Jungfels Claims Australia's First Ever Observed Trials World Champs Medal

Queensland’s Janine Jungfels secured Australia’s first ever Observed Trials World Championship medal when she finished third in the elite women’s event at the Cascades MTB Park on Friday.

In Observed Trials, riders cover six sections of a varied and interesting course featuring logs, rocks, rivers and machinery three times, try to accumulate as few points as possible.  Points are given to competitors for putting feet on the ground, with five is the maximum number of points that can be lost on a particular section.

Despite a sensational effort by Jungfels, 25, which saw her record only two ‘fives’ during her round to finish on 17 points, it was not enough following a superb effort by Tatiana Janickova and Gemma Abant who both finished on eight points to take the gold and silver respectively.

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“I’m happy to have made the podium, obviously I wanted to get the title, but not this year, so I will have to come back next year,” said Jungfels, who entered the World Championships in strong form after claiming silver in the most recent World Cup a few weeks ago.

“My first section of the day I had a five and I cleaned it the next two times through, so getting that really put me behind.  Then I got another stupid five in the last lap, in another section I had already cleaned,” she explained.

“You take those points away and I could have walked away with it on seven points.  Just two bad mistakes cost me, but that’s what happens in Trials,” added Jungfels, who unfortunately will not be able to travel to the final World Cup round in Belgium due to the costs of competing.

In the men’s Trials events held on Wednesday and Thursday, Victoria’s Nathan Mummery finished 16th in the 26-inch category and 23rd in the 20-inch.

“Sixteenth for me is awesome, my ride was really good and I am really happy with my performance,” said Mummery.

“The course was very technical and had a lot of fives and cleans.  I had a lot of cleans, a lot of zeros, which is always good.

Racing: Henderson Claims a Gallant Tenth at Worlds Following Wrist Injury

A gutsy effort from current World Cup leader Rebecca Henderson has seen her claim tenth place in the under 23 women’s cross country race at the UCI MTB & Trials World Championships on Friday afternoon.

On Thursday evening it looked as though Henderson would not make it to the start line following a fall during the official afternoon training session which left her with a large cut above her eye and a severely bruised right wrist.

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To further hamper the London Olympian’s efforts, Henderson was knocked off her bike by a fellow competitor attempting to pass on a narrow single track inside the first lap of Friday’s race.

“It definitely wasn’t my day today, but I did everything I could do to get the best possible result,” said Henderson, 22, who has not finished lower than second in any of the five 2013 UCI World Cups.

“It wasn’t just a physical, but also a mental battle today. When you are used to fighting for podium positions at World Cups, it is very hard to be fighting in tenth to fifteenth at the World Championships.

“But I did what I could do and I am very happy with my efforts, but obviously not the result I was after.”

The field of 37 riders met with completely different weather to the hot, dry and windy conditions experienced over the first few days of competition, with a drop in temperatures, slight wind and the threat of rain at the Pietermaritzburg track.

Reigning under 23 world champion Jolanda Neff (SUI) made her intentions clear from the start as she established an early break on the field which she never relinquished.

It was a clinical display over the remaining five laps from Neff as she rode away a confortable winner from France’s Pauline Ferrand Prevot and Yana Belomoyna (UKR). Henderson finished just a tick over ten minutes in arrears.

“Usually I am the one setting the pace on the descents and then trying to hang on during the climbs, but today I was losing all my time on the descents,” said Henderson.

“I would put ten seconds into someone on the climb, but they would catch straight back up on the descent. It was getting really frustrating.

“I was definitely aiming for a podium today. Anything outside of a top five I was going to be disappointed with, I mean that’s just how it goes when you finish no lower than second during the season.

“It certainly is a very difficult result to take on the chin, but I am just happy there is another World Cup event to go.

“Hopefully I can put all this behind me there and still hold onto the leader’s jersey,” added Henderson, who has two weeks to prepare for the final World Cup round in Norway.

In the under 23 men’s race, Victoria’s Mick Crosbie finished 39th in a rain affected affair.

Video: OneLife – Greg Minnaar

Who is Greg Minnaar? What are his roots? Why is Pietermaritzburg so pivotal in his success? And what is OneLife? We’ll attempt to answer these and other questions about the two-time Downhill World Champion and three-time World Cup Champion with this OneLife short.

Filmed over the course of 10 months when travel & plans permitted, from when Greg won the 2012 Downhill World Championships in Leogang, Austria, ’till the eve of the 2013 World Championships in his hometown of Pietermaritzburg.

Greg Minnaar OneLife from Greg Minnaar on Vimeo.

Eurobike Fresh Products: Transition Bikes Covert 27.5 & TR450

Transition Covert 275 is the brand’s hot new 27.5 version of their popular Covert 26 mountain bike for 2014. The video leads you through all the tech specs that make it a great heavy duty MTB trail setup. And no, they’re not Canadian!

Transition TR450 mountain bike for 2014 is an upgrade of the previous TR450. Tech weenies, this video is for you. Product Manager Sam Burkhardt not only knows his numbers, he knows what those numbers do.

Racing: Specialized Riders Set Their Sights on MTB Worlds Aboard 2014 Bikes

Go for it. Let it all hang out. For all the marbles. Worlds are the ultimate one-day mountain bike race – the highest achievement in our sport, after all the winner dons the rainbow stripes for life – so you can bet our team will be racing harder than ever.

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We’re dedicated to giving our XC and DH athletes competing this weekend every advantage possible. All will be aboard brand-new 2014 bikes and equipment, adorned with extra special, nationally themed graphics.

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THE BIKES:

XC
The S-Works Epic is the only full-suspension 29er to have won Worlds and with Jaroslav Kulhavy, Todd Wells, and Kohei Yamamoto all in prime form our hopes are high for some great results. Lea Davison will be gunning for the win on the ultra-light women’s-specific Fate carbon hardtail. All riders will be on production spec 2014 bikes custom adorned in the livery of their home nation.

Because the XC course is super tech, we cooked up something special to give our riders an edge when the going gets rough: prototype Command Posts to fit 27.2mm seattubes. Like the sweet paintjobs our riders are sporting, these posts, too, are one-off prototypes that will not be for sale.

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DH
The complete S-Racing Factory Team will be in attendance for this event with Aaron Gwin, Troy Brosnan, and Mitch Ropelato all riding custom-painted bikes bearing the colors of their home countries, and relying on Specialized tires to put the rubber to the trail. Troy and Mitch will both be sporting custom-painted Dissident helmets as well.

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THE RIDERS:

XC
Reigning Olympic Champion, Jaroslav Kulhavy
Reigning Pro XCT Champion, Todd Wells
Reigning Pro XCT Champion, Lea Davison

DH
Reigning UCI Overall World Champion, Aaron Gwin
Two-time Junior World Champion, Troy Brosnan
Three-time Pump Track World Champion, Mitch Ropelato

Racing: Daniel McConnell’s Close Encounter of the Monkey Kind

Crashes during training are not uncommon for professional cyclists like Victoria’s Daniel McConnell, but those caused by monkeys aren’t exactly an every day occurence.

