Giant Signs Paul van der Ploeg

Giant Bicycles Australia this week is excited to announce the signing of renowned Australian mountain biker Paul van der Ploeg who will represent the brand both on the road under the Satalyst Giant colours and off-road in Giant team colours next year.

Van der Ploeg who has established a fierce reputation on both the local and international MTB circuits had this to say about signing for the company, “For 2013 I’m very excited to be signing with Giant Bicycles as they are at the very top of the mountain bike industry. Giant is synonymous with mountain biking and is virtually a household name throughout Australia and the world. I really look forward to working with such an active brand and one that is really forward thinking in promotion and development of a top level product. It is an amazing opportunity to be working with Giant to develop myself as a rider and to keep promoting a world class product.”

Paul will race the all-new XtC Advanced SL 29er 0 and Anthem X Advanced 29er 0 at mountain bike races next season both locally and abroad as well as the TCR Advanced SL on the road.

Giant Bicycles Australia’s Brand Manager Alistair Wilson had this to say about the signing, “We are thrilled to have signed Paul for 2013; he has proven both locally and internationally on the World Cup Eliminator XC circuit that he is an extremely talented athlete as well as being a very well-rounded person who we are proud to have associated with our brand.”

Paul van der Ploeg moves to Giant

 

Trek World Racing DH 2012 || Leogang World Champs

Race favorite Aaron Gwin (USA) saw his hopes of taking the World Title this year come to an end around 1min 20secs into his final race run in Leogang, when inexplicably his front brakes failed, resulting in a crash.

Shortly after the crash Aaron pumped the brake to try and get some pressure going but it was insufficient to complete the course safely at speed, and he cruised to the line disappointed he was unable to throw down a full race run. After the brake failure, both brakes were sent to Shimano Japan and were thoroughly evaluated by their engineers, and in Norway the results of their findings were revealed to Aaron and his mechanic Monkey. Testing proto-type products, always to the limit and sometimes to failure, is part of the role of modern day professional downhill teams and riders. The timing couldn’t have been worse, but the feedback and information gleaned was extremely valuable and all part of the process.

Trek World Racing DH 2012 || Leogang World Champs

Race favorite Aaron Gwin (USA) saw his hopes of taking the World Title this year come to an end around 1min 20secs into his final race run in Leogang, when inexplicably his front brakes failed, resulting in a crash.

Shortly after the crash Aaron pumped the brake to try and get some pressure going but it was insufficient to complete the course safely at speed, and he cruised to the line disappointed he was unable to throw down a full race run. After the brake failure, both brakes were sent to Shimano Japan and were thoroughly evaluated by their engineers, and in Norway the results of their findings were revealed to Aaron and his mechanic Monkey. Testing proto-type products, always to the limit and sometimes to failure, is part of the role of modern day professional downhill teams and riders. The timing couldn’t have been worse, but the feedback and information gleaned was extremely valuable and all part of the process.

Awaba On My Mind

The final round of Chocolate Foot’s Singletrack Mind (STM) Series 2012 was hosted by the Hunter MTB Association on everyone’s favourite trail – Awaba.

The Awaba MTB Park is well know for its smooth lines and flowing sections, attracting over 300 riders registered making up 177 teams. A quick crunch of numbers proved that this Awaba round was the biggest STM round this year.

The hot conditions were tough for most, but it was a real shock for Steven’s Bikes guest rider Frank Ziemann who’d just arrived in Australia from a snowy Germany.

It was again a battle between the Canberra locals, Ed McDonald and Andy Hall, in the Solo Male category, with Andy having the upper hand in the series points thus far. The Ed and Andy show began from the offset with Andrew Lloyd keeping them company. It was on their 7th lap, in the 4th hour where Ed and Andy began to ride away from Lloyd. Late in the 6th hour Ed continued to push, breaking away from Andy and cementing well over a five-minute lead for the remainder of the event.

With 4 wins out of 6 races Ed McDonald had plenty of reasons to smile this year. Locked in battle with 2011 series winner and training buddy Andrew Hall (also pictured), 2013 is set to be a real grudge match!

While the morning’s temperature did start out at fairly comfortable it didn’t take long before it became a hard slog in 35+ degree temperatures. Thankfully the coolness of the rainforest section offered brief relief before rider were cooked on the Camel Back Climb.

In the Masters Solo category Radical Lights’ Gary James lead from the word go, a little further back his team mate Jason McAvoy was plugging away with Phil Welch remaining consistent just few minutes further back. Jason started to have trouble in the 5th hour with the heat and began slipping time to Phil, who eventually moved into 2nd. This battle of attrition was evident across all the categories, especially the solos, with a bulk of riders calling it a day some where between three to seven laps.

Jet Cycles fielded a stack of teams for the final round a walked away with plenty of podiums and bragging rights. The biggest brag going to Kyle Ward who recorded the fastest lap time of the race (30.58) over team mate Garry Milburn.

There were plenty of temptations to call it a day in the heat, with local winemaker Jimmy Jack offering free tasting, and the local downhillers filling the air with the smell of their bacon and egg BBQ sangers! The local gravity crew also kept the friendly STM vibe going with their hoots and calls, encouraging passing riders.

It was the steady efforts that reaped the rewards in the Female Solo category. Libby Adamson started the day sitting in around 5th and midway through the day moved into the leading position, eventually taking a well deserved win in the testing conditions. Janet Martin and Jess Simpson made the most of the morning’s cooler temperatures setting the fastest female solo laps and rounding out the podium.

