Pub Pedals

Pub Pedals turn your eggbeaters into regular pedals.

Eggbeater pedals are awesome for mountain biking because their four-sided design makes them the easiest pedals to clip into on the trail. But the minimal design that makes them great on the trail is precisely what makes them painful for riding your bike to the pub, or to dinner with friends in your favorite pair of shoes.

Pub Pedals are designed so that you can wear any footwear you like with your Eggbeaters and get a comfortable ride.

Say goodbye to the difficulty and discomfort of trying to ride on tiny little Eggbeaters without bike shoes! Just slide Pub Pedals on over your Eggbeaters, and you are ready to ride — no matter what shoes you are wearing.

Opening Date Set For Hornsby Mountain Bike Trail

SNORC (Sydney North Off Road Cyclists) Presents Old Man’s Valley Trails of Hornsby.

Stage One of the eagerly-anticipated Hornsby Mountain Bike Trail in Old Man’s Valley is nearing completion and will be officially opened on Saturday February 2.

All the main work is completed and final adjustments are now being made.

Synergy Trails managing director Adrian Main has already ridden every inch of the track to test it out, a privilege he gets as the man who oversaw its construction on behalf of Hornsby Shire Council.

“They’re very flowing trails, with lots of berms, rollers and other features positioned in a manner that’s challenging to ride,” Adrian says. “However, there’s also a great area for children and beginners that has been designed in a manner to allow progression and increase the fun factor as you get better.

“This is northern Sydney’s first legal purpose-built trail, and we’ve ended up with a really good result due to the exhaustive work the team at Council have done in making sure these trails do not impact on the local ecosystem or residents.”

Hornsby Mayor Steve Russell, who will officially open the trail, offered special thanks to the many volunteers who’ve also helped.

“This has turned into a real community-building exercise,” he says. “There is a lot of excitement about this development, both within the Shire and much further afield, which has made it a lot easier to bring to fruition.”

The mayor considers the mountain bike trail to be another step towards the rejuvenation of the west side of Hornsby, but its benefits will be greater than that.

“This will bring people into the Shire, boosting our local economy, while also adding another great physical activity that can be enjoyed by our residents and their families.”

The enthusiasm for the trail’s construction has been keenly felt on Council’s Facebook page, which has regularly received messages such as this from cyclist Nick Zelenjak: “Thank you for the wonderful mountain biking facility at Old Man’s Valley. Sydney has been crying out for such quality trails for well over a decade and this council has led the way.”

Adrian has been receiving similar comments. “The cycling community is ecstatic about this,” he says. “There’s finally somewhere to ride that you don’t have to travel more than an hour to get to.”

The Hornsby Mountain Bike Trail will be open to the public from midday on Saturday 2 February, 2013.

Seasons of Pain Lives Up To Its Name

The snowgum-cloaked slopes of the Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort in Victoria welcomed some of Australia’s elite multisport athletes on the Australia Day long weekend with the inaugural staging of its Seasons of Pain trail running and mountain biking event.

The first in a series of four outings for the year, Seasons of Pain Summer Edition lured competitors with a hardy offering of a 9km trail run, 8km mountain bike ride, 6km trail run, 10km mountain bike and a final 1.5km ‘dash’, running a 400m vertical ascent to cross the finish line.

The racing at the pointy end was fast and furious in both male and female categories. The women’s in particular represented a strong field with the added international competition of Swiss professional Xterra athlete Renata Bucher. Also vying for first time honours was Australia’s leading female adventure racer, Deanna Blegg, top end Torquay-based multisporter Peri Gray and Sydney-based Xterra racer Nienke Oostra.

In the men’s, the race was always going to be between perennial adversaries, Jarad Kohlar and James Pretto, both champion adventure racers, with the likes of Gippsland-based Rob Preston and up and coming athlete Alex Houghton determined to put pressure on the two favourites.

As competitors weaved their way along freshly groomed single track, it quickly became a tussle in the women’s field between Blegg and Bucher, the pair coming into the final changeover to the bike within seconds of each other. Bucher found the extra legs needed on what all agreed was one of the toughest multisport courses they had raced, overtaking Blegg to find a healthy seven minute lead by the time she battled up the final incline dubbed ‘The Sting’.

The final 400 metre vertical ascent run over 1.5km took overall winner, Jarad Kohlar, more than 16 minutes to run on his way to victory. Showing just how tough The Sting was some competitors took up to 25 minutes to get to the top where spectators cheered them in.

Throughout the race Kohlar was never headed, however Pretto threatened his lead the entire way, with three of his five leg split faster than Kohlar’s, including both ride legs. With only a second between the pair up The Sting, it was Kohlar’s blistering pace on the fairly technical run legs that handed him the race by 50 seconds.

“It was fast out there; I had to work for every single meter. It was fun though, riding through the snowgums, and having this kind of short sharp racing.

Commenting on the final uphill run, Jarad was unequivocal that the event fulfilled its promise: “It’s runnable. But only just. And you have to hurt.”

“With its bike-run format I believe Seasons of Pain will fill a void on the Australian multisport and adventure racing calendar,” says an impressed Kohlar. “I think it should really take off as something that everyone from triathletes to adventure racers to runners buddying up with a riders can have a go at. And the environment up here is just stunning – absolutely pristine and amazing terrain to race through.”

For her part, women’s winner Renata Bucher, who competes around the world in the professional Xterra off road triathlon series, was also full of praise for the course.

