Video: Jared Graves in The Kootenays

There are core experiences that define a mountain biker. Like venturing into unfamiliar mountains to find amazing trails chiseled into the landscape, and then pushing your limits, against all common sense for the pure thrill of it. These experiences are woven into the psyche of every mountain biker. Jared Graves is not an ordinary rider. The reigning Enduro World Series champion is considered one of the most versatile mountain bikers in the world and when not racing, he’s all about having good times on the bike. “It’s all about going out in the bush with your mates and riding natural terrain, whatever you can find really and just having fun.” Following his victory at the Whistler EWS, Jared traveled deep into the Kootenay region of British Columbia.

Proven Here. The Kootenays x SB6 Carbon.

 

Old Mans Valley Bike Festival, Sydney

On 13 December 2014 Sydney North Off Road Cyclists (SNORC) will present the Old Man’s Valley Bike Festival. The festival will bring a full day of racing for all levels to the popular Hornsby Mountain Bike Trail in Northern Sydney.

In the morning the Hornado cyclocross race will traverse fire roads, meadows, singletrack and possibly the steepest on foot run-up in Australian history! In the middle of the day cross country riders will test themselves on a course which includes some of Old Man’s Valley’s best singletrack, with categories for beginners through elites. The day will close with the uniting of the full face helmet brigade and the knights in white lycra in the Bomber/Whippet Relay, a one lap time trial in which the first rider descends from the top of the valley and tags off at the bottom to a teammate who climbs back up. The festival will also include bike demos and a fundraising barbecue.

Proceeds from the festival will be divided between SNORC’s trail building activities and the Hornsby Kuring-gai Women’s Shelter.

Registration is now open online at eventbrite.com.au (search for Old Mans Valley) (link: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/old-mans-valley-bike-festival-tickets-13671739541?aff=eorg ). Sign up early as places are limited to avoid overcrowding on the track. For more information please visit snorc.org.au.


 

Never ridden OMV before? Get a taste of the trails in these two vids!

 

About SNORC

SNORC began life as the Hornsby Shire Mountain Bike Alliance (HSMBA) which campaigned for the construction of more mountain bike trails in northern Sydney. After several years, these efforts resulted in the opening of the Hornsby Mountain Bike Trail by Hornsby Shire Council in 2013, six kilometres of singletrack just a couple of hundred metres from Hornsby railway station on the land around the former Hornsby Quarry in Old Man Valley. The trail, which features tracks suitable for riders of all levels, has proved extremely popular, with an average of 900 laps ridden per week in 2013-14. Now an MTBA registered club, SNORC continues to lobby for improved trail access while also running events and the monthly trail maintenance days which keep OMV flowing so nicely. The Old Man Valley Bike Festival is the first of what the club hopes will be many events in Hornsby.

 

Contact: Campbell King, SNORC president —[email protected]

Video: The Yakima Sunshine Series, Qld

The crew in Queensland’s South East corner love their racing: the Yakima Sunshine Series must be the best attended local series in the country, with over 300 riders at every round. Full credit must be given to a passionate bunch, lead by QLDMTB, who have put together a very professional series, with quality timing, courses, sponsorship and prizes. This feel-good vid shows off what the series achieved in 2014.

 

Video: The Kowalski Classic 2014

Kowalski Classic 2014 – Official Race Video from Self Propelled on Vimeo.

Singletrack’s the drug that the Kowalski Brothers deal in; they’re the most bad-ass pushers on the block and their special blend of sinuous trails is particularly addictive too. Back for its third year, the Kowalski Classic is an incredible marathon race through the best trails of Kowen Forest and Sparrow Hill – it’s amazing how much quality trail is strung through these pines, and this race doesn’t miss much of it!

We were bummed to have missed the event this year (read our reports from 2012/13 here and here) but this vid does a good job of capturing what the vibe is all about, and making us pledge to be there in 2015.

 

 

Flow’s Freshies: Products We’re Using, Testing or Loving

Welcome to another round of Flow’s Freshies; products we’re using, testing or just loving at Flow HQ. This time around, we have the very frothy Effeto Mariposa Cafe Latex sealant, Bontrager’s feature-packed RXL shoes and a new Camelbak that aims to save your spine.

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The Caffe Latex trio: sealant in a pressurised form; in a 250ml bottle; and the ZOT! super sealant activator.

