Foam Pits to Dirt Jumps and Every Party In-Between

From the wild mind of pro mountain biking’s funniest dude, Tyler McCaul, comes another compilation video of Tyler and his friends having the best time possible as they travel the world riding, partying, and getting up to all sorts of mischief.

Shot throughout the 2014 season, Tyler covers everything from good old backyard fun, to contest hijinks, and even a bit of riding. Stay tuned for a new episode every two months. 

FOX Rollercoaster #Enduro Series Raises Heart rates at Killingworth, NSW

Rocky Trail Entertainment launched the fourth season of their Rollercoaster gravity enduro series on the weekend with its new naming rights sponsor FOX Shox Australia and major sponsor BH Bikes. 

In a first for the popular racing series, the Elite Men’s category ended up in a tie between no less than three riders and the Elite Women finished within 10 seconds of eachother. The popular race combined neutral uphills to get to the start points of three different race tracks and with more than 150 starters attracted record female and junior fields from all over NSW and the ACT.

Exploring Fox Rollercoaster style.
The spirit of the Fox Rollercoaster #Enduro Series – exploring exciting trails together and then racing them, all in a no-attitude, fun and positive atmosphere with Rocky Trail.

The laid back event atmosphere was deceiving as riders pushed themselves to the limit in hot temperatures in the high thirties at Killingworth on Sunday. The once popular downhill and cross-country racing venue had been revived by the local Hunter MTB Alliance club and they were the hosts for the popular Rocky Trail gravity enduro series on the trails just outside of Newcastle. It was very close racing in the Elite Women’s field – Vanessa Thompson from Yanderra showed her strong endurance skills, finishing four seconds ahead of experienced gravity racer Joanne Fox (Emu Heights) and gravity enduro women’s ambassador, Kath Bicknell from Sydney (+10 sec). With a gap of six seconds to all-rounder Thompson, a Fox Rollercoaster newcomer in the Expert Female classification, Becc Wyatt from Rozelle, was the overall women’s winner.

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Elite Women’s podium (l-r): Joanne Fox, Vanessa Thompson, Kath Bicknell.

The hotly contested Elite Men’s classification resulted in a tie between three riders – Jon Odams, Michael Vanos and David Bowden clocked in the same total race time and are now on equal series points – the NSW MTB association has again awarded the official NSW/ACT State Series title for 2015. Chris Martin from Canberra and Michael Kafka from Sydney completed the podium in fourth and fifth place, respectively. 

Elite Men's podium with a first ever tie of three riders (l-r): Chris Martin, ex aequo first Michael Vanos, Dave Bowden, Jon Odams, Michal Kafka.
Elite Men’s podium with a first ever tie of three riders (l-r): Chris Martin, ex aequo first Michael Vanos, Dave Bowden, Jon Odams, Michal Kafka.

Round 2 of the Fox Rollercoaster #Enduro Series // powered by BH Bikes will be held on 1 March 2015 at Del Rio Resort in Wisemans Ferry. For further event information, visit www.rockytrailentertainment.com 

Hope Tech Presents – ‘Grim Up North’

“It’s grim up north they say….you’re right, it might be grim up north – but we bloody love it!”

What better way to test our nicely designed and manufactured Hope Cranks than to send two of the most stylish riders we know out to play in the “grim” northern countryside. Hope riders Sam Flanagan and (new recruit) Craig Evans have played a vital part in the testing phase of development of the Hope Cranks.

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Having riders who are as tuned in with their bike, as Sam and Craig, has allowed us to monitor the performance of our Hope Cranks in, let’s say some of the “grimmest” of conditions.

We set Sam and Craig the task of testing the Hope Cranks over a few days. The only condition being – no matter how grim it got they had to keep pedalling…. First up was Helvellyn. Now some might think, Helvelly, in January?

I think Sam and Craig thought the same once up there!

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Day 1: Helvellyn hike-a-bike + Swirral’s edge + snow + 100mph winds = failed attempt Swirral Edge wasn’t necessarily the problem… it was the 100mph gusts in the “dip of doom” which caused the guys some issues, spoiling the prospects of a Stick’s Pass descent.

