TEVA Slopestyle Goes Silver On The FMB World Tour

As of yesterday, the southern hemisphere’s premier freeride mountain biking event; Teva Slopestyle, has officially received accreditation as a Silver status Freeride Mountain Bike (FMB) World Tour event.

Teva Slopestyle, part of the Queenstown Bike Festival, launched for the first time in 2012 making an immediate impact on the international mountain bike scene. In its inaugural year, crowds of thousands gathered at the event to watch the international field of riders contest the $10,000 cash prize pool on offer.

The FMB World Tour event categorisation system incorporates an array of different criteria that determines the level of each single event. The main criteria are: the type and demands of the course, the line-up of riders, the level of prize money, the professionalism of judging, the media output and the service in general. Silver events are top events with high demands for participants and are the point at which professional and amateur athletes meet on a competitive level.

Teva Marketing Manager, Stephen Winnacott on the news:

“We’re stoked on the announcement! It’s a massive development for the event. It is also great news for the competitors and the sport of Freeride Mountain Biking in general, something Teva is committed to supporting. Now that the event is Silver status we expect more of the world’s top riders to make the trip down to Queenstown to compete, which means spectators won’t be disappointed either with a higher level of competition.”

The 2013 Slopestyle course will again be situated in downtown Queenstown in the Ballarat Street car park, designed and built by Teva Global Freeride Team Athlete Kelly McGarry and Tom Hey, who has previously worked on prestigious Slopestyle courses including the infamous Crankworx in Whistler and Colorado.

This news will no-doubt attract more riders from around the world to get involved in 2013’s event. This is sure to be another awesome FMB World Tour season, filled with suspense as the riders’ battle for the FMB World Tour 2013 title.

Charge Bikes King of the Cobbles 2012

The Cobble Wobble returned to Catherine Street in Frome on Sunday 16th December 2012 when over 3000 spectators showed up to watch 200 fearless riders brave the most intimidating of gradients in the hope of being crowned King of the Cobbles.

The Cobble Wobble is an individually timed bicycle hill-climb sprint up Catherine Hill in Frome, Somerset. Thousands of cobbles, varying gradient and some tight turns to contend with meant the Cobble Wobble course promised to test the rider’s strength and skill. With the narrowness of the street, the backdrop of the 17th century buildings and the cheering crowd the Frome Cobble Wobble is like nothing else. , Categories for all ages and abilities meant plenty of winners and prizes worth pedaling for. The top 20 riders qualified for the ‘Charge Bikes King of the Cobbles’. A showdown between the Cobble Wobble’s fastest to crown the overall winner – the King of the Cobbles 2012

Seasons of Pain: New Trail Run + Bike Event Series for Mt Baw Baw

Trail runners and mountain bikers are expected to mass like never before on Mt Baw Baw this summer with late breaking news that a new off road run and ride event, the first in a series of four dubbed ‘Seasons of Pain’, will be held on Saturday 26 January.

Seasons of Pain will challenge adventure athletes to take on a 42km single track course weaving its way across the flanks of Mt Baw Baw, in Victoria’s alpine region, two and a half hours’ drive from Melbourne. There will be one Seasons of Pain event held in each season of the year, with riders and runners immersing themselves in the mountain’s changing climate and environment as summer, autumn, winter and spring blanket Baw Baw’s slopes.

A unique format on the Australian adventure sport calendar, Seasons of Pain will feature the two popular disciplines of trail running and mountain biking, with competitors able to enter as individuals or a team of two to share duties across four race legs.

The race will feature a run-bike-run-bike progression with organisers promising a sting in the tail: a 2km technical downhill dash followed by  a lactic-acid-inducing uphill trail run to the finish line at Mt Baw Baw’s village.

“That’s the real ‘pain’ component,” says Mt Baw Baw Events Manager, Grant Seamer, who came up with the concept after being handed the  responsibility of luring the adventure sports crowd to Baw Baw during summer season.

“Seasons of Pain offers off road athletes a very different cocktail of mountain sport,” says Seamer.

“We’ve designed the event to be very achievable by anyone with a moderate level of fitness and basic mountain running and riding skills – the course will be well marked so there is no need for navigation. It also makes a great year-long fitness target with the four events spread evenly throughout the year, and held on roughly the same course, so you can track and directly compare your time improvements.”

“Seasons of Pain offers competitors three to four hours of fun out on the mountain trails and with the first one being held in summer, we think  the cooler high altitude climate will appeal come the hot days of late January.”

Additionally, the summer edition of Seasons of Pain will be held at twilight to ensure competitors do not face the prospect of a meltdown should temperatures rise.

“And the mountain wilderness is a stunning place to be out in at dusk,” says Seamer. “Of course, come winter, we’ll time the race time a bit earlier to try and capture any sun going!”