The local South African wildlife got the better of the dual Olympian last week when a group surprised him while on a training ride near the Pietermaritzburg course.

“For a while I didn’t think I would start, but now I am, I am going to give it everything,” said McConnell, who suffered a bruised shoulder and is now sporting considerable skin wounds on both hands.

Despite the fall, a couple of days rest has the 28-year-old Trek Factory Racing rider ready to start this Saturday’s elite men’s cross country race at the 2013 UCI MTB and Trials World Championships.

“The body is ok on the course, I have a fair bit of skin off, but I have got a few laps in now and am starting to feel very confident on the course.”

McConnell enters the World Championships with confidence after a stellar 2013 World Cup season. In May he became the first Australian man to win a cross-country World Cup since Cadel Evans in 2000 by winning the opening round in Albstadt, Germany.

In the most recent round held in Mont Saint Anne in Canada earlier this month, McConnell finished fifth to move into third on the overall standings with two rounds remaining.

“It has been a bit of a dream season, the World Cup win in Albstadt was unexpected, I had only had the one top twenty finish coming into the season and have now been on the podium twice and a sixth place too, so the consistency is there.

“I would love to think winning is a possibility here, but it hasn’t been the smoothest lead into the race, but on the other side, I have also had some really good training leading in.”

McConnell predicted a number of contenders will be in the mix for the crown, headlined by defending champion Nino Schurter of Switzerland and four-time world champion Julien Absalon of France.

“I think Absalon is the fastest guy at the moment by a long shot, he is the one to watch for sure, along with Nino,” he said. “They will take it out really fast and for me it is a case of not losing too much time in the first two or three laps.

McConnell also hinted that the course will play a major part come race day.

“The course is hard, so you’re going to have to be on your game on Saturday, There is a fair bit of climbing, nothing too steep, so a little bit of rain would be good.

“It is going to be interesting to see what the weather does as even just day to day and its getting really chopped up, you can see all the lines forming and ruts appearing.

“Hopefully I will be still in the mix and well inside the top ten in the final stages,” McConnell said modestly.

Fresh Product: Norco goes carbon with the Killer B Range

PORT COQUITLAM, B.C., Aug. 29, 2014 – Norco Bicycles is thrilled to announce the release of the iconic Range Killer B Platform in carbon fiber for 2014. Developed specifically for Enduro racing and All Mountain use, the 650B-wheeled Range Carbon features the same philosophy and sophistication as the aluminum version but with the added strength, stiffness and weight savings of carbon fiber.

Big brother to the 140mm Sight Killer B, the Range is a 160mm travel mountain bike with a slack and low geometry that make it extremely capable on descents. The Range Carbon is as much an Enduro race rig as it is the ideal back country accomplice – perfect for exploring shale-covered slopes and remote mountain ranges. The all-mountain-tuned A.R.T. suspension system helps the bike climb to objectives with impressive efficiency, but it is when the trail turns downhill that this Killer B truly comes alive – delivering unrivaled high-speed power, control and confidence to the rider.

The 2014 Norco Range Killer B can be seen for the first time at Germany’s Eurobike, Montreal’s Expocycle and Las Vegas’ Interbike trade shows in the coming weeks. You can expect the Range to be available in February, 2014.

The whole Range Killer B Carbon lineup is below – click the images to make them more biggerer.

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Fresh Product: Santa Cruz Bantam

Santa Cruz Bicycles was founded on the desire to create suspension frames that were “simply advanced”. Nowhere is that vision more clearly defined than with the new single-pivot Bantam.

With 125mm of travel, a 68° head angle and 27.5″ wheels, the Bantam shares the same mega-agile geometry as its stablemate; the Santa Cruz Solo.

It’s an amazingly simple machine.

Santa Cruz Bantam from santa cruz bikes on Vimeo.

Racing: I Love Bacon

I like love bacon.

When I see it or smell it, I salivate and I know right away that I want some. And from the first bite, I enter a state of bliss and I know I want more. For me, single track works in exactly the same way, in fact I could be convinced that single track is actually bacon.

When I see it or ‘smell’ that it is nearby, I salivate and I know right away that I want some. And from the first taste, I enter that happy place and yes, I know I want more. I have always known I could eat more bacon than was ever served on my plate at breakfast and on occasion I have gone back for a more, but I have never tested how much I could consume. I have never gone back and piled on every strip in the bain marie and sat down to explore just how much bacon is enough.

I do not know my bacon limit. I’m no Ron Swanson, but I have thought about it a lot. I don’t know my single track limit either. I mean, is there even such a thing as too much single track? Did you ever want to find out? If you had a huge pile of bacon (or single track) in front of you, how would you approach its consumption? Would you eat ravenously or take your time and savour each bite? Would you do both? Maybe you can eat ravenously and savour each bite simultaneously.

One day I might try to find my bacon limit, but I know right now that there’s a huge pile of single track awaiting you at the Kowalski Classic on September 22. Here you can see just how much you can consume before you start to feel full. Take your time though, as there’s quite a lot to chew through and we think you may find it all quite tasty.

Bacon. It’s Kowalski for single track.

Entries close 9pm September 6th.

Video: Action Heroes – Full Movie

Finally it is coming to you. Peoplegrapher formerly known as thinkBIG production present their latest achievement.

The full-length movie “Action Heroes” features a variety of German top-riders in
mountain biking:

Felix Rosendahl, Jonas Berndt, Patrick Schweika, Sascha Dietzel, Julian Puczkus,
Tobi Wrobel, Niki Leitner, Marius Hoppensack, Amir Kabbani, Hendrik Tafel,
Patrick Rasche, Boris Beyer, Ludwig Jäger, Stephan Peters, Robin Specht, Carlo
Dieckmann and Mike Plümacher

ACTION HEROES – FULL MOVIE from Lukas Tielke | peoplegrapher. on Vimeo.

Racing: Course Confusion at the Brownie Points Burner Signals Ongoing Issues for Mountain Biking

Stolen course markings upset the outcomes of the inaugural Brownie Points Burner in Taree. It’s not the first time this has happened and, unfortunately, it won’t be the last.

 

‘I’ve got po-ten-tial,’ says the lead character in New Zealand film, Boy, with a thick kiwi accent. ‘What’s po-ten-tial?’ This is a line that often comes into my head when something promises to be great, if only a few important elements fall into place.

The Brownie Points Burner held in the Kiwarrak Forest, Taree on Sunday had a lot of potential. The event incorporates the Taree Tip Trails, a singletrack network attracting consistently high praise.  And by using the Clarendon Farm Retreat as a base, riders can happily plan for the event as part of a relaxing weekend away with family and friends.

Not a bad spot to base yourself for a race! Rooms with a view. The Summer House highlights also included tennis, volley ball and a hot tub.
Not a bad spot to base yourself for a race! Rooms with a view. The Summer House highlights also included tennis, volley ball and a hot tub.