“It’s one of the best events I’ve competed in,” said Bucher.

“It’s one of the toughest single day adventure race courses I’ve done in Australia,” added second placegetter, Deanna Blegg, who is the current Anaconda Adventure Race National Series titleholder. “Looking at the distance on paper we thought that we’d be coming up to Mt Baw Baw for a quick race that would act as part of my training schedule leading in to my race season, but it was a much harder course than expected. There was just no let up as it continued to throw challenges at every turn, with plenty of up and down.”

In the team’s category which allows two people to share running and riding duties, it was the engaged couple Daniel Trevena and Samantha Gash who registered as the first winners. Both are notable trail runners, Gash particular in ultra running having not long ago run across the Simpson Desert for charity.

Renata Bucher continued her winning ways the following morning with the inaugural Dash for Cash, a ‘taster’ event for Mt Baw Baw’s upcoming Trail Running Festival (9-11 March) that saw runners bolt down the same course that was The Sting in Seasons of Pain.

Runners lined up at the top of what is usually the downhill mountain biking course to see how fast they could descent on foot, with an incentive of $100 at the finish line. Spectators lined the parts of the run to see a technical style of running usually only seen in Europe, which is perhaps why Bucher had the advantage in the women’s time trial.

In the men, it was Gippsland-based Rob Preston who flew over obstacles the quickest and managed to defy slippery conditions to set the benchmark for the run with at time of 5 minutes 18 seconds. As a comparison, the super quick downhill mountain bikers do the run in three and a half minutes, showing just how fleet of foot Preston was.

The downhill run will again feature as part of the Inaugural Mt Baw Baw Trail Run Festival on 9-11 March long weekend. Also on the roster will be full and half marathons, two 12km runs (one a night run), a five kilometer fun run and the down and uphill 1.5km runs.


More information at

Seasons of Pain Summer Edition Results


1. Jarad Kohlar (VIC) 2:25:44
2. James Pretto (VIC) 2:26:34
3. Alex Houghton (VIC) 2:29:50


1. Renata Boucher (SWI) 2:59:20
2. Deanna Blegg (VIC) 3:06:26
3. Peri Gray (VIC) 3:15:22


1. Samantha Gash & Daniel Trevena 3:02:21
2. Jason Johnson & Becky Herridge 3:20:44
3. Donna Gibson & Ian Gibson 3:26:31



Ritchey TRAIL Group Components

Ritchey offers with the TRAIL group lightweight components for AM and Enduro bikes!

Finally – legendary Ritchey performance and reliability for the modern 5-inch travel trail bike. Wider bars, longer posts, and beefy zero rise stem designed for trail riders by Tom Ritchey, the original trail rider.

With the complete new Blatte finish the TRAIL alloy components are very scratch resistant, extremely durable and the matte finish fits perfectly to the new generation of bikes. The stem is bead blasted, anodized and then the Blatte finish is applied, resulting in a very tough, durable and aesthetically pleasing finish.

The carbon that is used for the TRAIL bars is a high-modulus carbon fiber and the bars are monocoque construction. All bars are tested to exceed EN required testing standards by well over 100% and undergo severe impact testing as well.


Ritchey’s new WCS Trail stem is perfect for today’s modern trail bikes in the 5- 6in travel range. It’s visibly beefier for increased stiffness and a look that better matches modern head tube/frame designs, and Ritchey’s proprietary 220 degree, extra-wide bar clamp provides a dramatic increase in stiffness and strength over traditional designs.

  • 3D forged 2014 alloy for superior strength and lightweight • 28.6×31.8mm
  • 45mm and 60-110mm extensions
  • Zero rise
  • Wide faceplate for secure bar clamping • 220-degree handlebar wrap
  • Ritchey Blatte fiinish
  • 115g (70mm)
WCS Trail Stem.


WCS LINK TRAIL and WCS Carbon LINK TRAIL FlexLogic seat post

Light and incredibly versatile, the new LINK post design uses a proprietary clamp system that’s compatible with standard rail systems yet also adaptable to Selle Italia’s Monolink system with the addition of an adapter. Either clamp offers a no-slip grip and quick angle and fore/aft adjustment.

  • Length: 400mm diameter: 27.2 / 30.9 / 31.6 mm
  • Carbon: UD finish
  • Alloy: Blatte finish
  • Weight: alloy 235g; carbon 181g (27.2 x 400mm)
The WCS TRAIL Posts. Alloy (left) and Carbon (right)


WCS TRAIL low rizer bars with 740mm width

Ritchey offers in the TRAIL group a low rizer in alloy with 20mm rise and a carbon low rizer with 15mm. Both rizer bars are 740mm width for better leverage and control (cut guides provided on alloy version for those looking for reduced width).

  • 9 degree sweepback.
  • Weight: 276g (alloy), 193g (carbon)
Alloy WCS Trail Low Riser (20mm rise)


Carbon WCS Low Riser (15mm rise)


The new 2X bar is really two bars. By simply flipping the bar around, riders can select an additional 5mm of rise or 5mm of drop. Great for 29er’s with taller front ends too.

  • 2X Trail Carbon: width: 710mm; weight: 180g
  • 2X Trail alloy: width: 720mm; weight: 232g


Trek Announces New World Cup XC Team

Trek Bicycle today announced the formation of Trek Factory Racing, an elite cross-country mountain bike racing squad which has set its sights squarely on lighting up the 2013 UCI Cross Country World Cup.