Day 2: Helvellyn + Sticks Pass… Whilst the winds had died down the snow certainly hadn’t disappeared. Opting for a “safer” ascent and descent up Stick’s Pass the boys found the riding conditions were probably just as testing as the previous day.

Day 3: Wharncliffe Woods Day three and the boys moved slightly south in search of fairer climates, woods and a little bit of dirt. If you’ve seen the edit 26aintdead, then you’ll know that Craig is no stranger to Wharncliffe woods, what better place for the boys to finish the testing. It can be damn grim up north, but we reckon it’s a pretty solid testing ground!”

Hope Cranks – designed, tested, manufactured.

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Mullens and Ivory Impress in National Series #3, Pemberton, WA

Cameron Ivory (NSW) and Peta Mullens (VIC) have secured the gold at Round 3 of the Subaru National Mountain Bike Series in Pemberton, Western Australia, presented by Mountain Bike Australia.

Sunday’s race was the second leg of a double-header in the idyllic location in the South Western corner of Australia, with riders having to contend with tired legs and a brand new challenging course.In the Elite Men’s category, Ivory and Brendan Johnston (ACT) had an entertaining battle, with Johnston holding a small lead for the majority of the race.

Elite Men's Podium - Credit MTBA
Elite Men’s Podium

The riders came together on the final lap, with Ivory making the definitive move as they crossed the finish line for the second-last time. “That was so hard trying to chase down Trekky [Johnston],” said Ivory. “I kept getting him, then losing him, coming back, and with a few laps to go I just left it all out there. Luckily I caught him at the start of the last lap and just went for home from there.”

The 2013/14 National Series Champion is happy to return to the top step of the podium, and is looking forward to the challenge of keeping the position. “I had my European season last year and learned a lot so I’m trying to put it to use this year,” he explained. “Hopefully when Dan McConnell comes back I can see how I compare to him.”

Cam Ivory
Cam Ivory
Brendan Johnston
Brendan Johnston

In second place was Johnston, who set the initial pace for the race and held on to the lead until the very final lap. “I had pretty good legs so I wanted to make it as hard as I could,” said Johnston. “I thought I could hold Cam [Ivory] off but he never really got out of sight and with one lap to go he showed why he’s the rider he is. “I’m happy with a second place, for me today it wasn’t so much about the position but having a solid race, the course is a credit to the course designers and event hosts, it made for good racing both days.”

Third place went to 2013 Cross Country Eliminator World Champion Paul van der Ploeg (ACT) who pushed hard on the final laps to move through the field.

For the second day in a row, Liam Jeffries (VIC) took out the U19 Men’s title and now wears the Subaru Series Leader’s jersey.

Second place went to Luke Brame (NSW), with Bryan Dunkin (NSW) finishing third.

In an exciting Elite Women’s race, Peta Mullens (VIC) took the win and in the process claimed a rare victory in front of 2014 Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist Bec Henderson (ACT). In early running, both riders went hard to have a 36 second gap on the field after only the first lap. The two women would stay together until the end of lap three, when Mullens crossed the finish line 4 seconds in front of Henderson. “I was feeling pretty sick out there,” explained Henderson. “I was giving it everything on the first few laps but Peta marked me and she could tell I wasn’t on it. She probably didn’t even know that I was trying to attack, but I was and she rode amazingly.” On lap four, Mullens made the race her own, creating an unassailable lead of over two minutes, which she extended to almost five minutes on the way to the win.

Elite Women's Podium - Credit MTBA

“I think yesterday I left it all out there and today I wanted to do the same and I think I can be content with that,” said Mullens. “On the third lap she [Henderson] gave it a bit of stick and then didn’t really get the gap she wanted and started to suffer a bit. I thought that on the fourth lap it was my time to go when she was probably at her weakest and feeling yesterday’s race in her legs.”

Second place went to an ecstatic Jodie Willett (QLD) who again rode through the field to a result that surprised even herself. “Obviously Bec wasn’t having a good day and she really showed her class yesterday so don’t believe she’s down at my level,” said Willett. “Jenni and I had a great battle again and she kept me honest. We were both cramping for the last half of the race, which made it tough but I am stoked with second place.”

