Video: Trail Ninja Shreds Elba Island

The down and dirty guide to mountain biking the beautiful island of Elba, Tuscany, as seen through the squinted view of pro-photographer and mountain bike mentalist Dan Milner.

In this episode: Dan and his GoPro are joined by Scott German pro-riders Holger Meyer and Karen Eller for a lesson in European harmony – with unforeseen results…

The Potbelleez and Big Name Riders Announced for Thredbo’s Cannonball MTB Festival

With less than two weeks to go until the first ever Cannonball Mountain Bike (MTB) Festival in Thredbo this 6 – 8 December, the resort has announced The Potbelleez – arguably one of Australia’s best live acts – as the headlining act for the weekend long event.

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Big name act – The Potbelleez will be playing on Saturday night, party time!

Not only is the music line up expected to be epic, the Cannonball MTB Festival will also attract some of the sport’s biggest names including; dual World Downhill Rider Champion Troy Brosnan as well as Mick Hannah (aka Sik Mik) and Tracey Hannah, who recently bagged 2nd and 3rd place in the 2013 World Championships for Australia.

Troy Brosnan is confirmed to race in Thredbo.
Troy Brosnan is confirmed to race in Thredbo.

The festival will see hundreds of riders, both pro and amateur; push themselves to the limit over four events – The Australian Open Downhill, Flow Motion Cup, ROCKSHOX Pump Challenge and Whip Wars Big Air Bonanza – in an attempt to get their hands on up to $30,000 in cash and prizes.

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Tim Eaton
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Thomas Crimmins
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Andrew Crimmins
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Ben Cory
Chris-Kovarik
Chris Kovarik
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David McMillan
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Graeme Mudd
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Jack Moir
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Mick Hannah

Wrapping up the first day of the festival DJ Nino Brown, Australia’s #1 urban DJ, will hit the decks on Friday night under the lights at the Pump Track Finals, before heading into the Keller where the party will continue. Carrying on the fun of the festival through to Saturday evening, head-lining act, The Potbelleez will play their ultra popular line up of electro-house tunes, including; Don’t Hold Back, Magic Number and more.

“Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in Australia and we are thrilled to be hosting a big event that encourages more people to get involved with the sport”, says Angus Thomson, Thredbo Marketing Director. “The weekend is ramping up to be a huge event– particularly with the news The Potbelleez will be headlining on Saturday night”, adds Thomson.

Thredbo is well prepared for the massive weekend long event and is offering great options with three night accommodation packages for the price of two available starting from $88 price based on per person, per night that includes an All Mountain Resort Pass, giving athletes access to Thredbo’s great mix of activities.

Registration for the event is still open for anyone interested and considering there are events and catagroies for any level it’s a mountain bike event not to be missed. Visit thredbo.com.au/cannonballfestival for full event details OR join the Thredbo MTB facebook page facebook.com/ThredboMTB for all event updates.

Racing: First Centenary for Rocky Trail with JetBlack 24 Hour Race

For the third time the JetBlack 24 Hour mountain bike endurance race will be held at the iconic Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan this weekend.

It will be the 100th race hosted by Rocky Trail Entertainment since the cycling events company was founded in 2008. The organisers expect more than 500 solo and team racers at the popular 10 km trail near Campbelltown, including Australia’s Junior Mountain Biker of the year, Danielle Beecroft, and Canada’s National Marathon Champion, Cory Wallace.

Race start at the JetBlack 24 Hour race at The Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan.
Race start at the JetBlack 24 Hour race at The Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan.

At the JetBlack 24 Hour riders will participate in teams or challenge themselves to a solo 24-hour race around the Enduro Trail, one of Sydney’s most popular mountain bike tracks. The race track will be around 10 km in length per lap for the event. Race start is on Saturday at midday.

Team categories popular in 2013

One of the strongest contenders for this year’s JetBlack 24 Hour solo elite race win will be Singlespeed 24 Hour Solo World Champion Brett Bellchambers from Canberra. Multiple-JetBlack 24 Hour winner Jason English and Jessica Douglas, the reigning 24 Hour Solo MTB World Champions overall are noticeably absent, however, the race attracts some of the best endurance racers in the country and also international guests says event director Juliane Wisata. “Australia hosted the 24 Hour Solo Worlds in October and I think a lot of solo riders are still recovering. We have about 20 solo racers at the start and across the board our event has strong growth in the team categories – we actually have a lot of the new local 24 Hour World Champions’ names pop up among those teams.”

The event will host the launch of Australia’s largest amateur racing team. The JetBlack Racing Team includes over 45 male and female riders, ranging in age from 20 to over 60 these riders will compete in MTB races all over NSW in 2014. Another huge team will be the almost 30 riders and juniors who will be competing for the Indigenous MTB Team of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence.

JetBlack Racing Team: launch of Australia's biggest amateur racing team this weekend.
JetBlack Racing Team: launch of Australia’s biggest amateur racing team this weekend.

“We love that our races attract such big groups of riders – they’re exactly what our company is all about: racing competitively, but having fun doing so, being inclusive of all kinds of riders who set themselves a goal to race and be the best they can be.”

Local and international racing stars at the start line

A regular at Rocky Trail downhill events and showing her strong form across all racing disciplines is Danielle Beecroft. The 2013 Cycling Australia Junior Mountain Biker of the year will be at the start as a 6+6 hour team racer. More than one third of the field will compete in the 6+6 hour race. Riders have a break overnight after 6 hours of racing on Saturday, before racing for another 6 hours the next day until 12pm.

National Downhill Champion Danielle Beecroft, junior ambassador for mountain biking in Australia.
National Downhill Champion Danielle Beecroft, junior ambassador for mountain biking in Australia.
Crocodile Trophy runner up 2013 and Canadian National Marathon MTB Champion Cory Wallace to compete in JetBlack 6+6 Hour competition this weekend.
Crocodile Trophy runner up 2013 and Canadian National Marathon MTB Champion Cory Wallace to compete in JetBlack 6+6 Hour competition this weekend.

More than 30 solo riders will compete in it as well, including the Canadian National Marathon Champion and fourth at in the 24 Hour Solo World Championships 2013, Cory Wallace, who is excited to finish his trip Down Under with Rocky Trail. “I’ve known Juliane and Martin for years from racing at the Crocodile Trophy – I’m stoked that I finally get to race one of their events and the fact that it’s such a milestone makes it all the more special.”

 Brett Bellchambers, regular Rocky Trail racer and strong contender for the JetBlack 24 Hour elite solo win.
Brett Bellchambers, regular Rocky Trail racer and strong contender for the JetBlack 24 Hour elite solo win.

Online registration is open until 8pm tonight, Wednesday 27 November, at www.rockytrailentertainment.com

 

Trails: World Trail Awarded Contract for the North East Mountain Bike Trails, Tasmania

The Mayor’s Barry Jarvis and Sarah Schmerl are delighted to announce that World Trail has been awarded the contract for the design and construction of 75km of mountain bike trails in Derby and Blue Tier, Tasmania.

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“Glen Jacobs, a Director of World Trail, is arguably the best mountain bike trail designer in Australia. Dorset and Break O’Day Councils are very excited to have secured World Trail to deliver this important project for the North East”, the Mayor Barry Jarvis said.

World Trail is the leading Mountain Bike trail design and construction organisation in Australia having designed and built a substantial number of Australia’s best trail networks, with a history of over 250 projects in 18 countries, from Olympic, World Championships, and World Cup courses to Recreational Trails.

The project has bipartisan support from the Commonwealth Government with Council recently receiving affirmation from Andrew Nikolic that the previously announced Federal Government funding commitment of $2.5 million would be honoured by the newly elected Coalition government. The Mayor Barry Jarvis said “The North East has been hit hard with the down turn in the Forestry industry so we are extremely grateful to the Federal Coalition for their support of this project. With this project due to start by April 2014 and the possibility of the Musselroe Bay project going ahead, things are starting to look up for the North East”.

The North East Mountain Bike Trails in Derby and Blue Tier will boost visitor numbers in the region and create new employment opportunities in the area of sustainable tourism.

All enquires in relation to this project can be directed to Ms Susie Bower, Community Services Manager at Dorset Council on 03 6352 6500.

