News: Kowalski Trail App, Kowen Forest and Sparrow Hill in Your Pocket

The trail network in East Kowen Forest and Sparrow Hill is the Canberra region’s most popular ride destination. Hand tooled by a small but insanely dedicated group of trail builders, the trail network has now become so huge that we felt an App was needed to help riders discover them all. So we built one with our friends.

The Kowalski’s Trail Buddy App contains everything you need to explore the famous mountain bike trails in East Kowen Forest and Sparrow Hill.

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It includes:
– A detailed map showing the entire trail network
– Every trail listed (all 126 of them) and distances
– Information about the local trail builders & trail building
– Suggested trail rides and course loops like the Mont 24 Hour and Kowalski Classic (to be added soon), and
– Upcoming major events

Whether you ride the trails regularly or there for the very first time, this App will be the handiest tool in your pack, especially if you want to ride that trail you’ve heard good things about or find your way back to the car! Ride the Kow (Kowen) and the Bird (Sparrow).

Simply download the App form normal channels and use your phone’s GPS to show where you are on the map. Enjoy your ride!

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These trails have been built by Canberra’s most renowned trail builders: Paul Cole, Alan Anderson, the mysterious Kowalski Brothers and their dedicated trail crew.

News: Specialized announce 650B Stumpjumper, official release

OUR POSITION – BIGGER IS BETTER. EXCEPT WHEN IT’S NOT.

We believe in big wheels. When they are built properly for the rider and the experience; riders should ride the biggest wheel they can. 29ers are fast, stable, and fun to ride but not all 29ers are created equal. We have developed our Specialized style to minimize the negatives of a larger wheel by focusing on light weight, capability, and fun factor. From recreational hardtails to World-Cup-winning XC race machines to All-Mountain bikes and equipment for men and women—the Specialized 29er advantage is proven.

However, we know not every rider wants to ride a 29er; we will continue to serve the rider with a smaller wheel size. We are happy to introduce our first 650b bike, of course with experience and wheel size specific geometry, the Stumpjumper FSR EVO 650b.

WHY 650b NOW?

650b has the advantage over 26” in traction, stability, & roll-over. Additionally, our priority is serving the riders, who have clearly asked for this type of bike. We are not slowing down one pedal stroke on 29-inch innovation, as we believe in 29ers. Nevertheless, there are two clear scenarios when a smaller wheel, that is potentially lighter & quicker accelerating, may make sense for some riders.

  1. Playful: When the rider wants to change directions slightly quicker. The smaller wheels on the 650b bike may feel a little more nimble. Don’t forget our modern 29er geometry still retains shorter rear ends than most companies’ 650b offerings.
  2. Size:Whenbikesizingorintimidationfromtallerwheelsisanissue.Wecanmakea 650b with more standover clearance on certain models. There are also some riders, particularly newer riders, who might be intimidated by the look of the 29-inch wheel.

Because of these reasons, we say, “BIGGER IS BETTER. EXCEPT WHEN IT’S NOT.”

WILL SPECIALIZED HAVE 3 WHEEL SIZES?

26” wheels will play a much smaller role in the future. They won’t go away altogether, but expect to see more 650b bikes and equipment. We call them 650b because that is what they are. The name 27.5” is misleading, as they are not in the middle of 29” & 26”.

Our tire team has already introduced 650b tyres, while the Roval team is also working to provide the best wheels to the rider. As our position has been from the beginning, we will deliver the best bikes and equipment lines that will help the rider. This rad new 650b bike will be available in shops on at the end of April, 2014.

About Specialized
Specialized was founded in 1974 by riders for riders. Based in Northern California, we focus on the rider’s need for functional and technically advanced products that provide a performance benefit.

News: World’s Fastest Downhill Team Announce 650B GT Fury

With the first round of the British Downhill Series kicking off at Antur Stiniog this weekend, Round 1 of the Downhill World Cup in Pietermaritzburg just 15 days away and Round 1 of the Enduro World Series set to kick off in Chile seven days later the GT Factory Racing team met with fans and the media at the headquarters of Red Bull UK.  The team unveiled new bikes and race kit and chatted about the strength that they draw from being part of the immensely successful Atherton/GT bicycles collaboration and their individual goals as they gear up for 2014.

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In this 3rd year of partnership with GT Factory Racing the team will be aiming to defend the “World’s Fastest Downhill team” Title which they have held for the previous two years as well as a World Championship, Overall World Series wins in Downhill and Enduro, two British National Championships and two British Series Championships.

The team will be aboard a couple of prototype bikes from GT this year, these bikes have been built to the needs of the race team and at present there are no plans to take them into production. The most obvious upgrade to the Fury is the move to 650b wheels, which the team have tested extensively for the past 6 months. The team have worked closely with GT’s chief engineer Etienne Warney on a few other modifications, which will remain a closely guarded secret while Atherton Racing and GT strive together to produce the fastest bikes on the circuit.

Downhill Team

Gee Atherton, Men’s Elite – World Cup Ranking 2nd

Rachel Atherton, Women’s Elite  – World Champion, Overall World Cup Series Winner

Marc Beaumont, Men’s Elite – World Cup Ranking 20th

Taylor Vernon, Junior

Marc Beaumont
Marc Beaumont

Enduro Team

Dan Atherton

Martin Maes – Junior World Champion

Following the actual and potential success of our junior riders Taylor and Martin and the acknowledging the contribution they have made to the development of the team we will be supporting a third young rider, 14 year old Kade Edwards from Huddersfield, through our Atherton Academy. The Academy will become a stepping stone programme guiding young talent through the initial stages of their race careers.

Team Director Dan Brown said “We are delighted to be racing into 2014 with the same winning formula of rider line-up and sponsor partnerships. 2013 saw some significant developments and some exciting successes, we plan to build upon these successes and redress a few hardships. There’ll be some changes for sure, as team director I’ll do everything I can to let the riders shine and I’m confident that my support team and all of the sponsors are right behind me.”

2013 was an vintage year for Rachel Atherton with a World Championship win, Overall series win in World Cup, she overtook Steve Peat’s World Cup victories to became the most awarded British Mountain-biker in the history of the sport and helped to put Downhill Mountain-biking on the mainstream sports fans’ map when she won the inaugural BT action Woman of the year award.

Rachel, in her lovely World Champs jersey
Rachel, in her lovely World Champs jersey

Rachel said, “I cannot wait to get started on 2014. People ask if I’m satisfied and where I will find a challenge but I will never be satisfied, and I’m fully aware that the Women racers are getting faster and stronger every season. If they want those titles they are going to have to push me hard for them.”

Gee Atherton is recognised as one of the most consistently successful mountain-bikers ever to race. 2013 looked to be the year he might take the overall World Cup Series for the second time in his career but in a nail-biting final he was beaten back to second place. This year he aims to change that – and there is the small matter of a World Championship to contend.

Gee said “ Everything is here for me – the new bikes are great, we have an amazing support system in place and I’m coming off the back of a great winter’s training – now it’s down to me to put it all together for the win.”

Marc Beaumont agreed,  “ I think we are all feeling really good. Everybody knows that I was disappointed with where I ended up last year but I’ll be looking to get back into the top 10 – pre season has gone well, I’m really comfortable with the new bike it feels amazing…I know that I have the capability and the support necessary to make happen so I won’t rest until I’m back up there.

Taylor Vernon said “ Last year was so hard for me but thanks to incredible support from my family, the Injury management team at Harris and Ross and all of the GT Factory Racing team I’m ready to race again. I’ve learnt a lot from this whole experience and I’m stoked to be getting back out there.

Taylor Vernon, back from a horrific crash last year
Taylor Vernon, back from a horrific crash last year

Dan Atherton said,  “I am devastated to be missing Round 1 of the World Series, I’ve never been more ready to race, but I‘ve been here many times before and I know exactly the path I need to take to get race fit again.”

Martin Maes, the enduro wild kid
Martin Maes, the enduro wild kid

Martin Maes said  “I am massively disappointed for Dan and I’ll miss having my friend and mentor with me in Chile but at the same time I’m massively excited to get the season started – it’s been agreed that I can start with the General Classification

News: World's Fastest Downhill Team Announce 650B GT Fury

With the first round of the British Downhill Series kicking off at Antur Stiniog this weekend, Round 1 of the Downhill World Cup in Pietermaritzburg just 15 days away and Round 1 of the Enduro World Series set to kick off in Chile seven days later the GT Factory Racing team met with fans and the media at the headquarters of Red Bull UK.  The team unveiled new bikes and race kit and chatted about the strength that they draw from being part of the immensely successful Atherton/GT bicycles collaboration and their individual goals as they gear up for 2014.