You’d think after winning the Real Insurance XCM series Jenny Fay would have had enough racing but the trails of Awaba were calling and she answered yes please! Another win to Fay, this time in a relaxed mixed 3’s.

Wendy Stevenson, already the clear Female Masters Solo category series leader, was conscious of her placing against the Female Solo category but chose a conservative approach through the latter part of the day. Wendy went on to complete the eight hours while her direct competitor Nicole Lancaster called it a day early.

Even the St Johns guys were even getting into the swing of the STM vibe out on the trail; their pannier-laden bikes mightn’t have been the best tool for shredding the trails, but they were seen to be giving it a go and hung out at the spectacle that is the bessa-block descent.

Part-time male model Luke Dale’s career in fashion looks to be in doubt after sporting a dodgy mustache which allegedly caused him to crash in the opening lap. The Bike Culture/Whyte team decided to call it a day as they already had the series win in the bag and come the end of November that mo’ is set to go!

With the final round of the STM Series over for 2012, the full results from the round are available online, you can look forward to more excitement from the Chocolate Foot crew in 2013. It all kicks off at the end of April with Round 1 of STM 2013.

While the Singletrack Mind series attracts a high calibre field, it’s not often you get to ride with an Olympian. Bronwen Watson represented Australia at the London games in rowing and won the Women’s pairs for the second race in a row with team mate Belinda Diprose.
Brad Prescott headed up a big contingent from Turramurra Cyclery.

 

Red Ass NSW State Series Round 5: Thredbo Recap

The weather gods brought the noise to Thredbo for the final round of the NSW Red Ass DH series. Forecasts of mixed weather and un-melted snow scattered over the hill provided a forewarning to competitors, but a field 200+ strong came from around the state to compete on a freshly refurbished Thredbo course.

Jack Moir went so big he jumped out of the photo. The Thredbo track has been retouched and some new features added.

Saturday practice began at a (not so) tropical 12 degrees, with the course deteriorating rapidly throughout the day. The course incorporated plenty of new features along with revamped older sections and a certain new double had a few riders coming unstuck.

As seems to be the trend at Thredbo, the atmosphere throughout the pits was relaxed and light hearted with plenty of friends old and new catching up and discussing the riding to be had.

‘The most technical part would have to be down through Bunny Walk. The track’s pretty standard the whole way down, it’s just the length that gets you in the end,’ expressed Graeme Mudd.

Graeme Mudd in the less then muddy conditions before the snow and wet came.

Sunday brought inconclusive weather forecasts and a game of luck and strategy to the field with competitors varying their bike setups to prepare for potential havoc. High winds added a new dimension of difficulty, and track conditions continued to deteriorate.

Come race time things had gotten worse and the cold weather set in.  Luke Newcombe from Lithgow got things rolling in elite with a cracker at 6:17:15, before Ryan Hunt took the hot seat with 6:16:60 just before the heavens opened. The snow and sleat already fallen from categories past provided some interesting racing for the top 10 seeded riders.

U17 rider David Maggs enjoying the good weather during early practice.  David ended in 2nd place.

Mark Conliffe from Sydney took 35 seconds of his qualifying time posting a 6:03 and had the crowd going insane! Reagan Arthur started a trend by cracking the 6:00 barrier and times began to tumble. Boyer 5:55, Ellison 5:53, Vejvoda 5:52, Eaton 5:50. Next up was Bredbo local and fastest qualifier, Thomas Crimmins with a 5:49:85. Series leader Greame Mudd posted a 5:47 and Jack Moir managed a 5:46 on a worsening track.

With the greasy trail and poor visibility not hindering the times it was all coming down to the final rider, Canberra local Ben Cory. All eyes were watching when an explosion of white and blue came from the final forest section with Cory heralded for a potential win. With ease he slipped in a half pedal to cross the line freezing the clock at 5:44:41 securing the win and the adulation of the crowd.

‘It was a great weekend here at Thredbo and the crew have done a great job,’ Ben said after his race.

‘They have been building some new jumps and features.

‘It wasn’t too bad you know (the course). There was a light dusting of snow as we were going up, that all melted so all the dirt turns had heaps of traction. Some of the rocks and roots were a little greasy but that just made it more fun, more of a challenge.’

Winner Ben Cory.

Other category winners were:

Elite Women: Tegan Molloy 6:45.7
U/19’s: Andrew Crimmins 5:57.39
U/17’s: Connor Mackne 6:07.30
U/15’s: Logan Quinn 6:40.77
Masters Male: Stephen Andreasen 6:35.18
Super Masters: Michael Green 7:03.73

Mens elite podium. 1st Ben Cory, 2nd Jack Moir, 3rd  Graeme Mudd, 4th Thoms Crimins, 5th Tim Eaton.

 

Series winners were:

Elite Men: Graeme Mudd
Elite Women: Sarah Booth
U/19 Male: Thomas Crimmins
U/17: David Maggs
U/19 Female: Kellie Weinert
U/15: Aidan Wynn
Vet Men’s: Rick Kehoe
Masters Men: Stephen Andreasen
Masters Women’s: Colleen Boyes
Super Masters: Michael Green
Expert: Zac Green
Sport: Alastair Patterson.

For full results and more photos got to http://www.rockytrailentertainment.com.au

Andrew Crimmins on his way to the U19 win.

 

Fektor Clothing

Fektor announce the launch of an exciting new business targeting action sports. Fektor provides clothing and products to support the needs and interests of the action sports community.