Representing four countries across three continents, Trek Factory Racing’s global roster is a who’s who of the new generation of XC heavy-hitters, who in spite of their youth have put the world on notice with strong results at the top level of the sport.

Made up entirely of Olympians, the Trek Factory Racing roster is short on age and long on race results. After a USA-best result in London, reigning US National Champion Sam Schultz will make the jump to focusing on the World Cup next season joined by Emily Batty of Canada, whose steady rise to the top of the sport makes her a constant podium threat. Great Britain’s 23-year-old standout XC star Annie Last will look to build on her 7th place overall from the 2012 World Cup. Rounding out the team are Australia’s top male and female riders as well as current National Champions: two-time Olympian Dan McConnell, and 22-year old Rebecca Henderson, who earned multiple podiums in the 2012 U23 World Cup on her way to the London Olympics.

“Trek Factory Racing represents both the current and next generation of XC superheroes,” said Travis Ott, Trek’s Global Mountain Bike Brand Manager. “The team is carrying a ton of momentum into the 2013 season, and we’re excited to support them as they stand on the podium next season and remain on the podium for many seasons to come.”

Trek Factory Racing will pilot Trek’s lightest, fastest 29ers ever in 2013: the all-new Superfly SL and Superfly 100 SL, armed with Shimano’s top range XTR components and FOX suspension. The team will roll on Bontrager wheels and tires, as well as sporting apparel from the brand. Trek Factory Racing will be managed by industry veterans Jon Rourke and a crew of all-star support staff.

In his final year as a U-23, Russell Finsterwald will split his season as domestic powerhouse and defending his national title in the US, while continuing his development at the international level.

Long-time Trek athletes Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski and Heather Irmiger, who have over a dozen national titles between them, will also race under the Trek flag in 2013, with a focus on the fast-growing discipline of enduro racing.

Matt Hunter Tours Mont Blanc

Whether it’s in the parking lot or the pub, “How was the ride?” is a loaded question.

Coming back from a multi-day, multi-country adventure with some old friends and a new bike, the question gets asked a lot. Fresh off the trail and filled with post-ride fever, I often find myself pouring a stream of expletives and hyperboles in reply.

I admit that in an effort to describe the best moments of a ride, the truth can take a bit of a holiday. OK, maybe not EVERY corner was bermed, and the drifts weren’t ALL roosting shoulder high. Luckily for me (and for you!) the story of the Tour Mont Blanc has proof.

Please take a moment to explore the evidence behind this truly “epic” ride. Check out the scenery and the trail, and let your imagination put you in the saddle. Then get out on your bike and make your own adventure. –Matt Hunter.

Troy Lee Designs Introduces the New A1 All Mountain Helmet

Troy Lee Designs is proud to officially introduce the newest addition to our growing line of bicycle specific helmets, the A1.

With the freeride, downhill and BMX helmet market cornered, Troy Lee Designs decided it was time to venture into new territory. Three years of research and design later, the team has developed a top of the line helmet for the XC/Enduro, Trail, and All Mountain rider.

Like all other TLD helmets, the A1 has undergone rigorous safety tests to ensure that it provides superior protection, exceeding CPSC standards and CE EN certifications, while still weighing an average of 320 grams and allowing for maximum ventilation.

Other features of the A1 helmet include an easily adjustable visor, strap dividers and adjusters, a unique adjustable TLD retention system, and anodized aluminum hardware.

Built with moto inspired components and world famous graphics, the A1 upholds the Troy Lee Designs iconic vision that has been a prevalent staple of the bicycle industry for years.

A limited first-run quantity of the helmet in Limited Edition Gold Metal Flake Cyclops and Black Cyclops Colorways will be available for purchase at finer dealers worldwide beginning on February 4, 2013. The helmet will be available in XS-2XL.

A select group of media and Troy Lee Designs global distributors were recently given the opportunity to test the helmet on downhill and cross country rides with TLD athletes Cam Zink, Brandon Semenuk, Logan Peat, Aaron Gwin, Eliot Jackson, and Leigh Donovan. The outpour of praise about the new helmet could not have been better.

“I have more mountain bike trail riding in my roots than I do freeriding, so I have been wanting a TLD trail helmet forever! Really happy with how this A1 turned out, will be putting a lot of miles in with it.” – Cam Zink FMB Tour Hero

“Coming from an XC background I understand the importance of a vented helmet and since I’ve moved into Freeride, I only trust a helmet with lots of coverage. The A1 gives me that light, breathable design with out being concerned with safety” – Brandon Semenuk 2X FMB World Champion

“I first heard about the A1 project a year ago and have been eagerly awaiting it since. And the team at TLD did not disappoint. It fits like a glove, protects my dome better than any other trail lid, and looks as good as the rest of the Troy Lee helmet line. If I had to sum it up in one word? Dialed.” – Lars Sternberg, Transition Bikes/Enduro Racer.

“I have come full circle with Troy Lee Designs, I had one of those sweet Edge helmets in the early 90’s, with a TLD sticker kit! I have been wanting a helmet to ride in that was more protective than all the other helmets on the market, which are just glorified road helmets with a visor. I think we nailed it with the A1. We catered to the heart of the market, which is that mid to big travel trail rider, enduro rider, or even cross country rider, with a helmet that is extremely safe, elegant, stylish, light and built to last” – Craig “Stikman” Glaspell, Troy Lee Designs Sports Marketing.