Effetto Mariposa Caffe Latex tubeless sealant:

http://www.effettomariposa.eu/en/products/caffelatex-family/caffelatex-sealant/

250ml, $23.95. 1000ml, $56.95

Effetto Mariposa Caffe Latex tyre sealant (centre in photo above) may be a lesser known product here in the Australian market for now, but the technology behind the Italian product deserves a lot of recognition. Unlike other sealants, whilst the wheel is moving, the sealant froths up like a delicious frothy cappuccino, with the foam filling the entire internal cavity of the tyre. This, in contrast with conventional sealant that merely sloshes around in the tyre, is said to create far quicker and more effective puncture protection for tubeless setups, particularly on sidewall cuts where traditional sealant mightn’t reach so quickly. Thanks to the addition of “microscopic silicate particles” within the sealant, the sealing of punctures up to 5mm is claimed to be five times faster than a standard sealant. Interestingly enough, Cafe Latex is actually the sealant of choice used by none other than Nico Voullioz for his Enduro racing! The Effetto Mariposa Latex is available in 250ml, 1 litre and whopping 10 litre volumes, just in case you want to bathe in it.

We’ve also been testing the ZOT! Caffe Latex Activator, which is designed to be used in conjunction with the Cafe Latex to seal up those really big cuts which would normally require the tyre to be patched. We’ll have our review up on Flow shortly.

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For a fully-featured cross country shoe, the RXLs appear to be very robust too, with lots of toe/scuff protection.
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9 on the stiffness’o’meter. Big tread blocks make rock clambering easier.

Bontrager RXL MTB shoes: 

http://www.bontrager.com/model/09604

$329

Here at Flow we’ve been fans of Bontrager kit for a long time, and the RXL shoe is a truly premium offering. If you’ve tried heat molded insoles, you’ll know that it really is the only way to get that truly snug, custom fit. The heel-tap feature allows the rider to further personalise their kicks, as the heel cup can be flexed/molded to suit your heel width. Heel security is further boosted by the use of a grippy ‘cat’s tongue’ style material inside the heel cup. The Micro-fit buckle is yet another great feature, allowing the rider to dial in the retention system in finer increments adjustments than a normal buckle system. All in all, definitely one to look at if you’re after a light and stiff shoe – even for trail riding, as this shoe has more tread for scampering up unrideable sections than most pure cross country shoes.

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The wide profile of the pack at its base helps keep it very stable.
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Plenty of room for all your Enduro adventures, it’ll fit a helmet with ease.
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This sleeve houses the three-layered protective insert.

Camelbak Kudu 12 pack: 

$249.95

This new pack from Camelbak is so fresh it hasn’t even made it onto their website yet! Spine protection may not be the first thing you think of when you’re considering a hydration pack, but with the continuing evolution of trail and all-mountain bikes tempting riders into terrain once left for bikes with triple crown forks, we see it as a relevant development; spine protection in your hydration pack could be the difference between walking away from a crash… and not walking. The Kudu 12 features lightweight, high density padding inserts that will help dissipate impacts that could otherwise do you real damage. Aside from the Spine protection, other developments with this pack include helmet/pad integration that fits your descending essentials tight and snug to the pack, meaning your stuff wont jiggle about climbing to the top of that epic descent. On the way back down the pack won’t sway either; the pack’s profile is wider than it is deep, in order to maximise stability and keep the contents of the pack firmly in place on the riders back. Genius!

 

 

Registrations Open for Australian MTB Summit at Mt Buller

Mt Buller will host the inaugural Australian Mountain Bike Summit on 4-5 December 2014, a new conference dedicated exclusively to the needs of the mountain bike industry. Presented by Bike Buller, the Summit will cover issues, emerging trends and opportunities that are relevant to individuals, groups and organisations who are either active in or looking to become more involved in mountain biking, so is set to become a critical industry event.

Over 20 speakers will deliver a range of keynote addresses, workshops and breakout sessions that will allow participants to hear from the specialists, share ideas and ask questions in a collaborative environment.

The two-day Australian Mountain Bike Summit will feature a range of local and international mountain bike experts, including Joey Klein, Trail Specialist from the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), Joel Martinez, VP of Operations at Stevens Pass Bike Park (US), Glen Jacobs, Director at World Trail, and Shane Coppin, CEO at Mountain Bike Australia. In all, over 20 speakers will deliver a range of keynote addresses, workshops and breakout sessions that will allow participants to hear from the specialists, share ideas and ask questions in a collaborative environment.

“While there are a number of bike conferences available in the market at the moment, they tend to focus on road cycling, with only a small component dedicated to mountain biking,” said Amber Gardner, Director of Marketing at Mt Buller Resort Management. “Recognising the gap in the market, we’ve developed the Australian Mountain Bike Summit to bring together key industry players, as well as those looking to become active in this space, to learn about and discuss the key challenges and emerging opportunities currently impacting the mountain bike market.”