Video: Life On Wheels – The Whole Series

Following the Lapierre Gravity Republic team on their 2013 UCI World Cup and World Championship season, this film is about the characters and personalities behind who makes the team tick. From the riders to the mechanics and the management, everyone plays a part as we find out from the inside what the team is really like.

Starring Sam Blenkinsop, Loic Bruni, Emmeline Ragot and Loris Vergier and Directed by Aaron Bartlett.


Part 1

Following the Lapierre Gravity Republic team on their 2013 UCI World Cup and World Championship season, Life on Wheels is about the characters and personalities behind who makes the team tick.


Part 2

In the second episode, we follow the team through from their weekend in Val Di Sole, Italy, we watch Blenky and Loic tear up the Portes du Soleil between races and we start to see the team’s season unfold in Andorra and Mont Ste Anne.


Part 3

In the third episode, we find out how the team’s race weekend at Mont Ste Anne finished, travel to Blenky’s French home for the summer to see him smashing up the famous roadie mountain Mont Ventoux and travel to Norway and South Africa for the penultimate races of the season.


Part 4

In the fourth and final episode, Loris forgets where he is, there are more podiums for the team in Norway and the season comes to a close in Leogang with a bang!


Fresh Product: Schwalbe Rock Razor

The fastest gravity tire. For the first time, we brought a “real” semi-slick to the Gravity and Enduro scenes. It’s a very interesting option especially on the rear wheel and for very fast, dry trails. These is no better tire for low rolling resistance than Rock Razor.

Technologies:

TRIPLE STAR COMPOUND MTB
Our best and most sophisticated compound. Triple compound. Perfectly adapted to the specific purpose.

PaceStar – Extremely fast XC compound

Easy rolling base layer (base)
Fast center (medium)
Grippy shoulders (medium soft)

TrailStar.
Enduro & Freeride Compound

Easy rolling base layer (base)
Grippy center (medium soft)
Extra-grippy shoulders (soft)

EVOLUTION LINE
The Evo tires offer the unique combination of low weight, excellent performance and optimum puncture protection. These are ensured by the high tech materials such as the Triple Star Compound, the HD Speed Guard against punctures, or the allround Double Defense protection with SnakeSkin side wall.

SUPER GRAVITY
Super Gravity has a new carcass construction at its core. The principle is a familiar one in motorbike tires. We have taken the best features and developed them further for the MTB. For SUPER GRAVITY the sidewalls are made up of four layers of carcass material, but there are only two layers underneath the cap*.

SNAKESKIN
One of our most effective inventions for Mountainbikes. SnakeSkin fabric adds only ca. 40-50 g per tire. This makes it the most practical protection against sharp rocks that can easily cut the side wall of light racing tires. SnakeSkin – in rocky terrain it is a great call!

TUBELESS READY
No tubes. Schwalbe Tubeless Ready tires make it possible. With three advantages – weight, puncture protection and low rolling resistance.

SUPER GRAVITY
Super Gravity has a new carcass construction at its core. The principle is a familiar one in motorbike tires. We have taken the best features and developed them further for the MTB. For SUPER GRAVITY the sidewalls are made up of four layers of carcass material, but there are only two layers underneath the cap*.

Video: Polygon Bikes: First Extract – A Racers Dream by Hutchinson UR

The Hutchinson UR team announces their release date for the movie “A Racer’s Dream” on the 18th of December on the internet.

Until then, to mark the count down, we are going to release some extracts of the movie.

Here is the first official extract of the movie. It’s focussed on Tracey Hannah’s broken leg which she suffered at the World Cup in Val d’Isère last year. The 14 months leading up to her bronze medal in Pietermaritzburg were definitely not the easiest for her: 3 operations, 1 broken femur, 3 broken collarbones, bruised ribs and a broken toe were what she had to deal with before she could get back to racing.

Here is an insight of what Tracey had to overcome to be back on the podium.

Stay tuned for more extracts. The whole movie will be available on all MTB websites for the 18th of December!!

Video: Won't Back Down: The Steve Peat Story Pre-Release Trailer

From his humble beginnings in his hometown of Sheffield, England, Steve Peat has established himself as one of the worlds most iconic cyclists.

Peaty has been competing at the top level in his chosen sport of downhill mountain bike racing for the past 23 years, longer than the lifetime of many of his current competitors. Through 20 years of archival footage and photos and intimate interviews with Steve, his family, close friends and competitors, Won’t Back Down takes viewers on a captivating tour of the history of the sport of downhill mountain bike racing and offers a never-before-seen view into the life and legacy of this enduring icon.

Won’t Back Down: The Steve Peat Story Pre Release Trailer from Clay Porter on Vimeo.

Video: Won’t Back Down: The Steve Peat Story Pre-Release Trailer

From his humble beginnings in his hometown of Sheffield, England, Steve Peat has established himself as one of the worlds most iconic cyclists.

Peaty has been competing at the top level in his chosen sport of downhill mountain bike racing for the past 23 years, longer than the lifetime of many of his current competitors. Through 20 years of archival footage and photos and intimate interviews with Steve, his family, close friends and competitors, Won’t Back Down takes viewers on a captivating tour of the history of the sport of downhill mountain bike racing and offers a never-before-seen view into the life and legacy of this enduring icon.

Won’t Back Down: The Steve Peat Story Pre Release Trailer from Clay Porter on Vimeo.

Maverick Marathon Series Announced

Australia’s most popular mountain bike marathon events join forces to create a new MTB series

The Kowalski took in parts of the Mont 24 course too as it jumped from Kowen to Sparrow. Heavy rain two days prior made for absolutely perfect conditions under cloudless blue skies.

Australia’s leading mountain bike marathon events have today announced a new event series to capture the essence of mountain biking and encourage participation at all levels from Elite riders to weekend warriors and juniors.

mav-er-ick: an Individual, who’s maybe a little unorthodox and doesn’t feel it necessary to conform; they’ll blaze their own trail and choose their own line. And we love them for it.

The name defines much of what the mountain biking culture is all about.

Web Feature Highland Fling-1In 2014, four of the most popular and longest established MTB events in the country come together under the banner of The 2014 Maverick Marathon Series. The Series, which will attract over 6000 riders, includes:

  • Capital Punishment, 15 March, ACT – Now in its 5th year Capital Punishment traverses a magical route across Canberra on iconic trails including Mount Stromlo and Kowen Forest
  • The Giant Odyssey, 27 April, VIC – Taking place for the 8th time in 2014, the Giant Odyssey is Victoria’s premier mountain bike marathon looping a stunning and spectacular route starting and finishing on the renowned singletrack of Forrest in the Otway Ranges
  • The Kowalski Classic, 21 September, ACT – In 2 short years the Kowalski has earned a reputation for endless singletrack in Kowen Forest and Sparrow Hill and has quickly established itself as one of the marathons not to miss
  • The CamelBak Highland Fling, 9 November, NSW – 10 years old in 2014, The Fling is a MTB event that truly takes you on a journey through singletrack, farm, forest and villages in the stunning Southern Highlands. Long established as one of the big events on the MTB calendarAll four events offer challenging, fun courses in iconic locations and are presented by professional event organisers with an excellent track record for delivering quality events and a passion for the sport of mountain biking.

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After much discussion with the MTB community, The Maverick Marathon Series is about giving mountain bikers what they want – a bringing together of key established events over a manageable calendar.

Riders will be ranked based on their best results in 3 of the 4 events. Participants must ride in a minimum of 3 events.

The promoters of the events within The Maverick Marathon Series; AROCsport, Rapid Ascent, Self Propelled Enterprises and Wild Horizons are very excited to bring The Maverick Marathon Series to the great Australian mountain bike community.

Further details will be released in the New Year.

‘I feel the need. The need for speed.’ Maverick, Top Gun (1986) Who will be Top Gun in the 2014 Maverick Marathon Series?

See you on the trails!
www.maverickseries.com.au More details coming soon.

For any further information at this stage please contact Alina McMaster on

[email protected]

Not a bad part of the world for a marathon! Just a couple of hours from Sydney, Bundanoon is a glorious little spot.

Post-race chillaxing. Matt Carling and Gaye Camm swap stories after their respective  races in the retro category (for bikes from 2000 or earlier).