Brett Pengelley – founder of Fektor stated – “I’m very thrilled about getting involved in such an amazing and fast growing industry. Our goal is to push the creative boundaries of action sports and at the same time give back to an industry that is so deserving.”

Initially targeting MTB and BMX but more specifically Downhill and freestyle bmx, We plan to bring a level of style and functionality to our products. Whether you’re racing, riding or just hanging out, our products are suited for all purposes.

In addition we are excited to announce our first product ambassador Rhys Atkinson from Victoria. Rhys is a well established Downhiller and we couldn’t be more pumped to have him on the team. Rhys had this to say: “I’m really psyched to be involved with Fektor. I’m proud to be apart of it. Its great to see and Australian brand wanting to push to be a market leader. It feels more like joining a family then a sponsorship.”

Rhys has got a full calendar of races for the upcoming Australian season with firm preparations for the 2013 world cup circuit.

Rhys Atkinson all Fektor’d up

In an age of online availability, our products initially will be single releases, with the prospect of seasonal launches. Further adding, big plans on the horizon for surprise events and competitions in the upcoming downhill season (2012/2013). Products will be available for purchase on our website along with news and promotions.

Brett Pengelley added – “we are committed to push our athletes, to push our products and to push in a direction that will benefit everyone. We just want to do it looking good.”

For additional information contact:

Brett Pengelley [email protected] +(61) 0416414169

fektorclothing.com

10 Things I Have Learned About Mountainbiking

Head wind is an inspiring phenomenon: Every time I come home from riding the mountains, my mind is full of new impressions.

This short film sums up some of the simple yet complex insights that struck me while riding my mountainbike.

Enjoy. And please share your learnings.

*Winner of the Audience Award at the International Cycling Film Festival 2011*

Cam Cole Signs With Yeti

Professional downhill mountain bike racer Cameron Cole, of Christchurch, New Zealand, has signed with Yeti to race the UCI Downhill World Cup series, World Downhill Mountain Bike Championships and selected enduro events for 2013 and 2014.

Cameron Cole, of Christchurch, New Zealand, with the Yeti SB-66 Carbon that he will race in selected enduro events for the Yeti team.

Cole’s two-year contract with Yeti comes at a pivotal moment in his career as the likeable Kiwi continues his rise to the very top of the world’s elite.
Cole is currently ranked 15th in the world in the UCI standings.

“There is a lot of history in Yeti,” Cole smiles.

“It’s one of those teams that has been quite influential since day dot as far as downhill is concerned. It’s pretty cool to be a part of that and to tap into that depth of knowledge about the sport.”

The Golden, Colorado-based head of Yeti Cycles, Chris Conroy said he had been watching Cole for some time – “since his Junior World Championship”.

“People always wonder how Yeti gets so lucky with its racers, but it’s not luck – a lot of what we see in Cam is what we have learned from other riders,” offers Conroy.

“We’ll ask our guys who they like and who they feel is ready to uncork it and Cam was right at the top of that list.”

Conroy continued to explain that Cole was a great fit in many ways.

“He is a quiet ‘get it done’ kind of racer and from a testing perspective we liked that he is a big and powerful rider,” he shares.

At 6’2″ Cole allows Yeti to do the testing that it can’t do with lighter, more nimble riders.

“Cam gives us a chance to do that real-world testing with a big powerful guy that can supplement our lab testing,” adds Conroy.

Cole said he was excited to be riding on one of the top brands in the pinnacle sport of downhill mountain bike racing.

“I’ve signed for two years, but I think that will just be a small chunk of it,” he explains.

“The direction they are heading is aligned with mine as an athlete on and off the track and I can see this relationship being a strong one.”

Cole said he had enjoyed his past two years with the Lapierre International Team.

“It’s always a bit sad leaving a team behind – I’ve had four World Cup podiums with Lapierre – we achieved some good things and I have learnt a lot – I thank the Lapierre International Team for that, but this feels like a new chapter for me and I am really excited.”

Kiwi riders have featured on the Yeti team before with Sam Blenkinsop, of Whanganui, and Justin Leov, of Dunedin, racing for the Yeti team over the years.

The Yeti team is fully supported by leading suspension manfacturer Fox Racing Shox.

“I love Fox suspension, so that was an essential requirement for a team and it’s a real bonus with Yeti having a really strong relationship there,” he shares.

“I’ve been riding Fox since day one of my international career so I am excited to continue working with them, help them develop their products and keep that relationship going. I’ll also be back on Maxxis tyres as well and that’s something I am really excited about, too.”

Joining Cole on the Yeti team for the 2013 season will be polished professional Jared Graves, of Toowoomba, Australia, and rising star Richie Rude, of Connecticut, USA.

“Richie will be looking to get a Junior World Championship and he’s well positioned to do so in 2013,” offers Cole.

“Richie’s right there and I think he’s going to be the next junior to come through and knock on the door of the podium at World Cups. I like being on a team with young blood around – it reminds you why you started racing and the excitement and enthusiasm is contagious.”

“I’ve spent a lot of time with Jared Graves and he’s really nice, down-to-earth and one of the gnarliest guys out there when racing a downhill bike. He’s achieved so much in his career and I can learn a lot from him.”

Cole said the team manager and mechanics were also part of that vibrant culture that made this team such a success.

“We’re all very similar people and will work well together for the coming season.”

Cole will race the 303 DH in downhill races and the SB-66 in selected enduro events.

“I’m looking forward to riding the new 303 DH – it’s quite different to my bike from last year in its design. From what I have seen and heard the design is great and I can’t wait to get on it.”

