Friday Night at the Flicks: Back Country Special

Back country, Slovakian style. Push your downhill bike to the top of a massive mountain in the puking snow, set up camp and then bombed back down again the next day.

This is what happens when a bunch of the UK’s fastest and funniest riders get together to create their own ‘back country’ session. Funny as hell.

Now this is proper back country. Fat biking through 300km of Alaskan wilderness. Hard yakka. So’s the music in this edit too… watch it with the sound off!

Video: An Unlikely Ride: Binary Bike Stop Motion Video

Take three parts equal love for shooting photos, editing video, and riding bikes. Next toss in that nagging impulse to do something different, even if it requires hours of torturous work, and this video is what you get.

In case your eyes deceive you, this is a stop-motion video. Every frame of the video is a photograph, the rider and the bike laying posed on a concrete floor. The ground and trees were later drawn on each photo with a digital pen. Weeks of planning, thirty-five hours of photography totally 1000 pictures, followed by fifty long hours at the computer editing photos, audio, and video. 10,000 minutes of combined work for a two minute video? All worth it if it puts a smile on your face and sparks some creativity in your mind.

Racing: Brad Kelly wins Rollercoaster Gravity Enduro NSW State Round

With the two fastest race runs of the day Brad Kelly from Watanobbi took out the overall and Elite Male wins at the Rollercoaster Gravity Enduro NSW State Round/Powered by Flow Mountain Bike at Ourimbah MTB Park on the weekend.

A sell-out crowd saw Kelly dominate on his home track, winning ahead of Bradley Jolliffe from Erina and Jon Odams from Sans Souci. Sydney’s Genevieve McKew took home honours in the Women’s Elite category.

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Under 19 male winner, Bryan Dunkin on the CBD track.

Almost 250 riders from all over NSW as well as Canberra and as far as Forbes, Kempsey and Port Macquarie kicked off Rocky Trail’s 2014 racing season at Ourimbah MTB Park near Wyong with Round 1 of the Rollercoaster Gravity Enduro State Series on the weekend. Two timed race tracks had to be completed with a combination of a neutral ride and shuttles to the starts. The big favourites delivered and Brad Kelly from the hosting Central Coast Ourimbah MTB Club clocked in the fastest race times of the day with 10:38 min in a gripping finish against fellow Central Coast rider, Bradley Jolliffe. The 20-year old from Erina had been set for a top position with a combined time of just over 11 minutes, but said that he had a near tumble in one of the race runs and was happy to have kept it up for a second place in the Elite Male category.

“The tracks both had quite a few sections to pedal it them and it was pretty hot as well, so a good challenge”, said Brad Kelly who handled the conditions on his home track well and who was awarded the 2014 series leader jersey. The reigning Rollercoaster State Series winner, Jon Odams from Sans Souci, took out third place with a gap of only seven seconds to Jolliffe.

Captain Enduro - Jon Odams nursing an injury but starts the season off with a tidy third place.
Captain Enduro – Jon Odams nursing an injury but starts the season off with a tidy third place.
Brad Joliffe, through the final double jumps on the wild CBD track.
Brad Joliffe, through the final double jumps on the wild CBD track.
Nobody would match Brad Kelly, on his home track, as he calmly obliterated the elite field.
Nobody would match Brad Kelly, on his home track, as he calmly obliterated the elite field.

Growing women’s and junior fields

Last year’s runner up in the women’s elite Rollercoaster series title, Genevieve McKew won with a time of 13:36 min ahead of Belinda Green from Port Macquarie and Jo Fox from Emu Heights and takes over the series lead and leader jersey. “We see more and more women race at gravity enduro events”, said event director Juliane Wisata. “There’s many skilled female endurance riders out there who like the challenge of the technical downhills and social aspects of riding to starts together and finishing in a lively pit, exchanging race stories with fellow riders – women and men alike.” She added that a strong junior field was emerging also with Newcastle’s Bryan Dunkin taking out the Junior U19 race win and series lead in 11:56 min.

Gen McKew, isn't afraid to let the brakes off!
Gen McKew, isn’t afraid to let the brakes off!

Gravity enduro racing gains traction in NSW

Martin Wisata, race director at Rocky Trail Entertainment, said that this race format was growing strongly in NSW and Australia, “You need all the skills – you need to be fit and be able to sprint, but you also need to know how to ride a bike fast down a technical descent. Often a little mistake or hesitation can cost you valuable seconds.”

One of the dark horses who proofed himself outstandingly on the weekend, finished seventh, was the 24-hour MTB Solo World Champion Jason English from Port Macquarie for whom it was the first gravity enduro race. Used to long hours in the saddle he enjoyed the fast-paced racing and social aspect of riding and shuttling with fellow racers, “Normally you have to climb uphill to get the rewards of a downhill – this is all just about the reward of flying downhill. You get the free shuttle up to the top and a short neutral climb to the next start, basically the biggest smile wins!”

Jason English, more known for winning every 24 hour race he want to, tries his hand at Gravity Enduro.
Jason English, more known for winning every 24 hour or marathon race he wants to, tries his hand at Gravity Enduro.