The Australian Mountain Bike Summit coincides with the 6 December launch of the Australian Alpine Epic trail at Mt Buller – the first IMBA accredited Epic trail in the Southern Hemisphere, recognised as an iconic, diverse and high-quality backcountry trail that offers a unique wilderness experience. The 40km trail will be launched as part of an Epic Festival weekend, featuring a great program of activities including the Radical Reels Film Festival, an Epic party including a pump track competition under lights, a Poker Ride and plenty more, offering something for all levels of riders.

The Australian Mountain Bike Summit coincides with the 6 December launch of the Australian Alpine Epic trail at Mt Buller – the first IMBA accredited Epic trail in the Southern Hemisphere.

“While the Australian Mountain Bike Summit will provide delegates with a number of platforms through which to learn and network, it will also offer delegates the opportunity to get out onto Mt Buller’s trails, either independently or as part of guided tours, allowing them to sample the world-class trail offering that the Mt Buller Bike Park has become so renowned for,” said Gardner. “Those who stay for the weekend will also be able to make history by being the first riders on the Australian Alpine Epic trail, marking a milestone occasion for Mt Buller as well as the Australian mountain bike industry – it’s one not be missed!”

Registration for the Australian Mountain Bike Summit is now open. Registration costs $499 per person, which covers the 2-day conference, a guided ride and a place at the Official Summit Drinks and Dinner functions.

For further information about the Australian Mountain Bike Summit, visit www.bikebuller.com.au or email [email protected] 

Media contact: Gillian Dobson Marketing & Communications Manager Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management T: 03 5777 6077 M: 0429 776 185 E: [email protected]

Rotorua to host 24hr Solo World Champs for 2016

If there’s one place in the world where we could handle the idea of riding for 24hrs, it’s Rotorua. It has just been announced that the WEMBO 24hr Solo World Champs will be coming to the legendary Whakawarewera Forest in 2016! Read on for the official word.

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Down under dominated the WEMBO 24 hour Solo World Championships in Fort William in Scotland last weekend. In one of the toughest events on the international calendar, Australia’s Jason English won a remarkable 5th consecutive Elite Men’s title and Brett Bellchambers did it all in one gear winning the Singlespeed category.The New Zealand team was also successful. Kim Hurst won the Elite women, Amanda Brooks won the 40-44 women’s category and Ryan Hunt took gold in Under-23 Men.

Capping off a successful weekend for the Kiwi team, after the racing was over the World Endurance Mountain Biking Organisation (WEMBO) announced that Rotorua would host the event in 2016.

Tim and Belinda Farmer, from Nduro Events, will run the championships. For them, it’s a dream come true. Tim doesn’t only organise events he also races in them. He competed in the 24 hour Solo Worlds when they were in Canberra in 2013.

“Sometimes I have to pinch myself,” he said, on hearing the good news. “Living in a mountain bike mecca like Rotorua, riding most days and organising events including the pinnacle of endurance racing, the 24-hour Solo world champs, is amazing.”

The 24-hour Solo World Championships is a truly international event with 170 riders from 25 countries racing in Fort William.

“Endurance racing is the ultimate challenge, but the riders are like most mountain bikers – they love to travel and experience different environments and cultures,” added Farmer. “Rotorua has such a long tradition of big events, a world-class trail network only minutes from town and all the infrastructure of a major tourism destination. And hot pools.”

The event was held in Finale Ligure in Italy in 2012 and Mount Stromlo in Canberra, Australia in 2013. After Scotland it will be in the Northern Hemisphere in Weaverville, California, next year, before heading down under again in 2016.

“WEMBO was set up to provide a true world championships where the world’s riders would get to experience 24 hour racing across a range of countries with all the course and climate variations that entails,” said WEMBO founder, Russ Baker. “It’s all about providing a great experience for the riders.”

Baker is excited about New Zealand becoming the fifth member of the WEMBO ‘family’.

“I’m sure that every rider will be looking forward to Rotorua’s legendary Redwood trails,” he continued. “As well as being a fantastic mountain biking location, New Zealand also fits in well with WEMBO’s plan to have an alternating hemisphere schedule, following on from Weaverville in California in 2015.”

He’s look forward to welcoming the world’s best solo 24-hour riders to Rotorua in 2016. “And I congratulate Tim Farmer and the team from Rotorua for all the work they have done to bring another World Championships to New Zealand.”

The 24-hour Solo World Championships will be one of the headline events on the second weekend of the 2016 Rotorua Bike Festival.