Team_Portrait

In this 3rd year of partnership with GT Factory Racing the team will be aiming to defend the “World’s Fastest Downhill team” Title which they have held for the previous two years as well as a World Championship, Overall World Series wins in Downhill and Enduro, two British National Championships and two British Series Championships.

The team will be aboard a couple of prototype bikes from GT this year, these bikes have been built to the needs of the race team and at present there are no plans to take them into production. The most obvious upgrade to the Fury is the move to 650b wheels, which the team have tested extensively for the past 6 months. The team have worked closely with GT’s chief engineer Etienne Warney on a few other modifications, which will remain a closely guarded secret while Atherton Racing and GT strive together to produce the fastest bikes on the circuit.

Downhill Team

Gee Atherton, Men’s Elite – World Cup Ranking 2nd

Rachel Atherton, Women’s Elite  – World Champion, Overall World Cup Series Winner

Marc Beaumont, Men’s Elite – World Cup Ranking 20th

Taylor Vernon, Junior

Marc Beaumont
Marc Beaumont

Enduro Team

Dan Atherton

Martin Maes – Junior World Champion

Following the actual and potential success of our junior riders Taylor and Martin and the acknowledging the contribution they have made to the development of the team we will be supporting a third young rider, 14 year old Kade Edwards from Huddersfield, through our Atherton Academy. The Academy will become a stepping stone programme guiding young talent through the initial stages of their race careers.

Team Director Dan Brown said “We are delighted to be racing into 2014 with the same winning formula of rider line-up and sponsor partnerships. 2013 saw some significant developments and some exciting successes, we plan to build upon these successes and redress a few hardships. There’ll be some changes for sure, as team director I’ll do everything I can to let the riders shine and I’m confident that my support team and all of the sponsors are right behind me.”

2013 was an vintage year for Rachel Atherton with a World Championship win, Overall series win in World Cup, she overtook Steve Peat’s World Cup victories to became the most awarded British Mountain-biker in the history of the sport and helped to put Downhill Mountain-biking on the mainstream sports fans’ map when she won the inaugural BT action Woman of the year award.

Rachel, in her lovely World Champs jersey
Rachel, in her lovely World Champs jersey

Rachel said, “I cannot wait to get started on 2014. People ask if I’m satisfied and where I will find a challenge but I will never be satisfied, and I’m fully aware that the Women racers are getting faster and stronger every season. If they want those titles they are going to have to push me hard for them.”

Gee Atherton is recognised as one of the most consistently successful mountain-bikers ever to race. 2013 looked to be the year he might take the overall World Cup Series for the second time in his career but in a nail-biting final he was beaten back to second place. This year he aims to change that – and there is the small matter of a World Championship to contend.

Gee said “ Everything is here for me – the new bikes are great, we have an amazing support system in place and I’m coming off the back of a great winter’s training – now it’s down to me to put it all together for the win.”

Marc Beaumont agreed,  “ I think we are all feeling really good. Everybody knows that I was disappointed with where I ended up last year but I’ll be looking to get back into the top 10 – pre season has gone well, I’m really comfortable with the new bike it feels amazing…I know that I have the capability and the support necessary to make happen so I won’t rest until I’m back up there.

Taylor Vernon said “ Last year was so hard for me but thanks to incredible support from my family, the Injury management team at Harris and Ross and all of the GT Factory Racing team I’m ready to race again. I’ve learnt a lot from this whole experience and I’m stoked to be getting back out there.

Taylor Vernon, back from a horrific crash last year
Taylor Vernon, back from a horrific crash last year

Dan Atherton said,  “I am devastated to be missing Round 1 of the World Series, I’ve never been more ready to race, but I‘ve been here many times before and I know exactly the path I need to take to get race fit again.”

Martin Maes, the enduro wild kid
Martin Maes, the enduro wild kid

Martin Maes said  “I am massively disappointed for Dan and I’ll miss having my friend and mentor with me in Chile but at the same time I’m massively excited to get the season started – it’s been agreed that I can start with the General Classification

Fresh Product: Serfas TSL-2500 and 1000 Lights

TLS-2500

  • Max Lumens: 2500
  • Run Time: Overdrive: 2500 Lumens for 1:45 hours, High: 1600 Lumens for 2:45 hours, Medium: 1000 Lumens for 4 hours, Low: 600 Lumens for 7:30 hours
  • Modes: Overdrive, High, Medium, and Low
  • Weight: Light Body 183 grams and Battery Case 357 grams
  • Charge Time (Wall Charger): 4 Hours
  • Mounts included: Universal Handlebar Mount; Universal Helmet Mount

TLS-1000

  • Max Lumens: 1000
  • Thunderbolt Taillight Integrated into Battery Pack
  • Run Time: HEADLIGHT Only: Overdrive: 2 hours (1000 lumens); High: 3 hours and 10 minutes (650 lumens); Medium: 4 hours and 15 minutes; Flashing: 10 hours and 15 minutes. TAILLIGHT only: High Flash: 67 hours and 50 minutes; Low Flash: 108 hours (20 lumens); High Solid: 24 hours and 25 minutes (35 lumens); Standard Solid: 68 hours (20 lumens); Low Solid: 98 hours (10 lumens): HEAD and TAIL both on: Solid High: 2 hours and 5 minutes; Solid Low: 17 hours and 30 minutes
  • Modes: Headlight: Overdrive, High, Medium, Low and Flash; Taillight: High Flash, Low Flash, High Solid, Standard Solid, Low Solid
  • Weight: Headlight body: 80 grams; Battery Case: 140 grams. Taillight body: 80 grams.
  • Charge Time: 4 hours
  • Mounts included: Universal Handlebar Mount; Universal Helmet Mount

Video: Riding the new RockShox RS1 in California

The life of a professional cross-country rider allows precious little extra time to look around and soak up the surroundings. Even if you’ve got your priorities straight and make a daily effort to “stop and smell the roses,” the demands of the job all too often get in the way of pure off-road enjoyment.

So, in the late-winter months—before the world becomes confined to anaerobic laps alongside a hundred or so fellow racers, and between course-marking tape that acts both as a pathway as well as a barrier to the cheers (and jeers) of spectators—it’s good to get away and remember the point of riding mountain bikes in the first place.

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Before the first flag dropped on the 2014 racing season, we invited Kate Courtney and Russell Finsterwald to join us in Palm Springs, California, for a bit of desert singletrack that was completely free of clocks, coaches and competitors.

Basecamp was a mid-century modern masterpiece complete with a pool, grill, backyard fireplace and enough grass to set up our 10-dollar croquette set. Not wanting to subject our non-racer hours on Kate and Russell, however, we found them both rooms at Palm Springs’ legendary Ace Hotel—a design student’s dream and no doubt a welcome departure from the second-rate ski-town condos and run-down two-star hotels that are par for the course for a bike racer.

And as much as we wanted to overwhelm them with good food and soft beds, we wanted to give them a ride to remember, so we chose the Palm Canyon Epic.

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The Palm Canyon Epic is a cross-country-rider’s downhill, a 6,000-foot descent that also calls for more than 2,000 feet of climbing over the course of nearly 30 miles. Without number plates, the XC stars were able to relax and enjoy the massive desert vistas and cactus-lined Southern California singletrack.

It is, as they both agreed, about experiencing new places, new trails and different adventures, after all. That’s the reason they started riding in the first place—and it’s the reason they’re both lifelong mountain bikers.

Video: Cannondale Testing the New 2015 Jekyll using 27.5″ wheels, with a pinned Jerome Clementz

The most successful Enduro platform in the world evolves into an all-new race weapon with the 2015 Jekyll. Working with Enduro World Champion Jerome Clementz, we made his winning bike even winning-er with all-new geometry, SuperMax front suspension, a new Fox DYAD rear shock tune with increased travel, and of course, 27.5″ wheels.

Video: Cannondale Testing the New 2015 Jekyll using 27.5" wheels, with a pinned Jerome Clementz

The most successful Enduro platform in the world evolves into an all-new race weapon with the 2015 Jekyll. Working with Enduro World Champion Jerome Clementz, we made his winning bike even winning-er with all-new geometry, SuperMax front suspension, a new Fox DYAD rear shock tune with increased travel, and of course, 27.5″ wheels.

Racing: Cape Epic Prologue and Stage One, into the mountains.

PROLOGUE

HERMIDA AND VAN HOUTS TO WEAR YELLOW ZEBRA-STRIPED JERSEY FOR STAGE 1 OUT OF ROBERTSON

The fifth prologue in the eleven year history of the Absa Cape Epic set the seeding order for Stage 1 of the Untamed African Mountain Bike Race.