The scenic 50/80km format promised to be different to more established events. It included more climbing than your typical marathon for starters. A lot of people were attracted to it for that reason. The warm August weather in this location helps to kick off some fitness ready for a summer of shredding.

The stage was set for a challenging and rewarding day out. Balloons were placed just off the course if riders wanted prizes that rewarded a sense of fun over keeping your head down for the win.

But it takes more than a good course and some fresh ideas to run a great event. Velo Events had put a lot of time, energy and money into getting the show underway but with only 120 or so riders entering the event, this impacted their budget and manpower. Unfortunately, what promised to be a fun hit out at the end of winter fell short of the experience people were hoping for.

Course confusion

As riders made their way into the event centre from 11.00am, it became apparent that course markings had been stolen in not one but several locations. This had been identified the night before, but tampered with again before riders entered the start chute.

The effects of the stolen signs were compounded by things the events team could have done better as well. Some course markings were hard to spot while riding, and there weren’t as many marshals on the track as would have been ideal. Additional arrows remained on course from previous events creating further confusion still.

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Jason English was quick to talk to the event crew about where course markings had gone missing.

Jason English (Merida) was the first rider through the finish arch. ‘This is what you need to know,’ he said matter-of-factly as he sat down at the timing table pointing at the course map with tent peg.

How people react in such situations reveals a lot about their character. While some riders vented anger and frustration as they crossed the line, English’s first instinct was to calmly chat with the events team to ensure the safety of other riders still out there.

Standing in the warm sun on a late August day, it was hard not to think about that event that could have been, rather than the event that was. Riders trickled in throughout the day. Most revealed they’d seen other competitors multiple times out on the course before grouping together to navigate back to the event centre. A decision was made to award the podium, and prize money, based on a countback to an earlier checkpoint.

It never occured to Naomi Hanson to short cut the course and call it a day.
It never occured to Naomi Hanson to short cut the course and call it a day.

Naomi Hansen (Subaru-MarathonMTB.com) was awarded the women’s win. She was also the first rider to reach the final checkpoint. The Noosa vet would have beaten the entire Elite Men’s field had the event been an orienteering one instead. ‘Don’t [let] anybody tell you that a woman can’t find her way around,’ she joked, also quick to reflect on what the event offered in terms of location and the quality of the trails.

 

The bigger picture

The downsides of the Brownie Points Burner certainly signal to the myriad logistical issues involved in hosting a great race. While it would be easy to point fingers at Velo Events for what they could have done differently, there are a lot of other successful events out there that have developed in light of some serious teething issues as well. It’s the when things go wrong that it’s easier to recognise the comprehensive (and often quite tedious) management plans that keep the best events on track.

The near-sightedness of event vandalism also has us shaking our heads. This kind of activity doesn’t just sabotage a race, it clearly puts lives at risk. This has happened before in Taree ahead of a Singletrack Mind Series race last April. Something similar has happened before the Husky 100. We’ve also heard of vandals going so far as to unscrew arrows and point them in the wrong direction, with the intention of sending riders down dangerous descents.

It doesn’t take much imagination to think of the consequences of such actions. These extend far beyond simply ruining an event, or deterring riders from trails shared by other user groups.

It’s also disappointing to think of the impacts of event sabotage on local communities. An established, fun trail network, such as the Taree Tip Trails, brings keen riders to eat, sleep and drink in nearby townships. While these numbers swell for events, well-loved trails attract tourism throughout the entire year.

Regional areas of Australia are fast cottoning on to the benefits of mountain biking to their local economies but actions like removing arrows sends a financial boost like this one elsewhere. We hope that as the visibility mountain biking’s benefits continues to increase a few bitter people can lay their prejudices to rest.

Dylan Cooper led home a mock charge for the line.
Dylan Cooper led home a mock charge for the line.

Bigger and better

The Brownie Points Burner was created because organiser, and walking encyclopaedia of Australian mountain bike history, Hugh Flower, saw the marathon format as a great way of showcasing an exciting destination.

Given the attraction of the trails in Taree, the relaxing accommodation nearby, and the warm climate just before Spring, we really hope to see more events like this one develop into something great. Not only to fulfil their potential, but doing so means they become part of productive conversations that make mountain biking more accessible in other communities as well.

 

Fresh Product: Rocky Mountain's new Thunderbolt

When XC gets rowdy, the agile and playful Thunderbolt shines. With 120mm of SMOOTHLINK™ travel and 27.5” wheels, the Thunderbolt delivers a great mix of intuitive XC capabilities and pure, playful trail fun.

“The Thunderbolt is my kind of XC bike. It’s got a natural feel and tackles the climbs exceptionally well. On the descents it provides the kind of small bump sensitivity usually reserved for longer travel bikes.” -Thomas Vanderham

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Rocky Mountain’s entire development team unanimously agreed on the need for a fun XC bike that stands on the shoulders of our dedicated XC race bikes. By understanding the attributes of race bikes, we tested and perfected the numbers to arrive at geometry that lends a more playful feeling to riding cross-country. We were able to design a short 426mm rear end on the Thunderbolt, tucking the 27.5” wheel in close to the rider for lots of maneuverability and agility. At the same time, the top tube has been lengthened from traditional Rocky Mountain designs to accommodate today’s shorter stems and wider bars. Our Engineers and test-riders like Thomas Vanderham experimented tirelessly to arrive at the bike’s 68.5° headtube angle, balancing the unique handling-properties of both XC and trail riding styles.

  • No-nonsense FORM™ Alloy frame with 27.5″ wheels for agile, playful handling
  • 120mm of XC-tuned SMOOTHLINK™ Suspension delivers exceptional climbing traction and a stable pedalling platform
  • ABC™ Pivots are lighter, more durable and laterally stiffer than conventional bearing systems
  • BB92 pressfit bottom bracket provides maximum lateral stiffness
  • 142mm E-Thru rear axle to increase stiffness (Thunderbolt 710 utilizes F/R quick release)
  • Internal cable routing keeps cables neatly stowed, with service-friendly ports
  • Internal “Stealth” dropper-post routing tucks the housing inside the frame for minimal clutter (with external option)

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Industry Jobs: Sales Agent Position in Queensland for Velo-Vita and TMO Sports

Velo-Vita and TMO Sports are looking for a sales agent in Queensland. Is this you?

PRIMARY FUNCTION

  • Responsible for account management and managing the Sales budget for Queensland.
  • Handle all key relationships for Queensland
  • Provide reporting on market information on current trends & competitor activity.
  • Look for new opportunities to grow the business both within the current account base as well as looking for new accounts.
  • Provide customer support for all accounts.
  • Provide product training to Mass market, Dealers & their staff.