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Bec Henderson

Jenni King (VIC) rode strongly to round out the top three.

The Under 19 Women were again in action today mixing it with the Elites, with West Australian local Sarah Tucknott (WA) taking both wins for the weekend and Megan Williams (QLD) scoring her second silver medal.

A special mention goes to Under 15 rider Zoe Cuthbert (ACT) who again won her category, remarkably finishing as the seventh rider on course at the time, with only Elite riders ahead.

The Subaru National Series continues in two weeks from 6 – 8 February with Cross Country Round 4 and Short Course Cross Country Round 2 in Stromlo, ACT and Downhill Round 2 in Thredbo, NSW.

For all Series information, please visit:

http://mtb.subaru.com.au/national-series/
For full race results, please visit:

http://www.racetecresults.com/Results.aspx?CId=16429&RId=46&EId=21

 

Henderson and Bowden Power to National Round #2 Wins at Pemberton, WA

Olympian Bec Henderson (ACT) and Scott Bowden (TAS) have powered to Cross Country wins at Round 2 of the 2014/15 Subaru National Mountain Bike Series, run by Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA).

Scott Bowden
Scott Bowden

Bowden signalled his arrival in this year’s Series with a second place in You Yangs, and today he confirmed this with his maiden National Series win. He led the field from Lap 1, with Cameron Ivory (NSW) and Brendan Johnston (ACT) hot on his heels.

Many riders mounted a challenge but Bowden was untouchable today, increasing his lead every lap for the first four. “After You Yangs I had fairly high expectations of myself but I also didn’t really know what to expect, but I’m over the moon,” said Bowden. “I just tried to push the descents and keep the legs as fresh as I could – it was such a hard course, fair bit of a climbing but I just tried to ride to my strengths.”

Second place went to Cameron Ivory (NSW) who recovered from an early incident to have an outstanding second half of the race, moving up from fourth place to give himself a genuine winning chance. “I had a little bit of bad luck on the second lap, I hit something pretty hard on one of the descents and I think I might have burped my tyre,” said Ivory. “I got to the top of the descent and I thought it was still ok but over the doubles it was just all over the place so I thought I better pull in and fix it, I tried to settle back in and not go out too hard but on that last lap I was just corked, especially up the climb.”

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Cam Ivory

Brendan Johnston (ACT) rode strongly into third place and is already looking forward to tomorrow’s race. “I’m really happy with third – I knew second was out of reach so I tried to shut it down for the last lap and save a bit for tomorrow which I’m looking forward to. “There’s strong guys that turn up to every round and it’s good to see a lot of them travelled over here to Pemberton. It’s a long way but as I think everyone today would say, it’s worth it.”

Winner of the Under 19 Men’s, Liam Jeffries (VIC) rode an epic race setting a pace equal to the Elite men early on.

Luke Brame (NSW) and Guy Frail (NSW) went head to head in a fight for second place, with Brame edging out Frail in a sprint finish to retain the Series Leader’s jersey.

In the Elite Women’s race, Henderson took an early lead, accelerating to be clear of the field by Woodcutters Climb half-way around Lap 2, which turned out to be the decisive move. “I didn’t have a race plan today which is kind of unusual for me,” said Henderson who is undefeated in the series. “I got a little gap on the first lap and Peta closed it down. I could hear her puffing behind me starting the climb so I thought I better pounce and I was just able to open it up from there.”

Bec Henderson
Bec Henderson

Recently crowned 2015 Subaru National Road Series Champion Peta Mullens (VIC) had a great race to secure the silver medal, pushing Henderson early. “I wanted a hard race today,” said Mullens. “At You Yangs we all went out a little slower because it was hot and we knew it would be a long race. But today I felt a little bit fitter and I wanted to go out and have a hard race. “Bec went from the gun and put the pressure on and I was trying to chase her on that second lap and she just kept getting out of the saddle on those little pinch climbs”.

MTBA Junior Development Coach Jodie Willett (QLD) closed the gap to Jenni King on Lap four, riding into third place. “I did a triathlon last weekend and I’ve just been doing random stuff, lots of endurance but nothing hard,” said Willett. “I knew if I went out too quick I would just blow up so I sat behind Em [Parkes] for a while and just worked my way through the field”.