“A world-class endurance event like this will be a major boost for the programme,” said David Crowley, chair of the Charitable Trust that runs the Festival. “The National Mountain Bike Championships will be the main event of the opening weekend again and the 24-hour Solos will wrap the festival up.”

The 2015 edition of the Rotorua Bike Festival kicks off on Black Friday February 13 and runs till Sunday February 22, with events covering all biking disciplines, BMX, road and mountain biking.

Nduro Events will run the 24 hours of Rotorua a fortnight earlier, on the weekend of January 31 and February 1. The event will be open to solo riders and teams and will be a dress rehearsal for the WEMBO event.

 

Jason English Wins Incredible Fifth Consecutive Solo World 24 Hour Mountain Bike Title in Scotland

Australia’s Jason English (NSW) has won the World Endurance Mountain Bike Organisation (WEMBO) Solo 24 Hour Championship title for the fifth consecutive time over the weekend in Fort William, Scotland.

There are few, if any challenges in sport more difficult than racing a mountain bike over tough terrain for 24 hours, and English is without doubt the premier athlete for the sport on the planet.

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Single speed category winner, Brett Bellchambers follows Jason through the singletrack in Scotland.

Racing up against competitors from over 25 countries, English went with his tried-and-true formula of staying with his competition for the first half of the race and then pulling away to build a lead in the dark hours overnight.

He would carry this gap on to complete another outstanding win in an amazing career, racing 26 laps of the tough course for a total ride distance of 348.4 kilometres.

Australia also took the gold in the Men’s Single Speed category, with Brett Bellchambers (ACT) winning, completing 24 laps in the 24 hours while riding a bike with only a single gear.

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The Oceania region can claim dominance in the sport with Kim Hurst (NZ) taking out the Elite Female title.

English has a punishing campaign of events each year and will now carry his always excellent form into his defence of the Australian title in Mt Annan, NSW on November 29 & 30.

For all information on Mountain Biking in Australia visit: www.mtba.asn.au

Rosemary Barnes and Dan MacMunn defend Australia-wide Gravity Enduro Series titles in Cairns

The final round of the Australia-wide Gravity Enduro Series was hosted by the Cairns Mountain Bike Club at Smithfield on the weekend. The local rider Berend Boer from Holloways Beach stood his ground and a gripping finish against the Series Leader Dan MacMunn from Spring Gully (VIC) resulted in a tie between the two riders. In the elite women’s division, Genevieve McKew from Sydney won ahead of Rosemary Barnes, whose second place brought her enough series points to claim the overall win.

With some of the club’s strongest riders at the start of the final Australia-wide Gravity Enduro Series, more than a two thirds of the competitors had come from interstate – as the series leader, Dan MacMunn was the strongest contender for the Elite Men’s win against fellow Victorians Ben Randall and Ryan De La Rue. Canberra’s Rosemary Barnes had travelled to tropical Cairns to claim her title with a lead of more than 600 points ahead of Sydney’s Genevieve McKew, Vanessa Thompson and Kath Bicknell.

