have planned next year.

May the Worst Speller Win.

Some explicit language in this one so if you’re at work or around your impressionable little ones pop on your headphones.

RockShox B.I.K.E. Full-Length HD Film from RockShox on Vimeo.

English Defends His Crown

The Scott 24Hr Australian Mountain Bike Championships took place in brutal conditions at Mt Stromlo ACT over the weekend.

In one of the toughest 24hr races in recent history, Jason English proved definitively that he is still the man to beat when it comes to solo suffering. English rode 402km over 31 laps to finish 22 minutes ahead of British National Champion, Matt Page. Liz Smith, reigning Aussie National 24hr Solo Champion, took out the women’s solo title with 23 laps under her belt, an hour ahead of Philippa Rostan.

A full listing of results can be found on www.onlineresults.com.au and we’ll have an in-depth Scott 24hr feature posted here on Flow Mountain Bike shortly.

Adventure Racing Returns to Dunedin

Want adventure? Want a day out with your mates riding your mountain bike on a course that has a start and a finish, but just your imagination in between? We do, too.

Scheduled for November 3, 2012, the event will signal the return of adventure racing to Dunedin. The Dunedin City Mazda Adventure Challenge has been created by adventure racer Josh Harris, of the Konica Minolta team, and has been crafted to offer a touch of adventure for everyone from first-timers and families to chiseled pros like Dougal Allan (who will be racing).

Josh at the dam
Josh Harris, of the Konica Minolta adventure race team, and the driving force behind the Dunedin City Mazda Adventure Challenge.

There are three formats: 12-hour, 6-hour and 4-hour. The 12-hour and 6-hour are two-man team adventure races complete with mountain biking, canoeing (using the event’s own inflatable boats), running and navigation. 12-hour competitors can expect a 50km mountain bike ride, 20km run and short paddle. The 4-hour is an entry-level nicely paced run and bike duathlon.

“The 4-hour race is for beginners who are just getting into it and for kids, and parents with their kids,” explains Josh.

“The 6-hour is for mums and dads who are going for it and we have some of the top athletes racing in the 12-hour.”

For more info visit: www.adventurechallenge.co.nz

Scott 24 Course Conditions Update

The Scott 24 Hour Australian Mountain Bike Championship kicks off in just three hours at Mt Stromlo, ACT. Weather is always a factor at a 24hr, and this year Mother Nature has been throwing her weight about.

With torrential rain, snow (yes, snow) and wild winds on Friday morning, riders have been rushing for warmer gear.

But the sun has been shining bright throughout Friday, skies were clear overnight and this morning is a cracker.

3 Peaks Enduro Set For Dunedin

Enduro racing is taking Europe by the short and curlies and the fun, mostly downhill discipline is cranking up in New Zealand.

The latest event to show promise is The Urge 3 Peaks Enduro, which is to be held on three of Dunedin’s greatest trails on December 15, 2012. Incorporating downhill runs on the Pineapple Track, Mt Cargill Track and a course on Signal Hill organisers expect runs to take between 15-30min at race pace. Each course will feature short climbs, but they will be no more than 10 percent of the total distance according to race organiser Kashi Leuchs.

Kashi Mt Cargill

“The aim is that a 5-6″ travel all-mountain bike will be the fastest choice,” Kashi spruiked.

The Pineapple and Mt Cargill tracks are not normally open for mountain bikers, so there is no pre-race training allowed. Kashi asks competitors to please respect this “so we can continue holding future MTB events on these incredible walking trails”.

Click here for more info.

Long, hard, hot. The Croc Trophy is back.

The most adventurous mountain bike stage race in the world will return to its home in Tropical Far North Queensland on 20th October with the largest field of participants ever.

The Croc Trophy is more than a race. It’s an adventure through parts of Australia that most people wouldn’t even think to venture into.

This year the number of participants has almost doubled and more than 150 riders have already signed up. Also the biggest ever field of Australian Crocodile Trophy racers is expected to participate. Australian riders include Jason English, 24hr Solo World Champion and Justin Morris, best Elite Australian finisher at the Crocodile Trophy 2011.

It’s a sufferfest. An absolutely blocking.

Organisers are also excited about the largest ever female field at a Crocodile Trophy – seven female athletes will be at the start line in Cairns, including Australian triathlete and Ironman racer Kate Major.

In a first for the Croc, it will kick off on 20 October with two public race stages as part of the Crocodile Trophy MTB Festival hosted by the local Cairns MTB Club. The first stage will be a 32 km lap race at Smithfield and the second stage will be a 92 km marathon race from Cairns to Lake Tinaroo on the Atherton Tablelands. Riders are invited to sign up via links on the Crocodile Trophy or the Cairns MTB Club websites.

After the Smithfield stage, the following eight days will challenge the technical skills of participants more than ever before. Generally, the stages will be shorter, but they will include considerably more mountain bike tracks this year. Overall, the participants will ride for almost 1000 km with the longest stage covering 136 km.

 

Kurt Sorge nails Red Bull Rampage in a thrilling final of massive wipeouts and upset

Canadian Kurt Sorge flipped and whipped his Giant Glory to victory at the Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, Utah on Sunday. Kurt linked up a run that combined technical difficulty and clean execution of his signature trick moves to score the highest in both his two final runs.

 

Grinning winner
Cam McCaul won best trick with a huge backflip step-down. Here he flies over the canyon gap with a cheeky look over towards the crowd
Bloody massive jump. Would you?
Sik Mick Hannah tried his hand at big mountain freeriding. He rode his lines fast and furious but didn’t make it to the finals unfortunately.
Thomas Vanderham has competed in every Rampage, he knows how to go big

 

Thomson Elite Dropper Post

Dropping the saddle in certain terrain allows the rider more confidence, being able to raise the saddle back quickly means you keep riding without stopping to adjust.

Same great clamps, same tested fasteners. Literally millions of miles have been put on the saddle clamping system of our post. While all drop posts will require service, the Thomson Dropper Post has the longest field life, 2 years guaranteed, and the easiest, least expensive service procedure. Our replaceable internal cartridge system makes service quick and foolproof. Seals sized to fit perfectly, synthetic oil with wide temperature range. Charged with 100% nitrogen. Custom double lip, radial spring outer bushing for both smooth operation and maximum resistance to contamination.

Side mount of actuation mechanism means we can keep all the critical dimensions of the Thomson Elite cradle, bolt and clamp geometry. One piece forged inner stanchion for strength and reliabilty, no joint to loosen and fail. Actuation is by cam so rider gets smooth, variable speed and height without resorting to a complicated, damage prone hydraulic actuator. No bleeding required, ever. 5mm of setback is built in to the seatpost cradle allowing a little more cockpit room.

Designed not to extend when the saddle is used to hang the bike on a lift chair. Custom made Norglide bearing bushing ensures years of service with no saddle left to right “play.”

We are still drooling.