ACCOUNTABILITIES / RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Process through our operating system or via our B2B system, Dealer & Sales orders submitted to the company and assist in training accounts on how to use our B2B system.
  • Provide information to Dealers & Staff about stock availability.
  • Promote Sales Packages.
  • Maintain customer territory & complete fortnightly sales calls.
  • Provide information on product technology, features & benefits.
  • Make recommendations to Dealers about possible product selections.
  • Provide support & assistance to the Finance Dept

KEY COMPETENCIES

  • An understanding of the Cycling and  Outdoor industry
  • Strong practical experience from either industry is preffered but not essential
  • Strong work ethic and the ability to take responsibility of situations & the ability to use your best judgment on situations.
  • High level of comprehension, can-do attitude and demonstrated ability to grasp new concepts quickly.
  • Demonstrated ability to consider strategic benefits and opportunities.
  • Capable of working independently.
  • Good literacy, verbal and written communication skills in English.

Please send all enquires to [email protected]

Fresh Product: New SRAM X0 Hub

Finally, a hub worthy of the X0 name. Built to roll over the toughest mountain terrain, the SRAM X0 Hub proves that being solid doesn’t mean being sluggish.

From pawl tooth to side cap, we went the extra mile on the X0 Hub—so you have less to worry about on the trail. DOUBLE TIME™ ratchet design gives you smooth 6.9-degree engagement—all while keeping everything light and steady. Super-precise SPEEDBALL™ bearings mean lower resistance, faster revolutions and no more time spent readjusting play.

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NEW X0 HUB

STOP AT NOTHING

  • Versatile hub – light enough for XC, strong enough for All-Mountain
  • New DOUBLE TIME ratchet mechanism for durable, quick engagement
  • SPEEDBALL precision cartridge bearings for light, smooth action. No play adjustment needed for simplicity and convenience.
  • 3D forged hub shell with SEEKER angled flanges for durability and fewer broken spokes
  • Convertible to all axle types, except DH
  • Available in XD or 10-sp driver body
  • Available in 32 or 28 holes
  • Available December 2013
  • Sand-blasted black with red label
  • Glossy black with silver accents
    • Weight: 130g (front), 250g (rear)

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DOUBLE-TIME™ RAT CHET DESIGN

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SEEKER™ ANGLED FLANGES

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SPEEDBALL™ PRECISION BEARINGS

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SIDE SWAP SYMMETRICAL™ SIDE CAPS

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XD™ DRIVER BODY

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Video: Saalbach Hinterglemm Scavenger Hunt

Saalbach Hinterglemm offers a broad range of fun things to do on a mountain bike. There is multitude of treasures to be hunt down. From fast flowy trails in the alpine, to technical root sections in the forests below.

After a successful day there is certainly no better wrap up then enjoying the sunset on the deck of a hut at the trails end.

That’s why Saalbach Hinterglemm is the leading mountain bike region in Austria.

Saalbach Hinterglemm Scavenger Hunt from Hermann Eder | Lahnvalley Crew on Vimeo.

Racing: World Cup Leader Henderson Ready and Relaxed Ahead of World Championships

If the current 2013 World Cup series leader is supposed to feel pressure as they enter the UCI MTB & Trials World Championships, Rebecca Henderson certainly hasn’t been told.

The Canberran will enter Saturday’s under 23 women’s cross country final as one of the favourites following a stellar 2013 season which has seen her reach the World Cup podium on all five occasions, grabbing two victories and the leader’s jersey after five of six rounds.

“I don’t feel there is much pressure on me, I think I am the under dog of the race, the only pressure that is on me is what I put on myself and I am trying to keep that limited,” said Henderson, 22, who claimed the Series opener in Albstadt (Germany) and the most recent round in Mont Sainte Anne (Canada) earlier this month.

“Right now, I feel good, I am in as good a form as I can be. I haven’t come into the worlds in good form in the last few years as I have either been cooked or injured.

“I feel like everything has gone to plan the whole season,” she added.

Henderson is familiar with the Pietermaritzburg track having finished sixth at the 2012 World Cup round raced on a wet and muddy course following a torrential downpour just minutes before the race.

It should be a vastly different scenario this week with a fast, hard and dusty 2013 World Championships course presented to riders promising a furious contest.

Henderson expected to face tough opposition from the likes of reigning under 23 world champion Jolanda Neff (SUI), Yana Belomoyna (UKR) and Andrea Waldis (SUI).

“There are a lot of fast girls and a couple slipping down from racing elite in the world cups,” Henderson said.  “Neff has been racing elite women and now she has to rejoin the under 23 field for the race so that will be interesting.

“I have been having good battles with Belomoyna and Waldis this season, so potentially there are five girls who could win the race.

“It is such a good course, I think its good for me, so I guess it’s up to me to put it together on the day,” she added.

Should Henderson be victorious on Saturday, she will join Caroline Buchanan (4X 2009 and 2010) as the only other Australian female to claim an elite or under 23 mountain bike world title.

And with Cairns poised to host MTB World Cups in 2014 and 2016, followed by the 2017 World Championships, Henderson is looking forward to leaving the under 23 category on a high and bringing the rainbow jersey to wear in her home country.

“Definitely mountain biking has a bigger profile this year with Dan’s win (World Cup in Albstadt) and off the back of that to have some World Cups going to Australia, I can’t wait to see those events and how big mountain biking will become in Australia over the next few years.”

Industry Jobs: Live the Dream at Thredbo

Thredbo MTB requires the services of a proficient Mountain Bike Mechanic starting this November 1st through until May 2014 on a full time basis.

The applicant must have a sound knowledge of all modern suspension systems (Rock Shox, Fox, Marzzochi), as well as a confident and sound background in wheel building. The primary role of the mechanic will be to service and maintain Thredbo’s extensive hire fleet consisting of 30+ DH bikes. The position also requires a strong focus on customer service as the mechanic will often be assisting with retail sales along with customers bikes. Thredbo MTB does often host large scale events and during these times the workshop will get busy so the mechanic is expected to work efficiently under pressure. On top of all this, you get to RIDE YOUR BIKE!

This is a great opportunity to live and work in one of the premier mountain bike destinations on Australia’s roof top.

For more information or if you feel this position is suited to you please send a brief cover letter & resume through to [email protected]
For any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact Danny (0423790057) or Tim (0428075337).

Work in Thredbo – Live the Dream!

 

(This information originally appeared on the Thredbo MTB Facebook page)

Racing: South East Qld Gravity Enduro Hits the Road

Event Management Solutions Australia, promoters of the hugely popular Gravity Enduro format of mountain bike racing in South East Qld are taking their racing on the road in 2014.

Visiting iconic mountain bike venues such as Eagle Park in Adelaide and Stromlo Forrest Park in Canberra, the series will give riders a chance to pit their skills and endurance against some of the country’s best riders.

Gravity Enduro is a stage based format of racing, where riders compete on a series of timed competition stages, interspersed with untimed liaison stages. Competition stages, will be predominantly downhill in nature with some small climbs to really test the rider’s endurance. Liaison stages will be a combination of self-powered climbing or shuttle services dependant on the location.