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Genevieve McKew was the fastest elite woman of the weekend.
Cairns trails demand endurance and technical riding skills
The local Cairns Mountain Bike Club had put on six timed stages with neutral transition rides to the race starts. “Everything went really smoothly. These are the types of events we need and that we enjoy hosting – we were really happy to meet so many interstate riders that we could show off our fantastic trail network to”, said the club event manager, Craig Nissen.
In the elite men’s division it was a tight race from the first stage to the last. Over two days the final sixth stage was going to decide the race and it ended up in a tie to the second – both Dan MacMunn and the 27-year old local rider Berend Boer finished in 19:13 minutes. With an unfortunate crash right ahead of the finish, Rhys Atkinson from nearby Kewarra Beach still finished third with a gap of 24 seconds. As a precaution he had to be transported to hospital via ambulance due to a suspected concussion and was later cleared of any further serious injuries.
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Berend Boer, the local rider who finished on equal race time with series winner Dan MacMunn.
First gravity enduro elite series titles go to Victoria and New South Wales
The shared first place was still enough for the overall series title for Dan MacMunn. The 32-year-old fire fighter had participated in five out of the six series events and said that the final QLD round turned out to be his favourite. “The types of trails we got to ride and race here over the weekend are just ideal and a really fitting way to conclude this awesome series. It was tough, but exciting racing and I’m proud of my overall title”, he said.
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Rosemary Barnes claimed the overall elite women’s series title.
The four elite women at the start agreed that they enjoyed the event and riding the trails together. “Some of those neutral rides to the starts were really tough – just steep and long, but the descents and timed stages were just so rewarding”, said women’s series winner Rosemary Barnes, who added that she was hopeful for more women to compete in these types of events in future. “We’ll spread the word until next year about how much fun they are”, she said.
More than 550 riders had participated in the series, which included events in NSW, VIC, SA, WA, ACT and QLD, covering almost all states and territories.
“We’re really proud that with our partner Alpine Gravity and our hosting clubs we were able to deliver this first all-Australian gravity enduro series to our riders. The rounds included a wide variety of trails and race formats and we are looking forward to a strong 2015 season”, said Rocky Trail’s Martin Wisata, who had travelled to Cairns from Sydney to support the hosting club for the final series event.
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Elite Women’s series podium (l-r): Martin Wisata (Rocky Trail), Genevieve McKew (3rd), Rosemary Barnes (1st), Vanessa Thompson (2nd), Kath Bicknell (5th) – absent: Jaclyn Schapel (4th).
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Elite Men’s series podium (l-r): Ben Randall (4th), Simon Buzacott (2nd), Dan MacMunn (1st), Ryan De La Rue (3rd) – absent: Ben Cory (5th).
Full QLD race and series results are available via www.rockytrailentertainment.com
Top Results QLD Round
11+12 October 2014
Elite Male
1. Berend Boer [#117] // Discovery cycles-TREK // Holloways Beach QLD // 19:13 min
1. Dan MacMunn [#112] // Yetioz-Shimanoaust-Schwalbe-My Mountain // Spring Gully VIC // 19:13 min
3. Rhys Atkinson [#115] // Specialized, Sram, fjc clothing, Fektor // Kewarra Beach QLD // 19:37 min // + 24 sec
4. Ryan De La Rue [#130] // Specialized AU Lusty Industries // Colac VIC // 20:18 min // +1:05 min
5. Ben Randall [#119] // My Mountain // Hurstbridge VIC // 21:24  min // +2:11 min
Elite Female
1. Genevieve McKew [#128] // Knolly Australia, Endless Flow Cycles, Fox Australia // Chatswood NSW // 24:24 min
2. Rosemary Barnes [ #127] // Onyabike, Swell Design Group // Lyneham ACT // 26:19 min // +1:55 min
3. Vanessa Thompson [#124] // Single tracks  Banshee // Yanderra NSW // 27:24 min // +3 min
4. Kath Bicknell [#129] // Roxsolt // Sydney NSW // 29:06 min // +4:42 min
Overall Results Series 2014
Elite Male
1. Dan MacMunn // Yetioz-Shimanoaust-Schwalbe-My Mountain // Spring Gully VIC // 2720 pts
2. Simon Buzacott // Focus Bikes, Dissent labs, ion // Somerton Park SA // 1800 pts
3. Ryan De La Rue // Specialized AU Lusty Industries // Colac VIC // 1490 pts
4. Ben Randall // My Mountain // Hurstbridge VIC // 1270 pts
5. Ben Cory // Giant Bicycles, SRAM, RockShox, OnyaBike, Vans // Kambah ACT // 1100 pts
Elite Female
1. Rosemary Barnes // Onyabike, Swell Design Group // Lyneham ACT // 2540 pts
2. Vanessa Thompson // Single tracks  Banshee // Yanderra NSW // 2240 pts
3. Genevieve McKew // Knolly Australia, Endless Flow Cycles, Fox Australia // Chatswood NSW // 1700 pts
4. Jaclyn Schapel // LivAustralia:4Shaw:Adidas Eyewear:Torq Nutrition // Adelaide SA // 1520 pts
5. Kath Bicknell // Roxsolt // Sydney NSW // 1220 pts
Series winners in remaining categories:
Expert Male (B-Grade): Anthony Elliot // Wallaroo NSW // 1200 pts
Junior Under 19 Male: Aaron Felton // Sans Souci // 1020 pts
Junior Under 17 Male: Jarrod Murphy // Mount Marha VIC // 2301 pts
Veterans Male (30+): Michael Clarke // Seaham NSW // 1640 pts
Sport Male (C-Grade): Damien Brombal // 720 pts
Master Male: Joshua Lester // Westgate NSW // 2040 pts
SuperMaster Male: David Empey // Maindample VIC // 2400 pts
Junior Under 15 Male: Lachlan Clarke / Seaham NSW // 2290 pts

 

Torq and Merida announce new partnership, plus exciting news for the future of Australian Mountain Biking!

Melbourne, VIC: The Torq Australia Mountain Bike Team, one of Australia’s most successful and longest standing mountain bike teams, is partnering with Merida Bikes for the upcoming 2015 cross country season.