Fresh Product: Kingdom Hex AM275

The Hex AM275 utilises a short link four bar platform to deliver 140mm of efficient travel, similar to the DW link and KS link systems without all the patent infringement. This allows for exceptional pedalling efficiency while still keeping the suspension active. Its 436mm chainstays along with its 66.5 degree head angle make for a very balanced ride.

The frame is constructed completely of aerospace grade Ti3Al2.5V with a tapered head tube, full titanium pivot hardware and 6061 auminium links, with a carbon optional upgrade. In addition to this it also uses 142×12 dropouts, ISCG05 guide mount and external dropper post routing.

It comes in two build kits, All-M and Enduro. Both versions come stock with X-Fusion products, including the 160mm Sweep RL fork and the O2 RCX shock, while an optional Cane Creek Double Barrel Air with Air Switch is also available.

The All-M comes spec’d with a full X0 10 speed drivetrain, while the Enduro sports a full XX1 drivetrain. If a custom build is more your style a frame only option is also available.

  • – Handmade from certified aerospace grade Ti3AL2.5V
  • – Frame: 3.15kgs – Complete bike: 12.9kgs
  • – Forks: 130-160mm
  • – Shock: X-Fusion – O2 RCX 200mm x 57mm
  • – Rear travel 140mm
  • – Alloy pivot links
  • – Titanium pivot and shock bolts
  • – 31.6 Seatpost
  • – Tapered semi integrated head tube 1.1/8″ – 1.5
  • – Bottom bracket: 73mm
  • – ISCG05 chainguide
  • – Cable guides for dropper seat post
  • – Designed for XX1 or 1×10 gearing (non front mech compatible)
  • – Kingdom replaceable 142 x 12 dropouts
  • – 2 year defect warranty/Lifetime crash/repair warranty

For more info, visit www.kingdombike.co.uk/en/

Fresh Product: Drift Innovation Ghost-S camera

Drift Continues Innovation With Intuitive Design & Interface, Longest
Battery Life On Market In Multi-Purpose Video Camera

Drift Innovation (driftinnovation.com), a sports and lifestyle company specialising in creating camera technology and accessories that enable anyone to live life outside the box, is releasing their latest and most powerful action camera, the Ghost-S.

The wearable action-packed camera boasts the longest battery life on the market and numerous industry-leading features while remaining the easiest to use.

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The Drift Ghost-S comes out of the box with a 3.5 hour battery life, built-in two inch LCD screen, waterproofing up to 3 metres (and up to 60 metres with additional case), ability to shoot [email protected], a 300-degree rotating lens, Wi-Fi video streaming while recording, two-way remote control, mounts and more.

Many of these features are sold as add-ons by most brands; the Ghost-S comes loaded with these enhancements.

“Powerful shouldn’t mean complicated. Drift continues our commitment to making POV cameras that are both easy-to-use and technologically advanced, with no sacrifice of features that professionals want but anyone can use. With the new Ghost-S, anyone can get out there and live life outside the box,” said Robin Parker, co-founder, Drift Innovation.

Increased 3.5 hour Battery Life & Improved Video Quality Built and expanded on the foundation of the award-winning Drift HD Ghost, the Ghost-S boasts such stunning features as an industry-best 3.5 hour battery (@30fps) plus the ability to film spectacular quality video in [email protected] and [email protected]

Get the Shot and See It

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A built-in two-inch LCD screen (made scratch resistant by Corning® Gorilla® Glass) lets users see what they’re filming or use it for instant playback. The Ghost-S also features a 300-degree rotating lens, allowing the ability to mount the camera at any angle to capture the perfect shot. The simple interface enables users to easily set preferred shooting mode: video, photo, photo burst or time-lapse.

Improved Low Light Settings

The Ghost-S now offers scene mode and the ability to choose from normal, vivid or low light settings. Scene mode simplifies set-up relevant to the lighting conditions. In low light setting, the Ghost-S adjusts automatically to provide the best image quality possible.

Two-way Remote Control

Like its predecessor, the Ghost-S comes with Drift’s Two-way Remote, placing intuitive control at the user’s fingertips by clearly communicating the camera’s function status using Drift’s colour system. The remote can also control multiple Drift cameras at once.

Technologically Advanced

Ideal for professionals and casual users alike, the Ghost-S is the most robust Drift camera to date with a leading-edge processor, Sony CMOS sensor and 7-element aspheric lens technology, making the Ghost-S capable of 1080p at 60fps and 12mp stills. Whether strapped to a helmet while snowboarding or shooting a documentary, the result is extraordinarily smooth, rich video in any condition. More additions to the Ghost-S include “Clone Mode,” where multiple Drift cameras can record simultaneously, and “Car DVR mode” for in-car and on bike video security.

Combined with the free iOS and Android Drift app, Ghost-S users have ultimate control and customisation. The Ghost-S retails for $479.95 AUD and will be available at retail locations in Australia from December 1, 2013.

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Flow Lounge – 20/11/13

Welcome to the Flow Lounge, brought to you this week from Atherton, Queensland.

Join us this week to learn more about the massive explosion of mountain biking in this tiny tropical town. We also chat about the very luscious Specialized S-Works Camber, some uncharacteristically problematic bugs with our Lapierre Zesty E:i test bike and we road test a few of the most juicy pineapples on the market.

 

Video: Bikes Not Beaches

This past summer was full of highlights, and sure, some of the time those highlights revolved around raucous games of beach volleyball, wild frisbee tosses and insane stand up paddle-boarding.

The reality of summer, however, is that it’s beauty is best described by a day in the bike park. Laps with friends, passing each other down the trail and enjoying every minute of it is what we live for.

Here is a short video that I shot along with some lads on bikes (Mike Hopkins, Mason Mashon and Simon Buzacott) and my good friend Andre Nutini, who pulled cables for the better part of three days.

Bikes not Beaches from David Peacock on Vimeo.

Racing: Graeme Mudd wins final RedAss Downhill State race at Awaba in torrential rain

The final round of the RedAss NSW/ACT Downhill State Series was held at the Awaba MTB Park on the weekend. After Saturday’s practice on ideal – and dry – track conditions, the race day on Sunday brought torrential downpours, which challenged the racers and pushed them to their limits.

The local riders dominated the elite categories: Newcastle’s Graeme Mudd wins on his home track clocking in the fastest race time of the day ahead of Jake Newell from Kincumber and fellow Novocastrian Rick Boyer. Michelle Crisp from Caringbah was the fastest woman on track, ahead of Sarah Booth from Tanilba Bay and newcomer Kellie Weinert from Kearns. U19’s Downhill State Champion wins the final race and also takes home the overall category series win.

 

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The final round of the RedAss Downhill State Series race at Awaba Mountain Bike Park was inundated with not only the fastest downhill guys and girls in the state, but also with torrential rain that made sure each and every rider was thoroughly saturated come race time. Organisers from Rocky Trail and officials from the hosting club Hunter MTB Alliance made the decision on Sunday mid-morning to abandon the seeding runs of elite and U19’s racers due to the inclement weather and the times started to fall as the categories started to attack the mountain from midday. “The track was in great conditions and very dry in the race lead up and in consultation with builders and the club we were able to run the race, even in the wet conditions. The track held up really well, yet based on feedback from marshals and racers on the day we decided that it was safer to give everyone just the one race run. They were all supportive and so enthusiastic to have a race, which also motivated the support crews and us organisers to keep going”, said race director Martin Wisata from Rocky Trail of the rough conditions on race day.

 

Graeme Mudd reigns in hero dirt again

Graeme Mudd clocked in the fastest men’s race run in a time of 4:04.07 in what was a truly insane ride as he recalled at the finish. “I crashed in the rock garden up the top, then had to run with my bike up that uphill section that follows. I couldn’t clip in right away afterwards and raced the ‘stairway to heaven’-section not clipped in. I’m glad to be at the finish in one piece and happy with my win on my home track”, said the passionate downhill racer from Newcastle who once again showed his outstanding talent, even in wet conditions, finishing with a gap of more than 3.5 seconds ahead of Jake Newell from the Central Coast and his team mate Rick Boyer.

Elite Men podium
Elite Men podium

With this win in the final race, Graeme Mudd claimed the silver medal in the overall series results behind Andrew Crimmins from Bredbo (NSW). Local Regan Arthur from Killingworth comes third overall ahead of Central Coast’s Brad Kelly and Scott Grundy from Wyongah.