Cole will first ride the new bike in December. In the meantime he is training on the Yeti SB-66 Carbon for enduro and trail riding.

Part of Cole’s role on the Yeti team will be bike development.

“That is a big thing – we’ll be involved in the new bikes at a very early stage. I’m looking forward to working with their engineers and getting stuff going right from the start of the design process. It’s a real buzz to see finished products when you have helped design them.”

Conroy explained that bike development was always key for Yeti and its racers.

“Whenever we look at racers like Cam we look and say, okay, he’s a top-10 rider – that’s assured. The second thing we look at is, okay, he’s a top-10 rider, but does he have a win in him? It’s a little bit of a different value proposition with a guy who can uncork one for a win versus a guy who is always top-10. Then we talk to our sponsors and the guys who have to work with them everyday. Then we talk to the team guys and we ask is this a person who can fit into our programme. We know that if we get a racer in the team and the chemistry isn’t just right, then it can ruin everything,” shares Conroy.

“We asked those questions of Cam and he was a perfect fit for our programme.”

Cole proved to be one of the top racers in the World Cups in 2012 and hit the off-season (the Kiwi summer) injury free.

“I’ve kept on top of my fitness – I avoided any slump this year and so my base fitness is really good and I can hit the pre-season races really hard and be strong and ready for the first World Cup at Fort William [Scotland] in June,” he explains.

“Fort William is a great track for me and so I am excited to open the season there. I really want to enjoy the season this year – I enjoy the process to get to where I want to go and I feel very motivated. I know I am strong and so I’m just going to build on that,” he offers.

“It’s real easy for me to get out of bed and get up and get into my training each day,” he admits.

“I qualified first this year at a World Cup and I know my speed is there now – I’m not going to rush in and force it to happen, but I feel like I can win World Cups this year.”

“Everything that we have in place with Yeti is going to make that goal a lot easier for me.”

For Cameron Cole, of Christchurch, New Zealand, the move to the Yeti World Cup race team has been a long held dream. Here he pushes the Yeti SB-66 through its paces on a favourite trail near Christchurch.

Simmons and Vanderham Ride "Cross Country" on Element

Who says 120mm travel cross county bikes can’t be tough and beg to be ridden hard?

Our aluminum Element and carbon fiber Element MSL share the same geometry and suspension technologies and both will change how you feel about cross country bikes. Just ask Wade Simmons and Thomas Vanderham who have way too much fun on theirs.

Simmons and Vanderham Ride “Cross Country” on Element

Who says 120mm travel cross county bikes can’t be tough and beg to be ridden hard?

Our aluminum Element and carbon fiber Element MSL share the same geometry and suspension technologies and both will change how you feel about cross country bikes. Just ask Wade Simmons and Thomas Vanderham who have way too much fun on theirs.

Enduro World Series Announced

ENDURO WORLD SERIES IS CREATED FOR 2013

Seven Round Series to Take Place from May to October 2013 in Both Europe and North America

The Enduro World Series will take place in 2013, thanks to the efforts of Chris Ball, formerly of the UCI, and the unified event organizing powers of the Enduro Series (Coupe de France), SuperEnduro and Crankworx. As a seven-stop tour taking place over the course of the entire 2013 mountain bike season, including the Enduro des Nations, the Enduro World Series aims to build a lasting event series for riders, teams and the mountain bike industry.

“I’ve heard the demand for this type of series for quite some time. Along with SuperEnduro, the Enduro Series and Crankworx, we want to develop the sport of Enduro mountain bike racing so it can grow as a sustainable worldwide discipline,” says Chris Ball, managing director of the Enduro World Series. “The execution of this tour for 2013 has been of the utmost importance to the organizing teams at Crankworx, the Enduro Series and SuperEnduro. We aim for its existence under our collective umbrella to cater to the needs of athletes, the mountain biking public and the bike industry.”

While the racing calendar for 2013 will be released on Tuesday, December 4, the Enduro World Series will be the official global race series of the newly formed Enduro Mountain Bike Association. Made up of a board of directors including Chris Ball, Fred Glo of the Enduro Series, Enrico Guala of the SuperEnduro Series and Darren Kinnaird of Crankworx Events Inc., the Enduro Mountain Bike Association will look to support from the riders, teams and industry.

More information regarding supporter and membership packages will be released soon, including the launch of the Enduro Mountain Bike Association website.

 

About the Enduro World Series

The Enduro World Series was created in October 2012 with the aim of uniting the world’s mountain bike enduro racing community. The Enduro World Series links the largest mountain bike enduro events in the world with the best trails possible and exists to deliver the best racing, most relaxed atmosphere and rider-focused organization possible. The team behind the Enduro World Series has one goal – to globally develop and progress the discipline of enduro for the riders, the sport and the industry. With the shared experience of Italian Super Enduro, French Enduro Series, Crankworx and World Cup racing, the Enduro World Series will offer international competitions unlike any before it.

For more information or to join the conversation on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/EnduroWorldSeries or email Chris Ball, Managing Director: [email protected]

 

Kettle Cycles Carbon Rotors

Kettle Cycles fantastic new rotor
Barely heavy enough to register on the scales, Kettle’s flagship rotor weighs just 40g

A bicycle rotor that is light weight, wear resistant and has superior heat management. Sound good?

What is SiCCC?
SiCCC, is a Silicon Carbide, Ceramic, and Carbon fiber braking material developed specifically for cycling. Our goal from the start was to create a more reliable, better wearing, lighter weight brake rotor. Silicon Carbide for friction, Ceramic for heat, and Carbon fiber for strength.