Also enticing competitors to the new event will be a roster of mountain adventure incentives held during what is the Australia Day long weekend. Seasons of Pain competitors will receive free entry to and shuttle bus for Mt Baw Baw’s new downhill mountain bike trail.

Organisers are also promising free canapés at the conclusion to Seasons of Pain, post event music, accommodation discounts for competitors, and a free, short mountain run time trial on the Sunday morning, featuring a 1-2km steep downhill technical trail run as a taster event for Baw Baw’s Trail Run Festival, happening on 9-11 March 2013.

There is an all new 4-Hour mountain bike enduro being staged at twilight on Sunday 27th January.

“So some of the mountain bikers competing in Seasons may want to stick around for that,” says Seamer.

“All in all it’s going to be a great long weekend of trail running and mountain biking and we believe the Seasons of Pain format will become a popular addition to Victoria’s roster of mountain sport events.”


Trail Run + MTB
Mt Baw Baw, Victoria
26 January
Teams or solo.
Run 8km // Ride 12km // Run 8km // Ride 12km + a smidge (1-2km) of pain.

Certified vs Non-Certified Bicycle Helmet Impact Test

Athlete Recovery Fund (ARF) Presents: Certified vs Non-Certified Bicycle Helmet Impact Test.

Come along with pro riders Mike Clark, Brandon Dosch and Chad Kerley. This video shows without a doubt the tremendous difference in protection between certified and non certified helmets. We tried to simplify the physics as much as possible but the results are undeniable. Make sure if you are riding BMX you are wearing the proper protection. It could mean the difference between riding again or not.

Ride the Divide

Ride The Divide is an inspiring journey about the world’s toughest mountain bike race, which traverses over 2700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains.

The film weaves the story of three characters’ experiences with immense mountain beauty and small-town culture as they attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border.

Trek World Racing to Enter the New Enduro World Series

Following the recent announcement of the upcoming Enduro World Series, Trek World Racing is excited to confirm that the team will commit to the series.

This follows today’s signing of Justin Leov on a 2 year deal that will see the talented New Zealander focus on Enduro Racing. Justin recently retired from World Cup Downhill racing, but the new Enduro calendar provides the 28 year old with the perfect opportunity to extend his racing career.

Justin Leov will now be focusing on enduro racing after recently retiring from downhill racing.

Justin said today: “I’m really looking forward to racing a fresh new discipline, and being able to make it happen around my new career in building, with Trek World Racing providing me with all the support for my racing, is the ideal situation. It’s a team that feels like family and I know the product and the staff so well, it’s the exact support I’ll need to compete at the highest level in Enduro.”

The team will attend at least 4 rounds of the Enduro World Series where Justin will be on board his Trek Remedy and Slash machines. There will be other selected events like the Megavalanche, and Justin will be also be aiming to regain his title as the Crankworx Garbanzo winner. When the schedules permit, Justin will be lending a hand to his downhill team-mates trackside.

Anton Cooper signs with Cannondale

Cooper signs with Cannondale

Rising Kiwi XC star Anton Cooper has signed with Cannondale Factory Racing for the 2013 and 2014 World Cup and World Championship seasons.

The two-year deal will see 18-year-old Anton, of Christchurch, New Zealand, join the team’s elite riders Italian and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Marco Aurelio Fontana, elite German racer Manuel Fumic and American Under 23 rider Keegan Swenson.

“With the signing of Anton, and Keegan’s increased focus on the XC World Cup circuit, we are setting the direction for the future of the team while maintaining the approachable personalities and inspiring passion for XC that the team has been know for,” said Bob Burbank, Global General Manager, Cannondale.

Anton intends to race the F29 hardtail in his debut season in the Under 23 class.


2012 VDHS Round 3 Kinglake – SBS Extended Coverage

Round 3 of the Victorian Downhill Mountain Biking Series hit the slopes of the newly built Kinglake National Park. The World Trails built track Shepards Run was the battle ground for the Men’s, Women’s, Under 15, 17, and 19’s.

This episodes features full runs from Liam Panozzo, Luke Ellison, Joel Panozzo, Joey Vejvoda, Trent Piribauer, Ashley Maller, Tim Eaton, Rhys Atkinson and Dean Lucas.

Buller news: IMBA praise and trail conditions update

The International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) has awarded Mt Buller classification as Australia’s very first IMBA Ride Centre. The announcement, made at IMBA’s World Summit, recognises Mt Buller amongst a select group of large-scale mountain bike facilities that set standard for trail building and diversity of mountain bike experience.