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Following the resounding success of the 2012 and 2013 Prologues, the eleventh edition of the race kicked off with a 23-kilometer prologue at Meerendal Wine Estate in the Durbanville Wine Valley – the mountain biking Mecca on Cape Town’s doorstep. The event saw 1 200 excited riders from 50 countries enjoy cool weather with the first group of riders starting their 8-day journey at 06:45. Short and filled with loads of purpose built single track, the Prologue was the first test for man and machine for the week to come. Rolling off the start ramp, the route took riders through the historic Manor House after which a surprising twist awaited before riders faced the challenging single track climb up “Stairway to Heaven” to the top of Dorstberg, a mountaintop which boasts magnificent 360 degree views of world famous landmarks such as Table Mountain, Robben Island and Cape Point. Pressed for time, teams had to forgo sight-seeing as they dove straight into a rugged, Renosterveld lined trail that descended into the quarry and adjacent Hoogekraal farm, where sweeping single track forming part of the Tygerberg Mountain Bike Club trail system lay in wait. Well bermed turns made for a fun roller coaster descent as the route ultimately headed back through steep vineyards and a steady climb past dairy fields onto the picturesque Meerendal Wine Estate, finishing off with some more single track, ensuring that riders finished their first day with big smiles on their faces.

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This time trial was a race against the clock to decide the seeding in the field and which teams will wear the coveted leader jerseys at the start of Stage 1 in Robertson.

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The Spanish/Dutch team of José Hermida and Rudi van Houts (Multivan Merida Biking) will wear the sough-after yellow zebra-striped leader jersey in the Men’s category. Ariane Kleinhans and Annike Langvad (RECM 2) will be leading the women in the orange leader jersey, with Bart Brentjens and Abraao Azevedo of BETCH.nl Superior Meerendal wearing the blue Masters leader jersey.  The Grand Masters purple jersey will be worn by Andrew Mclean and Heinz Zoerweg (Cycle Lab Toyota). The Absa African special jersey will be worn by Kevin Evans and Max Knox (FedGroup Itec), and the Exxaro special jersey worn by Siphosenkosi Madolo and Azukile Simayile of team Meerendal Songo Specialized 16.

STAGE ONE

KAUFMANN AND KAESS WIN THEIR FIRST STAGE AT THE 2014 ABSA CAPE EPIC

SAUSER AND RABOÑ MOVE UP TO THIRD PLACE OVERALL

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Stage 1 of the Absa Cape Epic is always referred to as one of the most challenging of the race, and it was no different for the 2014 event. The stage was as tough as it was beautiful with the most spectacular views rewarded after the most demanding climbs. The day was characterized by a fast start at water point 1, where the real challenge began. Three major climbs, all on rough surfaces, took riders through fynbos deep into the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains.

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Tortoise Hill stood out with its double peak and precariously steep descent, followed by some relentless ridgeline riding and the sharp zigzag climb, which started off through cooling pine trees before once again heading for the skies. It was the harsh surface which made the day challenging – as well as the fact that most of the climbing was packed into the 45km section in the middle of the stage. Riders were able to make some time on the final 25km as the terrain eased back into flowing farm and gravel roads. Temperatures for this stage ranged from 19 to 22 degrees Celcius with light rain.

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The course took the riders through rain in a loop, starting and finishing in Robertson, over some of the most rugged terrain in the Western Cape and up three brutal climbs. All of the top teams had problems during the day, ranging from punctures and mechanical problems to crashes and illness. Several teams who had an eye on the Men’s category podium were set back – among them favourites Karl Platt, from Germany, and Swiss teammate Urs Huber (Bulls), who slipped into seventh place overall and are five minutes off the pace, with fears that Huber may be getting ill. The biggest setback of the day probably befell Spaniard José Hermida and his Dutch partner Rudi van Houts (Team Multivan Merida), who had won Sunday’s prologue but finished more than one hour and 15 minutes off the pace yesterday.

Hermida fell victim to stomach problems overnight and struggled throughout. In the women’s event, pre-race favourites and prologue winners Ariane Kleinhans and Annika Langvad had a disastrous day with a series of punctures and problems and fell 25 minutes off the pace. Kaufmann and Kaess – who came into the Epic unheralded – survived a flat tyre and a fall to eventually pull away near the end of the stage.

Fresh Product: SRAM Releases New GUIDE Brakes

GUIDE TECHNOLOGIES

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SWINGLINK™

 

Squeeze a new SRAM brake lever and you notice it immediately. Less deadband. More positive pad engagement. A new cam system requires less lever throw to push the pads toward the rotor. That’s great, but there’s more to perfect braking performance than just power. You need control. Many brake systems minimize deadband—but at the cost of modulation. SwingLink solves that with its special cam shape. When the pads contact the rotor, power is modulated, avoiding that “on/off” brake feel. It’s the perfect balance of power and precision.

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A hydraulic brake’s timing port is the connection between the reservoir and the master cylinder bore. When the lever is squeezed, a cup seal passes this area and closes the port, which pressurizes the system. SRAM’s new timing port closure system, called TPC Plus, features durable seals and an ultra-smooth cylinder bore finish producing dependable braking power and consistency.

PIGGYBACK RESERVOIR

The brake fluid reservoir on SRAM’s latest lever design is optimized for both performance and ease of use. The PiggyBack Reservoir offers a simple, failsafe way to manage brake fluid, and also allows for ambidextrous lever placement—so you can switch your levers on the handlebar and run them moto without hassle.

SRAM_MTB_GUIDE_RSC_Lever_Front_Silver_MedCONTACT POINT ADJUST

Some people like the instantaneous power of a short lever throw. Others prefer the feel of a longer throw. With Contact Point Adjust, you can pick the position you want your fingers to be in when your brakes are engaged. It’s a quick and easy way to customize the feel of your brakes without having to move the pads. It’s also a way to balance both brake levers to feel exactly the same.

REACH ADJUST

Brake lever fit and feel is a personal thing. Riders have individual positioning preferences, as well as unique hand sizes and finger lengths. Reach Adjust makes it easy to adjust your lever for maximum one-finger control for everyone.

DEADBAND

This refers to the time between the moment you engage the lever and when the pads contact the rotor. SRAM technologies such as SwingLink balance the dual demands of minimizing deadband and optimizing modulation for braking finesse and control.

PURE BLADDER™

SRAM’s new brake lever design includes a reshaped bladder, called Pure, that helps regulate and reduce air bubbles. The bladder is specifically shaped to evacuate air from the lever and push the fluid exactly where it’s needed. The result is improved back-pressure relief, which produces dependable braking power and consistency.

DIRECTLINK™

SRAM’s DirectLink lever design produces a solid, positive feel the second you squeeze the lever to engage the brake It offers a no-nonsense solution to give you precise control.

New SRAM GUIDE CALIPER

 

The Guide four-piston dual-diameter mountain bike caliper provides confidence in a lightweight package with more usable power. And it’s a mere four grams of weight difference over our two-piston XC specific caliper models.

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  • Dual-diameter four-piston caliper
  • 14 and 16mm pistons
  • All mountain power and control

New CENTERLINE ROTOR

The new Centerline Rotor was designed to keep the center of friction consistent throughout rotation thereby minimising vibration.

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  • One-piece
  • 140, 160, 170, 180, 200mm sizes
  • 6 bolt

GUIDE RSC – $239.95 per end, plus rotors

R – Reach Adjust, S – SwingLink, C – Contact Point Adjust, Lever Pivot Bearing and weighing 375 Grams.

GUIDE RS – $179.95 per end, plus rotors

R – Reach Adjust, S – SwingLink, weighing 380 Grams.

GUIDE R – $154.95 per end, plus rotors

R – Reach Adjust, 370 grams

 

Racing: Atherton preparing for XC Marathon Rumble, This ANZAC Day.

The Australian endurance mountain bike community is set to descend on the Atherton Tablelands, 90 minutes west of Cairns, for the fourth round of the Real Insurance Cross Country Marathon (XCM) Series this ANZAC day.

The Tablelands Classic will act as a curtain raiser to the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Cairns, attracting a healthy mix Australia’s elite and amateur mountain bikers to tackle the inaugural event on April 25.

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The venue, which hosted the Australian Championships in 2013, will once again feature on the national calendar following a significant upgrade to the trails in the region.

“The course is a 22 kilometre loop with approximately 520 metres of climbing and will consist of single track and fire roads with some great descending trails,” explained Tableland Cycle Sports president, Mark Knowles. “The majority of the trails in the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park have been built by World Trails to a world class standard [but] this years course is much easier than the Australian Marathon Championships course we held here in 2013.”

Full marathon entrants will tackle the course three times totalling 66 kilometres of adventure while the half marathon takes riders around the course twice, equalling 44 kilometres.