Torq are excited to announce a new long term sponsorship deal with Merida, a large global bike brand that supports mountain biking at all levels including a very successful association with one of the top mountain bike teams in the world over the last 10 years. Other team partners include Sram, Motion, Complete Wealth, Santini, Flight Centre Active, Met, North Wave, Crank Brothers, Rudy Project, Schwalbe, FTP Training, and the Bicycle Centre Network.

Team founder and Manager Dean Clark said “This team has been our passion since 2006. We have developed more junior riders into national champions than any other mountain bike team in Australia, but more importantly we have also helped them achieve their goals and really work towards helping them develop their cycling careers. Torq are also lucky to be in a position to sponsor many major events as a nutrition brand, getting extra coverage for our team and our sponsors.”

Torq Train

The Team has always had a big development focus at National/Oceania/World Cup level cross country, but have also competed in most major endurance stage races in Australia. The Torq Merida Team for 2015 will have a good mix of male and female riders across all age groups and will continue Torq’s focus on rider development to prepare for the next level of racing, whilst ensuring they have fun in a great team environment.

As part of the new 2015 program there will also be a significant focus on a new junior development with the launch of a new program, the 2 Wheel Academy. The Academy will start with a minimum of five teams setup across Australia using a standard system to ensure promising juniors have the best opportunity to set goals, improve their skills, train under a structured program with team camps, as well as having a clear pathway to link with Elite teams like the Torq Merida team.

Torq Train

Team sponsor and Managing Director of Complete Wealth, Matt Battye, has set a very strong long term vision for the 2 Wheel Academy.   Battye said “This is a very exciting development that will set up a structured pathway for juniors across Australia using the philosophies that have made Torq so successful over the years. Within the next two to three years we would like to have about 20 teams operating under our standard support model. This as a fantastic framework for kids to develop as mountain bike riders, while also helping provide skills that will help them achieve both in sport and in life in general.”

The Torq team will ride Merida bikes for the first time in the upcoming Cape to Cape Endurance Stage Race in Western Australia in November 2014 with a formal team launch scheduled for November. The 2 Wheel Academy will commence early in 2015.

On Track With Curtis Keene – Ride it Like You Stole it – Ep 9

They called it “Crankzilla”: the longest, toughest, hottest and some would say most technically demanding race of the Enduro World Series this season. 60 KM of riding, 2500 Meters of elevation gain and more than 7 hours of riding through five stages that would test amateurs and Pros both physically and technically.
After a sea on of close calls and almosts, Curtis is finally able to put it all together and have the right race on the right day.

Watch Curtis as he take one step further his overall season goal of making the top 10 during this 6th stop of the Enduro World Series.

Video: Danny MacAskill’s latest video, just casually riding along a massive cliff

Danny MacAskill’s new video project took the trial rider well and truly out of his comfort zone. Swapping his familiar trials bike for a full suspension mountain bike, Danny travelled to the Isle of Skye, the place where he was born and grew up, to ride the epic trail on the Cuillin Ridge.

The rocky terrain, huge cliff drops and unforgiving lines really put Danny’s famous bike handling skills to the limit, but it was well worth the effort to showcase the Isle of Skye’s beautiful landscape.

Riding the Cuillin Ridge also fulfilled a life-long dream of Danny’s and with the help of filmmaker Stu Thompson and his colleague’s at Cut Media we’re all able to share that joy.

Racing: Jared Graves wins 2014 World Enduro Series Overall

Preview

Race Day 1

Race Day 2

It was the seventh and final leg of the Enduro World Series last weekend in Finale Ligure, Italy.
From Chile at the opening round to Italy for the final, the 2014 Enduro World Series has taken riders from high altitudes to the depths of exhaustion.
Jared Graves and Tracy Moseley came into this event as the series leaders and it all came down to the final run of the final day of racing. Both could lose it but both looked more than capable of winning it.
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Yoann Barelli.

The only thing left to say is that this truly has been one hell of a compelling season of racing…..

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Josh Carlson.
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Tracey Moseley.
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Fabien Barel.
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Yoann Birelli.

Bike Buller MTB Festival Gets Super-Sized for 2015

Rapid Ascent have just announced a massive expansion of the Bike Buller MTB Festival for 2015. To be held 7-9 March, the program of events now has 14 races across three days of awesome riding.

Director of Marketing, Sales and Business Development for Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management, Amber Gardner, is looking forward to the return of the popular event.

“Mt Buller has solidly cemented itself as a premier mountain biking destination, and we’re really excited to host an even bigger Bike Buller MTB Festival for 2015,” said Gardner.