IMBA described Mt Buller as “setting the standard for mountain bike trail development in Australian ski resorts”, something that we’ve known for a long time here at Flow! Louise Perrin, from Buller Resort Management had this to say:  “It is just fantastic to receive this recognition from IMBA. The Ride Center designation represents only the best of the best mountain biking destinations, and it is immensely satisfying to see the efforts we’ve put into the Resort rewarded in this way. The trails at Mt Buller and Mt Stirling are always evolving … Watch this space because we’re not done yet!”

Mt Buller Mt Stirling has steadily developed its mountain biking product over the past six years under the Bike Buller brand, teaming up with renowned trail designer Glen Jacobs and his team from World Trail to construct a range of quality trails as part of a staged development plan. Stages one and two of this plan were completed between 2007 and 2009, with new beginner and intermediate trails around the Mt Buller Village and five new loops between the Village and the Corn Hill area. Stage three saw the completion of Stonefly in January 2011, the Resort’s signature 10km advanced endurance trail that stretches from Howqua Gap to Mt Stirling and back. In December 2011 as part of stage four, the Resort launched Copperhead – brought to you by Specialized, Australia’s very first flow down trail, a unique trail concept that incorporates a flow country style with a downhill edge suitable for both downhill and cross-country bikes and all types of riders. Stage five was partly completed over the summer of 2011-12, and saw the completion of two new linkage trails – Split Rock and Snowgums – which connect the Mt Buller Village with the Skills Park area and Copperhead to the Mt Buller Village respectively. This summer sees the completion of Snowgums, as well the commencement of stage six, which will see upgrades to the Delatite River Trail and improved drainage works on Copperhead. A seventh stage is also in the pipeline for summer 2013-14.


Mt Buller’s MTB loyalty program, the Crank Crew, has had a revamp just in time for the festive season. More free stuff, more benefits for members. Several changes have been made to the Crank Crew program this year, which was launched last summer:

  • One level of membership: previously, the Crank Crew was a two-tiered membership system, which for 2012-13 is now a silver membership only. Because we love all our Crank Crewers equally!
  • Frequent Offender Program: Crank Crew members now also qualify for the Bike Buller Frequent Offender Program, which gives access to special offers and giveaways when for repeat visits. Crank Crew members can take advantage of the program by dropping into the Information Centre at Alpine Central to register visits and claim prizes as they go!
  • Personalised membership card: each member will now receive a sweet looking membership card, complete with a photo to show they’re a certified Crank Crew member.
  • Free Crank Crew t-shirts: The first 50 visitors to Mt Buller that drop into Alpine Central with their membership card will receive a very limited edition Crank Crew t-shirt, which are in high demand and low supply!

Visitors to Mt Buller have even more to enjoy this summer, with new trails to explore at Australia’s first IMBA Ride Center. Stage five of the Resort’s trail development plan was completed over the summer of 2011-12, and saw the completion of two new linkage trails – Snowgums and Split Rock – which connect the Village with the Skills Park area and Copperhead to the Village respectively, as well as work to the famed Delatite River plus other minor works. A range of biking events are set to see plenty of action this summer, including the MTBA Nationals on 18-20 January, the Victorian Downhill State Series on 26-27 January and the Bike Buller MTB Festival on 9-11 March.


For further details about the Bike Buller Crank Crew, Mt Buller’s trails developments as well as the announcement of the Resort’s IMBA Ride Center status, please visit

Enduro World Series Announces 2013 Event Schedule

The Enduro World Series, in association with the Enduro Mountain Bike Association (EMBA), will offer seven events taking place in Italy, France, Canada and the US between May and October of 2013. Full schedule:

·         May 18-19 Superenduro PRO – Punta Ala, Italy

·         June 29-30 Enduro Series – Val d’Allos, France

·         July 6-7 Crankworx Les 2 Alpes – Les 2 Alpes, France

·         July 27-28 Colorado Freeride Festival – Winter Park, United States

·         August 10-11 Crankworx Whistler – Whistler, Canada

·         August 24-25 Enduro Des Nations – Val d’Isere, France

·         October 19-20 Superenduro PRO – Finale Ligure, Italy

“Since the series was announced on November 22, we had a really short time frame to pull together the 2013 Enduro World Series calendar. EMBA has worked incredibly hard to produce a calendar that includes the biggest enduro races in the best locations, on the best trails in the world,” says Chris Ball, managing director of the Enduro World Series. “We’re really excited about our 2013 events and we are proud to embrace the Enduro Des Nations event in France, the birthplace of the sport.”

As an organization, EMBA will not seek exclusive partnership agreements or sponsorship opportunities but to will look for support through individual, team and company membership packages. Industry wide support will be critical for EMBA and will also give everyone a chance to be involved and to show their support for the sport. Information about EMBA membership packages will be available soon.

The Enduro World Series can now be found online at and registration will be available to athletes in early 2013.