The SiCCC disc rotor braking surface provides a level of power and progressive feel that equals or surpasses the best conventional rotors. The progressive power is excellent; not much lever effort is required, and the response is quick but not over-the-bar grabby by any means.

The SiCCC disc rotor braking surface is a non-metallic composite and it is thermally inert, meaning it doesn’t expand and contract as all metal rotors do. There is no heat-induced stress distortion on the disc.

SRAM pART PROJECT

Here’s a box of 100 SRAM high-performance bike components. Now make something of it.

That’s the challenge SRAM lays down for groups of noted, hand-selected artists.

The works they create are displayed and auctioned off with all proceeds from auctions being donated to World Bicycle Relief.

World Bicycle Relief serves people in underdeveloped regions of the world who suffer from lack of access to health care, education, and economic opportunity. With a bicycle you can travel four times farther, carry five times more, and save up to three hours a day in travel time (based on a 10-mile commute). So you can get to a doctor, to school, or to work faster and more safely. Doors closed by distance are now opened, as is the way to a better life.

This is Peaty – Season Finale

What a year.

Massive highs and huge lows for Steve Peat.
On record, this will probably go down as one of his worst World Cup seasons to date, in terms of results….

But off the circuit and even off the bike, Peaty has been and done some amazing things during 2012.

We take a look behind the scenes in Hafjell, Norway, the last World Cup of 2012 and why Steve couldn’t carry his practice speed into this race run…

Nothing’s better than a happy ending, so we went to Thailand to get one…. Amazing trails, food and people… A crazy local race, long jump contests, muay thai fighting…. what a trip, all thanks to http://wwwX-BikingChiangMai.com

We hope you’ve enjoyed This Is Peaty Season 1.

Here’s to 2013.

Cheers!!

Four by Three: Gee Atherton

The landmark series follows Gee to Utah for the ultimate test of his skills, at Red Bull Rampage

Leaving behind his usual downhill environment, Gee Atherton hits up Virgin in Utah for the ultimate mountain bike contest: Red Bull Rampage.

The unique environment of the contest is alien territory for most riders, forcing them to step out of their comfort zone and deliver their best riding while pushed to the limit. The terrain provides the chance to ride huge gaps and pull off incredible jumps while the soft soil makes for a more forgiving landing than usual, meaning anything is possible.

In his film, we follow Gee, a regular at the event since 2003, and his team through creating his line to taking to the course for the first time. Along the way he explores his desire to take on risk and discusses how he feels Rampage pushes the sport on and makes him proud to be a mountain biker.

This film offers the chance to see a rider at the top of his game take on new challenges in one of the world’s unique riding environments. How will Gee fare?

Four by Three is the latest spectacular series of films from Clay Porter following the Atherton siblings Rachel, Dan and Gee. Visit the official page to see the other films so far in the series.

5th Annual Bike Buller MTB Festival Presented by Giant – Entries Open

Entries have opened for the 2013 Bike Buller MTB Festival presented by Giant, with a huge weekend of mountain bike action set to hit Mt Buller on the Labour Day long weekend, March 9-11.

Now in its fifth year, the Bike Buller MTB Festival presented by Giant will see riders enjoy a three-day celebration of mountain biking, plus festival fun with the popular Picnic in the Park food, wine and music festival on the Sunday at Mirimbah Park at the base of Mt Buller.

The event will be held on Mt Buller’s world-class mountain bike trails, which were recently given the highest seal of approval in Australia by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). Mt Buller has been recognised with Bronze level Ride Center status, and joins a select group of mountain biking destinations around the world that represent IMBA’s Model Trail recognition for large-scale mountain bike facilities that offer something for every rider.

The Bike Buller MTB Festival presented by Giant, organised by event management company Rapid Ascent, the team behind the Anaconda Adventure Race Series, Kona Odyssey and a number of other large-scale adventure events, brings all that is great about mountain biking to one spectacular location in Victoria’s picturesque High Country. Riders of all levels are catered for in the three-day schedule:

  • Stage 1 & 1B – A Stirling Circuit: 30km or 50km cross-country race over Mt Stirling and back on Mt Buller’s purpose-built trails, including the acclaimed Stonefly single track;
  • Stage 2 – The Brakeburner Enduro: a 4.5 hour multi-lap enduro down a flowing 6km cross-country/downhill course where riders catch the chairlift up and do as many laps as they can until directed down the 12km, 1,100m vertical drop of the Mt Buller Super-D Descent to the base of the mountain, finishing at the Picnic in the Park festival;
  • Stage 2B The Mt Buller Super D: a friendly 12km top to bottom race down a flowing 1,100m vertical descent to Mirimbah Park at the base of the mountain;
  • Stage 3 – Cornhill Cranker: a 25km cross-country race on the flowing single track around the Mt Buller Village and the neighbouring Corn Hill, taking in the Copperhead flow down trail; and
  • Stage 101 – The Kids Race – 10km: designed to gives kids their own fun MTB experience on the easier trails around the Mt Buller Village.

The weekend event will also include a range of event extras, including a Bike Expo in the Village Square, shuttle bus to the famous Merrijig Rodeo on the Saturday night, non-rider activities and more.

Sam Maffett, General Manager of Rapid Ascent, is looking forward to another successful event at Mt Buller. “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.

Entries are now being taken online for the Bike Buller MTB Festival presented by Giant. For further information about the event or to enter, please visit Bikebuller A range of accommodation options are available through Mt Buller’s booking agent High Country Reservations – call 1800 BULLER or visit www.mansfield-mtbuller.com.au to book online.