“The Resort is now home to some of the best trails in the country, including the signature 10km XC trail Stonefly, Australia’s first flow down trail, Copperhead and set to open in December, the 40km Australian Alpine Epic, the very first IMBA Epic trail in the Southern Hemisphere.

“Sensational riding in this spectacular location, combined with plenty of fun activities for non- riders, makes for one seriously awesome weekend on top of the world at Mt Buller,” she said.

The three-day celebration of mountain biking will again coincide with the popular ‘Picnic in the Park’ food, wine and music festival held in the Mirimbah Park at the base of Mt Buller. There will also be a Bike Expo and plenty for non-riders to enjoy, including a range of exciting activities available on and around Mt Buller to suit all ages and interests.

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LONG WEEKEND SCHEDULE OF RACES

 

SATURDAY 7TH MARCH

Race 1 – The 50km Schwalbe Stirling Circuit
A spectacular XC circuit over Mt Stirling and back again including Stonefly, the Corn Hill trails and a chairlift up Mt Buller at the end.
Race 2 – The 35km Stonefly Circuit
A rewarding XC race to Mt Stirling and back on the phenomenal Stonefly trail with chairlift at the end
Race 3 – The Outlaw All Mountain Trophy – NEW
All-mountain racing on two of Mt Buller’s (intermediate level) DH tracks – Outlaw Express and Yellow Post. All riders complete 5 timed descents with an untimed chairlift back to the top, and your fastest 3 descents count.
Race 4 – Kids Village Ride – NEW
A fun ride for kids and off-road newbies with 5km and 10km options on friendly trails around the Mt Buller Village.
Race 5 – The Red Bull 16” Dual Slalom – NEW
Two riders going head to head down a grass dual-slalom track on Bourke Street – on 16” kids bikes! – conducted in an elimination format with a ‘winner takes all’ final to the roars of the crowd.
Race 6 – Kids Pump Track – NEW
A fun event for kids aged under 13yrs on the Pump Track – it’s their time to shine.
Race 7 – The Flow Pump Track Pursuit
Thrilling head to head racing on the pump track in a do-or-die elimination format. It will be a ‘winner takes all’ final in front of a massive crowd.

SUNDAY 8TH MARCH:

9.5km Trail Run
A spectacular trail running race along the scenic alpine walking and riding trails leading to the Mt Buller Summit and back again. Great for non-riders or those who want to mix it up.
Race 8 – The 4.5hr Brakeburner Enduro
A multi-lap enduro down a 7km XC/DH course to the base of the chairlift and back up again until the final 12km Super-D (Race 9) to the Picnic in the Park festival at the base of the mountain
Race 9 – Mt Buller Super D
An exhilarating 12km Super-D race from the top of Mt Buller all the way to the bottom – descending over 1100m in a single run. Tear down the Delatite River Trail to finish in the Picnic in the Park festival at the base of the mountain.
Race 10 – Kids Ride at Picnic in the Park
An (other) opportunity for kids to get out on their bikes with a fun little ride in the Picnic in the Park festival at Mirimbah. Balance bikes, trikes and little ones all welcome.

MONDAY 9TH MARCH:

Race 11 – The 22km Corn Hill Crankfest XC
A challenging XC race on the flowing singletrack around the Mt Buller Village and neighbouring Cornhill trails.
Race 12 – The Adidas Eyewear 20km Gravity Enduro – NEW
A gravity enduro around the most popular Mt Buller and Cornhill trails with 5 timed descents interspersed with untimed climbs and transit stages.
Race 13 – The Buller Cup – NEW
Two timed descents on the legendary ABOM DH track with chairlift return back to the top – but there’s a twist… the winner is the rider with the two closest descent times. Anyone can win – fast or slow!
Race 14 – The ABOM Downhill – NEW
A single timed descent down the ABOM DH track from top to bottom. Fastest wins!

 

Entries are now open for the 2015 Bike Buller MTB Festival presented by Orbea at www.BIKEBULLER.com

New Trail Opening: Hollybank, Tasmania

Here’s our hot tip: north-east Tasmania is going to become the epicentre of mountain bike tourism in Australia very soon. The investment in mountain biking infrastructure underway here is huge, and the first piece in the puzzle to have been dropped into place is the Hollybank Mountain Bike park, just outside Launceston.

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One of the dozens of sneaky gap lines on Juggernaut.

The Hollybank Mountain Bike Park has been under construction for almost seven months now and the drapes are all set to be lifted this weekend at the trail centre’s official launch. Hundreds of eager crew will get their first taste of the Hollybank trails on Saturday, and we can promise you there’s going to be a lot of frothing going on.