Elite Women's Podium
Elite Women’s Podium

In the Under 19 women’s race, local Sarah Tucknott (WA) rode strongly to take the win ahead of Queensland’s Megan Williams.

Tomorrow will see the men and women take to the tracks in Pemberton once again for Round three of the series.

Bec Henderson spoke of the challenges that await: “There’s even more single track and not that long, gruelling climb – it should be fun and hopefully we will have a little bit left in the legs!”

Pemberton Mountain Bike Park is a new location for the 2014/15 series, with Perth Mountain Bike Club combining some of Australia’s most challenging and enjoyable mountain bike trails with some fantastic leisure facilities including a natural swimming pool.

Ben Walkerden
Ben Walkerden

Spectators are welcome free of charge.

For all information please visit: http://mtb.subaru.com.au/national-series/2014-15-national-series-pemberton-wa/

The Subaru National Series continues in two weeks from 6 – 8 February with Cross Country Round 4 and Short Course Cross Country Round 2 in Stromlo, ACT and Downhill Round 2 in Thredbo, NSW.

Follow the 2014/15 Subaru National Series online:

Series Dates:

  • 6 – 7 Feb 2015 — Mt Stromlo, ACT (XCO)
  • 6 – 8 Feb 2015 — Thredbo, NSW (DHI)
  • 25 Feb – 27 Mar 2015 — Toowoomba, QLD (2015 Oceania Championships – DHI, XCO, XCC, XCE)
  • 27 Feb – 1 Mar 2015 — Toowoomba, QLD (XCO, DHI, XCC)
  • 12 Mar – 15 Mar 2015 — Bright, VIC (National Champs – XCO, XCE, XCC, DHI, XCR, OT)

Trans NZ Enduro Announce Title Sponsor

Yeti announced as the title sponsor of the 2015 Trans NZ Enduro.

A fitting sponsor for what promises to be a wild race, taking in some of the best trails New Zealand’s South Island has to offer. Scroll down for the official announcement.

Even if you’re not heading to over for the race, you should definately put New Zealand on your riding bucket list. Not convinced? Have a look at our last trip to Queenstown and Wanaka, we think you’ll change your mind!

http://flowmountainbike.com/features/queenstown-and-wanaka-top-of-the-pile/


We are proud to announce that Yeti Cycles has come on board as the title sponsor for the first ever Trans NZ 5-Day Enduro Race. Yeti Cycles has a high reputation both in New Zealand and abroad, and we are excited to work alongside Kashi Leuchs at Bike Otago who is the NZ distributor for Yeti Cycles. Joining forces has already proven to gain access to greater resources and proven extremely beneficial to the growth of the Yeti Trans NZ 5-Day event that is set to go from March 7-11, 2015.

The SB5c and the SB6c are Yeti’s flagship enduro machines, and they’re already selling out fast across the globe. We just completed our SB5 build, so you can expect to see photos and reviews on the Trans NZ Facebook and Instagram pages over the coming weeks. We’ll have this bike on display during the 5-day race, and we’ll even be offering limited test rides!

Preparation, course scouting and the logistics are all coming together. We have assembled a very diverse course so that each day has a little something different. We have started posting teasers and snippets of the course through FB and Instagram and will continue to do so leading all the way up to race day. The course won’t be disclosed until racers arrive on day 1 but they will get an overview of distances and elevation so riders know what they are up for!

The event has sold out for 2015. If you were one of the lucky ones to get in, then we will see you ready to go on March 7th; if you weren’t, then you may follow all the action online as we will be posting daily reports, photos and videos from the event each day from March 7-11.

Trans NZ
Megan Rose
www.transnz.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/transnz
Instagram: www.instagram.com/transnzenduro

 

Record Sell Out and Stacked Registration for Giant Toa Enduro

Holy Guacamole that was fast!

As was predicted, it was only a matter of minutes before the four hundred ametuer places for the first round of the EWS sold out- three to be exact. Read below for the official word, and we’ll see you in March.