Baw Baw 4HR Enduro MTB

Mt Baw Baw has in partnership with the Gippsland MTB Club confirmed a new four-hour enduro mountain bike event, set to wheel into motion on Sunday 27th January.

The Mt Baw Baw 4HR Twilight is the first cross country (XC) event to hit the slopes of Mt Baw Baw in many years and is yet another step in the mountain’s move towards encouraging more ‘green season’ adventure activities with a particular focus on mountain biking.

The Twilight Enduro will also serve as Round One of the Gippsland MTB Championship Series and will make use of all-new single track being bedded in on old-time trekking trails.

Riders  – solo or as a team – will tackle an approx. 8km loop course, the aim to ride as many laps in the allotted four hour time period as possible. The event will kick off in the late afternoon for a full twilight riding experience, meaning riders will not be subject to the heat of the summer’s day.  The course offers spectacular views from the top of the mountain and a unique alpine environment that differs from other endure events on the calendar.

The 7.5km course is 70% cross country ski trails which will provide ample passing opportunities; the remaining 30% of the course has riders flowing down dedicated single track that has been resurrected from original trails used by the village pioneers back in the day. These trails are extremely well bedded in and show what the mountain is capable of providing XC riders.

“The riding experience will be fresh, making use of what was overgrown paths, meaning the singletrack sections will be fast, flowing downhill, but also tight and through beautiful landscape features like the snowgum stands and rock gardens that Baw Baw is known for,” says  Grant Seamer, Events Manager at Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort.

The highlight of the course is Muellers Track, a 600m long section of single track that winds its way back to the transition point; its features guaranteed to leave a smile on everyone’s face.

The event takes place on the January Australia Day Long weekend, and is the day after the inaugural Seasons of Pain Summer mountain bike and trail run multisport event, taking place on the Saturday twilight. That event has already attracted some of Australia’s top end multisport mountain bikers, many of whom have confirmed that they will back up and race the Twilight Enduro, ensuring that competition will be fierce as regional Gippsland riders match it to the top end out of towners.

The course is suitable for all ability levels and competitors can enter as a team to share riding duties.

The race is scheduled to start at 4pm with presentations at 9pm. Restaurant and bar will be open. For those staying on mountain overnight, the new Downhill Track (rated by those who have ridden it to date as being of international DH standard) will be open for riding.

Mt Baw Baw is encouraging riders to head up to the mountain early in the weekend to also compete in its Seasons Of Pain series, which will include two laps of the Enduro course – great pre-race recce riding!

Seasons of Pain incorporates running and riding legs that can be undertaken by individuals and teams alike. Riders who don’t want to run can find a mate who and team up to share duties.

See the Mt Baw Baw website for more details and registration for either events:

Australian National Series Round 1 Results

Subaru Gravity Cup – Downhill:


Sam Hill 3:22.02
Chris Kovarik 3:23.68
Connor Fearon 3:24.08
Ben Cory 3:26.31
Graeme Mudd 3:27.66


Caroline Buchanan 4:06.42
Claire Buchar 4:07.14
Lisa Mathison 4:16.32
Madeline Taylor 4:23.80
Shelly Flood 4:42.75

Subaru All-Mountain Cup – XCO:


Chris Jongewaard 1:41:19.2
Jack Haig 1:41:41.2
Shaun Lewis 1:44:34.5
Andrew Blair 1:44:39.4
Luke Fetch 1:45:32.8


Peta Mullens 1:46:01.4
Nathalie Schneitter 1:50:02.4
Tory Thomas 1:50:31.5
Katherine O’Shea 1:51:53.5
Melissa Anset 1:57:19.8

The Lowdown MTB Guide to Europe

For anyone planning a mountain bike trip in Europe, exploring new destinations, or just looking for a taste of the best riding spots – the Lowdown MTB Guide to Europe is a brand new interactive iPad App, offering high quality visuals and detailed information that you just won’t find anywhere else.

The essential iPad app for mountain bikers, now available on iTunes.

For anyone planning a mountain bike trip in Europe, exploring new destinations, or just looking for a taste of the best riding spots – the Lowdown MTB Guide to Europe is a brand new interactive iPad App, offering high quality visuals and detailed information that you just won’t find anywhere else.

The highlight of the App is an extensive collection of 250 stunning images from the archives of renowned photographer Victor Lucas, culled from 12 years of travel while shooting World Cup, Enduro and Freeride events and visiting a wide variety of MTB locations along the way. Epic adventure, trail-shredding action and breathtaking scenery – it’s right here for you to enjoy.

The App is designed from the ground up to make the most of the iPad – the interactive map shows 25 of the best riding locations throughout nine different countries – from the Downhill and Freeride resorts of the Alps, to Enduro rides in the Italian Riviera and on to the best Trail Centres in the UK and Ireland. Each location is reviewed in depth along with detailed trail statistics. Whether you’re into DH, Enduro, Freeride, XC or 4X – You’ll get the lowdown on what the riding is really like, the best trails and when to go. Well-known riders and racers also weigh in with their favourite destinations for racing and riding.

When the time comes to book a trip – there are links to bikepark websites for the latest up-to-date info, as well as local companies who can provide uplift, guiding and accommodation.