Michelle Crisp strong in wet conditions

Michelle Crisp from Caringbah took out the female elite race win in a time of 5:54.68 and said that it had been a challenging race run, which made her really proud to win, especially after coming back from a shoulder injury just recently. “It feels good to be on the top step again”, she said. Sarah Booth was second with a gap of 17 seconds and takes out the overall female elite series win ahead of the weekend’s third, Kellie Weinert and Cycling Australia Junior Mountain Biker of the year, Danielle Beecroft from Richmond. Vanessa Thompson from Yanderra gets fourth overall and Michelle Crisp is in fifth place in the series.

Elite Female podium
Elite Female podium

Reigning U19’s Downhill State Champion Joel Willis from Lithgow wins his third downhill race of the series and takes out the overall title ahead of Ryan O’Linn from Wahroonga and Ben Dengate from Canberra.

 

Organisers from Rocky Trail confirmed dates for the 2014 racing series with its season opener at Thredbo in April. The first race will be the Downhill State Championships as part of an entire Gravity Racing Championship Weekend together with Rocky Trail’s Rollercoaster Gravity Enduro event. For more information, visit www.rockytrailentertainment.com

 

Video: 10 Years Of Awesome – Hunter & Claw

Long-term relationships and sports don’t often go hand in hand, but this year marks the 10 year anniversary for both Matt Hunter and Darren Berrecloth with the Specialized family. Hunter and Berrecloth are responsible for some of the most progressive freeriding the sport has seen recently and Specialized has been proud to be there nearly every step of the way.

For the last 10 years both Matt and Darren have traveled the world exploring some of the most incredible terrain there is and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on a mountain bike. Even though the two riders hail from British Columbia, their hectic schedules don’t allow them to ride together as often as they’d like. To celebrate their decade aboard Specialized bikes, Matt and Darren have teamed up with legendary photographer Sterling Lorence to capture more of the iconic imagery which has established them at the top of the freeride world.

“Being a part of the best company in the bike business has been an absolute dream” proclaimed Berrecloth. “Having such an awesome team behind me that takes in my feedback and welcomes collaboration on projects has been unreal” he continued. “It’s pretty crazy to be with a company like Specialized and see the evolution of products over 10 years – it all sort of seems to just fly by, yet when you sit back and think about it, it’s truly nothing short of amazing.”

“Pretty Good for 10-Year Olds” follows the pair as they trek around the freeride playground that is British Columbia. The collaboration between Hunter, Berrecloth and Lorence has accounted for some of the most recognizable imagery in mountain biking and this round is sure to deliver more of the same. The three searched for unique and impressive terrain where Hunter and Berrecloth were able to display the skills they’ve become so well known for.

“It’s really hard to believe it’s been ten years!” exclaimed Hunter. “I think there is an old saying that goes something like ‘Time flies when you’re having fun… riding the best trails in the world… on the best bikes.’ Or at least I think it goes something like that” Hunter joked. “Anyway, a big thanks to everyone at Specialized for such an epic journey.”

Video: 10 Years Of Awesome – Hunter & Claw

Long-term relationships and sports don’t often go hand in hand, but this year marks the 10 year anniversary for both Matt Hunter and Darren Berrecloth with the Specialized family. Hunter and Berrecloth are responsible for some of the most progressive freeriding the sport has seen recently and Specialized has been proud to be there nearly every step of the way.

For the last 10 years both Matt and Darren have traveled the world exploring some of the most incredible terrain there is and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on a mountain bike. Even though the two riders hail from British Columbia, their hectic schedules don’t allow them to ride together as often as they’d like. To celebrate their decade aboard Specialized bikes, Matt and Darren have teamed up with legendary photographer Sterling Lorence to capture more of the iconic imagery which has established them at the top of the freeride world.

“Being a part of the best company in the bike business has been an absolute dream” proclaimed Berrecloth. “Having such an awesome team behind me that takes in my feedback and welcomes collaboration on projects has been unreal” he continued. “It’s pretty crazy to be with a company like Specialized and see the evolution of products over 10 years – it all sort of seems to just fly by, yet when you sit back and think about it, it’s truly nothing short of amazing.”

“Pretty Good for 10-Year Olds” follows the pair as they trek around the freeride playground that is British Columbia. The collaboration between Hunter, Berrecloth and Lorence has accounted for some of the most recognizable imagery in mountain biking and this round is sure to deliver more of the same. The three searched for unique and impressive terrain where Hunter and Berrecloth were able to display the skills they’ve become so well known for.

“It’s really hard to believe it’s been ten years!” exclaimed Hunter. “I think there is an old saying that goes something like ‘Time flies when you’re having fun… riding the best trails in the world… on the best bikes.’ Or at least I think it goes something like that” Hunter joked. “Anyway, a big thanks to everyone at Specialized for such an epic journey.”

Video: Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge

This year we build a new track in Bali. Thanks to United Bike, the people of Bukit Tengah Klungkung, Komang and Eric that made it possible.

The track was design in collaboration of Garry Patterson from Trailscapes Australia, Andre Palmer and Eric Sanjaya.

The combination of big jumps, steep with rocks and dusty topped with a lot of off camber made it one of the hardest but also a fun track we ever ride.

Troy Brosnan finally win the event after his 3rd time racing it.

It was another unforgettable weekend for everyone, hope to see more riders joining the event next time. This event was organized by Orange Sports Communication.

Fresh Product: Ride 2014 Calendar

Featuring New Zealand’s best athletes riding their mountain bikes in amazing locations throughout New Zealand, Ride 2014 is the perfect gift for any mountain biker.

Be inspired to ride and explore New Zealand by bike. Athletes include: Anton Cooper, Rosara Joseph, Cam Cole, Reuben Olorenshaw, Justin Leov, Reece Potter, Gabby Molloy, Eden Cruise and more …

12 months, January 2014 to December 2014 inclusive.

400mm x 400mm
Premium art calendar
RRP NZD $29.99 (Including GST)
Status: Available now at http://www.ridemedia.co.nz/

Fresh Product: Bell Super Helmet

ALL-MOUNTAIN RULER

Though the line between gravity mountain bikes and cross country machines has been blurred the last couple years, most associated equipment is still high-contrast–either overbuilt for DH gear or wispy light for XC. The new Bell Super aims to split the difference, riding that all-mountain line perfectly.

25 vents. More protection needn't mean less ventilation.
25 vents. More protection needn’t mean less ventilation.

In order to meet the demands of the all-mountain, trail ride and enduro racing scenes, Bell has released the Super, a versatile performer with specific features for this growing style of riding. Incorporating an innovative eyewear management system along with a clever, integrated break-away camera mount and advanced ventilation matrix, the Super is the perfect complement to the do-anything breed of all-mountain bikes.

Using input from Bell’s stable of sponsored riders, Bell came up with a purpose-built package for aggressive riders who need the versatility to go from XC-style climbs to near DH descents and everything in between.

Over-brow ventilation. Perfect for those folk with excessively thick eye brows.
Over-brow ventilation. Perfect for those folk with excessively thick eye brows.

Key features include:

· Integrated Camera Mount makes capturing the ride hassle-free with a removable mount that seamlessly affixes a GoPro camera.

· GoggleGuide™ Adjustable Visor System allows riders to manage their eyewear with minimal intrusion into the ride. The flexible system accommodates both goggles and sport glasses and works either with the visor installed or without using the included goggle retention arms.

· Overbrow Ventilation™ works in concert with 25 vents to usher cool air over the head through four intake ports on the helmet brow.

· The Speed Dial™ Fit System is designed to work with helmets that have lower rear coverage. This new system cradles the head and creates a glove-like fit with the turn of a dial.

· Fusion In-Mold Microshell bonds EPS foam to shell for durability

· Internal Reinforcement in order to maximize venting and minimize bulk, high-end helmets feature internal reinforcement structures.

· Lightweight Cam-lock Levers™ for easy strap adjustments

· Lightweight Buckle

· Lightweight webbing

· X-Static Padding is quick-drying and anti-microbial

· 25 vents, 4 brow ports

Innovation: Mac Ride – A Unique Child's Bike Seat For Riding Off-Road

Mac Ride is a unique seat for children that goes on your bike between you and your handlebars.