Event dates are listed below.

Round 1 February 2 2014 Adelaide

Round 2 February 16 2014 Victoria (Location TBC)

Round 3 March 23 2014 Stromlo Forrest Park

Round 4 April 13 2014 Mt Joyce, Qld.

 

Full details will be listed on www.gravityenduro.com.au in coming weeks.

Fresh Product: Focus 2014

Germans and Italians played nicely together by the seaside today at the 2014 Focus bikes showing. Hosted at the glamourous Pilu restaurant by the waves of Sydney’s Freshwater Beach, the setting was hard to top. Flow valiantly avoided the temptation to grab a Moretti and park up for the arvo, instead we got to work picking our favourites out of the new range.

Focus SAM

Hello, Sam!

Crouched menacingly in the corner of the room we found SAM, our unashamed favourite of the new range. The swarm of 160mm-travel 650B-wheeled bikes hitting our shores at the moment is hard to miss, and we welcome the German addition with open arms.

With a 160mm front and rear, including the sickeningly good Rockshox Pike, 650B carbon Reynolds wheels, Reverb Stealth post and a SRAM XX1/X01 drivetrain we’re already giving the SAM a big ‘hell yeah’.

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The angles are slacker than a Byron Bay dole bludger and the weight is 13kg on the nose, which is tidy indeed for an alloy-framed bike. Off the shelf the top of the line SAM will set you back $5999, but there are two lower-specced versions from as little as $3400.

Focus Raven 27.5

Raven 27.5″

At the other end of the spectrum is the Raven, sharing the same wheel size as the SAM but that’s about it. The full carbon cross country hardtail is a bold looker, and is sure to get the froth forming at the corners of the mouths of plenty of racers who aren’t convinced by 29ers.

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It’s an eclectic mix of components; XT cranks spin on an FSA bottom bracket, with Magura brakes and Rockshox fork. We’re a little surprised to see quick release rear axle, given that the cheap Black Forest models are 142x12mm. $3399 is the price you’ll pay to ride this particular Raven.

Focus Black Forest

Black Forest

We wish we could stop thinking about cake… hopefully this bike is equally delicious as its baked namesake when you get it onto the trails.

For under $2200 this bike will be in the sweet spot (half-arsed cake pun) for a lot of riders; it’s a beautifully finished frame for the money, with a sensible, no-fuss spec that will appeal to the weekend warrior. The Reba fork is a superb performer for the price and a 3×10 SRAM drivetrain leaves you with gears aplenty for tired legs after a day at the cake shop, erm on the trails.

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The frame has been updated from last year to include a 142mm rear axle and the cables are all routed internally, which is great touch at this price point.

We’ll bring you more from the Focus range soon, as well as a test of the SAM in the very near future.

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Video: Coast-to-Coast – Connor Fearon at Crankworx

Travelling is one of the biggest aspect of being a professionnal mountain bike rider. With all the travel, athletes are fortunates enough to attend the Whistler Crankworx for some quality time, a world cup break as well as races between friends far away from the world cup stress. Watch Kona’s Connor Fearon as he takes a break from travelling the world to go to Whistler for some fun time with his friend and fun races after his race at Mont Sainte-Anne.

Coast to Coast – Connor Fearon at Whistler Crankworx from Vincent Allard on Vimeo.

Cycling Australia Announces a New Look Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Season

On the heels of their announcement that Australia will play host to a suite of UCI World Cup events and the 2017 World Championship over the next four years, Cycling Australia (CA) today announced that the new look Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Season for 2014.

The season kicks off in Adelaide as a prologue to the Santos Tour Down Under, giving mountain bikers the opportunity to race their bikes amongst Australia’s biggest cycling crowd and only World Tour event. The roadshow then visits a host of Australia’s premier mountain bike venues, established and new. The focus is all about rider experience with friends and families all catered for. CA’s newly appointed Technical Director of Mountain Biking, Tim Sheedy, is vocal about the future of the sport.

“The process CA implemented to select venues reflects the three pillars of CA’s mountain bike program: community engagement, support of local mountain bike organisations and races that serve as destinations for riders and their families.” he says.

The season now includes the much anticipated return of the mighty Real Insurance XCM Series with riders able to choose between the full range of World Championship formats: Cross Country Eliminator, Cross Country Olympic, Downhill and Marathon. This consolidates the strengths of Australian mountain biking at its best: televised races, Olympic prestige, prize money, incredible locations, adventure and the hustle and bustle of downhill and eliminator all culminating with the UCI MTB World Cup in Cairns. “It’s a potent combination when you throw into that mix some of Australia’s most desirable holiday destinations.” Sheedy says.

At its best, mountain biking reflects a sense of adventure and as the peak body of the sport in this country, CA are excited to be bringing new destinations, new experiences and an opportunity for organisational development to mountain biking. There’s been a rigorous planning and consultation process with key stakeholders, venues and course managers to ensure the nucleus is in place. It’s been exciting but the hard work hasn’t come without challenges and some unforseen delay.

“This leaves a legacy for the whole mountain biking community that exists year round.” Sheedy says. “As a peak body, Cycling Australia’s remit is to run great events but also to grow each discipline that it administers. The best way to do this is to introduce Australian riders to new and exciting courses in their own backyards.”

All this within the context of a suite of World Cups and a World Championships that has energised the discipline of mountain biking and brought new focus on all the riders…from the weekend warrior in a flannelette shirt all the way through to the top flight of the sport.

“It feels good to announce the new era in the week of the MTB World Championships, on the eve of what we hope to be one of the most successful Australian campaigns for many years.” Sheedy says, a sentiment echoed by Steve Peterson, the GM of Events at Cycling Australia. “Big things are planned over the next four years with a continuing unification of the sport, more national level events, utilising more partnerships within the mountain biking community and stretching Australia wide. We have worked hard not only to build a bumper 2014 season but to also look beyond, ensuring that we are developing a lasting, sustainable model that sees mountain bike thrive.” Peterson says.

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Video: Bryson Martin | The Finishing Touch

DVO has been testing the Emerald, their revolutionary inverted downhill fork, for over 8 months now. Through rigorous riding and athlete input they have been able to tune the fork to perfection.

Whether it was Cedric Gracia pushing the Emerald down numerous UCI World Cup courses, the Arma Energy/Evil Bikes team getting tuning dialed, or Bryson Martin Jr. finding just how far he could push the technology he helped create, the Emerald has been tested by racers and riders alike. Of all the places to put the finishing touches into the masterpiece created by the originators of gravity oriented suspension, WHISTLER was the one destination we felt culminated every aspect of riding in one mountain.

Check out the last testing and get ready for the release of the Emerald this September. Rider | Bryson Martin Jr. Edit | Norcal Productions

Bryson Martin | The Finishing Touch from Kent Johnson on Vimeo.