The next Rocky Trail event will be part of an all-new Australian Gravity Enduro Series, which will be held at a brand-new track at Glenworth Valley Adventure Park near Gosford on 9 March before the Rollercoaster NSW State Championships in Thredbo on 12 April. For more information and to register, visit www.rockytrailentertainment.com

Top category results

Elite Male
1. Brad Kelly / #21 / Watanobbi NSW / Drift Bikes, Santa Cruz, Shimano, Lusty Industries, Troy Lee Designs / 10:38 min
2. Bradley Jolliffe / #20 / Erina NSW / Edge Cycles / 11:11 min / + 33 sec.
3. Jon Odams / #1 / Sans Souci NSW / Bikeculture | Whyte Racing / 11:18 min / +40 sec
4. Jarrad Connolly / #3 / Gosford NSW / Bikeworx / 11:34 min / +56 sec
5. Jack Lavis / #22 / Curtin ACT / Target Trek, Rubena / 11:42 min / +1:04 min
Elite Female
1. Genevieve McKew / #101 / Willoughby NSW / Knolly Bikes / 13:36 min
2. Belinda Green / #105 / Port Macquarie NSW / 14:09 min / +33 sec
3. Jo Fox / #102 / Emu Heights NSW / 14:26 min / +50 sec
4. Clare Ly / #104 / Thornleigh NSW / 15:53 min / +2:17 min
5. Lauren Mackertich / #103 / Castle Hill NSW / 16:53 min / +3:17
U19 Male
1. Bryan Dunkin / #702 / Wallsend NSW / 11:56 min
2. Michael Potter / #719 / Hornsby Heights NSW / 11:59 min / +3 sec
3. David Maggs / #720 / Artarmon NSW / 12:00 / +4sec
U15 Male
1. Riley Lowe / #909 / Engadine NSW / 13:41 min
2. Nicholas Gulaj / #905 / Stanwell Park NSW / 14:01 min / +20 sec
3. Patrick Butler / #901 / Brunkerville NSW / Deubel Bicycles, Rocky Trail Racing, SCV Imports / 14:04 min / +23 sec
Expert Male
1. Daniel Lyons / #304 / Wahroonga NSW / 12:12 min
2. Ben Benny / #336 / Dee Why NSW / 12:14 min / +2 sec
3. Chris Dowsett / #328 / Emu Heights NSW / 12:21 min / +9 sec

Racing: GT Bicycles Go Native Enduro – Rotorua

When riders visit Rotorua they are quickly ushered into the lush fern lined trails of the Whakarewarewa Forest nestled on the edge of the city. There is definitely gold nuggets of trails to be found in here, but for those willing to look a little further afield there are many more trail gems to be discovered.

 

Southstar Shuttles runs the shuttle service in Whaka forest, it’s Director Jeff Carter and Manager Kim McVicker both have histories of managing the Rotorua MTB Club’s original Enduro event the Triple Crown. With Enduro racing increasing taking centre stage in Whaka forest’s racing calendar Jeff and Kim decided it was time to broaden their horizons and show riders some of these other semi-secret trails.

Enter the concept for the GT Bicycles Go Native Enduro, riders raced two laps on the Te Ranga trail on Rainbow Mountain, and the third stage on a section of the Western Okataina trail.  The event finished with a BBQ and swim in Lake Okataina and prize giving held on the shores of the lake.  If you missed this event, you missed out on exploring some of Rotorua’s best trails and an awesome day out!

Go Native Enduro – Rotorua, New Zealand from John Colthorpe / / EIVOMEDIA on Vimeo.

Rainbow Mountain is a special place both culturally and geologically.  Local Maori runuga (group) Ngati Tahu Ngati Whaoa consider the mountain and surrounding forest lands their food basket, with wild pigs, deer and watercress being harvested from the streams.  Rainbow is also an active volcanic cone with steaming geothermal vents, multi-coloured mineral deposits, a natural hot stream to swim in and uniquely an amazing Mountain Bike trail right off the summit.  The one-way mtb only trail was built in 2010 funded by the Department of Conservation.  The Go Native Enduro used Southstar’s buses to shuttle riders up the forestry access road to the summit, avoiding the steep 45min singletrack climb.

If you’ve ever ridden Rainbow Mountain you’ll know the feeling of getting to the bottom of the trail and really wanting to do another lap, but not wanting to climb the hill again.  So to do two shuttle runs on the mountain as part of this event was a real treat.  Riders definitely stepped up their game on the second run with most dropping 5-10 seconds off their first run time.

Although many riders were there for a good time, it was all business at the pointy end of the field with Auckland Enduro specialist Byron Scott taking the lead after the first run, with a dazzling 6:21, 14 seconds ahead of World Cup downhiller Matt Walker in 6:35.  Byron couldn’t quite hold it together, crashing over the bars on his second run but only losing 10 seconds, posting a 6:31, and Matt on 6:26, leaving Byron with a slender overall lead going into the 3rd stage.

The event then transitioned to the Western Okataina trail – only recently opened to Mountain Bikers on a 2 year trial basis, this historic logging trail traverses the ridges from Lake Okareka to Lake Okataina.  The Go Native Enduro used the final descent of the trail as it’s third and final stage.  With no road access, riders pushed backwards up the track and gathered at the top before dropping in.  This is Rotorua’s fastest track with speeds of 65km/hr recorded on the fastest sections, it’s a pumice surface with rolling crests, and some good size ruts and holes to keep things interesting.

Byron managed to pull another storming run out of the bag posting a time of 3:42, just 2 seconds ahead of a charging Matt Walker.

Following the liaison stage back to the lake front, riders swam in the crystal clear lake waters and enjoyed a BBQ and prizegiving on the beach.  The GT Bicycles major spot prize of a Carbon force frameset with Rockshox reverb stealth seat post was given away by coin toss with riders choosing sides of a rope on the beach, with heads or tails determining which side was eliminated until only 2 remained. Clinton Williams was the lucky man to walk away with a new frame and a massive grin on his face!