Mac Ride is about you taking your child with you to explore the streets, the paths and off-road terrain. Mac Ride is strong, lightweight, ergonomic, easy to install, interactive and – perhaps most important of all – FUN!

For more information check out the Kickstarter page here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ridemore/mac-ride-a-unique-childs-bike-seat-for-riding-off

Innovation: Mac Ride – A Unique Child’s Bike Seat For Riding Off-Road

Mac Ride is a unique seat for children that goes on your bike between you and your handlebars.

Mac Ride is about you taking your child with you to explore the streets, the paths and off-road terrain. Mac Ride is strong, lightweight, ergonomic, easy to install, interactive and – perhaps most important of all – FUN!

For more information check out the Kickstarter page here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ridemore/mac-ride-a-unique-childs-bike-seat-for-riding-off

Video: The Rider And The Wolf

Crested Butte in 1980 still echoed with the hammers of miners, not the rumble of knobby tires on singletrack.

But that was about to change as a young blue-eyed man named Mike Rust wrenched madly, transforming old Schwinn cruiser bikes into some of Colorado’s first mountain bikes.  When the Californians like Gary Fisher and Joe Breeze arrived to test their fancy new bikes on CB’s storied terrain, Rust was ready and spun his way uphill into the ranks of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.  Like fresh raw singletrack, Rust cut a path through Colorado’s early days of mountain biking in a swirl of dust mixing innovation, independence, irreverence and a band of Irish brothers into America’s true wild west.  This is the story of Mike Rust, the Hall of Fame mountain biker who disappeared without a trace.

The Rider & The Wolf from Grit & Thistle Film Company on Vimeo.

Fresh Product – Specialized Butcher DH tyres

Specialized Butcher DH tyres-1

The tread of choice for our World Cup DH Team. The Butcher tyres excel in even the gnarliest terrain with fast rolling, ramped centre knobs and perfectly sized shoulder knobs for bite in the corners.

  • Casing: 60 TPI, Dual Ply
  • Bead: wire
  • Compound: Base 70a / Top 42a
  • Pinch Protection: Butyl Inserts at bead
  • 26″ x 2.3; psi 25-50; approximate weight 1250g
  • 26″ x 2.5; psi 25-50; approximate weight 1290g

Mt Buller To Celebrate Summer Season Opening With Films, Food And Fun On The Trails

The season of mountain biking and summer fun will officially kick off at Mt Buller on Saturday 30 November, with the Resort hosting several events to mark the beginning of what is set to be a sensational summer in the High Country.

Mt Buller’s entire cross-country mountain bike trail network will be open, after several months of trail clearing and maintenance following the snow season. Mountain bikers of all ages and abilities can take part in a free Peak to Park Poker Ride, a participatory event where riders collect five playing cards from designated checkpoints on the trails between Mt Buller and Mirimbah Park. At the end of the ride, the participant with the best hand will be rewarded with a sensational prize – a brand new 2013 Specialized mountain bike.

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Saturday evening sees the stunning Mirimbah Park transform into a twilight cinema, complete with local food, wine and beer stalls. Once the sun sets, visitors will be entertained with over two hours of adventure action films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival, with a collection of awe-inspiring films about skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and more.

Director of Marketing, Sales and Business Development for Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management, Amber Gardner, is looking forward to launching into the summer season. “This is summer is set to be huge here at Mt Buller, and we’re celebrating the official launch of the season in style with events for everyone. The Peak to Park Poker Ride is a great way for riders of all levels to get out there and enjoy our world-class mountain bike trails with the focus on fun, and the film festival is sure to be a fantastic night under the stars with a collection of great films from the ever-popular Banff Mountain Film Festival.

“The coming summer looks like it will be the biggest one yet, with a huge calendar of events planned across all interests, including mountain biking, road cycling, trail running, food and wine, motor racing and much more. Join us on top of the world at Mt Buller for a cool change this summer!”

Mt Buller has a range of accommodation options available, starting at just $45 per person. For further information on the Summer Season Opening Weekend and to view accommodation, visit mtbuller.com.au.

Mt Buller summer season opening weekend

November 30-December 1

  • Peak to Park Poker Ride – Registration at Alpine Central, 12pm. Starts Mt Buller Summit 2pm. Free entry.
  • Rides & Reels Film Festival – Mirimbah Park, 4pm (movie starts 8.30pm). Entry $20 adults, $10 kids (age 8 – 17). Tickets now on sale through 03 5777 6077.

Video: Instinct in the Monashees

The plan was to head to the Monashee Mountains near Revelstoke, British Columbia with Wade Simmons and Kevin Calhoun to shoot an autumn alpine video for our new Instinct MSL.

We wanted to showcase the bike’s versatility under two very different riders—Kevin is an XC racer on our Factory Team, while Wade’s contributions to freeride mountain biking need no introduction—.

Of course sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t play nice, and an early cold snap provided on-and-off snowfall throughout our adventure.

Despite the challenging weather, we knew we had an opportunity to capture a unique aspect of the changing seasons. From Kevin’s dawn patrol ascent to Wade charging snowy trail features, the rapidly changing conditions ended up being the perfect way to showcase the Instinct’s versatility.

We’d like to thank the crew at the Sol Mountain Lodge for all their help with this project. Their lodge was a great base-camp and their trails were a blast even in the snow. We’ll be back again in warmer weather.

Riders In The CamelBak Highland Fling Were Challenged, But Well Hydrated

For eight years the annual CamelBak Highland Fling mountain bike marathon has turned on blue skies, and sometimes-sweltering conditions for riders. But with the 2013 race being sponsored by the world’s leading hydration company, CamelBak, it was fitting that for the first time natural hydration was abundant.

Whilst the skies were damp, rider spirits were anything but, with an impressive line-up of riders bracing themselves against unseasonably cold and wet conditions to take part in this year’s race.

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Federal MP for Hume, Angus Taylor, himself taking part in event, officially kicked off the race with 100Milers and Full Flingers rolling out at 7:20am to the theme of The Flintstones – in keeping with the fun-side of serious racing and this year’s themed element of The Flingstones. The most hotly contested racing of the day was always going to be the Full Fling with a line-up of elites that included Australia’s best mountain bikers. Really, it was anyone’s race.

It was Mark Tupalski who set a blazing pace at the start, with only three other riders, Brendan Johnston, Andy Blair and Dylan Cooper able to go with him. The group worked together and changed it up a little throughout the race, losing Andy Blair at a train crossing but gaining Dan McConnell to help with the work.

It wasn’t long before Dan was no longer in the group, but Andy was back in the chase. Mark Tupalski picked up the pace once again and this time no one went with him. It was a bold move, but one that didn’t pay off in the end with the chase group working together to catch and pass him with only the last few kilometres to go.

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It ended up being just two riders that kept the pace hot and battled for the finish line. Brendan Johnston, who finished third in 2012, took the win with a time of 4:18:53. First to cross the line in the race however was Andy Blair, but after taking a 30 second time penalty for a rule transgression, finished in second. Cameron Ivory rounded out the podium in third.

‘Mark lit up the pace from the start and it was really hard to go with him, but I’m glad I did,’ said Brendan from Canberra. ‘It’s a long race though and the last 20km are brutal. I worked hard and managed to drop Cameron, but couldn’t shake Andy and that’s what the finish line showed. But it was in my favour, so I’m happy with that.’

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In the women’s elite race Peta Mullens, who finished second in 2012, took a convincing win with a time of 5:05:23 – almost twenty minutes ahead of Jo Bennett in second and Myra Moller in third.   Peta’s strong form showed with a finishing line comment about the race missing a climb she remembered from 2012.

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With the said climb confirmed as still in the race, she concluded ‘I must have been feeling OK then. I set a good tempo for most of the day, even though I was on my own a lot. It’s definitely a race that keeps giving though, in the most challenging of ways.’

In the long format 100Mile (or 165km to make it sound even longer) it came down to a sprint finish on the line. Andrew Hall took first place with a time of 6:59:15, with Ed McDonald, the 2012 winner, finishing a close second and UK rider Matt Page crossing in third.