For further information about Mt Buller’s summer offering, as well as the cross-country mountain biking developments, please visit mtbuller.com.au.

MTB is all around: Exclusive 360 Video

Scott11’s Brendan Fairclough brings you a unique 360-degree view of the Hafjell MTB World Cup track

Click on the photo to go to the video

The Scott11 team and Norwegian producers Making View strapped a specialist remoted-controlled on-board camera to leading rider Brendan Fairclough.

He and team-mates Floriane Pugin and Noel Niederberger set off down the mountain after official practice at the season-ending World Cup 2012 round in Norway, and they held nothing back…

Hafjell is an awesome location – the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup circus loves it so much after one visit that next year cross-country will join downhill on the scheduled Norway stop – and this video, a world-first for MTB, makes it look even better.

Start by following Floriane down the course, then swing round to see how Noel is doing behind – you can even look down and watch Brendan soaking up every bump on the track with a bird’s-eye view!

This really is downhill mountain biking as you’ve never seen it before – no wonder it was high-fives all round for the Scott11 guys at the bottom of the hill.

Buxton Boot Camp

The Buxton Boot Camp in its first year has stamped its authority on the Victorian race scene as an event not to miss in the future.

Over 260 riders took part in the event on the weekend that started with perfect weather and ended with a perfect day.  With comments after laps of the course like “I don’t care what anyone says, that was better than drugs” and “That was more fun than having 2 super models in your bed” (censored version of comment) I think Buxton has a few more fans of the park.

The great work of James Cowell from DSE and the Murrindindi cycle club was evident as the 14.5km 100% single track course just kept pleasing riders all day.  But how could it not with sections like Spider Gully and Off Camber just a few of the course highlights.

In the solo mens field the two Chancellor boys set the pace high to start with and from the outside it may have looked like they were working together, what both being Giant factory team riders and all.  But on course it was anything but!  At first it was Sam setting the pace and Scott responding but after 3hrs of racing Scott put the hammer down and opened up a small gap on his cousin.  Sam spent some time in the dirt there as the pressure mounted but soon found his rhythm again and it came down to the last lap. His technical ability was too strong as he took the win in just over a 10 second margin.  Stu Brown was out of the chaos but riding strong for a convincing 3rd place position.  In the women’s race it was a close affair between Katie Chancellor and Clair Vlahopoulos with hardly more than 5 minutes between them.  Katie who had the series all wrapped up got off to a slow start but by the 4th lap the flow was changing and she was on the comeback. It was all too late though and Claire held on and took a great win.

The pairs race saw Scott Nedham and Rohin Adams the event director set a consistent pace all day to win both the Pairs category and the overall event in pretty convincing fashion.

In the 3hr event the racing was fast and furious but Amity Mc Swan and Peter Kutchera were just too strong for the field. Both actually set the fastest laps for the day so it’s no wonder they went onto win.

The event directors of Big Hill Events want to thank Tourism Victoria, DSE, Murrindindi cycling club and all the riders for having made the event such a great weekend of racing.
We especially thank all those that supported both Challenge and remembrance day with charity donations.

This is Peaty – Season Finale Trailer

It’s been a long season for Steve Peat….

A new location for the final UCI World Cup round in Norway, a track that looked to suit the big man from Sheffield… But this is racing and things don’t always go your way.

On the other side of the world, a whole different kind of race took place just a few weeks later in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Thanks to the hard work of X-Biking Chinag Mai.
Loose is the word, for this final trip.

The Grand Finale, for This Is Peaty, Season 1. Coming November 20th

Knolly Bikes and Joystick Components Coming to Australia

Endless flow Cycles is excited to announce that we will be bringing Knolly bicycles and Joystick components to the Australian riding scene.

Originating in British Columbia, Canada, Knolly has had a long history and involvement in the freeride and downhill scene with its unique “4 x 4” suspension system that allows the bike to be supple, stable and stiff while descending, whilst maintaining a responsive platform for climbing. Recently ridden by Garrett Buehler and James Doerfling with great success in the Red Bull Rampage, Knolly has increased its lineup this year to include a lighter all mountain/freeride model called the Chilcotin and a trail/all mountain model called the Endorphin.  In the tradition of the Knolly Heritage both of these bikes offer unsurpassed descending ability whilst bringing an even more efficient and responsive climbing platform. Above all they are fantastic fun to ride!  We feel that the Endorphin is going to be “the” bike to have for all mountain riding and racing this year.

Joystick Components are an emerging company based in Vancouver Canada offering high end handlebars and saddles, including a carbon all mountain model. With their high quality construction these components offer a stylish look, great comfort and reliability and the heritage of being “BC born and bred”. Joystick handle bars and saddles are featured on all of the Knolly build kits.

Joystick Components

The Endless flow cycles team of experienced riders and racers will be offering direct sales of Knolly Bikes and Joystick components as well as maintaining a regular schedule of ride days and presence at the all mountain and Downhill events happening in NSW and Victoria in 2012/2013. The new Knolly range ticks the right boxes with ability to take tapered steerers, 142mm through axle and modern head angles and bottom bracket heights. More than this we challenge people to get out and try a Knolly- where the talk ends and the trail begins these bikes speak for themselves- they are insanely stable, maneuverable and most of all the best damn fun of any bike out there.

We have a good range of sizes and colors of both the Endorphin and Chilcotin and will have the new and revised Podium frames available in December when production starts. We will be offering build kits and framesets, including the fantastic new Cane Creek Double Barrel Air on the Chilcotin and Podium. The build kits are fantastic quality and value and are a perfect match for the high end nature of the bikes.