“Atherton is a special place to race because the trails are only a kilometre and a half from the town,” said Knowles. “The surrounding scenery and tourist attractions make Atherton an ideal holiday destination for families who want to ride their bikes either in the bush or on the roads.”

Reigning XCM national champion Jenni King (Team TORQ) recently tested the trails in Atherton and said the race will be a ‘survival of the fittest’.

“It’s a reward in itself just getting through an event like this,” said King. “The rolling hills and the landscape are totally different from a lot of other places in Australia and it’s part of what will make this event so great.”

The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup begins in Cairns on Friday, April 25, with men and women’s downhill qualifying and fast and furious cross country eliminator (XCE) finals.

Saturday, April 26, will see the downhill (DHI) finals before the World Cup concludes with cross country Olympic (XCO) racing on Sunday, April 27.

The “Rumble in the Rainforest” is set to attract thousands of visitors to the region as the second round of the 2014 UCI World Cup unfolds in the scenic Smithfield Mountain Bike Park.

Video: How To Make Some Of The Most Scenic Trails Look Good, Shoot From A Drone!

Follow the Kiwis on an incredible aerial tour around Queenstown, all filmed from a multi-copter in a single day.

They start at Coronet Peak with the sun-rising as Agata Bulska and her labrador, Frank traverse the mountain side.

Next up, George Newham takes you down Moke Lakes scree ridges. Then Jarrah Healy and Keplar Rek hit New Zealand’s biggest MTB jumps on the ‘Dream Track’. Finally, no journey would be complete without some laps of the famous Skyline Gondola down through Queenstown bike park with Rowan Saunders and Kep.

 

Racing: Australian Junior Team nominations revealed

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) is pleased to announce nominations for the 2014 Junior National Mountain Bike Team. This team will have the honour of representing Australia at the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships being staged in Hafjell, Norway, 2nd to the 7th September 2014.

The 2014 juniors will follow in the steps of many successful athletes over the years, with current and former mountain bike Olympians Bec Henderson (ACT), Dan McConnell (ACT), Lisa Mathison (QLD) and Cadel Evans (NT) all being former National junior team members.

Athletes selected to the National team will have the chance to represent Australia at the sport’s highest level – the World Championships, and compete for the title of World Champion.

Athletes selected to the development team will have the chance to work with national level coaches and learn how to specifically prepare for major competition in the future, as well as be reserves for the National team.

Donna Dall, MTBA Cross-Country National Coach, said “It’s fantastic to have a promising and dedicated group of athletes selected to the 2014 Junior National Team and Development Squad. Both Jared Rando, the DownHill coach and myself are looking forward to working with the stars of tomorrow”.

Details of athletes nominated are below. For more information on the team, selection criteria and more, see www.mtba.asn.au .

MTBA – Junior National Team – 2014

Junior Men – National Team (Cross Country Olympic – XCO)

Reece Tucknott (WA)

Mitchell Greenway (VIC)

Michael Potter (NSW)

Felix Smalley (VIC)

Jayden Ward (NSW)

 

Junior Women – National Team (XCO)

Megan Williams (QLD)

Elle Wale (VIC)

 

Junior Men – National Team (DownHill – DHI)

Andrew Crimmins (NSW)

Ben Hill (TAS)

Aiden Varley (VIC)

Max Warshawsky (QLD)

Matthew McCorkell (ACT)

Jackson Davies (VIC)

Ben Dengate (ACT)

 

 

Junior Women – National Team (DHI)

Tegan Molloy (NSW)

MTBA – Junior Development Squad – 2014 

Development Squad (XCO)

Sara Mills (NSW)

Luke Brame (NSW)

Foley Lachal (VIC)

Guy Frail (NSW)

Callum Carson (NSW)

 

Development Squad (DHI)

Ellie Wale (VIC)

Dan Booker (TAS)

Joel Willis (NSW)

Dru Berryman (VIC)

Video: How to ride Enduro, with Fabien Barel and Dan Milner

 

In this episode of Trail Ninja Dan Milner tracks down the three-time downhill world champ turned enduro racer Fabien Barel. He’s not just going to hang out though. No, the ever inquisitive Dan wants to know how ride enduro better and Fabien is going to teach him. From proper stance and arm positioning to keeping speed through turns, Fabien explains all the basics that will help even the most rank amateurs get a handle on enduro racing. How to Ride Enduro with Fabien Barel | Trail Ninja, Ep. 12

Video: Behind The Eyes #2, Grant Robinson. Many more ways to take a good photo.

I’ll confess, I’m a big fan of Grant Robinson’s photography. His work demonstrates that there’s many ways to take a good photo and there’s no such thing as the perfect way to do so.

Between The Eyes: Grant Robinson – We Have Served Thee Well from 2FLAT on Vimeo.

While many action sport photographers create beautiful, pixel-perfect photos, Grant is one of the few who doesn’t just document the act but the emotion and feeling of the moment. He doesn’t often attempt to stage perfectly choreographed action sequences. While some photographers and their subject work tirelessly to manipulate the surroundings and reproduce The Moment, Grant is more than happy to snap and move on, avoiding recreating a synthetic representation of The Moment. Rather than trying to capture the action he lets it wildly dance all across the image. Rather than freeze-framing a millisecond, wrangling and seizing it forcefully, he allows the motion of the moment, the many moments, to truly show themselves. The result is what some people consider imperfect images and perhaps sloppy technique, but a closer look reveals a story about the warmth of the act, the adrenaline of being on the edge, and the dance of skill and chance, both for the subject and the shooter. Life isn’t perfect so why should every image be so? Some of Grant’s photos are far from some people’s categorization of excellence, but by being imperfect they display feeling or emotion that is much harder to place deliberately.

As he says, “It’s all a blur, it’s never perfect. I’m just trying to show that there is some life and some movement.”

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His images contain a fashion and art aesthetic. Or perhaps more correctly, he allows the art and fashion of the activities in his photos to shine through. His photos also deliver a sense of empathy for the viewer because they are relatable scenarios, moments between the great moments that portray a personal or intimate milieu. There’s a sense of summer childishness, reminders of the halcyon days of youth, and invitations for us all to try and get away with something.

Many of Grant’s close friends get great entertainment from telling him that all of his images are blurry and that he can’t hold focus on his camera, but they truly know that if Grant takes a blurry image, it’s because he feels that it will do the subject more justice to show movement and energy in the photo, rather than stopping it dead in its tracks and taking away the motion inherent in the moment it was taken.

You have to know the rules before you can break them, and Grant certainly knows the rules. He just chooses to play on the edge a little. It would be easy to write Grant’s work off as lucky shots, accidents and uneducated guesswork, but he gained a formal education in photography, has studied the works of many masters, and understands the techniques, craft, science and theory of photography better than he lets on. When he does get his camera out he makes sure to understand the subject matter and where to stand in order to be sympathetic to the subcultural nuances. He has the ability to build a rapport with his subjects and appreciates and understands the source of their passion enough to let that shine through.

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The flip side to Grant Robinson is his other photographic work which is conducted within the relative calm of a studio where he can orchestrate his subjects and light thoroughly. This side of his work contrasts completely with his action photography. Likewise, Grant is a juxtaposition. He can appear gruff, coarse and unruly, but he is also extremely well-mannered, very neat and ordered (despite his appearance) and is a very caring father to his two children.

One of Grant’s ongoing projects of passion is We Have Served Thee Well, a collection of uncluttered portraits of old, well-used tools and personal possessions. These simple images give the viewer chance to pause, appreciate and take pleasure in often overlooked and underappreciated objects and the life that they have lived. It started as a way of Grant holding onto things that he simply didn’t have room for anymore (he recently moved from Britain back to his homeland of Canada) and he wanted to preserve the beauty in these undecorated, disregarded items. For this film I traveled with Grant to Vancouver, BC where he shot pieces of Myk Rok’s and Reverend Norman’s personal, and extremely vast, vintage and custom motorcycle collection. This exposed me to another of Grant’s intriguing beliefs: that nerds are the best kinds

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The second soundtrack in the video is by The Vicious Cycles ‘Born Wild’ from their album ‘The Strange and Terrible Saga of…’ (Available HERE theviciouscycles.bandcamp.com/album/the-strange-and-terrible-saga-of)

Filmed and edited by Seb Kemp (2Flat)

“Between The Eyes” is an ongoing series of short videos that hope toe explore and communicate some of the fascinating stories behind photographers and their craft.

Racing: The Tablelands Classic XCM, Atherton

With the second round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup taking place in Cairns, what better way to make a complete weekend of two-wheeled fun other than also racing your bike also.