Launch and Updates
· The Lowdown MTB Guide to Europe is now available on iTunes world-wide. Download here.
· The app is compatible with all versions of the iPad running IOS 5 or later
· Versions for the iPhone and Android devices will be released in early 2013.
· The app will be updated throughout the year with new trails and feature upgrades
· The app will sell on iTunes for €5.99 in Europe and is priced accordingly in other regions.

Mt Buller Video Collection

Filmed and edited by JL Media
Song: Weapons of Mass Distortion – Crystal Method
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Yeti cycles ride Jack Moir's weekend at Mt Buller for the first Australian Gravity Cup of 2013
Filmed and edited By Jake Lucas
Additional shots provided by Joe Killen
Song: Echo – Luke Dzierzek

RAT ATTACK! Introducing the New Santa Cruz Blur TR

The all new aluminum Santa Cruz Blur TR delivers all the same aggressive ride features of the beloved carbon TRc, in a more economical package.

With 125mm of VPP suspension, relaxed angles, massive frame stiffness throughout and a 5 year warranty… the TR is begging to be thrashed and whipped harder than an FIA president.

Let Syndicate rider Josh RatBoy Bryceland show you what we mean.

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Specialized Debuts New Look Team At Mt Buller

This past weekend saw the debut of Specialized Australia’s newly formed mountainbike team, Swell-Specialized. The 6 member squad fought hard over the weekend to stamp their name on the opening round of the Real Insurance All Mountain and Gravity Cups.

Swell-Specialized MTB Team riders (L-R) David McMillan (Elite DH), Jackson Davis (U/19 DH), Andy Blair (Elite XCO/XCM), Shaun Lewis (Elite XCO/XCM), Jenny Fay (Elite XCM), Rhys Atkinson (Elite DH)

The Black Cockatoo Restaurant hosted the team’s official press introduction, with 25 media and invited guests enjoying drinks on the balcony of Mt Buller’s premium hotel.

Team introductions and a Q&A session entertained the who’s who of the MTB industry, with the Mt Stirling ranges providing a fitting backdrop for the powerhouse team.

Swell-Specialized’s marathon specialist, Jenny Fay made the trip down from Sydney especially for the team launch. “It’s really exciting to finally meet the entire Swell-Specialized team today! We have some super talent across XC, XCM & DH disciplines, I’m so proud to be part of the team for 2013”.

On Saturday it was down to business, with Cross Country athletes, Shaun Lewis and Andy Blair waging a hard fought battle against Chris Jongewaard and Jack Haig to take 3rd and 4th respectively in the Elite Men’s XCO race. The race was a great confidence builder for the Swell-Specialized duo, particularly Lewis whos focus is usually the marathon distance events.

“It’s great to get back onto the podium in these shorter events.” Said Lewis. “In the past few year my results have primarily been in the marathon events, but I still class the XCO as the blue ribbon of cross country, so it’s a great feeling to be back on the podium here at Mt Buller”.

Shaun Lewis and Andy Blair climbing in Saturday’s XCO Elite race

Saturday also saw official seeding runs for the Gravity Cup riders in the downhill event. Rhys Atkinson overcame some mechanical issues earlier in the day, to seed in 5th place in the elite men’s event, with newcomer to the Elite ranks, David McMillan, getting his first top 10 position in 8th on the seeding list against the blown out and rock laden course. 16 year old Jackson Davis who was having his debut in the hotly contested U/19 class seeded a respectable 11th .

With the smoke of the Gippsland bush fires clearing, Sunday’s grueling Point to Point XC race made it’s way down the mountain to tackle the World-Trail designed ‘Stone-Fly’ trail. Once again, Blair and Lewis planned a tactical race and worked together to take out the 3rd and 4th placing’s respectively, behind Jack Haig and eventual series leader, Chris Jongewaard.

Andy Blair (4th from left) and Shaun Lewis (1st from left) had a great start to the season, with a 3rd and 4th place overall finish at Mt Buller

Andy and Shaun now sit in 3rd and 4th overall going into Round 2 in Thredbo in 2 weeks time.

The gravity team had a tough day in their final runs, with Rhys Atkinson suffering 2 small crashes in the treacherous rock sections, but still managing a top 20 finish with 14th place. Jackson Davis made his way down incident free, finishing with a solid 12th place. Standout for the day was David McMillan who was having his first entry into the Elite ranks. David hit all the correct lines he was hoping for to retain his 8th place that was set during seeding. “It was pretty loose out there today!” proclaimed David, “the track was pretty beaten up but I managed to hit all the lines I wanted and am stoked to come away with a top 10 finish in my first Elite race!”.

David McMillan negotiating the rocky Mt Buller terrain in the Elite Men’s DH category

The Swell-Specialized team will move onto Thredbo on the 8th-10th of February for round 2 of the Real Insurance All Mountain and Gravity Cups.

Trek World Racing Adds Three New Riders To Team Roster

Trek World Racing is excited to announce its much anticipated line-up for the 2013 race season, a roster which sees a mixture of race winners, World Cup podium riders as well as up-and-coming talent. All the riders selected for the program have the same philosophy and clearly have youth, talent and massive potential as key ingredients.