Wondering what trails they’re going to use in the race? Probably a few of these!

http://flowmountainbike.com/features/10-video-special-rotoruas-top-ten-trails/


The Giant Toa Enduro is shaping up to be a fascinating race with a field of competitors from all mountain biking race disciplines set to take on the course at Crankworx Rotorua.

Selling out in under three minutes, the event secured a new Enduro World Series (EWS) registration record yesterday, with a rich field of New Zealanders and internationally-based amateurs set to join the professional riders for race day this March.

All but one of the top 20-ranked men and women from the 2014 EWS season are set to ride, and a number of professional downhill racers have registered, as well.

“This is probably one of the most interesting, stacked mountain biking races with top enduro, cross country and downhill athletes all entered in this one event,” says Neil Gellatly, Giant Toa Enduro race director.

The race roster includes World Downhill Champions Sam Hill, Steve Peat, and Greg Minnaar, who will ride alongside several top downhillers from New Zealand−Sam Blenkinsop, Brook MacDonald, Cam Cole and Matt Walker.

Of the 400 racers registered, 40 per cent are from New Zealand, with 17 other nations represented, including: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, France, Israel, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, South Africa, Switzerland, Sweden and, for the first time in an EWS event, Tahiti.

Race registration from New Zealand shows equal interest from all regions, with riders from Auckland (10%), Christchurch (10%), Dunedin (5%), Queenstown (10%), Nelson (10%) and Wellington (15%). Rotorua has, nonetheless, secured the most representation with 20 riders on the list.

Sponsored by Giant Bicycles, the Toa Enduro Rotorua marks the opening race for the EWS and will be one of five competitive events at the inaugural Crankworx Rotorua.

For those who didn’t make the race cutoff, and true enduro fans, Crankworx will once again broadcast the event live and names are being accepted on a waitlist at www.enduroworldseries.com/waitlist/R1. To date, Crankworx has offered the only live enduro coverage, broadcasting its Whistler event annually.

“We hope to take our live race coverage to new levels this year,” says Darren Kinnaird, Crankworx Word Tour Manager.

Tune into Crankworx.com at 7 a.m. NZDT on Saturday, March 28 to watch how it all unfolds.

Kangaroo Versus Cyclist

“They don’t call Canberra the Bush Capital for nothing…this accident occurred on Adelaide Avenue just off Capital Circle…I escaped relatively unscathed with no broken bones but a severely grazed and bruised elbow, grazed hip and 8 stitches in my knee…while the ‘roo did hop away, it jumped over the railing on Adelaide Ave down to State Circle where it was subsequently hit by a car and killed…four cars with five people stopped within seconds to offer much appreciated assistance…they introduced themselves to me at the time but I can’t remember their names to thank them personally…”

The Long and Cruel Road to Recovery

The road back to not only riding, but winning after a horrific leg break at Red Bull Joyride has been a long one for Martin Söderström.

His mettle has truly been tested in both his ability to handle pain and the psychological demons that go with a bad injury. The 360 tailwhip is the trick that landed him in hospital and into such a struggle. At FISE Montpelier, Martin’s first contest back on the bike, he has to battle it face-to-face. But fate isn’t finished with Martin just yet and events take a turn for the unexpected, just when he thinks he’s getting back to his best

Mt Buller’s Signature Event, Bike Buller MTB Festival Presented by Orbea, is Coming

Mountain bikers are getting set for the biggest event on Mt Buller’s busy calendar, the Bike Buller MTB Festival Presented by Orbea on March 7-9.

Taking place over the Victorian Labour Day long weekend on Mt Buller’s world-class trails, the Bike Buller MTB Festival will see riders enjoy a jam-packed three days of mountain biking and festival fun at the popular Picnic in the Park food, wine and music festival at Mirimbah Park.

Will Geor 2014 Bike Buller MTB Festival winner - photo Rapid Ascent

The festival is an ‘all mountain’ event, held across Mt Buller’s world-class cross-country, endurance and downhill trails, and suitable for riders of all abilities and disciplines. Run by event management company Rapid Ascent, the team behind the Giant Odyssey, Salomon Trail Running Series, Surf Coast Century and a number of other iconic adventure events, the 2015 Bike Buller MTB Festival presented by Orbea has a massive 14-event schedule with a diverse range of mountain bike races, kids’ events and even a trail running component.