I already can’t wait for next year.  Jeff and Kim are talking of more venues to add more awesomeness to what is already a fun day out.

 

Trails: Falls Creek opens new downhill flow trail

For the past 2 years Falls Creek Resort Management has been busy at work bringing to life a dream shared by those who love the resort. In 2014 this dream is realised with the opening of the first 2 of 4 brand new mountain bike trails.

Under the commission of World Trail – the best bike trail builders in the business, months of development has joined years of planning to bring the new trails to completion.

The 2 intermediate cross country trials now open can be ridden as one big loop, the network consists of one riding uphill and one downhill. The trails are intersected by the Aqueduct trail which means you can ride each as a separate loop. Whilst classified as cross country, there are some great downhill features and corners to navigate at speed. There are some spectacular viewpoints along the way to stop and enjoy the picturesque surroundings.

An intermediate downhill trail will open by the Australia Day long weekend. Starting at the top of the Summit Chair (those familiar with Falls Creek in Winter, will know this well), the trail winds down under the Poma line before zig-zagging down Grand Coer ski run and cutting through Short & Curly to the base of the Summit Chair.

The 4th trail coming on line this summer is a 3rd intermediate cross country trail connecting the popular ‘Wishing Well’ spot to the Gully region at the base of the International Poma and Gully Chairlift at the entrance to the Resort.

A third party operator will shortly be commencing a downhill shuttle service, to take riders to the top of the trails together with offering bike hire options.

At this stage, Falls Creek Resort Management is two years into a four year mountain bike development project funded by the State Government of Victoria. Construction for stage three will commence this summer and be ready for us in 2014/15, ending in stage four operational by 2015/16. In total, 3 downhill and 11 cross country trails will be built in and amongst the Resorts ski runs.

#throwbackthursday: Klunking, mountain biking in the 70s

This segment, Klunking, is from the late 1970s, hosted by Steve Fox, and comes from the Paul Colardo (an Evening Magazine crew member) collection. This is one of the first segments that Paul produced.

Steve Kotton was the cameraman on this shoot and remember having to climb up the steep hillside. There was also a lawsuit against KPIX brought by one of the riders. He claimed that the camera crew were in the middle of the road and he crashed. He lost the lawsuit because the video clearly showed the side of the track location of the crew.

It is believed this piece was edited by Jim Farney.

Segments from the original Evening Magazine are brought to you courtesy the School of Multimedia Communications archive at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and Jan Yanehiro. These video pieces are under the ownership and copyright of CBS Television.

Racing: 24hr Solo Champ Jason English to race gravity enduro

The Rollercoaster Gravity Enduro NSW State Series Powered by Flow Mountain Bike will kick off on Monday, 27th January and organisers from Rocky Trail Entertainment have just confirmed that the current 24 Hour Solo World Champion Jason English will be at the start of at Ourimbah MTB Park near Wyong.

On new terrain in the gravity enduro scene, English will be up against the reigning NSW State Series Champion, Jon Odams from Sydney as well as the local rider Brad Kelly, the winner of last year’s Rollercoaster race at the popular venue on the Central Coast.

“I’ve been following the new gravity enduro format that Rocky Trail has been running in NSW over the past year and am excited to give it a go”, said Jason English for whom it will be a new type of racing event. The ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete from Port Macquarie has been dominating Australian marathon and cross-country endurance events over the past few years and said that he was curious about the new format that has taken the Australian mountain bike racing scene by storm. Event promoters Rocky Trail Entertainment were one of the first to host gravity enduro events in 2012, adapting the popular European and American racing concept for the local terrains. In Australian gravity enduro events the times of two to three race tracks add up to 15-20 minutes and are dominated by technical descents and short pinch climbs with neutral rides or shuttles to the starts in between.

Sweet air time, Jas! But you'll need to get wilder than that to beat the likes of Brad Kelly and Jon Odams.
Sweet air time, Jas! But you’ll need to get wilder than that to beat the likes of Brad Kelly and Jon Odams.

Race director Martin Wisata said that the format had been attracting both downhill and cross-country racers and that he expected the Ourimbah venue to sell out by the weekend, “We have limited the rider number to about 200 to cater for the local track set up and logistics. The track conditions are ideal right now and it will take an all-rounder of a mountain biker to take out the fastest time on this track.” Wisata added that there would be two timed race tracks and that he expected a wide variety of racers at the event, including juniors and female riders. “We have strong male and female elite fields and also the age categories have been very popular. A lot of mates enjoy the ‘pure mountain biking element’ of this type of racing – it’s about a day out on the bikes together and the added competitive challenge of the timed runs.”

 

Brad Kelly knows these trails better than anyone. He can actually ride them by feel alone, like a Jedi.
Brad Kelly knows these trails better than anyone. He can actually ride them by feel alone, like a Jedi.

The hosting club for this Round 1 will be the Central Coast Ourimbah MTB Club and with Brad Kelly from Watanobbi they have a local downhill favourite on the start line. The 36-year old is one of the regular builders and custodians of the Ourimbah trails he is expected to dominate on his home track. Among the elite riders he will have strong competition from the reigning Gravity Enduro NSW State Series Champion and cross-country whippet, 31-year old Jon Odams from Sans Souci.

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Racing: Fearon and Beecroft on fire at National DH Round 1

Connor Fearon (SA) and Danielle Beecroft (NSW) rode strong races on the technical Adelaide course to run away with the first DownHill elite wins of the season.