George Brannigan (l) and Brook MacDonald (r)

Headlining the team line-up is the Kiwi duo of Brook MacDonald (pictured above right) and George Brannigan (pictured above left). Brook MacDonald is the 2009 Junior World Champion and has recently scored his first World Cup win at 2012s Round 6 in Val dIsere, France, bringing his World Cup podium tally to 4 so far. George had his first taste of the World Cup podium when he finished 2nd at Round 7 last year in Hafjell, Norway, just missing the win by 0.4sec. His current UCI world ranking of #9 is a testament to his 2012 season of consistent results.

These two riders join American Neko Mulally (pictured below right) who enters his 4th year with the program, and his 2nd as an Elite rider. Last year was his most successful to date seeing him break into the World Cup top 15 and knocking on the door of the top 10. Even though Neko is still the youngest rider on the program, turning 20 next month, he carries a wealth of experience for his age as he enters the new season.

Making his debut onto a pro-team ride is Scottish talent Greg Williamson (pictured below left) who has impressed a number people with his recent results, most notably a number of top 20 World Cup placings despite very little support. His 15th in Hafjell after qualifying 19th, and a 17th in Fort William, shows he has strength on different styles of tracks and can earn points for his team.

Greg Williamson (l) and Neko Mulally (r)

Brook MacDonald says: “Being on Trek World Racing represents a fresh start for me and Im looking forward to all the new things Ill experience. Im really excited to be joining this team for the next 3 seasons and working with my new team mates and new bikes. The combination of the Session 9.9 with Fox Shox and Shimano has been pretty lethal the last 2 seasons!”

George says: “I’m so excited to be a part of Trek World Racing. This feels like the opportunity I need to improve my results and still be consistent. I know any team run by 23 Degrees has produced real talent and I want to make the most of this opportunity to get where I want to be. The group of team mates will be great and Im sure the support will be top notch. I cant wait for this season!”

Greg says: “For me, joining Trek World Racing is a dream come true. Ive been working hard for a long time to get onto a professional team like this. The roster this year is awesome, theyre all hard workers and dont do anything half-heartedly, so Im really looking forward to learning a few things and stoked to get back racing.”

The four full time downhill riders will be joining Justin Leov (NZL) who we recently announced as our Enduro rider. Justin will be doing selected downhill events as well as acting as a mentor to the team. At 28 years of age, 10 years on the World Cup circuit and entering his 5th year with our program, Justin is the perfect role model for the other 4 riders.

The team is proud to confirm the following sponsors who have committed to the program and the new line-up. Shimano (Brakes and Drive Train), Fox Racing Shox (Suspension), JBL by Harman (Sound Systems), Bontrager (Tires and Wheels), Royal Racing (Competition and Casual Clothing), Seven (Body Protection), FUNN (Handlebars/Stems), MRP (Chain Guides), DT Swiss (Hubs), SDG Components (Seats and Seat Posts), SRM (Power Measurement), Motorex (Lubricants and Cleaning Products), Ryno Power (Sports Nutrition), ODI (Grips), Cane Creek (Headsets) and Alpinestars (Team Baggage).

The team was recently informed by the UCI that it had successfully completed the registration process for 2013, and will be informed on February 7 whether it has been awarded one of the 15 Elite Team spots, something we are quite confident of achieving with our current roster.

The team website currently has the profiles of all 5 riders in the Downhill section of the site. In the coming weeks well be updating the site with a new Enduro section.

Target Trek MTB Team Announced

Following a successful season in 2012 as the Anytime Fitness-Trek team, picking up multiple National Champion titles and supporting Dan McConnell and Bec Henderson as they sought Olympic selection and then competed at the London Olympics, Target Australia is joining as title sponsor.

“The initiative to form the Target Trek Mountain Bike Team with Trek, is one we are very proud of and as Australia’s leading mid-tier retailer, we are committed to improving the lives of Australians. We want to help our customers to feel and look good through affordable fashion, our range of products to assist health and wellbeing and by encouraging everyone to get outside and enjoy an active lifestyle with their families,” said Dene Rogers, Managing Director, Target Australia

“Trek has a rich heritage in racing and with the Target Trek Mountain Bike Team we ensure we are racing to win now and into the future. The team has an established culture of performance and sportsmanship on and off the trails that makes us proud of what has been achieved, and very excited about the future with the new Target partnership,” said Simon Thompson, Trek Sports Marketing Director.

While the team boasts multiple current National Champions, there is also a strong emphasis on developing talent, helping younger riders to achieve their full potential in mountain bike racing.

“I am super excited about the start of this season, as the new team structure has taken nearly three years to develop. With the continued support of Anytime Fitness, the additional sponsorship from Target Australia, and the exceptional support from Trek Bikes, the Target Trek Mountain Bike Team can provide talented young riders with a genuine pathway from being a ‘promising junior’, right through to being a ‘full-time pro rider’ with the top global Trek team. The generous support from Target will be used to ensure our most promising juniors not only have the best equipment to train and race on, but are provided with an environment and support network aided by the senior riders. As well as riding fast, we want to educate them on good sportsmanship and athlete professionalism. It is very exciting to be involved,” said Richard Peil, the Team Owner.

The team will be focusing on the MTBA National Series events and select enduro races around the country. They will be riding Trek’s ultra lightweight Superfly SL and Superfly 100 SL 29er race bikes, and will also be supported heavily by Shimano and Adidas Eyewear.

You will be able to see the team racing in their new colours for the first time at this weekend’s National Series race at Mt Buller.