General Manager of Rapid Ascent, Sam Maffett, is looking forward to the 2015 event. “This year’s Bike Buller MTB Festival is set to be the biggest yet – we’ve added a number of events designed to appeal to the whole spectrum of mountain bikers, from downhill and enduro to short and long-course cross-country. Plus, with kids’ events and the addition of trail running, as well as the sensational Picnic in the Park food and wine festival, there really is something for everyone to enjoy over the long weekend.

“Mt Buller’s trail network is ideal for a full weekend of events, and we can’t wait to get back there for this sensational celebration of all things mountain biking”, said Maffett.

Riders can choose to do one or more events over the weekend with a healthy mix of XC, downhill, gravity enduro and even some spectator-friendly pump track events included in the schedule:

Saturday 7th March

Race 1 – Schwalbe Stirling Circuit 50km

Race 2 – Fox Stonefly Circuit 35km

Race 3 – Fox Outlaw All Mountain Trophy

Race 4 – Fox Kids Village Ride

Race 5 – Fox 16” Dual Slalom

Race 6 – LEZYNE Kids Pump Track

Race 7 – Flow Pump Track Pursuit

 

Sunday 8th March

9.5km Trail Run

Race 8 – SRAM Guide Brake Burner Enduro

Race 9 – Fox Mt Buller Super D 12km

Race 10 – Fox Kids Picnic in the Park Ride

 

Monday 9th March

Race 11 – Adidas Eyewear Crankfest 22km

Race 12 – BELL Super 2R Gravity Enduro 20km

Race 13 – Fox Buller DH Cup

Race 14 – Fox ABOM Downhill

 

For further information, including event details, accommodation and more, visit bike.mtbuller.com.au.

 

Street Fighting at The DH Urbano

Urban DH races may be nothing new these days but it’s hard to argue with the kind of impact they have at bringing mountain biking straight to the streets of towns and cities across the globe.

Marcelo Gutierrez of Giant Factory Off-Road sealed the win at his home event, the Urbano DH in Manizales, Colombia, ahead of a stacked local entry list. The Manizales course was littered with brutal stairs, jumps and drops to put the Colombian and his Giant Glory through their paces. Watch the video above to see how the two got on against the seemingly endless sea of concrete.

Don’t forget that you can keep up to date with all things bike at the redbull.com/bike facebook page.

Shredding The Slush

Never ride in the wet because it destroys your bike right? Unfortunately in many parts of Australia, the sandy conditions in the wet are a recipe for disaster. Fortunately for the Coastal Crew, slashing through slushy singletrack on the Sunshine Coast is almost as good as giving your bike a clean. Wetter is Funner!

24 Months of Insanity- The Best of Trail Ninja

From Afghanistan to Argentina and two dozen places in between, the Trail Ninja has brought havoc, pain, laughter and insight into the lives of a lot of mountain bikers. There’s only so much he can cram into a 5 minute episode, so here in all its glory are the fails, falls, out-takes and nonsense that was just too close to the edge of sanity to include in the series. Get ready for a whirlwind tour of the globe, Trail Ninja style. 24 Months Of Insanity – The Best Of Trail Ninja | Trail Ninja, Ep. 22

 

Crankworx Rotorua Entries Opening Thursday!

Athlete registration for Crankworx Rotorua opens this Thursday at 9 a.m New Zealand time. This includes registration for the Giant Toa Enduro and the Crankworx Downhill. Organisers are expecting tickets to sell like hot cakes, which is not suprising considering the calibre of trails on offer. Last year we documented the top ten trails in Rotorua- be warned though, if you watch this you will be flying to Rotorua this March! See you there!

http://flowmountainbike.com/features/10-video-special-rotoruas-top-ten-trails/

While you’re in Rotorua, you should also lay down some rubber on the Skyline trails. We’ve been lucky enough to rip many a lap after the cruisy Gondola ride up, and the break from pedalling is a great contrast to the Redwood trails.

http://flowmountainbike.com/features/introducing-skyline-rotorua/

See below for the official word on who has already entered and how to lock in your own spot!