Fearon seeded fastest on Saturday and followed up with his first Elite win, on his birthday no less, since moving up to the Elite category in 2013, all while racing against a world-class field.

Racing took place on the downhill course at Eagle Mountain Bike Park in the hills of Adelaide, a venue that hosted the 2010-12 Australian Championships.

Early running saw both local Will Rischbeith (SA) and Joshua Button (NSW) spend time in the Subaru hot seat as the fastest rider, with Button’s time of 2:04.03 holding up for third place overall.

The Elite Men’s race, however, was always likely to feature both of the Adelaide prodigies Troy Brosnan (SA) and Connor Fearon. In the words of Brosnan, the pair have featured on podiums together “almost too many” times.

Brosnan, the 2010-11 Junior World Champion, has had an amazing year finishing in the top 10 of the UCI World Cup Season. He seeded second on Saturday, and was the second-last rider down his home track in Adelaide in the final.

With a clean run, managing to go 1.07 seconds faster than his seeding run on the Saturday, he found himself the fastest rider in a time of 2:02.33 with only Fearon left on track. This time would ultimately secure second place, and Brosnan said “I’ve had a pretty good off-season training, trying to improve and second place here at home behind Connor is pretty good”.

Brosnan spoke with confidence about his and Fearon’s place in the Australian downhill landscape in 2013. “Connor’s riding really fast at the moment and it’s hard – it’s likely to be between us two for the season”.

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Troy Brosnan will be looking to equalise in Buller.

Fearon knew since yesterday that he would be the last rider down the hill for the event, and as he came out of the rock garden the screams from the crowd let him know that he was in with a chance.

Keeping the final switchbacks low and smooth, he finished in a time of 2:00.89, 1.44 seconds clear of Brosnan and the field.

“It feels awesome to win, I raced all of last year in Elite and didn’t get a win, so I was super hungry, on my birthday, and it’s my home town as well”.

He spoke about the tough conditions. “It was a bit faster today but a few corners were sandy so I had to be cautious”.

He plans to contest the whole World Cup season this year. “I’ve been training really hard, both for the World Cups and the National season to be a bit fitter.

In the Elite Women’s race, a dominant performance by Danielle Beecroft saw her win her first national race at the elite level.

“I couldn’t be more excited – it’s a great way to start the year and hopefully I can keep it going”, said Beecroft.

Beecroft raced conservatively, today racing without jumping due to a small injury on Saturday. “I took it a bit easy today, kept it rubber side down and got down the track”.

In Under 19s Men’s racing, Andrew Crimmins (NSW) won in a time of 2:04.15, amazing still managing to win after a drivetrain malfunction in the final section of the track leaving him unable to pedal. Max Warshawsky (QLD) placed second, and Ben Hill (TAS) finished third.

In the Under 19s Women’s, rising junior Tegan Molloy (NSW) won in a time (2:25.79) that would see her claim the fastest female time of the day. Second place went to Ellie Wale (VIC).

Round 2 of the Subaru Australian Mountain Bike season will take place at Mt Buller, Victoria from 7-9 February and categories exist for riders of all levels to join in the national season action.
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Racing: Graves and King win National XCO Round 1

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Jared Graves (QLD) and Jenni King (VIC) have won the Cross Country Olympic races at the first round of the Subaru National Mountain Bike Season in Adelaide.

Riders faced a challenging course while completing laps of the Eagle Mountain Bike Park cross country course in Adelaide’s hills, and tough conditions in hot and windy weather.

In the Elite Men’s race, the simple version of the story is that Graves led from start to finish. Things were far more complex than that, however.

Graves, known for his ability to ride at an Elite level in almost any cycling discipline, has been World Champion in Mountain Biking’s Four Cross in 2009 and is regularly on the world podium in both the Down-Hill and Enduro disciplines.

Graves started strongly in todays race, with a close chasing group of Cameron Ivory (NSW), Brendan Johnston (ACT) and Michael Crosbie (VIC) at the end of the first lap.

During lap 2 Graves’ forks collapsed, and to the amazement of all he kept riding strongly. On the same lap, Crosbie made a passing move up to second place, and was made aware by spectators that the leading Graves was hampered due to his bike problems, and while he tried he couldn’t quite chase down the powering Graves.

Graves talked about his mechanical issue. “It caused my arms to be more tired than my legs, I could barely hold on”.

The race was his first National Cross-Country round win since being a junior 13 years ago. Graves was happy with the result, and other cross country riders may need to be on the lookout for some even stronger performances. “I’ve had 12 months of solid aerobic training, and I’m looking to build on this some more even”.

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In the Elite Women’s race, Tori Thomas (VIC), Jenni King (VIC) and Peta Mullens (VIC) dominated the field throughout.

Thomas led the race for the first 5 laps, with Mullens sitting tight behind in second.

Thomas, who would ultimately finish second, said “I was pleased to be mixing it up at the front, I had a pretty good lead at one stage but then I had a problem on a descent, but I’m really happy with today’s result”.

Eventual winner King was happy to sit in 3rd place for much of the race. “I went out fairly hard and then settled into a rhythm. I actually thought that I went out too hard and that’s why I backed off a fair bit.

She made her move on the second-last lap and managed to hold off Thomas in a sprint finish. “I thought with 2 laps to go I’m going to give it everything and really worked the descents and the little punchy hills”.

For the DownHill event, Saturday is the timed seeding day, where riders compete for start times in Sunday’s finals.

Danielle Beecroft had the fastest time (2:34.06) for Elite Women in her first official race in the category after stepping up from juniors. “I was pretty happy, I just cruised down and had some fun and I’ll see how I go tomorrow”.