Podium

If you would like further details on our upcoming ride days and event attendance go to: www.endlessflowcycles.com.au or email us at [email protected]

Knolly Pricing

Frame
Knolly Endorphin with Fox CTD $2350
Knolly Chilcotin with Fox RP23 Kashima $2450
Knolly Chilcotin with Cane Creek Double Barrel Air $2750
Knolly Podium with Fox DHX RC4 coil $3100
Knolly Podium with Cane Creek Double Barrel Coil or Air $3200

Frame with Knolly Build kit
Knolly Endorphin with Fox CTD and build kit $6700
Knolly Chilcotin with Fox RP23 Kashima and build kit $6400
Knolly Chilcotin with Cane Creek Double Barrel Air and build kit $6700
Knolly Podium with Fox DHX RC4 coil and build kit $ 7400
Knolly Podium with Cane Creek Double Barrel Air or coil and build kit $7500

The Highland Fling: Australia's Largest Mountain Bike Marathon

This weekend Australia’s largest mountain bike marathon, the Briars Highland Fling, will run for the eighth year. Attracting over 2000 riders and bringing together Australia’s most impressive elite field.

It is also the final race in the Real XCM Series – a series initiated in 2011 to help raise the profile of the sport in Australia and provide elite athletes with a serious and organised competition throughout the year. It’s hotly contested and it’s going to be a battle on the bike.

The Full Fling (112km) race will be a decider in the Men’s overall Series with Shaun Lewis and Andy Blair going pedal for pedal. We’re expecting new records to be set.
And whilst the women’s Series is already in the bag for Jenny Fay with 5 from 5 wins, she’s facing her toughest elite competition this year, including Australia’s London Olympian Bec Henderson.

But the Briars Highland Fling is more than one race. It’s become a mountain bike festival weekend celebrating the best of cycling, with events ranging from kid’s skills clinics and a dash around the town centre on Saturday night, to the no-need-to-pedal Rolloff World Championships and 100Mile (165km) Fling.

To find out more about the 2012 Briars Highland Fling visit Wild Horizons

The Fling is this weekend. Will you be there?

The Highland Fling: Australia’s Largest Mountain Bike Marathon

This weekend Australia’s largest mountain bike marathon, the Briars Highland Fling, will run for the eighth year. Attracting over 2000 riders and bringing together Australia’s most impressive elite field.

It is also the final race in the Real XCM Series – a series initiated in 2011 to help raise the profile of the sport in Australia and provide elite athletes with a serious and organised competition throughout the year. It’s hotly contested and it’s going to be a battle on the bike.

The Full Fling (112km) race will be a decider in the Men’s overall Series with Shaun Lewis and Andy Blair going pedal for pedal. We’re expecting new records to be set.
And whilst the women’s Series is already in the bag for Jenny Fay with 5 from 5 wins, she’s facing her toughest elite competition this year, including Australia’s London Olympian Bec Henderson.

But the Briars Highland Fling is more than one race. It’s become a mountain bike festival weekend celebrating the best of cycling, with events ranging from kid’s skills clinics and a dash around the town centre on Saturday night, to the no-need-to-pedal Rolloff World Championships and 100Mile (165km) Fling.

To find out more about the 2012 Briars Highland Fling visit Wild Horizons

The Fling is this weekend. Will you be there?

Mojo Trail Diary, Morocco – Part Three, Fabien Barel and Mark Weir

A mountain that is 20kms away can look as smooth as a billiard table…

So what looked like it should have been a short stroll up a reasonably steep golf course from our breakfast table on day 2 turned out to be an attempt at Jbel Erdouz a ‘proper’ 3600m mountain on day 3! The bit that looked like a Golf course turned out to be a 45-50° boulder field with no real path and brush and thorns tough enough to scratch paintwork!

It’s said that a camera can’t adequately convey the steepness of terrain or the depth of the experience, but when you have riders of the calibre of Mark Weir and Fabien Barel one-footing it down through the scree and the brush you know it’s steep! Look out also for the dirt and small stones being thrown up by the tyres and blown sideways! A proper mountain environment where the boys were glad to get down with the only casualty being a rear derailleur!

Although the Trail Diary gang were quite literally blown away by the big mountain experience, they were quite glad to get back on the road looking for a more relaxed, flowy trail in the grey earth area on the way to the final stop in Marrakesh. Poor Fab’s face when the monkey guys ambush him is priceless!

Why #2 – Ryan Leech

Ryan Leech has ridden mountain bikes professionally for over sixteen years.

Over that time he has been responsible for creating a whole new style of trials mountain biking, performing live in front of tens of thousands of fans and pushing the boundaries of what was considered possible on a bike.

The second in the “Why?” series exploring questions within the bike industry, this short documentary was created as a companion piece to Ryan’s article, “The Cons Of Being Pro”, in which he discusses the pressures involved in performing at such a high level, how they can affect an athlete’s perception of themselves and how they could change.

Got Soul?

Check out the latest version of the Cotic Soul trail hardtail.

The Cotic Soul trail hardtail

A trail riding machine in the truest sense, the Soul has amazing adaptability and all round performance. Light, zippy, fun, interactive, durable, comfortable. It’s happy ripping up the singletrack at your local woods or trail centre, crossing maps on your bivvy adventures, or tearing down mountains on your summer holidays.