Racing: Enduro World Series,Val D'Isere, France – Final Results

The mountain threw everything it had at racers and organizers during the sixth round of the Enduro World Series, held in the French Alps at Val d’Isere this weekend, including snow, an apocalyptic alpine storm, rolling fog, mud and sunshine, in equal measure.

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Jey Clementz at Val d’lsere

The godfather of enduro mountain bike racing, and host for this round, Tribe Events’ Fred Glo, declared it to be one of the hardest weekends ever in the ten years he has been organizing enduro in the high mountains, offering thanks to the riders for adapting to the schedule and race modifications required to redress the wild weather.

Intense performances were delivered all around, on a course that started with a hike-a-bike to Bellevarde mountain’s 2800m summit, the start gate for the Olympic and World Championship downhill ski course.

After 1 hour and 7 minutes of intense racing in constantly changing conditions, the battle was finally declared for French enduro champion Jerome Clementz (Cannondale Overmountain) (1h07:03:711), with Australia’s Jared Graves (Yeti Fox) just 11 seconds behind (1h07:15:457), after making an epic recovery in the final stage to regain ground lost from a crash in stage 3.

The third fastest time overall was logged by Belgium’s Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing) (1h07:32:617) who proved that he’s not only the dominant force in the Junior race, but can match his pace with the open field.

The Men’s podium was rounded out by France’s Fabien Barel (Canyon Factory) with a combined time of 1h07:35:437.

Clementz, Barel and Remy Absalon (Team Commencal) (who placed 8th overall) combined forces to win the Enduro of Nations for France, with a seventeen minute lead over their Italian counterparts.

The women’s race was a back-and-forth duel between the UK’s Tracy Moseley (Trek Factory Racing) and France’s Anne Caroline Chausson (Ibis) with Chausson finally taking the win by a 17 second margin after Moseley incurred a time penalty.

Third and fourth ranked riders Anneke Beerten (Specialized) and Ines Thoma (Canyon Factory) got lost in the foggy conditions and failed to finish. French racer Cecile Ravanel took third.

The women’s trio of Chausson, Ravanel and Pauline Dieffenthaler (Cannondale Overmountain) won the Enduro of Nations for France, with a combined time that put them 15 minutes ahead of their closest contenders, Team Great Britain.

After two rounds of racing in North America, the sixth race in the Enduro World Series was a world away from the sunny seaside resort of Punta Ala where this season began, and continued to prove that riders shouldn’t be looking to enduro mountain bike racing if they want a cruisy day out.

Diversity, challenge and personal reward are all up for grabs, though, as Enduro World Series Managing Director Chris Ball says: “Enduro is a wild and challenging discipline in often wild and challenging environments. It was a savagely hard race for everyone, but that makes it all the more worthwhile.”

The final race in the series will take place in Finale Ligure, Italy, 19-20 October, where the first Enduro World Champion will be declared.

For a thorough recap of all the action, tune in for Dirt TV’s Official Highlights show on Tuesday.

Video: Episode 0.3 of Trek World Racing's STORIES

Watch as all 4 Downhill riders tackle the brand new World Cup course in Andorra, and then tackle the oldest World Cup track on the circuit, Mont-Sainte-Anne.

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Brook MacDonald has shoulder issues and then the rain in Mont-Sainte-Anne falls mainly on Trek World Racing! Despite some setbacks, the positivity and team cohesion shines through in Episode 0.3 of STORIES, Trek World Racing.

TREK WORLD RACING STORIES // Episode 0.3 from Trek World Racing on Vimeo.

Fresh Product: Specialized Command Post Blacklite

All-new Specialized Command Post BlackLite uses 3 remote-actuated saddle height positions to maximize climbing and descending performance. Modern cross-country riders realize the benefit of the perfect riding position achieved by utilizing the on-the-fly saddle height adjustment for a more fun, safer and hassle-free riding experience.

  • 2nd generation, 100g lighter
  • Bonded head for a lighter and more secure fitting on seatpost
  • Three versions of drop-adjustability for bike and rider size: 125mm, 100mm, and 75mm
  • Quick-release engagement cable on the post head makes setup and removal simple
  • Diameter: 30.9mm / 31.6mm

Erin Greene to Race Across Steppes of Mongolia

Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge by Stage:

Stage 1: The Kings Stage 120km with 2900m climbing
Stage 2: The Jalman Stage 126km with 2240m climbing
Stage 3: The Khan Khentii Stage 148km with 2000m climbing
Stage 4: The Marathon Queen’s Stage 175km with 2540m climbing
Stage 5: The Time Trial 45km with 1000m climbing
Stage 6: The Nomad’s Steppe Stage 167km with 1730m climbing
Stage 7: The Great Chinggis Empire Stage 86km with 1486m climbing

http://www.mongoliabikechallenge.com/

Video: The Bus – A Journey Up North

The Bus: A Journey Up North, is a story of some good friends doing what they do best; having fun, adventuring, and sending it on mountain bikes and kayaks.

With the idea to run the bus to be more economical as well as environmentally friendly, the friends converted the school bus to run off waste vegetable oil. The trip turns out to be nothing short of the trip of a lifetime.

The Bus: A Journey Up North from Joey Schusler on Vimeo.

Fresh Product: POC Trabec Helmet

The Trabec is a well-ventilated in-mold helmet that combines functionality and performance for single track and enduro riders in need of the highest degree of protection. The construction is similar to the trabecular bone structure, which has excellent resistance and durability. The inner EPS core, reinforced with aramid filaments, is tough and resilient and the outer PC shell is constructed with the seams located in the areas of least exposure.

TECHNICAL FEATURES

  • Size adjustment system
  • Adjustable visor protects your eyes from rain, sun, mud and tree branches
  • Aerodynamic ventilation channel system – 16 vent slots
  • The fit is designed to be around the head versus on top, for superior protection
  • Aramid fiber grid covered areas

WEIGHT: 340 g

Video: An Escape – Mountain Biking in Switzerland

Time passes … seasons change, nature springs to life as the landscape is transformed, creating new trails.

But life goes on, the changes go unnoticed, as we get caught up in the hectic of everyday life. Sometimes … we need An Escape

Filmed throughout the summer across Switzerland, “An Escape” is the conglomeration of the best bits that were caught on video. Locations include, Klosters, Davos, Flims, Zugerberg, Raten, Pany, and a couple more.

An Escape – Mountain Biking in Switzerland from Bjorn Borgers on Vimeo.

Motorbikers Wreck Mountain Bike Park

Members of the Marlborough Mountain Bike Club are faced with hours of manual labour to repair damage to the Conders Bend Mountain Bike Park outside Renwick after it was repeatedly ridden on by motorcyclists.

(As appeared on the Marlborough Express. – http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/9078151/Motorbikers-wreck-mountainbike-park)

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Messed up: Marlborough Mountain Bike Club committee member Kevin Wilson inspects the damage to the Conders Bend Mountain Bike Park tracks by motorbike riders.