In the Elite Men’s seeding, local Connor Fearon led the field with the fastest overall time (2:02.87) of the day. “It was pretty slippery, I think the key was to keep your speed consistent and not try too hard”.

Both will lead racing in Sunday’s Downhill finals as the first round of the series to an action-packed close.

Yesterday’s racing saw the Cross Country Eliminator format. Reigning Oceania Champion Rowena Fry was the hot favourite in the Elite Women’s final, and she raced Sarah Holmes (SA), Emily Parkes (NSW) and young gun Sarah Tucknott (WA).

Just as in the Oceania Championships, Parkes started strong leading the field onto the first climb. Unfortunately Parkes lost traction on the inside line and crashed allowing the rest of the field to pass.

From this position Fry took the lead, never looking back to claim the Round 1 XCE win. Holmes claimed second place in a sprint finish behind Fry and Parkes managed to recover from her earlier crash claiming final podium position in third.

In the Elite Men’s Eliminator, Cameron Ryan (SA) led the field from the gun, and maintained a lead in a close race from the fastest seeded Ivory.

Both riders negotiated the technical elements well, and on the final corner, Ivory made a strong passing move and then maintained his efforts to out-sprint the local Ryan to take the win. Third place went to Connor Mackne (NSW).

Video: One Speed, One Heart – across China on a singlespeed

Following a bike trip in Japan, Craig Maddison was struck down with a rare and extremely deadly virus called Endocarditis. He underwent a massive operation to repair a valve in his heart yet 6 months later and with a massive scar right down his chest, Craig is heading back east and about to take on a truly immense challenge: to cycle across China on his single speed bike.

He will be on medication for the rest of his life but this is not going to stop him from taking on the challenge of his life which will involve cycling 1,900km in just 10 days One Speed, One Heart documents one man’s determination to do what he loves, put the past to rest and move forward into the future on 2 wheels and on a single speed.

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Video: Church

Brandon Blakely, Zach Heaton, and Evan Voss were the motivators behind Church. Our friendship was forged in college through riding bikes, with a mutual interest for multiple sports and the refined skillset that goes hand in hand with mastery of those disciplines.

We have traveled distances together for riding but for this trip Brandon and Evan were the bike men and Zach manned the no-fun-gun (camera). With three days of perfect October weather we attempted to capture our mutual appreciation for Fall in North Carolina.

Why Church? It started as a joke, pulled from some kayaking edit. Over a couple months it turned into something more. I would find myself completely winded at the end of a long climb saying “What a fine Church service this mornin” and it would put a gigantic smile on my face. We are certainly not the pioneers of the term but have managed to redefine it and call “Church” our own. Going to Church is leagues beyond riding your bike. It is an appreciation of life expressed through what you are passionate about. For us, it is goofing off while keeping our minds youthful and fresh while at the same time shredding our local trails to the best of our ability.

These elements encompass Church for us.

Church from ZfH Productions on Vimeo.

Music: Creative music composed from sampling the sounds of a bike.

Johnnyrandom | Bespoken from Johnnyrandom on Vimeo.

Composer Johnnyrandom breaks new ground with musical compositions made exclusively from everyday objects. His debut single, “Bespoken”, explores the full potential of sounds generated from bicycles and their components, transcending the role of traditional instrumentation as the accepted method for creating beautiful and thought-provoking music. The following video gives a glimpse into the creative process behind this unique composition.

Also, you can check out more of his individual samples taken from his bike here, on Soundcloud.

Video: Snowscoot it

You might have heard or you might have even tried a Blackmountain snowscoot before but « SNOWSCOOT IT » is about to make you want to try or try again and go on the hunt for fresh powder, or look for some nice wood sections or snowpark action.

Fabien Cousinié , MTB world cup rider , 3 times snowscoot world champ and Enguerran Aubry show you the diversity of what you can do on a snowscoot. Some new possibilities such as scrubing or taking the lift standing up on the handle bars!

SNOWSCOOT IT , is also the first time snowscoot is filmed in slowmotion to make sure you have time to see how rad and easy it can be.
If for your 2014 resolution you’ve planned to tried something different , riding a Blackmountain snowscoot in the powder should be on your list !

Snowscoot it from UR Team on Vimeo.

Australia’s first modular pump track ready to ride at Mt Buller

Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management is thrilled to announce the arrival of Australia’s first modular bike pump track, which is now ready to ride. Designed and constructed by award winning Czech company Bikeparkitect, the pump track is the newest addition to Mt Buller’s continually evolving world class bike park, and features numerous bumps, jumps and berms.

This man-made closed circuit differs from traditional pump tracks made of dirt, in that it can be easily moved and remodelled to create endless course options for riders. The track is made up of 88 parts, is interchangeable and has 102 linear metres of rideable surface. It is designed to allow mountain bikers to ride the course continuously without pedalling, by using weight shifts (pumping) and gravity to drive momentum.

Set to be positioned in the Mt Buller Village, the pump track will be perfect for beginners practicing balance, learning skills and improving confidence on a bike before heading out onto the trails as well as also being perfectly suited to intermediate and advanced riders looking for a new challenge. Fun for everyone, the pump track is suitable for use by all ages and abilities including kids and can be ridden on any size or type of bike.

Pump Track

Chief Executive Officer of Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management, John Huber, is excited for the new product the resort will have on offer. “Continual diversification of our bike offering ensures that Mt Buller is able to maintain its position as the premier mountain bike destination in the state, offering a premium bike experience to all levels of riders that is internationally recognised.”