WHAT

Cross Country Marathon – XCM – A cross country format event utilising a point-to-point or three lap course of between 60 and 100km in length. Variations to course length may be allowed at the discretion of the event commissaire… like if it rains or pours, or is insanely hot.

WHERE

Up on the tablelands behind Cairns is the thriving township of Atherton.

The Atherton Tablelands landscape range from extinct volcanoes and crater lakes; bird and wildlife rich forests and National Parks; peaceful dairy and cropping farms and charming towns and villages.

In amongst all this is Australia’s most exciting mountain bike development and over the next five years over 90km of singletrack will go into this area, all within a short spin of Atherton’s amazing coffee. It’s sort of jungle, it’s sort of high country and bushland, it’s sort of unbelievably good.

You would expect the locals to want to keep this place a secret but they are some of the friendliest, welcoming people on the planet.

EXPECT

To pack the family for a tropical holiday, bring the sun hat and the picnic blanket for a day at the races watching the big dogs of international mountain biking go round and race your bike on world class trails 90 minutes up the road. Sound like a plan?

COURSE

The Atherton Marathon course will give riders a taste of an up and coming mountain bike region, home to a wealth of mountain bike trails. A three lap course so you can high five your kids more, this is a World Trail masterpiece. We’ve minimised the climbing because it might be steamy.

The Atherton course embodies the true marathon mountain bike experience, while at the same time sharing the iconic rainforest with riders.

STAY FOR THE WORLD CUP

Twenty years ago in 1996, Cairns hosted the Mountain Bike World Championships, and this April – the world stage of mountain biking returns to the tropics with Round 2 of the 2014 UCI World Cup series to be held in Cairns April 25, 26 and 27.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

You can be there to witness the fastest riders in the world strut their stuff. Pre sale tickets are now on sale. Those who purchase a ticket before April 1, go into the draw to win four VIP passes and a jersey signed by all the #Cairns2014 winners. Tickets will also be available to purchase at the gate.

BOOK YOUR TRAVEL TODAY!

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Video: Keeping Warm and amused in a wintery Holland.

Rick Koekoek, is the 3rd ranked rider in the UCI World Ranking one of the top Trials riders in the world. In this video he shows some different skills than he normally needs in competitions.

Rick starts at home and than goes down to the recycling location to do some fun riding. At the Recycling.nl lacation he meets up with a old friend Joost Wichman. Joost is World Champion 4X and want to race Rick Koekoek. The effect of these 2 riders from 2 different disciplines gives a really cool and interesting spin to riding your bike. Followed by big jumps, 360’s and back flips.

Also at the end of the video there will be showed some bonus footage and crashes.

Video: Transition Bikes, and their hilarious approach to a bike launch.

Transition TR500 Mega Press Release Video from Transition Bikes on Vimeo.

Hold onto your hat for the all new Transition TR500 DH bike.

 

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The TR500 is the true evolution of design and performance coming together to take Transition’s DH program to the next level. The TR500 is lighter, stronger, sleeker and packed full of new features. All new geometry, more size options including a new XL, improved suspension kinematics for better small bump sensitivity, ability to run lower spring rates and a smoother leverage curve for easier tuning of the shock.

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The new TR500 can be run as a world cup class DH setup with a dual crown or throw it into the lower travel setting with short wheelbase and a 180mm single crown fork to create the ultimate bike park freeride shredding bike.

Video: Smithfield Revealed #2 – World Cup XCO course preview

Take an exclusive first hand look at the 2nd section of the Smithfield XCO course with current XCE MTB World Champion and all round legend Paul van der Ploeg, together with reigning Australian XCM champion, the equally legendary Jenni King.

Paul shares his unique perspective on the trails and explains where the race will be won and lost when the best MTB riders on the planet battle it out at the UCI MTB World Cup on Cairns, April 25 -27.

Stay tuned for the next instalments in this four part series to be released shortly. And if you missed part one, check it out here!

Book your tickets today to witness the action first hand at: www.worldcupcairns.com.au

Video: Smithfield Revealed #1 – World Cup XCO course preview


Take an exclusive first hand look the Smithfield XCO course with current XCE MTB world champion and all round legend Paul van der Ploeg, together with reigning Australian XCM champion, the equally legendary Jenni King.

Paul shares his unique perspective on the trails and explains where the race will be won and lost when the best MTB riders on the planet battle it out at the UCI MTB World Cup on Cairns, April 25 -27.

Stay tuned for the next instalments in this four part series to be released shortly…

Book your tickets today to witness the action first hand at: worldcupcairns.com.au

Fresh Product: Time ATAC MX4 pedals

“What time is it?,” asked Flavour Flav.

“These are the new ATAC MX4s, Flav. Do you like them?”

“Yeah, BOY. They look good.”

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We think so too. These are the pedal we’ve been waiting for from Time! Sitting somewhere in between the lightweight ATAC XC and the beefy ATAC DH pedals, the new composite bodied MX4 is more of a trail pedal. In the same vein as Shimano’s Trail series pedals, it has a larger surface area for increased stability, but without much of a weight penalty.

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The MX4 is built around Time’s simple and robust ATAC engagement system. It’s a mechanism that has a loyal following – it’s near impossible to clog up in muddy conditions and it’s exceptionally durable. The ATAC system offers a good deal of lateral float too (6mm), which is a blessing to those with sore knees or riders who like to feel a little more free when they’re clipped in.

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Sitting at the lower end of the MX range, the MX4s use a steel axle with a composite body. There’s no adjustability in terms of spring tension, but the cleats are reversible and swapping them round will deliver either 13 0r 17 degrees of release rotation.

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As ardent fans of Shimano’s XT and XTR Trail pedals, it’ll be refreshing to give an alternative offering a try. Expect a full test in the coming months.

Trails: Hornsby Mountain Bike Trail stage 2 near completion

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Things that make you go mmmmm….

For the trail-starved mountain bikers of northern Sydney, the Hornsby Mountain Bike Trail, in Old Mans Valley, is a landmark development. As one of a precious few legal mountain bike trails in Sydney, it attracts hundreds of riders every week – it’s hard to view the development as anything other than a massive success.hornsby mountain bike trail gridAnd now, the second stage of trail development is just about complete. Phase two adds another 2.5km of green, blue and black level trail to the existing network, bringing the total up to around 7km. Tasmanian trail builders Dirt Art have been on the ground for almost a month, and with the crew right on the cusp of completing their work, Simon French (Dirt Art owner) took Flow for a walking tour of the new trails.

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She’s almost ready! The Dirt Art crew have laid some tracks down, all in the name of product testing.

The new developments take riders far deeper in the old quarry than the existing trails, and will definitely help in spreading the traffic out a little, giving welcome respite to the upper trails. The new blue and black descents can be easily tagged onto the end of the existing Turkey Royale trail, adding at least another minute or two to the downhill. There’s also a rolling green loop, plus a new hand built traverse/climb that delivers riders from the blue and black loops back to the pre-existing singletrack climb.

The trails will be ready to roll in as little as a couple of weeks now, so make sure you stay in the loop via the Sydney North Off Road Cyclists site or Facebook page.

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Part of the hand-built singletrack climb.

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Video: Between The Eyes: Jordan Manley's #dailywalk

Between The Eyes: Jordan Manley’s #dailywalk from 2FLAT on Vimeo.

In November, 2012, Jordan Manley, a very well respected action sport photographer and filmmaker, suffered a concussion that severely changed his life. The concussion was such that Jordan was unable to perform even quite simple tasks without triggering his symptoms. Recovery for this kind of injury, which is effectively brain damage, means resting the brain as if it were any other part of the body. For Jordan, this meant losing the ability to exercise not just physically but mentally. All he could do was take one short walk a day. As time went on he began taking his iPhone and captured some of the remarkable things he saw on his strolls and then uploaded them to Instagram. #dailywalk became Jordan’s way of providing an outlet for his boisterous creativity and a way of communicating with the world about the symptoms of his concussion, the inner working of the brain and the emotions of dealing with his recovery. Taking these photos became his therapy and provided him with a form of solace while he went through a very foreign and daunting time. It’s also fair to say that very few people could create such a stunning portfolio of images using just an iPhone.

‘The best camera is the one in your pocket’, is the rebel yell against the tutting and head-shaking condescension of those within the creative ruling class who worry that imagery will lose its power to deceive, to mystify, to teach, to fascinate, and coerce if our minds become saturated by a barrage of Everyman images. Some worry that modern mediums, like the iPhone and Instagram, will dissolve all message, but as Jordan Manley’s images demonstrate – all of which were captured on an iPhone and using a few simple apps and a geologists magnifying glass – a truly creative person doesn’t mistake the means for the ends.

At the time this video was released Jordan was still suffering from symptoms after a small setback to his recovery.