– Legendary Cotic hardtail handling
– Reynolds 853
– 100-140mm travel fork compatibility
– Tapered head tube for taper or 1 1/8″ forks
– 31.6mm seatpost size and hose clips for dropper seatposts
– Bomber strong, trail light

For more details go to Cotic Australia

Formula Introduce The T1 And Other Improvements For 2013

For 2013 Formula brakes introduce the new T1, semi metallic pads and Advanced Caliper Technology with improved roll back.

The brake line-up itself remains the same as in 2012 and there are three main updates for 2013:

– After the Master Cylinders had been optimised for 2012 model brakes the main focus for 2013 model brakes was to optimise the caliper. The result is called ACT, Advanced Caliper Technology and is based on different machining of the clipers for the pistons and as well as new pistons and quad rings. All three changes combine to give an increased roll-back of 0.55mm as opposed to the previous 0.35mm roll-back. This puts the roll-back of the MY2013 Formula brakes on the same roll-back level as Shimano XT brakes improving overall performance and reducing susceptibility to rotor rub.

– The new T1, which replaces the The One for 2013, has a completely new forged caliper body which is more compact and stiff boasting performance while retaining the same piston dimensions. The hose routing has been improved by a new angled caliper exit point which has been moved to the inside. The T1 is available now and retails for $349.- per end.

The New T1 which replaces The One in 2013.
The T1 calliper body.
The T1 calliper body – the other side.

– For 2013 the R1R, R1 and RX models come with a newly developed semi metallic pad which have high braking power at low and high speeds and good initial bite, but most of all, reduced noise generation and a shorter run-in process than the organic and sintered Formula pads. If your bike runs a component combination that tends to develop some noise under braking, Formula recommends giving the new semi metallic pads a go. These are now available from your local Formula retailer for $36.90 per end.

Specialized Ditch the Hook

The Specialized Roval wheel program is monumental; there are wheels for every flavour of riding and budget, with alloy and carbon versions available in their Control (cross country), Control Trail (trail riding) and Traverse (all-mountain / gravity) wheels.

It’s in the area of carbon rims that Specialized are leading the pack. No other large scale bike brand has branched out into world of carbon rims in like Specialized. Even their hard hitting S-Works Enduro will come stock with carbon hoops in 2013.

More recently, Specialized have pushed the realms of mountain bike rim technology with the unveiling of a new ‘hookless’ carbon rim. Simply put, the rim does not have the traditional bead hook arrangement, an element that has been assumed as vital in holding the tyre on in the past.

Does the tyre stay put? Apparently so. Specialized claim that even at pressures far below usual operating range (sub 20psi) and under extreme cornering forces, they have had no instances of tyres rolling off the rim.

The unconventional approach of a hookless rim has many benefits: the rim sidewalls can be made stronger (as the rim wall can be kept one thickness throughout), lighter and far more cheaply.

Watch the video below for more, then jump below to hear our thoughts.

2012 Real Insurance XCM Series Wrap-Up

The movie below is a wrap of the 2012 Real Insurance XCM Series in the lead up to next weekend’s Briar’s Highland Fling in the Southern Highlands of NSW. The Fling is the final event in the six race series and, combined with the winter long XCM Series, is the biggest pay day in Australian mountain biking.

The series has attracted over 5,000 riders over six events, starting in April. It is not only the elite riders that are hell bent on winning the series, many of the category riders have made it their racing priority for the year.

Watch the movie to see Australia’s leading mountain bikers, Andy Blair and Shaun Lewis, discuss the series and their chances as the Briar’s Highland Fling looms. Either could take the series on the day.

Downieville Throwdown

Giant riders came out in full force to conquer the 2012 Downieville Classic.

In the end, Giant Factory Off-Road pros Carl Decker and Kelli Emmett piloted their Anthem X Advanced 29ers to dominating victories in both the XC and DH — and walked away once again as All-Mountain World Champions. But racing was only part of the action, as riders and fans converged in this idyllic town in Northern California to enjoy a weekend of festivities.

Wombat 100 – Entries Open Today

The Wombat 100 is back in 2013, returning to the single track of the Wombat State Forest for the fifth instalment of this premier MTB marathon.

Set on the outskirts of Woodend, the event features a world class marathon course that includes over 50% flowing single track (including the famous Wombat track), fast fire trail, pine forest single track and 4WD trails. The riding is diverse, challenging but achievable for most weekend warriors. Riders have the option to ride the full 100km or the 50km half course, there is also an 18km loop of the wombat track for kids under the age of 16 – a perfect introduction to MTB racing!

Although serious racing is at the forefront of this event, there is plenty to do for the family. Race Organiser Henry van Heerden explains: “This year we are focusing on families and would like to encourage all riders to bring along the family and enjoy the festivities at Cammeray Waters. There will be kids races around the event centre, a jumping castle and petting zoo – all set in the beautiful surrounds of this first class rural conference centre. There is accommodation onsite or better yet, why not make a camping weekend of it? There is ample room for everyone” Only 60km from central Melbourne and 40 minutes from the airport, the Wombat 100 is the place to be on the 14th April 2013.

Entries for the event will open at 9am on the 1st November. Make sure you get in early.

Click on the photo below to enter.

MONT 24 Hour Entries Open Soon

This is your advance notice that entries for the Mont 24 Hour Race 2013 will open somewhere around lunchtime on Wednesday 7 November 2012.

Put your posse together and get your entry in promptly. The Mont has a history of entries selling out in the first week and we expect Mont 2013 will sell just as strongly. Ride the Kow.

Click on the photo below for more details……