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“We hope to see an even further increase in our summer visitation by attracting new events that will utilise the pump track for competition purposes, as well as a wide range of other users including scooters, skateboarders and inline skaters,” Huber said. “The addition of the track will also help to create a buzz and add to the vibrancy in the Village, as riders on a pump track are great for spectators to watch and will provide entertainment to all resort visitors.”

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It comes together in only a few hours, really amazing!

Mt Buller is Australia’s first and only accredited IMBA Ride Center, recognised as offering world-class mountain bike facilities for all levels of riders. This iconic mountain bike park currently features over 100km of cross country trails including 40km of dedicated singletrack; Australia’s best cross country trail (Stonefly); two skills parks; the country’s first flow-down trail (Copperhead); Australia’s first modular pump track; and the only chairlift accessible downhill course in the state.

For further information on Mt Buller’s comprehensive network of trails, visit mtbuller.com.au.

Trails: Old Mans Valley Stage 2 announced

The official word from trail builders, Dirt Art: Dirt Art are excited to announce that our company has been selected to develop the second stage of the highly-popular Old Mans Valley Mountain Bike Park in Hornsby, NSW.

The 2.1km (approximate) trail develop will build upon the existing trails to create a wide range of new, world-class riding opportunities.  The development will include a number of natural and built-form trail features, including some newly designed features that have only just left our CAD program.  Work is set to commence in late January/early February, with anticipated construction period of 4-5 weeks.  Our team is looking forward to hitting the ground to turn the first soil on what will be an exciting new network of trails.

Flow Nation: Mt Buller, Day 3

Stonefly has been named as Australia’s best trail many times, no wonder why.

This single track loop is the crown in the jewel of the incredible trail network around Mt Buller. World Trail have created a masterpiece, a truly wonderful experience in the form of a single track climb and descent that blurs the line between a scenic tour and a real thrill.

Check out first and second days in Buller here.

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Stonefly takes you through the full range of vegetation that Buller has to offer, from green, fern-filled rainforest, to open woodland and all the way up to alpine above tree line.

It’s quite an undertaking to ride Stonefly, it climbs up alongside the summit of the mighty Mt Stirling, the other big whopping mountain you can see clearly from the Mt Buller village. But although it may sound a bit backwards, we believe the climb is as good – if not better – than the descent back down. It’s not one of those climbs that grinds up, and up and up, it has been lovingly built to take in the best parts of the climb, and provides the rider with many moments to rest and recover.

From the greenest of green ferns, to open gum tree woods dripping with bark and up higher into the ghost-white alpine forests, the trail also crosses bubbling stream and waterfalls with delicious cold water. It’s a trail built to last, with extensive armouring and a great mixture of natural and imported features to help the delicate terrain withstand years of happy tyres humming along.

When you make it to the top, it’s time to make the call – slog the 1.5km diversion to the summit of Mt Stirling – or begin the ball tearing descent down Stonefly straight away. You’d be crazy not to visit the top at least once, the views are gargantuan, so vast, it makes the whole Buller experience a very special one, with views of where you have been, going and where the Epic Trail is under construction. Sit under the lone tree, an old wiry gum that must have made it through the wildest of conditions over hundreds of years.

And when you get back to the post the signals the start of the Stonefly descent, you’ve got a lot to be excited about, so much to look forward to lies ahead!

The descent is fast, and bloody exciting. By the time you get rolling, you don’t really slow down until the bottom. Built by riders who love to shred fast, the flowing singletrack makes the most out of the hard-earned elevation.

Riding behind someone accentuates the flowiness of the trail, when you turn one way, the rider ahead turns the other, and it repeats over and over again. The corners are bliss, and there are plenty of sneaky lines to jump next time, or if you’re a bit reckless, go for it.

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Large parts of the terrain around Buller have been logged, way back in the early 1900s. Many of the original bench cuts put in by the loggers are still visible and sometimes form backbone for the new trails.
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The Mt Stirling summit isn’t actually part of the Stonefly loop, but it’s only a 700-metre diversion. It’s a real grunt of a climb to the peak, but the view is definitely worth it.
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The views from the Stirling summit are incredible.

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That’s the Buller village, way, way in the distance. To ride the full loop of Stonefly from the village is a decent old undertaking, so leave yourself three to four hours.
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The lone tree on the Stirling summit. Who knows how long this fella has been up here fighting the elements.

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It’s a great time of year to be in Buller, with all the wild flowers out the trails look fantastic.
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Letting it all hang out on the Stonefly descent. There’s a reason so many people rate this as the best trail bike descent in the country – you forget the climb pretty damn quickly!

Flow Nation: Mt Buller, Day 2

On day 1 in Mt Buller, we got chatting with Norm Douglas, a fella who spends a lot of time up here. His favourite ride? “The Delatite River Trail,” he said, “it’s got something for everybody.” And so taking that recommendation on board, that’s where we pointed ourselves for our second day on the Buller trails.

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The Buller team have developed a great smart phone app to help you get the most out of your time on the trails. It has trail maps, trail info and loads more – definitely worth the download (it’s free).

As you begin the long, winding drive up the mountain to the peak of Buller, you pass a beautiful park and camping ground at Mirimbah; this is where the Delatite River Trail exits, right at the very base of the hill. And its start? Well that’s way, way, way up the mountain – this is a long, generous run, the likes of which are almost unknown in Australia.

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The sky-high eucalypts that surround the Delatite River trail are beautiful, just don’t hit one.