Thanks and best wishes to Jordan Manley (jordanmanley.com). His work as a filmmaker and photographer even before his injury is partly what inspires and informs my own work.

Video: Between The Eyes: Jordan Manley’s #dailywalk

Between The Eyes: Jordan Manley’s #dailywalk from 2FLAT on Vimeo.

In November, 2012, Jordan Manley, a very well respected action sport photographer and filmmaker, suffered a concussion that severely changed his life. The concussion was such that Jordan was unable to perform even quite simple tasks without triggering his symptoms. Recovery for this kind of injury, which is effectively brain damage, means resting the brain as if it were any other part of the body. For Jordan, this meant losing the ability to exercise not just physically but mentally. All he could do was take one short walk a day. As time went on he began taking his iPhone and captured some of the remarkable things he saw on his strolls and then uploaded them to Instagram. #dailywalk became Jordan’s way of providing an outlet for his boisterous creativity and a way of communicating with the world about the symptoms of his concussion, the inner working of the brain and the emotions of dealing with his recovery. Taking these photos became his therapy and provided him with a form of solace while he went through a very foreign and daunting time. It’s also fair to say that very few people could create such a stunning portfolio of images using just an iPhone.

‘The best camera is the one in your pocket’, is the rebel yell against the tutting and head-shaking condescension of those within the creative ruling class who worry that imagery will lose its power to deceive, to mystify, to teach, to fascinate, and coerce if our minds become saturated by a barrage of Everyman images. Some worry that modern mediums, like the iPhone and Instagram, will dissolve all message, but as Jordan Manley’s images demonstrate – all of which were captured on an iPhone and using a few simple apps and a geologists magnifying glass – a truly creative person doesn’t mistake the means for the ends.

At the time this video was released Jordan was still suffering from symptoms after a small setback to his recovery.

Thanks and best wishes to Jordan Manley (jordanmanley.com). His work as a filmmaker and photographer even before his injury is partly what inspires and informs my own work.

Video: The glorious vistas and singletrack of Nelson, NZ with Anka Martin and friends.

Anka Martin’s New Zealand Adventure from Juliana Bicycles on Vimeo.

Anka Martin has been shredding on her Juliana bike since the launch of the brand last Spring. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have her as our top team rider. So, we thought we’d show her and her friends off a little. And we figured there’s no better place to do that then her very own home town of Nelson, New Zealand.

This film was a collaborative project between Juliana Bicycles, Anthill Films, Gary Perkin, and Anka and Sven Martin at Ride Housemartin. A lot of sweat — luckily no tears — and hard work went into each epic day of our multi-day trip. When Anka and Sven say they’re going to take you on an adventure, they mean it!

We hope you enjoy. We did.

News: Green to Gold, Australia’s first wholly Australian UCI DH team announced

Green to Gold Race Development, created by Lachlan McKillop and Chris Barlin, is the first ever registered wholly Australian UCI World Cup Downhill mountain bike team. The aim of which to bring support to young Australian downhill riders, encourage them to reach their full potential as they chase glory by giving them the opportunity to race at a professional level both nationally and internationally.

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Barlin and McKillop although quite young, already have a wealth of knowledge acquired through their own World Cup experiences and are eager to offer support and guidance to the junior riders as they encounter their own. Green to Gold recognises the talent of local Australian riders, and through the GTG program will provide the support base to perform at a professional level on the international circuit. For our inaugural year the team line up consists of three riders :

Danielle Beecroft

Danielle Beecroft talent was spotted early on as she transition from BMX to mountainbikes and since then she has been a regular fixture on the international stage. Sporting silver and bronze medals from consecutive World Championships as a junior as well as numerous wins and podium, Danielle will be a force to be reckoned with on the world stage.

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“With this year being my first year in Elite women I’m excited to have the support of a team that want to help me achieve my goals in riding and racing. Having a solid team with a wealth of knowledge is going to help me become the best rider I can be.”

Brent Smith

Brent “Jock” Smith, has been a consistent threat in the junior category for the last two years. Winning the U19 Oceania championships in his first junior year in 2012, he then went on to represent Australia as a junior at World Championships and a few limited World Cup stops. He is yet to experience the challenges and rigours of a full World Cup season but with his strong focus and a strong routine of training behind him we cannot wait to see him racing at his full potential.

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“I’m pleased to have such a great opportunity to have support for the World Cup and IXS series for 2014. Green to Gold is a great platform for young riders to have a chance on the World Cup circuit and it is an opportunity I’m going to make the most of. I’m looking to prove myself through my riding.”

Chris Barlin

Barlin is the elder statesman of the group, providing the team with extensive racing insight from his various riding experiences both at home and abroad. Racing his first season overseas back in 2008, he’s got plenty of foreign soil beneath his tyre tread, not to mention a number of podium results in Australian based races. Having not quite got the results he was after last year, he will be well and truly on the hunt in the coming season.

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“I’m really excited for the 2014 season. Getting the team going has been a long term plan of mine and I am super excited to see how far we can take it. Having a good set up and support around me are the most important things for getting results. This year with Green to Gold I will have every thing I need to get those results.”

Team Manager // Lachlan McKillop

Lachlan “Lobster” McKillop has raced overseas on the World Cup stage for the past three years, so he knows the challenges that lie ahead for his riders as they enter the 2014 season.

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Whilst still a very able athlete, he has selflessly taken on not only the role of team manager but that of team cook, driver and mechanic for the coming year. As they say he’s the guy who can do it all and he does it well.

“I’m very proud of the work that Chris and I have put into the team so far. I can’t wait to help Danielle, Brent and Chris to be the best riders that they can be. It’s going to be a big year for all of us. I can’t help but thank our sponsors for letting this dream become a reality, especially Trent and Tony from Jet Black, Tony from FJC clothing and Lisa from Bike Box.”

Sponsors

JetBlack Products, Pivot Cycles, FJC Clothing, Schwalbe Tires, Stan’s NoTubes, Replay XD Helmet Cameras, SixSixOne, SRAM, Rock Shox, Avid, Truvativ Promount Billet and Park Bikes.

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News: Green to Gold, Australia's first wholly Australian UCI DH team announced

Green to Gold Race Development, created by Lachlan McKillop and Chris Barlin, is the first ever registered wholly Australian UCI World Cup Downhill mountain bike team. The aim of which to bring support to young Australian downhill riders, encourage them to reach their full potential as they chase glory by giving them the opportunity to race at a professional level both nationally and internationally.

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Barlin and McKillop although quite young, already have a wealth of knowledge acquired through their own World Cup experiences and are eager to offer support and guidance to the junior riders as they encounter their own. Green to Gold recognises the talent of local Australian riders, and through the GTG program will provide the support base to perform at a professional level on the international circuit. For our inaugural year the team line up consists of three riders :

Danielle Beecroft

Danielle Beecroft talent was spotted early on as she transition from BMX to mountainbikes and since then she has been a regular fixture on the international stage. Sporting silver and bronze medals from consecutive World Championships as a junior as well as numerous wins and podium, Danielle will be a force to be reckoned with on the world stage.

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“With this year being my first year in Elite women I’m excited to have the support of a team that want to help me achieve my goals in riding and racing. Having a solid team with a wealth of knowledge is going to help me become the best rider I can be.”

Brent Smith

Brent “Jock” Smith, has been a consistent threat in the junior category for the last two years. Winning the U19 Oceania championships in his first junior year in 2012, he then went on to represent Australia as a junior at World Championships and a few limited World Cup stops. He is yet to experience the challenges and rigours of a full World Cup season but with his strong focus and a strong routine of training behind him we cannot wait to see him racing at his full potential.

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“I’m pleased to have such a great opportunity to have support for the World Cup and IXS series for 2014. Green to Gold is a great platform for young riders to have a chance on the World Cup circuit and it is an opportunity I’m going to make the most of. I’m looking to prove myself through my riding.”

Chris Barlin

Barlin is the elder statesman of the group, providing the team with extensive racing insight from his various riding experiences both at home and abroad. Racing his first season overseas back in 2008, he’s got plenty of foreign soil beneath his tyre tread, not to mention a number of podium results in Australian based races. Having not quite got the results he was after last year, he will be well and truly on the hunt in the coming season.

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“I’m really excited for the 2014 season. Getting the team going has been a long term plan of mine and I am super excited to see how far we can take it. Having a good set up and support around me are the most important things for getting results. This year with Green to Gold I will have every thing I need to get those results.”

Team Manager // Lachlan McKillop

Lachlan “Lobster” McKillop has raced overseas on the World Cup stage for the past three years, so he knows the challenges that lie ahead for his riders as they enter the 2014 season.