Race Results in the 2013 CamelBak Highland Fling:

Half Fling
Men Gary Millburn (2:13:45) Brad Morton (2:17:26.2) Michael Potter (2:17:26.6)

Half Fling Women
Karen Evans (2:53:56) Kath Bicknell (2:54:55) Belinda Diprose (3:01:12)

Full Fling Elite Men
Brendan Johnston (4:18:53) Andy Blair (4:18:54)  Cameron Ivory (4:19:00)

Full Fling Elite
Women Peta Mullens (5:05:23) Jo Bennett (5:24:50) Myra Moller (5:38:15)

100Mile Men
Andrew Hall (6:59:15) Ed McDonald (7:00:49) Matt Page (7:19:13)

100Mile Women
Charlie McCabe (9:30:24)

For full race results, including category results, visit: http://www.wildhorizons.com.au/highland-fling

Video: This Is Peaty, Season 2 – Episode 7

It was a slow start to Peaty’s 2013 campaign… Building through the year and gaining speed whilst others faded, Norway was set to be his World Cup highlight, smashing his way back into the top 10 and just missing out on a potential podium place, behind his team mate Greg Minnaar!

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Carrying this form and confidence into the final round in Leogang was key and Peaty didn’t look set to slow down at all… After a huge off in practice, some thought he might take it easy, but once again he powered through to a solid 9th place finish in Finals and also got to cheer the pet Rat on the podium!

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Thailand is a place of many things… If you have the money, i’m pretty sure you could do ANYTHING you wanted. We only touched the surface last year, so another trip to Chiang Mai to see the Loose Riders, with Ratboy and Sambo in tow seemed like a plan.

Another hectic week, with bikes, beer, ladyboys and bars, we were all ruined and ready for home.

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Check out the full story inside Episode 7 and be sure to catch the season finale next month.

Caroline Buchanan Awarded ‘Oppy’; Jayco 2013 Australian Cyclist Of The Year Award

Caroline Buchanan’s record breaking 2013 has continued with the Canberran sweeping the Jayco 2013 Australian Cyclist of the Year Awards held at Melbourne’s Crown Entertainment Complex on Friday night.

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The 2013 dual world champion grabbed the night’s highest honour, the Sir Hubert ‘Oppy’ Opperman Medal & Trophy as the Australian Cyclist of the Year, joining Anna Meares (2008 & 2012) and Anna Wilson (1999) as the only women on the honour roll.

Buchanan, who became the first Australian cyclist to claim two world titles in two different disciplines in the same season, scooped the pool by winning each of the four award categories in which she was eligible.

The 24-year-old was also named the Elite Female Mountain Bike and BMX Cyclist of the Year and received the tick of approval from cycling fans by winning the SBS People’s Choice Award public vote.

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“To win an ‘Oppy’, it is without a doubt the biggest award or achievement I have ever won. It shows that all the hard work and stress not just in 2013, but since I was a little girl, has paid off,” said Buchanan who claimed the ‘Oppy’ ahead of finalists Michael Hepburn (Elite Male Track) and Richie Porte (Elite Male Road).

“Since I was a little girl going to the Cycling Australia awards dinner, I’ve been looking up at riders like Anna Meares and Cadel Evans and really aspiring to be at that level.

“So it is very humbling to be up with these names and to set the history for the BMX and mountain bikers of the future.

“But to also win the People’s Choice is incredible as cycling is so popular in Australia, as a BMX and mountain biker amongst the road and track cyclists, to even be nominated I felt was an achievement and an honour,” Buchanan remarked.

It was a superb 2013 season from Buchanan, who embarked on an ambitious campaign of winning a unique cycling world championships ‘triple crown’ in just two months and across three continents.

Buchanan’s whirlwind world tour began with claiming the BMX world title in New Zealand in August and was followed by a credible fifth place (one second off the podium) in the downhill event at the MTB & Trials World Championship in South Africa.

Three weeks later in Austria, Buchanan claimed the 4X world title in a dominant display, her third career 4X crown in five years.

“It’s been the most successful year in my career, and I put it down to aiming (high) and setting my goals higher than I believed I could actually reach,” said Buchanan, who claimed a sixth consecutive BMX cyclist of the year award and fourth career MTB award. She also claimed three junior awards in the categories in 2007 and 2008.

“Committing to three world championships in one year, in the space of 56 days, was a big ask, but it really made me step up to a new level.

“I guess if you aim for the stars, you will land on the moon,” she concluded.

Jayco 2013 Australian Cyclist of the Year Sir Hubert ‘Oppy’ Opperman Medal & Trophy

  • Caroline Buchanan (ACT)

SBS Cycling Central Elite Road Cyclists of the Year

  • Female Shara Gillow (QLD)
  • Male Richie Porte (TAS)

Jetset Glynde Elite Track Cyclists of the Year

  • Female Annette Edmondson (SA)
  • Male Michael Hepburn (QLD)

Elite Mountain Bike Cyclists of the Year

  • Female Caroline Buchanan (ACT)
  • Male Daniel McConnell (VIC)

Elite BMX Cyclists of the Year

  • Female Caroline Buchanan (ACT)
  • Male Sam Willoughby (SA)

Elite Para-Cyclists of the Year

  • Female Carol Cooke (VIC)
  • Male Michael Gallagher (VIC)

Cycling Australia National Coach of the Year

  • James Victor (Under 23 Men’s Road)

Cycling Australia Coach of the Year

  • Clayton Worthington

Santini Junior Cyclists of the Year Jack Edwards (NSW)

By Discipline

  • Female BMX Rachel Jones (NSW)
  • Female Road Alexandra Manly (SA)
  • Female MTB Danielle Beecroft (NSW)
  • Female Track Lauren Perry (TAS)
  • Male BMX Aaron Nottle WA)
  • Male Road Robert Power (WA)
  • Male MTB Dean Lucas (VIC)
  • Male Track Jack Edwards (NSW)

Masters Cyclists of the Year

  • Female Road Gaye Lynn (NSW)
  • Female MTB Traci Lonergan (TAS)
  • Female Track Jessica Laws (VIC)
  • Male Road Stephen Fairless (VIC)
  • Male MTB Jason McAvoy (ACT)
  • Male Track Geoff Stoker (NSW)

SBS People’s Choice Cyclist of the Year

  • Caroline Buchanan

Subaru NRS Awards

  • Champion Female Katrin Garfoot
  • Amy Gillett Foundation Champion Women’s Team Women’s Pensar SPM Racing
  • Champion Male Jack Haig
  • Champion Men’s Team (John Craven Shield) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers

Media Awards

  • Keith Esson Award Warrnambool Citizens Road Race Committee
  • Cycling Australia Best Young Media Talent Award Reece Homfray
  • Cycling Australia Media Award Rupert Guinness

State/Club Awards

  • Subaru Australian Club Premiership Caulfield Carnegie CC
  • Norm Gailey Trophy – Champion State New South Wales

2013 Australian Sports Commission Volunteers of the Year

  • ACT Michael Fay
  • NSW Kim Ellis
  • NT Mandy Hargreaves
  • QLD Anthony Torr
  • SA Catherine Braithwaite
  • TAS Val James
  • VIC Gaelene Snelling
  • WA Lorraine Schutz
  • BMXA Annette Gall
  • MTBA Tania Elderkin

Life Memberships

  • Phil Bates
  • Gerry Ryan

Caroline Buchanan Awarded 'Oppy'; Jayco 2013 Australian Cyclist Of The Year Award

Caroline Buchanan’s record breaking 2013 has continued with the Canberran sweeping the Jayco 2013 Australian Cyclist of the Year Awards held at Melbourne’s Crown Entertainment Complex on Friday night.

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The 2013 dual world champion grabbed the night’s highest honour, the Sir Hubert ‘Oppy’ Opperman Medal & Trophy as the Australian Cyclist of the Year, joining Anna Meares (2008 & 2012) and Anna Wilson (1999) as the only women on the honour roll.

Buchanan, who became the first Australian cyclist to claim two world titles in two different disciplines in the same season, scooped the pool by winning each of the four award categories in which she was eligible.

The 24-year-old was also named the Elite Female Mountain Bike and BMX Cyclist of the Year and received the tick of approval from cycling fans by winning the SBS People’s Choice Award public vote.

caroline01

“To win an ‘Oppy’, it is without a doubt the biggest award or achievement I have ever won. It shows that all the hard work and stress not just in 2013, but since I was a little girl, has paid off,” said Buchanan who claimed the ‘Oppy’ ahead of finalists Michael Hepburn (Elite Male Track) and Richie Porte (Elite Male Road).