The full line up of riders is:

Professional Riders

  • Jenni King, Australian National XC Champion – Elite Women
  • Peta Mullens, Australian National Marathon Champion – Elite Women
  • Andy Fellows – Elite Men
  • Ben Henderson – Elite Men
  • Luke Fetch – Elite Men
  • Ed McDonald – Marathons and 24Hrs Solo
  • Brendan Johnston – U23 Men


  • Rodger Manning – U23 Men
  • Harry Herne – U23 Men
  • Zack Agius – U23 Men
  • Holly Harris, Australian National XC Champion – U19 Women
  • Ben Bradley, Australian National XC Champion – U19 Men
  • Cameron Prosser – U19 Men
  • Ethan Kelly – U19 Men
  • Jack Jude – U19 Men
  • Chris Hamilton – U19 Men
  • Jack Lavis – U19 Men
  • Zoe Binder – U17 Women
  • Nick Pedler – U17 Men
  • Karlee Gibson – U15 Women
  • Declan Prosser – U15 Men

Dan McConnell and Rebecca Henderson both had an amazing season with Anytime Fitness-Trek in 2012, and for 2013 they will be remaining within the Trek family and focusing on World Cup racing. Target Trek Mountain Bike Team are very happy to see their careers progress to this next level.

Wicked Wombat 2012

Rolling Ground Jindabyne put on the second Wicked Wombat at the Bungarra Alpine Centre, just south of Jindabyne, NSW.

The Bungarra Alpine Centre is home to a trail network which contains over 19kms of single trails, a skills and pocket park, jumps areas, a flow trail and a pump track. The trails were designed specifically to offer a wide variety of options for all levels of riders, which makes them a fantastic place to hold an event like the Wicked Wombat.

Rolling Ground Jindabyne have held a number of local club events on these trails providing a relaxed and easy going atmosphere for all who attend. They pride themselves on providing a great course, great facilities and good times. Wicked Wombat 2012 was exactly that. A fun, relaxed event which although billed as a race, didn’t feel like a race at all. Families, First Timers, Professionals, the event saw all levels of riders come out to bring in the New Year riding some great singletrack.

For further information about the event, trail maps for the Snowy Mountains region or if you’d like to get in touch with Rolling Ground Jindabyne, please visit their website –

Jerome Clementz – Chosen By Enduro

In October of 2012, Mavic’s enduro rider Jerome Clementz extended his riding season to include a trip to Sicily, in Italy. He came away with some incredible riding on the trails near the town of Forza d’Agro and on the volcano of Mount Etna. Happily, he and his partners produced this video that documents not only the special landscapes here, but also Jerome’s philosophy about enduro riding.

Hellfire Cup Postponed Until November 2013

We are very sad to say that it is necessary for us to move the date of the Hellfire Cup. We are looking at moving the Hellfire Cup to November this year. We understand that many participants have made travel plans and we’ll discuss options for you below.

Our primary reasons for postponing the Hellfire Cup are:

  • Emergency services that would normally be used in supporting traffic management and ensuring participant safety for the event will be involved in disaster relief at Dunalley, Connolly’s Marsh, Primrose Sands, Forcett, Copping, Taranna, Eaglehawk Neck.
  • The Scale of the devastation in the local community means that people involved in the event as volunteers and supporters are now focusing on their lost homes and businesses. South East Tasmania is experiencing a catastrophic fire event which is not over. (There are many other places in Tasmania that are unaffected so if you were planning to do the event as part of a trip to Tasmania, we’re only to happy to help you find trails to ride).
  • The course itself is currently unaffected, however, the current fire situation is that there are multiple fires in the area with predictions for fires to enter the Wielangta and Kellevie areas under current conditions. (Update – At the time of writing, there is currently an Watch and Act Bushfire Alert for Inala road which is next to Kellevie road).
  • Each of the surrounding towns have been affected by the fires and in many areas, the scale of the damage is unimaginable.

The Loam Factory

The project involved a week-long trip to Mike Hopkin’s home base of Rossland, British Columbia where he has been working in what he dubs the “Loam Factory.”

The loose soil is the mountain biking equivalent of a powder day, but before Mike can slash his trail to bits, it’s time to prove that the freerider can hold his own on the streets…

Flow’s First Bite: Rocky Mountain Vertex 990 RSL

The Vertex 990 RSL is the penultimate machine in the very comprehensive Vertex carbon 29er hardtail lineup from Canadian manufacturer, Rocky Mountain. It was also one of the bikes that the Flow team opted to take over to the four-day Cape to Cape MTB stage race in Western Australia recently.

The high modulus FORM carbon frame is bedecked in a full SRAM X0 groupset. with a Rockshox SID 100mm fork handling the suspension duties and the whole shebang rolling on DT Swiss wheels. Cast an eye over the spec sheet and you’ll soon see that it’s every inch the race bike

Rocky claim that the Vertex frame redefines what to expect from a racing 29er hardtail, with a shorter wheel base and shorter chain stays to better shred technical trails. The bottom bracket height is also higher than some of the competition, an attribute that Rocky claim aids manoeuvrability by allowing the rear wheel to be tucked in closer.

Flow's First Bite: Rocky Mountain Vertex 990 RSL

The Vertex 990 RSL is the penultimate machine in the very comprehensive Vertex carbon 29er hardtail lineup from Canadian manufacturer, Rocky Mountain. It was also one of the bikes that the Flow team opted to take over to the four-day Cape to Cape MTB stage race in Western Australia recently.