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Whilst still a very able athlete, he has selflessly taken on not only the role of team manager but that of team cook, driver and mechanic for the coming year. As they say he’s the guy who can do it all and he does it well.

“I’m very proud of the work that Chris and I have put into the team so far. I can’t wait to help Danielle, Brent and Chris to be the best riders that they can be. It’s going to be a big year for all of us. I can’t help but thank our sponsors for letting this dream become a reality, especially Trent and Tony from Jet Black, Tony from FJC clothing and Lisa from Bike Box.”

Sponsors

JetBlack Products, Pivot Cycles, FJC Clothing, Schwalbe Tires, Stan’s NoTubes, Replay XD Helmet Cameras, SixSixOne, SRAM, Rock Shox, Avid, Truvativ Promount Billet and Park Bikes.

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Racing: Dan McMunn claims Australian Gravity Enduro Series lead

The Australian Gravity Enduro Series kicked off with its first race on the weekend with the NSW Round being held in the Glenworth Valley near Gosford. Victoria’s Dan McMunn won with the two best race runs ahead of fellow Victorian Ryan De La Rue, Simon Buzacott from South Australia. With Genevieve McKew and Vanessa Thompson two NSW Elite Women took out first and second places ahead of Rosemary Barnes from Canberra.

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Michael Ronning

More than 120 racers from all over Australia competed in the inaugural mountain bike race on the brand-new gravity enduro track at the Central Coast’s  Glenworth Valley Adventure Park, which was put together by the local mountain bike events promoter Rocky Trail Entertainment. They founded the Australian Gravity Enduro Series together with Alpine Gravity from Victoria. The first round attracted 20 interstate racers including gravity enduro gun Dan McMunn from Spring Gully in Victoria, winner of last year’s Alpine Gravity Enduro Series and the only competitor to break the magic mark of a 5 minutes. He recorded the fastest race time of the day with 4:51 min in his first run and followed it up with another 4:55 min for a total race time of 9:46 min resulting in the very impressive gap of 17 seconds to Ryan De La Rue. Simon Buzacott (SA) came in third only two seconds behind and Michael Ronning and Jason Blackmore from QLD came in fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Elite Male category.

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Simon Buzacott

 

“This was a challenging track, but it was so much fun”, said Dan MacMunn at the finish. “We’re all so thrilled to be travelling to all these awesome and different trails across the country and I can’t wait to race all these guys at the next round in Bright at the end of the month. This series will shape gravity enduro racing in Australia and kudos to Alpine Gravity and Rocky Trail Entertainment for putting it on!”

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Two major contenders from NSW notably were absent from the start – Jon Odams from Sans Souci fell ill right before the weekend and Wyong’s Brad Kelly suffered a major mechanical in a training ride on the Saturday. The fastest NSW racer was Ryan Connell from Wollongong, who placed eighth in the Elite Male with 10:22 min.

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Ryan De LaRue

Women embrace gravity enduro format

Genevieve McKew is one of the regulars on the NSW downhill state series racing circuit and has become one of the most successful elite women in the gravity enduro format. The 2013 Rollercoaster NSW State Series winner took out the Elite Women’s series lead of the Australian Gravity Enduro Series with 12:31 min at Glenworth Valley ahead of former 4X State Champion Vanessa Thompson from Yanderra and the Canberran Rosemary Barnes. Katherine O’Shea from Melbourne came in fourth ahead of Sydney’s Katherine Bicknell, one of the most passionate gravity enduro ambassadors. Said Bicknell, “Spread the word, tell the mountain biking girls out there how much fun this is – I’m hooked!”

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Rosemary Barnes

Australian Gravity Enduro Series moves on to Victoria next

“I’m stoked that the first round attracted such a national field of riders right away”, said Ben Watkins from Alpine Gravity of the almost one fifth of interstate riders at the event. Watkins took the chance to race himself and took out the Veterans category at Glenworth Valley in 10:39 min. “Rocky Trail and we think alike – it’s about the fun for the riders and it’s great that we will be able to showcase such a wide variety of tracks and formats throughout the series. In Bright I’ll put on a staged event – riders will have to complete nine timed sections across two days”, he said of the upcoming round in Bright (VIC) on 29+30 March.

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For detailed results of the NSW Round, visit www.rockytrailentertainment.com

Racing: Brosnan and Hannah Win Downhill Gold at MTB Nationals in Bright

Troy Brosnan (SA) and Tracey Hannah (QLD) are the 2014 National Downhill champions after a day of spectacular action at the Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Championships in Bright, VIC.

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U19 and Elite champions – L-R: Andrew Crimmins (U19), Troy Brosnan, Tracey Hannah, Tegan Molloy (U19)

Racing on the final day of the Championships took place in the Downhill and Cross Country Eliminator disciplines.

In Downhill, the star-studded Elite Men’s field was headlined by two of our best riders over the last decade, Mick Hannah (QLD) and Brosnan.

World championship medalist Mick Hannah (QLD) was the fastest rider in Saturday seeding. Young gun, former dual junior world champion Troy Brosnan had severe mechanical issues with his bike on seeding day. Instead of starting in his customary position with the fastest riders at the end of the field, he would start first.

Brosnan set the weekend’s fastest run with a 3:42.90, leaving the field to chase his time. He summed up how to ride in Bright “I made a couple of mistakes but I didn’t really lose too much time, in the end on a track like this you have to make mistakes to go fast”.

As widely predicted, Brosnan would sit in the Subaru hotseat for a long time, making it a long and nervous wait to see if his time would hold up.

Mick 'Sik Mik' Hannah (c) Tim Bardsley Smith
A crash of Mick Hannah kept him off the top stop.

Hannah came down the hill last, but it wasn’t to be his day. “I felt like I was having a really good run and just had a little mistake. I started to lose the front a bit and couldn’t get my foot out in time and hit the ground, getting tangled up in the trees and tape.”. He would go on to place 5th.

It was clear before Hannah finished that Brosnan was the Elite National Champion for the second time, 2012 being his first Elite title.

“It feels amazing to win, my run was smooth, fast, I was feeling fit and strong” said Brosnan. He has high goals for 2014. “I definitely want to get in a World Cup win this year, there are a few tracks that I know I can win on”.

Troy Brosnan (c) Tim Bardsley Smith
Troy Brosnan now officially wears the Aussie colours.

Connor Fearon (SA) has been racing with Troy since juniors, and he would ultimately come the closest to Brosnan today with a 3:45.14. Jack Moir (SA) took 3rd and Todd Madsen (WA) finished 4th.

Under 19s action saw Andrew Crimmins (NSW) took the win from Aiden Varley (VIC) and Max Warshawsky (QLD).

“It’s great to be national champion, it’s my first year in U19s so it’s a bit different stepping up” exclaimed Crimmins.

In the Elite Women’s racing, there was a stunning field, and then there was Tracey Hannah (QLD).

Tracey Hannah (c) Tim Bardsley-Smith
Tracey Hannah.

Hannah today won her sixth national championship, with the last three being consecutive. Hannah was last rider down the hill and blitzed the field by phenomenal 35.91s recording a sensation time of 4:22.44.

“It feels good for the first serious race of my season to come away with the win, and to be able to wear the Aussie flag on my sleeve for another year overseas is the best” said a proud Hannah.

It’s been a tough few years for Hannah with injuries since returning to the sport in 2011. “Coming back from a few seasons of injury I’d just like to get through the whole season and hopefully get some pretty good results the World Cups”.

Emma McNaughton (NSW) won the silver and Shelly Flood (SA) took the bronze.

In the Under 19s racing the Women’s National Champion is Tegan Molloy (NSW). “It’s pretty special to win, I didn’t really have the best run but I’m still happy to come away with the win and ride such a fun track all weekend”.

Tegan Molloy (c) Tim Bardsley Smith
Tegan on her way to the win.

Racing: Henderson and McConnell shine Bright at Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Championships

Olympians Henderson and McConnell shine Bright at Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Championships

Olympians Bec Henderson (ACT) and Dan McConnell (VIC) have put on a display of pure class in Bright, Victoria to become the 2014 Australian Cross Country Mountain Biking National champions.

Bec Henderson - (c) Tim Bardsley-Smith

The Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Championships have brought four disciplines of mountain biking action to the scenic alpine township, and the focus of the day was the Olympic Cross country event.

The Elite men was broadly predicted to be a battle between dual Olympian McConnell and Jared Graves (QLD), a living legend on the gravity side of the sport. Both riders shared the spoils at the recent Subaru National Mountain Bike Series.

Graves is one of the very best in the world in the Enduro and DownHill disciplines of the sport, and has been racing Cross Country for the last two summers to build fitness. He’s known for his power and speed, and he did not disappoint, powering from the line to have a 4.7s lead over McConnell at the end of the first lap.