There are many, many aspects that make the Delatite a ride that is guaranteed to stick in your memory. There’s the sheer speeds you reach, fast enough to leave you short of gears; the lingering threat of potential carnage should you stray off the ride line in the rubble strewn fireroad fringe; the towering gums that stretch out of the gullies; the thirteen bridges that span the bubbling waters of the Delatite River… But for us, it’s the way the Delatite Trail just keeps on giving which really stands out. Just when you’re 100% certain you’ve reached bottom, the trail begins descending once again, and you’ve just got to laugh – “it’s still going!”

A dip in the river and a coffee at the excellent Mirimbah store is the perfect way to finish it all off before jumping in the shuttle bus back to the village. Paradise, or what?

Our afternoon was spent on a very different trail, Copperhead. Where the Delatite is raw and natural, Copperhead is a manmade, sculpted flow trail that snakes its way down the ski runs. It’s the ideal trail bike friendly accompaniment to International, Buller’s downhill race track. Berms aplenty, massive corners and a surface that keeps you on your toes, Copperhead doesn’t need a bike with lots of travel for you to have a good time. it’s also the ideal trail for when your legs are blown and the thought of riding back up is enough to send you to the pub.

Tomorrow, we’re taking on Stonefly, a trail we’d have to rate as one of the best in the country.

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World Trail’s Ryan De La Rue joined us on the trails again today. He carries a telescoping fishing rod in his pack – what a legend! He normally bags a trout or two on every outing, but they weren’t biting today.
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There are 13 of these bridges that span the Delatite as you hammer towards Mirimbah. Talk about iconic.
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A quick foot spa in the refreshing (cold) waters of the river before jumping into the shuttle bus.
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Copperhead lets you make the most of the chairlift for some quick vertical, even if you’re not riding a downhill bike.

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Tech: SRAM licenses X-Sync chain ring technology

Since its successful and celebrated introduction 2 years ago, SRAM’s popular single-ring 1X™ Drivetrains featuring X-SYNC chainrings continue to gain popularity. In an effort to provide consumers more choice – SRAM has licensed this valuable, precision-based technology to two industry partners.

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This December we formally signed two license agreements for the technology, one with Canadian-based Chromag, the other with the Accell Group. Both of these top-tier industry suppliers will be manufacturing their own versions of SRAM’s X-SYNC rings, to be distributed through their own networks. Both suppliers will continue to use and support all SRAM 1X™ Drivetrain components in addition to this license.

This narrow-wide design (also referred to as thick-thin) is an original SRAM technology, designed and engineered to be paired with matching SRAM components to ensure proper function. Imitation rings not manufactured to proper SRAM specifications may result in rapid wear and poor mud clearance, both of which may result in dropped chains.

SRAM has filed numerous patent applications on narrow-wide / thick-thin tooth geometry. Our German engineering teams invented narrow-wide / thick-thin chain retention for bicycles and we continue to improve on it. We strongly believe consumers deserve both choice and design integrity in the products they purchase. SRAM reserves the right to enforce its intellectual property in all matters relating to X-SYNC.

Flow Nation: Mt Buller, Day 1

It’s been a good half dozen years now since the Mt Buller team embarked on mission to become Australia’s leading alpine mountain bike destination. No doubt, it’s a mission well accomplished.

We’ve been coming to Mt Buller, making the solid drive down the Hume, for a long while now. Originally, back in the nineties and early two-thousands, it was the downhill track that drew us here. But now it’s the staggering quality and quantity of the Buller cross country trails that keeps us coming back.

Every time we’ve returned to Buller since 2007, we’ve been surprised by the pace of the trail development. And we’re not just talking a few new sections of trail here and there, but massive projects – huge, beautiful loops like Stonefly, or lifted flow trails like Copperhead. This time around, Buller’s embarking on an even bigger undertaking, a 40km IMBA-recognised ‘epic’ trail. The IMBA Epic tag isn’t one that’s given out lightly, and when this trail is completed it’ll be the first of its kind in Australia.

But that’s in the future, and for now we’ve got three days to soak up everything that Buller has to offer. Here’s a taste of our first day on the trails; come back tomorrow for more, and hold tight for a Flow Nation video soon too.

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The scrappy fireroad descent that once linked the village to the rest of the Buller trail network is long gone. In its place is the new Split Rock trail, a punchy, rocky, bermed trail. Fantastic stuff.
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If you’re ever looking for a reason to stay the night in Buller after a day on the trails, this is it. The sunsets from the summit will blow your mind.
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With the wild flowers out at the moment, Buller is prettier than ever. Pity about the rider.

 

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Trail builder Ryan De La Rue showed us around the trails this afternoon, as we tried to keep up. This is the view we saw a lot of.

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Climbing back up the village was once a serious mission, but a new, mellow singletrack now makes the ascent a pleasure. In places where the terrain is impassable, bridges have been brought in to get you through.

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Warm days, dusty trails. Feels like summer!
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Norm and Jess Douglas, of Forrest fame, have recently opened up The Corner Store in the Buller village. It’s a great little hangout, with excellent coffee and food, and really fun vibe. It’s cool to have a place like this in town.

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World Trail’s Ryan De La Rue, a super relaxed mountain man. When he’s not building trails, he’s planning his next backcountry adventure or making the most of the mountain lifestyle.
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Misty Twist is looking, and riding, better than ever. The trail has formed into a perfect flow line, 12-inches wide, carving through the wildflowers.
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Hooking in at the peak of the Cornhill descent.

Video: Santa Cruz Jackal

When Logan Peat and Josh Bryceland rolled into Santa Cruz on their Jackals, we rolled up in a 1949 GM 4101 Union Pacific Streamliner to show them around.