“Since I was a little girl going to the Cycling Australia awards dinner, I’ve been looking up at riders like Anna Meares and Cadel Evans and really aspiring to be at that level.

“So it is very humbling to be up with these names and to set the history for the BMX and mountain bikers of the future.

“But to also win the People’s Choice is incredible as cycling is so popular in Australia, as a BMX and mountain biker amongst the road and track cyclists, to even be nominated I felt was an achievement and an honour,” Buchanan remarked.

It was a superb 2013 season from Buchanan, who embarked on an ambitious campaign of winning a unique cycling world championships ‘triple crown’ in just two months and across three continents.

Buchanan’s whirlwind world tour began with claiming the BMX world title in New Zealand in August and was followed by a credible fifth place (one second off the podium) in the downhill event at the MTB & Trials World Championship in South Africa.

Three weeks later in Austria, Buchanan claimed the 4X world title in a dominant display, her third career 4X crown in five years.

“It’s been the most successful year in my career, and I put it down to aiming (high) and setting my goals higher than I believed I could actually reach,” said Buchanan, who claimed a sixth consecutive BMX cyclist of the year award and fourth career MTB award. She also claimed three junior awards in the categories in 2007 and 2008.

“Committing to three world championships in one year, in the space of 56 days, was a big ask, but it really made me step up to a new level.

“I guess if you aim for the stars, you will land on the moon,” she concluded.

Jayco 2013 Australian Cyclist of the Year Sir Hubert ‘Oppy’ Opperman Medal & Trophy

  • Caroline Buchanan (ACT)

SBS Cycling Central Elite Road Cyclists of the Year

  • Female Shara Gillow (QLD)
  • Male Richie Porte (TAS)

Jetset Glynde Elite Track Cyclists of the Year

  • Female Annette Edmondson (SA)
  • Male Michael Hepburn (QLD)

Elite Mountain Bike Cyclists of the Year

  • Female Caroline Buchanan (ACT)
  • Male Daniel McConnell (VIC)

Elite BMX Cyclists of the Year

  • Female Caroline Buchanan (ACT)
  • Male Sam Willoughby (SA)

Elite Para-Cyclists of the Year

  • Female Carol Cooke (VIC)
  • Male Michael Gallagher (VIC)

Cycling Australia National Coach of the Year

  • James Victor (Under 23 Men’s Road)

Cycling Australia Coach of the Year

  • Clayton Worthington

Santini Junior Cyclists of the Year Jack Edwards (NSW)

By Discipline

  • Female BMX Rachel Jones (NSW)
  • Female Road Alexandra Manly (SA)
  • Female MTB Danielle Beecroft (NSW)
  • Female Track Lauren Perry (TAS)
  • Male BMX Aaron Nottle WA)
  • Male Road Robert Power (WA)
  • Male MTB Dean Lucas (VIC)
  • Male Track Jack Edwards (NSW)

Masters Cyclists of the Year

  • Female Road Gaye Lynn (NSW)
  • Female MTB Traci Lonergan (TAS)
  • Female Track Jessica Laws (VIC)
  • Male Road Stephen Fairless (VIC)
  • Male MTB Jason McAvoy (ACT)
  • Male Track Geoff Stoker (NSW)

SBS People’s Choice Cyclist of the Year

  • Caroline Buchanan

Subaru NRS Awards

  • Champion Female Katrin Garfoot
  • Amy Gillett Foundation Champion Women’s Team Women’s Pensar SPM Racing
  • Champion Male Jack Haig
  • Champion Men’s Team (John Craven Shield) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers

Media Awards

  • Keith Esson Award Warrnambool Citizens Road Race Committee
  • Cycling Australia Best Young Media Talent Award Reece Homfray
  • Cycling Australia Media Award Rupert Guinness

State/Club Awards

  • Subaru Australian Club Premiership Caulfield Carnegie CC
  • Norm Gailey Trophy – Champion State New South Wales

2013 Australian Sports Commission Volunteers of the Year

  • ACT Michael Fay
  • NSW Kim Ellis
  • NT Mandy Hargreaves
  • QLD Anthony Torr
  • SA Catherine Braithwaite
  • TAS Val James
  • VIC Gaelene Snelling
  • WA Lorraine Schutz
  • BMXA Annette Gall
  • MTBA Tania Elderkin

Life Memberships

  • Phil Bates
  • Gerry Ryan

News: Port to Port MTB, Newcastle four day stage race change of date.

The 2014 Port to Port MTB, a new four day stage race across the Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter region has altered the previously published dates. The 2014 Port to Port MTB will now run from Thursday 29th May to Sunday 1st June 2014.

The change of dates have resulted because of unforeseen clashes with other MTB events and the NSW international events.

Following the enormous, recent success of sister event Cape to Cape MTB in WA, the organisers of Port to Port MTB are very keen to replicate the experience on the Eastern states calendar and compliment the great work of a very vibrant mountain biking community.

Port to Port MTB will be a brilliant event and we look forward to attracting a strong field of riders of all standards to the inaugural Port to Port MTB in May 2014.

For more information and to register please visit www.porttoportmtb.com or call 1300 550 675.

Video: Opposites Attract, Brendan Fairclough and Nino Schurter ride Finale Ligure, Italy.

SCOTT athletes Nino Schurter and Brendan Fairclough couldn’t be more different with regards to riding styles or background.

But when you get the current XCO World Champion and one of the most stylish riders on the downhill circuit on a bike, everything falls into place. Even though Nino’s favorite sections are the ones that Brendan is less than fond of, there is plenty of common ground where the two are secretly trying to one up each other. After only a short amount of time their friendship has grown and the constant discussions of everything under the sun provides for a wealth of world class insider-information. It’s funny how a bicycle can bridge the gap between such different people, and can lead to a mutually beneficial competitive environment.

Two worlds merge into one– and the Genius LT 700 Tuned is truly the tool that creates this connection. It was built for Enduro racing performance and all mountain riding. With 170 mm of travel on the fork and shock, this bike descends with ease. Coupled with our patented TwinLoc lever, you’ll be climbing up the most technical sections like a mountain goat at the flick of a switch. Additionally, the Genius LT is one of the lightest bikes in its class, weighing in at only 12.4 kg (27.34 lbs). We built this bike to be versatile and capable of taking a beating- perfect for the downhiller who wants to hit technical single-track and perfect for a three-time XCO World Champion who just wants to let loose down the hill. Sit back, relax and enjoy this Parkin Brothers edit about a race format and a bike that brings these two opposites together.

Fresh Product: Five Ten Freerider Vxi shoes

Introducing Five Ten’s new Stealth Contact outsole that allows you to pull, push and adjust, the new Freerider Vxi is designed for casual all-mountain flat pedal riders to the aggressive downhill racer.

Riders will instantly understand the advantage of the new Contact outsole that’s treadless under the foot’s ball for float. The new Freerider Vxi has a breathable, abrasion-resistant upper, a new performance-fit, and an asymmetrical welt that provides extra crank-side durability.

Video: Sven Martin Shoots Crankworx // A How To

This feature takes us behind the scenes with Sven Martin, one of the most recognized downhill dirt shooters at the world’s premiere mountain bike festival, Crankworx.

This week-long biking event in Whistler BC, attracts the world’s top riders from every event, including downhill, cross country and slopestyle, just to name a few. With over 25 thousand spectators, it’s become the largest mountain bike festival ever.

The high speed action makes it extremely challenging to capture through photography and video. Those who are aren’t prepped and ready will miss the shot. The combination of the event’s high-paced action, and difficult to access locations only adds to the intensity. Needless to say, Sven has mastered this process, making it look easy. Press play to catch the chaos and see him in action, doing what he does best.

Sven Martin Shoots Crankworx // A How To from f-stop || Gear on Vimeo.

Fresh Product: Troy Lee Designs Ace Jersey and Shorts

Designed with the grittiest XC riders in mind, the Ace line is built for performance. The lightweight, moisture wicking material feels tailored to your body and features all the technical components you need to get to the top of the climb first. Whether you prefer grinding out long rides, sprinting events or cruising easy trails, the Ace line is the premium gear that works as hard as you do.