Mark Tupalski - (c) Tim Bardsley-Smith

McConnell is a true professional, and knows how to win on the biggest of stages, winning a World Cup in Albstadt, Germany and finishing a formidable 2013 as the second ranked rider in the UCI World Cup series.

Making his move on lap 2, he would pass Graves at the start of the climb to take the lead by 10.4s.

Jared Graves - (c) Tim Bardsley-Smith

“I had a good start and could see what everyone else was doing for the first lap. Once I passed Graves at the start of the climb on the second lap, I settled into my race pace where I’m most happy and I was able to get some consistent laps together” reflected McConnell.

He would never look back and went on to claim a dominant win to take his third National title. “It’s good for the confidence to get the win in the first big race of my season”.

Graves rode well to take second, and is happy with his form while maintaining focus on his 2014 goals. “I want to go one step better than last year and become Enduro world champion”. Mark Tupalski (ACT) rode his way up through the field to claim a well-earned third.

Cameron Ivory from New South Wales beat a strong field to take the Champions jersey in the Under 23 Mens in hot and dusty conditions. Jack Haig (VIC) took second place with Michael Crosbie (VIC) in third. Reece Tucknott (WA) took the win in the hotly-contested Under 19 race.

In Elite women’s action the field assembled was second to none, with many past National Champions on the start line.

The newest member of the Elite group was also the favourite, with Bec Henderson racing her first National Championships in the Elite category. Henderson had a 2013 that most riders can only ever dream of winning two World Cups and the UCI World Cup series for Under 23 Women.

The race would be all about Henderson. She lead from the start, starting with a six second gap lead over Mullens in the first lap, and picked up her pace to build on her lead throughout the race. Henderson rode the race in a style matching her planned goals. “My
tactic was definitely to go out hard and make it as hard as possible for everybody”

Jenni King - (c) Tim Bardsley-Smith

Henderson was clearly ecstatic with the win, crossing the line with arms in the air. “It’s really special winning the National Championship, obviously everybody wants to be in peak form for this day. I’ll get to wear the jersey for 12 months on the National and international racing circuit. I am really proud and really really excited”.

In the Under 23 Women’s race, Holly Harris (ACT) and Em Parkes (ACT) continue to create close battles, and today Harris would come away with the title. The Under 19 Women’s race was won by Megan Williams (QLD).

In observed trials action, World Championship bronze medallist Janine Jungfels (QLD) won her third successive National Title.

Downhill seeding took place to decide the start order for Sunday’s finals. The brother and sister duo of Mick Hannah (QLD) and Tracey Hannah (QLD) were both medalists at the 2013 World Championships, and have claimed the fastest seeding times heading into Sunday’s finals.

Sunday completes the final day of national championship action. Spectators are in for a treat with the thrilling downhill finals as well as fast and furious action in the cross country eliminator.

Monday is an add-on day which will see the first round of the Real Insurance Australian XCM series. Some of Australia’s best long distance riders will complete three 27km laps across Bright. Reigning marathon champion and four time world solo 24 hour champion Jason English (NSW) will headline the field.

Mountain Bike Australia is delivering event, and President Russ Baker AM said “Bec Henderson and Dan McConnell did not disappoint today in Bright and showed why they are the riders to watch, not only in Australia, but around the world. They clearly dominated the Elite categories thrilling the large crowd.”

“We look forward to continued perfect conditions in the Downhill tomorrow after some exciting times in the seeding runs today. The courses at Bright are proving both challenging and exciting for both the riders and spectators.

Spectators are welcome at the Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Championships free of charge. All information can be found at:
http://mtb.subaru.com.au/national-championships/

Results are also available online at: http://mtb.subaru.com.au/national-championships/results/

 

News: Hungry for the green and gold jerseys, Australia's best descend on Bright this weekend.

The Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Championships start today in the picturesque alpine township of Bright, Victoria (March 6-10), presented by Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA).

Riders will race across 5 mountain bike disciplines spread over five competition days on some of Australia’s premiere mountain bike trails.

A field of stars will line up in the cross country disciplines, headlined by Olympians Dan McConnell (VIC) and Bec Henderson (ACT) who are both aiming for Commonwealth Games selection this year.

In 2013, McConnell had his first career World Cup win in Albstadt, Germany and continued to shine throughout the World Cup series, finishing with the Silver medal. Henderson too dominated the world, convincingly winning the Under 23 World Cup title with two World Cup wins along the way.

Australians have historically been strong performers in World Cup Downhill, regularly winning World Championships and medals in the discipline that combines extreme skill and jaw-dropping speed.

Sunday’s Downhill final will be contested on the steep and rocky Mystic mountain course. Spectacular Down Hill practice will entertain spectators looking for thrills and spills on each day of the event.

2013 World Championship Silver medalist and reigning Elite Men’s National Champion Mick Hannah (QLD) is in town to defend his national title, as is his sister Tracey Hannah (QLD), the defending Elite Women’s champion. The brother and sister team-mates are looking forward to the MTB World Cup heading to their home town of Cairns in April.

In the Real Insurance Marathon event to be held on Monday after the Championships, reigning National Marathon Champion Jason English (NSW) stars in a field of riders tackling the 78km course. English is a super star in mountain biking with 4 consecutive World Solo 24hr Championships wins.

MTBA President, Russell Baker AM, said “The Championships are the culmination of the mountain biking season in Australia, with all disciplines coming together to crown Australia’s best riders. After a very successful national series MTBA are looking forward to great weekend of racing in Bright.”

2014 is the first time the Championships have been held in Bright. Alpine Shire Council Mayor Peter Roper reflected on the event coming to the region. “Not only is this a fantastic way for competitors and their supporters to enjoy everything the Alpine Shire has to offer, it also brings the exciting sport right to the doorstep of locals.”

Spectators are welcome at the Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Championships free of charge. All information can be found at: http://mtb.subaru.com.au/national-championships/

All information & results: http://mtb.subaru.com.au/national-championships/

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAusMTB
Twitter: @CyclingAusMTB | https://twitter.com/CyclingAusMTB
Twitter Hashtag: #mtbnats (with addition of #brightvic where space permits)
All information – Mountain Bike Australia: http://www.mtba.asn.au

News: Hungry for the green and gold jerseys, Australia’s best descend on Bright this weekend.

The Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Championships start today in the picturesque alpine township of Bright, Victoria (March 6-10), presented by Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA).

Riders will race across 5 mountain bike disciplines spread over five competition days on some of Australia’s premiere mountain bike trails.

A field of stars will line up in the cross country disciplines, headlined by Olympians Dan McConnell (VIC) and Bec Henderson (ACT) who are both aiming for Commonwealth Games selection this year.

In 2013, McConnell had his first career World Cup win in Albstadt, Germany and continued to shine throughout the World Cup series, finishing with the Silver medal. Henderson too dominated the world, convincingly winning the Under 23 World Cup title with two World Cup wins along the way.

Australians have historically been strong performers in World Cup Downhill, regularly winning World Championships and medals in the discipline that combines extreme skill and jaw-dropping speed.

Sunday’s Downhill final will be contested on the steep and rocky Mystic mountain course. Spectacular Down Hill practice will entertain spectators looking for thrills and spills on each day of the event.

2013 World Championship Silver medalist and reigning Elite Men’s National Champion Mick Hannah (QLD) is in town to defend his national title, as is his sister Tracey Hannah (QLD), the defending Elite Women’s champion. The brother and sister team-mates are looking forward to the MTB World Cup heading to their home town of Cairns in April.

In the Real Insurance Marathon event to be held on Monday after the Championships, reigning National Marathon Champion Jason English (NSW) stars in a field of riders tackling the 78km course. English is a super star in mountain biking with 4 consecutive World Solo 24hr Championships wins.

MTBA President, Russell Baker AM, said “The Championships are the culmination of the mountain biking season in Australia, with all disciplines coming together to crown Australia’s best riders. After a very successful national series MTBA are looking forward to great weekend of racing in Bright.”

2014 is the first time the Championships have been held in Bright. Alpine Shire Council Mayor Peter Roper reflected on the event coming to the region. “Not only is this a fantastic way for competitors and their supporters to enjoy everything the Alpine Shire has to offer, it also brings the exciting sport right to the doorstep of locals.”

Spectators are welcome at the Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Championships free of charge. All information can be found at: http://mtb.subaru.com.au/national-championships/

All information & results: http://mtb.subaru.com.au/national-championships/

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/CyclingAusMTB
Twitter: @CyclingAusMTB | https://twitter.com/CyclingAusMTB
Twitter Hashtag: #mtbnats (with addition of #brightvic where space permits)
All information – Mountain Bike Australia: http://www.mtba.asn.au