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The perfect mellow flow of No Sweat, Hollybank’s green loop.
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No Sweat passes right by one of Hollybank’s many creeks, making for the perfect mid-ride dip.

Dirt Art are the team who have been entrusted with crafting this very promising site into a 20km+ network of trails, and after a bit of badgering they finally acquiesced and allowed us to take a sneak peek last week. This local crew have done an incredible job creating a park that not only caters for all levels of riders, but really facilitates their progression. There’s a 5km green loop, No Sweat, that makes the most of the varied vegetation and terrain types in the park’s lower reaches, taking riders through open eucalypt forest, pines and rainforest. This trail passes right by a cracking swimming hole too, so it’ll be a popular option come summer. No Sweat feeds into tall Tall Timbers, the 6km intermediate trail which has some of the most luscious, loamy, berms we’ve ever seen. With two incredible descents linked by mellow climbs, it’s the ideal feeder for Hollybank’s crowning glory – Juggernaut.

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The wall ride on No Sweat is going to be a popular feature.

Juggernaut is technically a two-way trail, but we can’t imagine too many riders are going to grind up the 11km descent (yes, an 11km descent) when it’s so easy to shuttle to the top. (A big thanks to Buck Gibson from Vertigo MTB for playing selfless shuttle driver for us – Vertigo MTB will be providing ongoing shuttle services too, so get in touch). A full run down Juggernaut will take most riders 20-25 minutes of nearly pure descending, but it’s the quality and unique nature of the trail that really sets this apart from other iconic descents across Australia.

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You’d don’t see this kind of steep, rugged rock slab riding in many Australian mountain bike parks! Taking the black diamond option on Juggernaut.
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Dirt Art have taken Juggernaut right down the guts of some awesome natural features.

The terrain on the upper half of the trail is what would normally be a trail builder’s nightmare, nearly pure rock. But rather than fight the terrain, Dirt Art have worked with some of the most amazing features like huge rock slabs and chutes to create an experience that blends the best parts of a machine-built trail with the kind of attention to detail and technical features normally only found on a hand-built trail. It’s amazing how this trail manages to find flow in terrain where you’d least expect it – get your timing right and you can pump your way across the rocks like a massive granite rhythm section. Juggernaut is listed as a blue/intermediate trail, but we’d definitely call it a ‘dark’ blue, and there are some optional lines that fall well into the black diamond realm.

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Loving the loam on Tall Timbers.

If you’re a Taswegian, get yourself along this weekend, or if you’re from interstate you’ve now got another very good reason to make that Tassie mountain bike trip a reality.

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Juggernaut once again, dishing up another section of tech rock riding.
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One of Juggernaut’s more open machine-built flow sections.

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Dirt Art’s Simon French pull a few g’s around a Tall Timbers berm. How hard can you hit these corners? Take a look at his rear shock to find out.

This Is Peaty – Season 3, Episode 6

After a long season for Steve Peat and co, It all came down to the final round out in Meribel.

Could Rat take the overall or would nerves get the better? Could Peaty regain some end of season form and hit the podium?

After all was said and done out in France, there was no rest for the wicked as it was time to head to Hafjell once again for World Champs.

Ratboy was fully peaking, on the form of his life, whilst Peaty was quietly confident on a track he’s done well on in the past…

Find out how the story unfolded and more in Episode 6 of This Is Peaty!

Produced by Steel City Media

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Video: Insane Red Bull Rampage Finals Highlights and Photos

 

The 2014 edition of Red Bull Rampage will be remembered as the most competitive in the event’s history. Watch the video above to see the action highlights from finals day, as riders attempted to successfully navigate burly natural terrain, down sheer cliffs and natural mesas that included a 76-foot vertical drop and 72-foot canyon gap.

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“Everybody killed it as diggers and riders,” said two-time Rampage champ Kyle Strait at the end of Monday’s finals, where he placed fourth. “That’s Rampage number nine for me; let’s keep going.”

 

Andreau’s winning run.

Lacondeguy flipping out.
Lacondeguy flipping out.

 

Cam Zink’s second place run.  

Cam Zink's huge 360 drop.
Cam Zink’s huge 360 drop.

 

Brandon Semenuk’s third place run.

Semenuk making it look so easy.
Semenuk making it look so easy.
Last year's winner, Kyle Strait riding vertical.
Last year’s winner, Kyle Strait riding vertical.

Andreau’s POV chest cam winning run.

 

Cam Zink’s monster 360 drop scores him the best trick award, no waaaaay why?