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Jersey:

  • Trail fit cycling jersey with 10″ front zipper.
  • Breathable, moisture wicking 50+ UPF material.
  • Lycra shoulder panel for increased comfort.
  • 3 rear open pockets and 1 zip stash pocket.
  • Reflective detailing on drop tail.
  • Screen printed front panel graphic.

Shorts:

  • 4 way stretch, highly durable 90% Polyester / 10% Spandex mix material.
  • Full waist and hip height adjustment with branded adjusters.
  • Permanent crotch ventilation via welded intake and exit vents.
  • Additional thigh and crotch ventilation zippers.
  • Removable inner short chamois with Lycra thigh panels.
  • High quality ribbed Spandex stretch panel.
  • Pedal friendly inner side pockets.
  • Padded rear zip media pocket.
  • Reflective logo detail.
  • YKK brand zippers.

Racing: Welby wows as SRAM Singletrack Mind Series heads towards a thrilling conclusion

After the threat of bush fires necessitated the rescheduling of round 4 of the SRAM Singletrack Mind Series, a more favourable day dawned in the NSW Southern Highlands venue of Welby. With next to no rainfall in the previous month, the trails were set to be dry, dusty and loose in sections but with the hard work of the Southern Highlands Cycle Club the 10km circuit was superbly prepared to take on over 200 riders for the 7 hour duration of the race.

Alltrack Juniors rider Ben Metcalf, a portrait of focus and determination.
Alltrack Juniors rider Ben Metcalf, a portrait of focus and determination.

From the start the pace was being driven by the Onya Bike Hitters team from Canberra but in hot pursuit was solo rider Andrew Lloyd who, only 3 weekends before, placed 2nd overall in the 24 hour solo World Championships to multiple World champion Jason English. Lloyd’s rival in this series has been 2012 Singletrack Mind Series champion Ed McDonald who had a strong start to the Series but Lloyd’s form has come together at just the right time as his recent results would suggest. Lloyd put in a string of fast laps early in the race to distance McDonald, a gap he would not be able to close upon. Callum McNamara fought his way back from 8th place to secure the final spot on the podium.

He almost beat all of the teams too: Andrew Lloyd won the Solo Men category and came an impressive 2nd overall.
He almost beat all of the teams too: Andrew Lloyd won the Solo Men category and came an impressive 2nd overall.

The Masters Male solo category is always hotly contested but with the in-form Jason McAvoy unable to attend it would present opportunities for the rest of the contenders. Canberra’s Paul Brodie took the early lead but at the half way point, Series leader Garry James clawed back the margin and continued to add a 2 minute lead each lap taking a convincing win while a hectic racing schedule for Phil Welch meant that he arrived with sore legs and went home with extremely sore legs but he was happy to hold on for 3rd place.

The pairs categories diced and battled all day but saw some familiar names on the podium by day’s end. The Short Circuit Cancer Chix racked up their third win in a row in the Women’s category after edging out the team of Kelly Mapleston and Sophie Wood. The Masters Pairs is always an intriguing stoush, all three teams tied on laps but Jason and Paul Morgan crossed the line first followed by SXC racing only 3 minutes back. The teams of Roast Beef & Frogs Legs and Mr & Mrs Pollock continued their well-mannered duelling, Doug and Danielle Pollock getting the upper hand at Welby as the British/French combo suffered mechanical problems, also allowing Michael and Hanslip and Katherine Cox to slip into 2nd place.

Katherine Cox (pictured) and Michael Hanslip saw their consistency rewarded with 2nd place in mixed pairs.
Katherine Cox (pictured) and Michael Hanslip saw their consistency rewarded with 2nd place in mixed pairs.

The only team to beat Solo Men’s winner Andrew Lloyd to the overall event win was the Onya Bike Hitters combination of Aaron Bashford and Glenn Columbine. Bashford also claiming the fastest lap time of the race. With form like that it was really only a race for the lower steps of the podium and it was their mates in Onya Bike 2 in 2nd place.

Plenty of categories remain undecided which is sure to make the final round at Kinross State Forest near Orange an exciting and tactical race. Entries are now open for the Series finale and with the drawcard of the amazing singletrack of Kinross, it’s set to be a massive event.

For more Info and entry details go to: www.chocolatefoot.com.au

 

Fresh Product: Transition 27.5" TransAM, Bandit & Covert

TransAM 27.5

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The new TransAM 27.5 brings the steel hardtail into a new era.: Longer, lower and a whole degree slacker @ 67.5 than the previous 26 version. The TransAM 27.5 is the ultimate “go anywhere” hardtail.

All the features of a custom frame at a more attainable price. Built around 140mm travel tapered forks, featuring internal rust proof coating and singlespeed drop outs ( available separately), in a size range from S up to XL.

The TransAM 27.5 will be offered with 3 different build options to meet anyones price point.

Finished off with retro graphics and period correct colours to pay homage to the original TransAM muscle car.

Bandit 27.5

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Catering to the rider looking for a true all purpose trail bike, the new Bandit 27.5 has been lengthened by 20mm ( compared to the previous 26 model) to keep in line with current rider preferences for a long front centre and short stem. Seat tube lengths have also been shortened compared to the previous models. The 68 degree head angle and 430mm chainstays keep the bike angled and balanced.

A shimano E-Thru 12mm x 142mm QR axel is standard equipment and internal dropper post cable routing has been added. 140mm of rear wheel travel is controlled by a Fox CTD Adjust Kashima rear shock ( upgradable to the Float X on order) with 140mm or 150mm travel forks available to dial in your perfect ride. The bike will be available with 4 different build options including the Sram XO1 setup, with sizing from S up to XL.

Covert 27.5

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The new Covert 27.5 features a slacker 66 degree head angle with the same short 430mm chainstays as the 26 version.

The updated geo is low, slack and stable but still playful and fun to ride. The seat tube lengths have been shortened by 25mm of each size to give more clearance for long travel dropper posts and give riders more opportunity to “size up” without having seat tube length issues. A new XL size has also been added. The Covert 27.5 has a race tuned Fox Float X rear shock for 160mm of rear wheel travel and is available with Fox or RockShox 160mm fork options. A shimano E-Thru 12mm x 142mm QR axel is now standard and internal dropper post cable routing has been added.

The Covert 27.5 will be available in 4 different build options including Sram XO1

Fresh Product: Transition 27.5″ TransAM, Bandit & Covert

TransAM 27.5

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The new TransAM 27.5 brings the steel hardtail into a new era.: Longer, lower and a whole degree slacker @ 67.5 than the previous 26 version. The TransAM 27.5 is the ultimate “go anywhere” hardtail.

All the features of a custom frame at a more attainable price. Built around 140mm travel tapered forks, featuring internal rust proof coating and singlespeed drop outs ( available separately), in a size range from S up to XL.

The TransAM 27.5 will be offered with 3 different build options to meet anyones price point.

Finished off with retro graphics and period correct colours to pay homage to the original TransAM muscle car.

Bandit 27.5

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Catering to the rider looking for a true all purpose trail bike, the new Bandit 27.5 has been lengthened by 20mm ( compared to the previous 26 model) to keep in line with current rider preferences for a long front centre and short stem. Seat tube lengths have also been shortened compared to the previous models. The 68 degree head angle and 430mm chainstays keep the bike angled and balanced.

A shimano E-Thru 12mm x 142mm QR axel is standard equipment and internal dropper post cable routing has been added. 140mm of rear wheel travel is controlled by a Fox CTD Adjust Kashima rear shock ( upgradable to the Float X on order) with 140mm or 150mm travel forks available to dial in your perfect ride. The bike will be available with 4 different build options including the Sram XO1 setup, with sizing from S up to XL.

Covert 27.5

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The new Covert 27.5 features a slacker 66 degree head angle with the same short 430mm chainstays as the 26 version.

The updated geo is low, slack and stable but still playful and fun to ride. The seat tube lengths have been shortened by 25mm of each size to give more clearance for long travel dropper posts and give riders more opportunity to “size up” without having seat tube length issues. A new XL size has also been added. The Covert 27.5 has a race tuned Fox Float X rear shock for 160mm of rear wheel travel and is available with Fox or RockShox 160mm fork options. A shimano E-Thru 12mm x 142mm QR axel is now standard and internal dropper post cable routing has been added.

The Covert 27.5 will be available in 4 different build options including Sram XO1