Registration for the first two events of the inaugural Crankworx Rotorua opens 9 a.m. NZDT Thursday, January 22 and those lucky enough to secure a spot can expect to ride with the best.

Athletes interested in racing the Toa Enduro Rotorua, sponsored by Giant Bicycles, and the Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS this March can sign up online through the Enduro World Series and Crankworx websites respectively, beginning at 9 a.m. New Zealand Daylight Time (9 p.m. CET Jan. 21 and noon PST Jan. 21).

According to the Enduro Mountain Bike Association, interest in the EWS among the factory teams has grown exponentially for this third season of the series with a record number signing on to race.

Crankworx Rotorua director Takurua Mutu says last year, the EWS stop in Chile sold out in three minutes and Rotorua is expecting an equally quick response.

“This is going to be an epic event, so we want to make sure all athletes competing for an open entry spot are ready when registration opens,” he says.

All of the elite EWS racers from 2014 have registered, including EWS World Champions Jared Graves and Tracy Moseley. Sidelined by injury for most of last season, Jerome Clementz, 2013 EWS champion, is signed up to race, as is Fabien Barel, who returned from breaking his back to win the last round of the 2014 series in Italy.

Several World Cup Downhill racers, who are not regular competitors in the Enduro World Series, are also vying for a podium spot. Sam Hill, Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar, Troy Brosnan, Brook MacDonald, and Sam Blenkinsop have all registered for this first EWS race of 2015.

The window to secure a spot for the Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS is not expected to be as tight, but it too will sell out quickly.

“What makes Crankworx special is the opportunity for the amateur athlete to ride on the same track, in the same race, on the same day as the world’s top professionals. We are encouraging those who want to race to register quickly,” says Mutu.

Selection and sign-up for the other four competitive Crankworx Rotorua events also gets underway this week. Those events include the Australasian Whip-off Champs, the Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox, the Dual Speed and Style and the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle.

Please note registration will occur on New Zealand Daylight Time (NZTD) and athletes will need to consult the international time clock converter to find appropriate time for their home region. To register for the following events, follow the link:

GIANT Toa Enduro: Race March 28. Register Thursday, January 22 at 9 a.m. NZDT− http://www.enduroworldseries.com/registration.php

Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS: Race March 27. Register Thursday, January 22 9 a.m. NZDT − http://www.crankworx.com/rotorua/info/athlete-information

Australasian Whip-off Champs: Competition. March 25. Registration to take place onsite just prior to the event.

Rotorua Pump Track Challenge Presented by RockShox: Race March 26. This is an invitational event featuring some of the top World Cup DH and Slopestyle riders. Other professional riders wishing to compete, both male and female, can email [email protected] to request an invitation.

Dual Speed and Style: Competition. March 26. Invitational. Confirmed rider list coming soon.

Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle: Competition. March 29. Invitational. Confirmed rider list coming soon.

 

Flow’s Freshies: Giro Terraduro Shoes

The Terraduro is a new in-between’er shoe from Giro; it’s not a full-on downhill shoe, and it’s not a cross-country shoe either. Stiff, but not too stiff, and with a chunky Vibram rubber sole, it’s designed to deliver great pedalling efficiency but not send you into an unplanned groin-tearing ballet manoeuvre should you accidentally step on some wet rocks.

Giro Terradurro 4

First impressions are that the shoe feels stiffer than either the Teva Pivots, Shimano M163 or Five Tens we’ve been using lately. They’ve definitely gone to town on the sole too – there’s plenty of rubber there, and the toe box looks well protected with scuff guards. We like the safety-first colour too, no one will have any excuses for standing on your feet.

Giro Terradurro 2

The Terraduro is available in a men’s or women’s version (sizes 41-47 men’s, 37-42 women’s) and comes with the reasonable price tag of $219 AUD. On the Flow scales they come in at 430g each, which is a bit heavier than the comparable Shimano M163 (370g).

Giro Terradurro 3

Jared Graves has been running these shoes in the EWS and they seem to have done the job there for him, so we’re looking forward to channeling his powers and winning all kinds of glories too. Stay tuned for a full write in a few months.