Club president Mondo Kopua said that only mountainbikes are permitted on the purpose-built track, but illegal off-road motorbikes were unfortunately not a new problem.

“We are really disappointed that this damage has been done. There are members of the club who have put in a huge amount of time and effort to develop those tracks,” said Mr Kopua.

The damage was spotted on Wednesday morning by club secretary Alana McLucky. She suspected that something even larger than a motorbike may have been through the park, cutting up the normally smooth and flowing corners.

Marlborough District Council drainage and floodway reserves officer Steve Bezar said that while he had not yet inspected the damage, there had been problems with motorbikes being ridden on the track in the past. “Unfortunately there are people out there who think they can do what they like. We have also had problems with vandalism like the sign at the park being smashed, which happened again the other day,” he said.

The mountainbike park is a joint collaboration between the club and council, with much of the funding and manpower coming from the club.

“It’s a great resource for Renwick people – they don’t have to come into Blenheim to ride a mountainbike park. The guys who built it did a really good job and the tracks are suitable for all ages,” Mr Kopua said.

He had himself encountered motorbike riders on the track while he was there with his young children, who were frightened by the experience.

The number of working hours and possible cost involved in the repair work was not yet known.

 

Bike and Beers – A Retail Idea

Flywheel Bicycle Solutions in southwestern Oregon’s Rogue Valley will soon become the area’s first bike shop to serve beer and wine. Owner Ian Bagshaw plans to put in six beer taps and pour mostly local brews during regular business hours.

Bagshaw decided to diversify and offer something to set his shop apart, something he feels is key to a brick-and-mortar retailer’s success.

“The retail environment has changed a lot over the past eight years I’ve been in business,” he said. “Since the beginning, I’ve always known that just being a place to buy stuff wasn’t going to work.”

While Flywheel does stock some product and has a few bikes on the sales floor, the store’s focus has primarily been on service. Adding beer to the menu was an easy choice since the building Bagshaw moved into almost two years ago formerly housed a restaurant.

“We ended up with a concrete countertop bar that immediately became a social hangout,” said Bagshaw. “Customers come in and watch us work on bikes and watch bike races on the flat screen behind the bar.”

Many of those customers jokingly asked for a beer when they sat down, prompting Bagshaw to seriously consider putting in a few taps. He also thought that selling avid cyclist, customer and local winemaker Gus Janeway’s wines in the shop would go over well.

“Our wines have always been popular among cyclists,” said Janeway, owner of Velocity Cellars. “It will be great to be a featured wine in a local bike shop.”

Flywheel will serve Velocity’s bike-themed “Velo” vintage, and eventually all wines will be available on tap.

Bagshaw expects to have permits in place and the beer flowing by Oct. 1.

Video: In The Woods – 2

Following on from his acclaimed first installment, Peoplegrapher’s Lukas Tielke is back again to produce one of the best short films of the year so far.

Amir Kabbani’s skills on a bike are pushed to the next level aboard his all mountain machine and German wonder kid, Thomas Genon, also makes an appearance to stamp some new school slopestyle riding on proceedings too.

Video: Kirk McDowall – Raw Mountain Biking

For the first installment of Over the Edge, we wanted to strip away the distractions and start things off on a simple note.

We took the fast, loose and dusty forest of Harper Mountain and let Kirk McDowall do the talking. As it turns out he’s a pretty quiet guy himself, so he just let the riding, mountain bike and environment do the talking instead.

Competition: August Deuter Trail View Winner

We are so stoked on trails. Looking through the hundreds of photos was amazing and really inspiring to see all the great riding spots around Australia, and the world. Once again it was super hard to pick the winner and we really wish we had more than one pack to give away each month.

After much deliberation, consideration, and consultation with beer, this month’s winner is Banjo Vogt. We loved this photo as it shows the birth of a new trail being artistically created.

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This competition hasn’t ended though so keep the trail photos coming in – we’ll pick a winner each and every month. Post your favourite pic on Twitter, Flow’s Facebook page, or Instagram from your weekend on the trails to go into the running to win a Deuter Trans Alp pack worth $199. Just make sure you tag it with #deutertrailviewcomp so we can find it later.

Here’s the rest of the trail gold:

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Video: Sunny Ride of Life

Julia Hofmann is one of the most talented bike riding girls in the German enduro race scene.

After she signed with the Cube action team in 2012, she went to La Palma to get prepared for the race season. On this small island, Julia finds everything she needs for training, flowy trails, steep climbs and rocky downhills.

Sunny Ride of Live / Part 1 Julia Hofmann from Riding Trails on Vimeo.

MTBA Provides Funds for World Championships Athletes

With less than a week to go till the biggest show on earth for MTB this year – the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships – MTBA has agreed to assist our highest performing Athletes who have gained selection to represent Australia in Pietermaritzburg.

A total of $18,000 will be awarded to nine Athletes who have achieved exceptional recent results and qualified under the top group of selection criteria. Each athlete will receive $2,000 to help them offset their personal expenses in representing Australia.

Russell Baker, President of MTBA, whose committee decided the payments said, “MTBA is very happy to be able to provide some direct assistance to these riders, who have committed so much of their own time and resources in pursuing excellence in their sport. We hope to be in a position to continue to offer support in future, through a performance based system which will be announced in sufficient time to allow the riders to prepare for next season. But, for now, the MTBA Committee and I wish all of our Australian Team, not only those riders named below, all the best for the 2013 World Championships. For many of the team it will be their first time representing their country at this level. It is an honour for them to be able to do so, and an experience which will last their lifetime.”

The Athletes and their recent achievements are:

Down Hill

Troy Brosnan (Top 10 SA World Cup 2012; Top 30 Vail di Sole and Andorra)
Sam Hill (Top 10 2012 World Championships; Top 5 2012 World Cup Series; top 30 Fort William and Andorra)
Mitchell Delfs (Top 30 Fort William)
Jared Graves (6th South African World Cup 2012)
Michael Hannah (Top 10 2012 World Championships; Top 30 Fort William, Val di Sole and Andorra)
Tracey Hannah (4th in 2012 World Cup Series; 1st South African World Cup in 2012; Top 15 Fort William and Val di sole)

Cross Country

Dan Mc Connell (1st Albstadt; 5th Mont St Anne; 6th Val di Sole, currently ranked 3rd in 2013 World Cup series, Oceania Champion)
Rebecca Henderson (Currently leading 2013 World Cup series; 1st Albstadt, 1st Mont St Anne, plus 2nd at all other 2013 World Cup events so far; Oceania Champion; Elite Nat Series Winner, Ranked 2nd in 2012 World Cup Series)

Bicycle Trials

Janine Jungfels (1st women in 2013 National Championships; 6th in 2012 World Championships, winner of a 2012 world cup, 2nd and 3rd in 2013 world cups)

Video: Reveal The Path – Trailer

A visually stunning adventure by bike: ‘Reveal the Path’ explores the world’s playgrounds in Europe’s snow capped mountains, Scotland’s lush valleys, Alaska’s rugged coastal beaches and Morocco’s high desert landscapes.