The high modulus FORM carbon frame is bedecked in a full SRAM X0 groupset. with a Rockshox SID 100mm fork handling the suspension duties and the whole shebang rolling on DT Swiss wheels. Cast an eye over the spec sheet and you’ll soon see that it’s every inch the race bike

Rocky claim that the Vertex frame redefines what to expect from a racing 29er hardtail, with a shorter wheel base and shorter chain stays to better shred technical trails. The bottom bracket height is also higher than some of the competition, an attribute that Rocky claim aids manoeuvrability by allowing the rear wheel to be tucked in closer.

Flow's First Bite: Thomson Bars

Thomson have been regarded as industry leaders when it comes to stems and seat posts for donkey’s ears; the strength, durability and finishing standards of their CNC machined components is legendary.

Recently this USA-made company has spread its wings. Thomson have just unveiled a range of handlebars for cross country, all-mountain and downhill use, plus they have a dropper seat post on the way too (drool).

A shiny package from Thomson distributor SCV Imports has just landed at Flow HQ, containing not one, not two, but THREE fantastic new handlebars.


Flow’s First Bite: Thomson Bars

Thomson have been regarded as industry leaders when it comes to stems and seat posts for donkey’s ears; the strength, durability and finishing standards of their CNC machined components is legendary.

Recently this USA-made company has spread its wings. Thomson have just unveiled a range of handlebars for cross country, all-mountain and downhill use, plus they have a dropper seat post on the way too (drool).

A shiny package from Thomson distributor SCV Imports has just landed at Flow HQ, containing not one, not two, but THREE fantastic new handlebars.


Sam Hill Farewell

Sam Hill and Specialized are going their separate ways starting in 2013.

All of us at Specialized would like to send our thanks to Sam. Thanks for the wins, time working on the bikes and equipment, and of course all the fantastic memories! Best of luck to him and his family next year and the years to come.

Not ready to separate? Get your Sam Hill wallpaper here:

Swell-Specialized Mountain Bike Team

Specialized Bicycles sign Australia’s best to launch Swell-Specialized Mountain Bike Team.

Specialized is set to dominate in the upcoming National MTB Series with Swell- Specialized MTB Team. The team will make their debut at the Real Insurance All Mountain and Gravity Cup events from 15-19 of January at Mt Buller.
For 2013, the Swell-Specialized roster will comprise of:

  • –  Andy Blair (Elite Men XC)
  • –  Shaun Lewis (Elite Men XC)
  • –  Jenny Fay (Elite Women XC)
  • –  Rhys Atkinson (Elite Men DH)
  • –  David McMillan (Elite Men DH)
  • –  Jackson Davis (U/19 Men DH)

Reflecting Specialized’s commitment to excel in the Performance Mountain category, rider selection for the Swell-Specialized team was based on finding the best riders on the Australian MTB circuit. “To bring together the caliber of riders we have for 2013, makes the Swell-Specialized MTB Team a formidable force on both the Cross Country and Downhill mountain biking circuits for 2013” said Specialized Consumer Marketing Specialist, Matt O’Connor.

Blair, Lewis and Fay will represent the Swell-Specialized MTB Team at selected XCO and XCM events throughout 2013. Utilizing the Specialized S-Works Epic, S- Works Stumpjumper and S-Works Fate model bicycles, the cross country team members will wear Specialized Prevail Helmets and S-Works MTB Shoes in the quest for National honors.

Marathon Cross Country Champion, Andy Blair said, ”The team they (Specialized) have assembled is awesome and I’m sure we can achieve some great things this year”. Shaun Lewis echoed Andy’s sentiments, “Everyone knows Specialized make great bikes, but for me it is the little things, particularly the shoes. I’ve been a long time user of either the shoes or footbeds, and love them, so I’m looking forward to utilizing the technology in all the products”.

Spotted late December, Andy Blair on a Specialized.

Specialized’s focus on developing superior women’s products and lending support to female athletes, was bolstered with the signing of undefeated Women’s XCM Series Champion, Jenny Fay. “It’s so exciting for us to sign an athlete of Jenny’s caliber. She is the ultimate ambassador for the brand and we have no doubt she’ll be inspiring womens cycling throughout her successes this year”.

The Gravity riders of Swell-Specialized will compete on the 2013 S-Works Demo 8. Returning for 2013 is longtime Specialized Downhill racer, Rhys Atkinson, who is looking to back up his 2011 Overall Series win, along with David McMillan who is entering his first year as an Elite rider. Perth’s U/19 phenom, Jackson Davis, brings a level of skill that riders twice his age have yet to master.


Airborne Bicycles Welcomes Caroline Buchanan To The Team

Airborne is proud to announce our newest DH and 4X team member, Caroline Buchanan.

Caroline hails from Canberra, Australia and currently resides in sunny California. She started racing in 1995 when she was 5 years old. With a huge list of accomplishments since then, she’s claimed over 12 national Australian titles, 2 World Champ 4 cross titles, 5th place at the 2012 Olympic games with a 1st in the time trial, 7 time Australian Cyclist of the year.

“We’re extremely proud to have Caroline on the Airborne team. She’s an excellent representative of her brands, and always carries herself as a true professional on & off her bike. We’re looking forward to supporting her goals for the 2013 Gravity season.” –Trevor Gay, Marketing & Team Manager, Airborne Bicycles.

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