Still using its original super-charged two-stroke straight-six Detroit Diesel power plant connected to a Spicer 4-speed manual transmission, the “Crazy Train” is the last running coach of ten, made for ferrying passengers from Union Pacific’s Los Angeles terminal in the fifties and sixties.

Still using unique sliding dropouts to accommodate gears or single speeds, connected to the frame via compact chainstays on a super-strong asymmetrical yoke, the Jackal was made for ferrying passengers over dirt jumps, street obstacles, amusement parks and anything else you might encounter on a rampage around town.

Santa Cruz Jackal from Santa Cruz Bicycles on Vimeo.

Racing : 2014 Australian National Series – Round 1 Entries Now Open

The weekend’s schedule can be found here.

http://mtb.subaru.com.au/national-series/round-1/

Situated 13km SE of the city centre in the foothills of the Lofty Ranges, Eagle Mountain Bike Park is the best known trail centre in the city and one of the most accessible mountain biking locations in Australia.

Round 1 of the Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Season will see this legendary venue host the XCE, XCO and DHI events over the opening weekend of Australia’s only World Tour event, the Santos Tour Down Under.

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Out at Eagle Park, Australian mountain biking’s pain merchants will take on the greatest hits of the 21kms of steep and deep cross country trails. Designed by Evan James, there’s a lot of singletrack requiring aggressive passing moves.

Expect: Rocks, switchbacks and loose, rutted trails but also some faster stuff too.

Watch out for local boy and current Australian Mountain Bike National Champion, Chris Jongewaard.

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The Eagle Park DHI course is not the steepest around but it makes up for it with its technical demands. A dirty great rock garden and more opportunities to come off than a rodeo.

Expect: Bodies bouncing off rocks and the smoothest bike handler to take the day.

Watch out for locals Laura Kelly and Dana Ross going toe-to-toe in the Junior Female class.

Video: All We Together 2 – Czech republic video project

The three top Czech trial riders on different machines, but with just one trials heart combined their ideas into the unique trials project called ALL WE TOGETHER.

Three machines, three riders and a few days of riding in western style. These all created next part of AWT project showing strength of the Czech trials.

Adam Gerža – UNICYCLE – 3rd at the European Championship 2013
Vašek Kolář – BIKE – World Vice Champion Elite 2013
Martin Matějíček – MOTO – Czech Junior Champion 2013, 7th at the World Championship Youth 2013

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Video: Trail Ninja in Scotland

Everything you need to know to go ride one of the BEST singletrack loops there is: Kirroughtree, Scotland.

In a moment of GoPro madness our Trail Ninja shuns the lure of the Mediterranean to man up and head North to Scotland to mountain bike in November instead. BRRR. While seeing what singletrack sauciness can be squeezed from Kirroughtree, our southerner comes face to face with his real side…

MTBing Kirroughtree, Scotland – Is It the Land of the Brave? | Trail Ninja, Ep. 9

Video: Death Road base jump – yes as stupid as it sounds

Recently we (gravitybolivia.com) were contracted to provide logistical support, rescue support, and medical contingencies for a B.A.S.E. jumping “experiment” off the Bolivian Death Road.

Unfortunately the jump didn’t go quite as well as planned as you will see in the video, however I am pleased to report that owing to all the advance rescue and medical support preparations we were able to extract the “crasher” quickly and he suffered only minor injuries, specifically as he puts it: “a broken arse, fractures in his forearm, and cut tendons in his knee”. We would also like to thank the Bolivian Search and Rescue guys who helped us out from: Grupo SAR Bolivia 2ºCompañia Santa Bárbara.

Death Road base jump … on a bike… movie – yes as stupid as it sounds. from Alistair Matthew on Vimeo.

Racing: Join Flow in 2014 at the NSW Rollercoaster Gravity Enduro Series.

We will battle on 4 different and unique locations for the official title of NSW State Series Winner and State Champion.

Registration for round one, on Australia Day long weekend at Ourimbah is now open!

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Round 1 Ourimbah 27 January 2014

Championships Thredbo 12 April 2014

Round 2 Kempsey 29 June 2014

Round 3 Glenworth Valley 16 November 2014

 

Round 1 – Ourimbah MTB Park

Home to one of the first ever All Mountain races in NSW. It’s a great track where the top is DH heavy, with a middle bit where you will need to pedal and the final stretch on the track called the Rollercoaster where it’s all about beeing smooth and fast.

Start on the DemoTrail to familiarise yourself with the timing system. Your time here will not be added to the overall time but may be used for seeding.

2 different tracks with the same finish – shuttled runs to the top of 1 track, riding to the top of the other – 1 timed run on each track – combined time counts.

 

Championships – Thredbo

The brand new all mountain flow track is a crowd favourite. It will be by far the longest track of all of them. This race will be part of the Rocky Trail Gravity Weekend in Thredbo combined with the RedAss Downhill State Championships.

1 track – chairlift to the top – 2 runs each – combined time counts

 

Round 2 – Kempsey

Kempsey Macleay Off Road Cyclists are a club dedicated to Gravity Enduro racing and invited us to play on their hometrack.

2 tracks – 1 timed run per track – combined time counts – no shuttles

 

Round 3 – Glenworth Valley

A brand new location very close to Sydney. We will have 1 track there and a road up where we will use shuttles.

1 track – shuttled runs to the top – 2 runs each – combined time counts

http://www.rockytrailentertainment.com/events/Rollercoaster-overview.html