Ride along and get lost in the wonders of the world. Filmed across four continents and featuring Tour Divide race legends, Matthew Lee & Kurt Refsnider, this immersive film is sure to ignite the dream in you.

Join in as the creators of ‘Ride the Divide’ take you on an adventure that will leave you with an eager desire to chart your own course to far away lands or simply to discover with eyes wide open what’s right around the bend.

Reveal the Path Trailer from Mike Dion on Vimeo.

Racing: Final Australian Team Confirmed for World Championships

With just over a week to go, Cycling Australia & MTBA are pleased to confirm the final team that will travel to South Africa to represent Australia at the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships.

The 2013 Championships will take place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg from 26 August – 1 September.

Senior team

Elite Men Cross Country XCO

  • Daniel MCCONNELL (Bruthen, VIC) 2012 London Olympian, 2013 Elite Men XCO Oceania Champion, Winner – 2013 MTB World Cup XC #1
  • Paul VAN DER PLOEG (Towonga, VIC)

U23 Men Cross Country XCO

  • Michael CROSBIE (East Malvern, VIC)

U23 Women Cross Country XCO

  • Rebecca HENDERSON (Monash, ACT) 2012 London Olympian, 2013 U23 Women XCO National & Oceania Champion, reigning UCI 2013 World Cup Series XCO U23 leader

Elite Men Downhill DHI

  • Bryn ATKINSON (Wentworth Falls, NSW) (**Flow is pretty sure Bryn is injured and possibly won’t compete)
  • Troy BROSNAN (Seacombe Heights, SA) 2010 & 2011 UCI Junior DHI World Champion
  • Mitchell DELFS (Gracetown, WA)
  • Jared GRAVES (Toowoomba, QLD)
  • Michael HANNAH (Yorkeys Knob, QLD) 2013 Elite Men DHI National Champion
  • Sam HILL (Gidgegannup, WA) 2006, 2007, 2010 Elite Men DHI World Champion, 2013 Gravity Cup (DHI) Champion

Elite Women Downhill DHI

  • Caroline BUCHANAN (Kambah, ACT) 2013 BMX World Champion, 2009 & 10 UCI 4X World Champion
  • Tracey HANNAH (Yorkeys Knob, QLD) 2013 DHI National Champion

Observed Trials OT

  • Nathan MUMMERY (Point Cook, VIC) Elite Men 20″
  • Lachlan SENS (Mandurang, VIC) Elite Men 20″&’26’
  • Janine JUNGFELS (Calamvale, QLD) Elite Women

Junior Team

Junior Men Cross Country (XCO)

  • Chris HAMILTON (18, Bendigo, VIC) 2013 National Series All Mountain Cup Champion
  • Jack LAVIS (18, Batemans Bay, NSW)
  • Tasman NANKERVIS (18, Bendigo, VIC)

Junior Women Cross Country (XCO)

  • Holly HARRIS (18, Armidale, NSW) 2013 U19 National Champion, 2013 National Series All Mountain Cup Champion

Junior Men Downhill (DHI)

  • Aidan VARLEY (16, Bright, VIC)
  • Peter KNOTT (18, Townsville, QLD)
  • Thomas CRIMMINS (18, Bredbo, NSW) 2013 U19 Oceania Champion, 2013 National Series Gravity Cup Champion
  • Ben HILL (17, Ulverstone, TAS)
  • Luke ELLISON (17, Pearce, NT)
  • Dean LUCAS (18, Wooragree, VIC) 2013 U19 National Champion, winner UCI 2013 World Cup #2 (Val Di Sole)
  • Brent SMITH (18, Woronora Heights, NSW)

Junior Women Downhill (DHI)

  • Danielle BEECROFT (18, Londonderry, NSW) 2013 U19 Oceania Champion, 2013 National Series Gravity Cup Champion, 2012 World Championships bronze
  • Tegan MOLLOY (17, Jindabyne, NSW)

Withdrawals – Scott Bowden (TAS), Ben Bradley (TAS) and Ben Forbes (QLD), Rowena Fry (TAS), Peta Mullens (VIC), Conor Fearon (SA). 

“The Australian Team for 2013 is what I think is the best we have presented at a world championships,” said MTBA Executive Officer Tony Scott. “Dan McConnell (XCO) has already performed at a level not seen in decades, as has Rebecca Henderson (XCO).

“Dean Lucas has taken out a Downhill World Cup in the junior men category in 2013, while Tegan Molloy has also gained a podium spot while Janine Jungfels (Trials) has won a World Cup silver medal.

“Add to these excellent results against the world’s best we also have Sam Hill, Troy Brosnan and Michael Hannah who are building into the worlds, as is Caroline Buchanan who is in form after recently being crowned BMX world champion.

“We have a stellar cast of athletes who will put Australia on the map in 2013,” Scott remarked.

 

Smith Holds The Crown as King of Crankworx

Whistler’s tenth anniversary of Crankworx came to a close yesterday with Canada’s own Steve Smith taking a third consecutive win in the Canadian Open DH.

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Smith, having won the Air DH just day’s prior and the World Cup in Mont Saint Anne on the previous weekend entered the final race of the festival with serious momentum and confidence. Having won the title as King of Crankworx in 2012, Smith was favored to win the event and would carry the heaviest weight going into the race to close the week of events.

With overnight showers and a dark gloomy sky the notoriously rough and technical Canadian Open DH course would become much more dangerous as the riders would push their limits racing from high atop the Whistler mountain on the hunt for the win. As the field of racers navigated down the treacherous course, Sam Blenkinsop (Lapierre Gravity Republic) would set the quickest time down late in the race as the fastest riders attacked the course. Being the defending champion, Steve Smith would be the last man on course attempting to better Blenkinsop’s time. The crowd was charged and electric awaiting Smith’s arrival at the bottom of the hill as he blasted into the Whistler mountain Boneyard approaching the finish. By the closest of margins Smith would inch past Blenkinsop by only 0.09 seconds to reclaim the Canadian Open DH and overall King of Crankworx titles.

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In the Women’s field, Emmeline Ragot (Lapierre Gravity Republic), also fresh off a World Cup win in Mont Saint Anne and a victory in the Garbanzo DH in Crankworx’s opening day’s, would take the win over Whistler local Claire Buchar.

Results

King of Crankworx – Steve Smith

Canadian Open DH

Men’s

1st – Steve Smith (Devinci Global Racing – SRAM X0 DH, RockShox BoXXer and Vivid, Avid X0 Trail, TRUVATIV BlackBox bar)

2nd – Sam Blenkinsop (Lapierre Gravity Republic – SRAM X0 DH, RockShox Boxxer and Vivid, Avid X0 Trail)

Women’s

1st – Emmeline Ragot (Lapierre Gravity Republic – SRAM X0 DH, RockShox Boxxer and Vivid, Avid Code)