 

 

Flow’s Freshies: MET Parachute Lightweight Full Face

Along with the difficulties of colour matching your gloves and shorts, enduro racing/riding throws up the challenge of choosing what helmet to use – do you go for the breathability open-face, the protection of a full-face, or do you ride with both and feel like a turtle with your life on your back?

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MET’s answer is the new Parachute helmet; a super lightweight, dedicated full-face (the chin guard is non-removable) with ventilation galore, designed to be comfortable on the climbs and protective when it matters.

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Note the goggle strap clip at the base of the helmet.

Weighing in at 720g on our scales, it’s a hell of a lot lighter than even the lightest leading carbon fibre ‘true’ full faces (for instance, a Fox Rampage carbon is 1150g) and is crammed with more features than you can squirt your Camelbak at. There’s a goggle strap clip, the forehead pad is a hypoallergenic anti-stink gel material, and unlike other full faces there’s size adjustment via micr0-adjust dial. It also comes with a helmet camera mount that slips neatly into one of the vents.

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We’re not sure about the use of a d-ring closure for the chin strap – it seems like a pain for gloved hands.
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Unlike most full-faces, there is size adjustment.

We’re not 100% sold on the styling, but we’re hardly Christian Dior. First impressions are that the Parachute strikes a good balance between protection and bulk, so we’ll be handing it over to one of our enduro-racing test crew to get their thoughts for a full review soon. Pricing is $279.99 AUD, which seems pretty damn reasonable (and a lot cheaper than dental work).

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The forehead pad is made from gel to avoid stench.

 

 

Dan McConnell Riding Tour Down Under with Trek Factory Racing

Dan McConnell of Australia will be part of their seven-man lineup for the Tour Down Under in January. McConnell races for the Trek Factory Racing XC program which, same as the UCI ProTour team, is owned and managed by Trek Bicycle. 

McConnell finished the 2014 season on a high note, placing third overall in the XC World Cup, and taking the start in Australia’s only WorldTour event will give him an intense and early boost to the 2015 season.

McConnell: “This is super exciting for me. I participated in TDU back in 2006 with Team South Australia. It was incredibly hot, but more than anything I remember the crowds in and around Adelaide; they were just phenomenal.

“Mountain bikers spend quite a bit of time on a road bike, especially when we build endurance in the months before the World Cup season starts in May. At this time of the year, I probably ride 70 percent of the time on my Trek Domane,” says McConnell. “Of course, a 90 minutes maximum effort with an average heart rate of over 180 is very different than a 150km stage with a sprint at the end. It’s sort of hard to know where I’ll be. At the national road championships I go pretty well, and that’s on a hilly course.”

For Team Manager Luca Guercilena, McConnell’s selection is one of many benefits of factory management between two world-class programs. “Trek owns a handful of cycling teams, and they all compete under the Trek Factory Racing umbrella. These crossover projects are very valuable. Grégory Rast rode a cyclocross race the other day, and Sven Nys swaps cyclocross for mountain bike and road cycling in summer.”

TFR cross-country manager Jon Rourke agrees: “When Dan approached me with this idea, I thought it was great. Luca was receptive too, so we didn’t have to push this down anybody’s throat.”

McConnell isn’t the first mountain biker to ride on the road, temporarily or in a more definite way. “The unique element is that Trek owns both programs, which allows for a much more seamless participation of riders into either disciplines without major hassles or sponsorship conflict worries,” says Rourke. “Some people might say ‘Oh boy, here’s another mountain biker going on the dark side’, but Dan still loves the dirt, and this race works into his favor for his mountain bike schedule. We support this opportunity and know Dan is fully committed to mountain bike racing – especially as he prepares for the Olympic Games in Rio2016. It’s nice that these mountain bikers get to drop in and have fun and then go back. At the end of the day, we all love to ride bikes: road or mountain.” 

“This is a great opportunity for all parties involved,” agrees Team Manager Luca Guercilena, who has a background as a performance coach. “I saw Dan’s power output numbers and I’m curious to see how Dan will fare in a stage race on the road. A mountain bike race is a highly anaerobic event, significantly more so than road racing, but there are similarities. Especially when it comes down to climbing it will be interesting. It’s more an individual effort, a bit like a time trial, and Dan can produce consistent high power for a long period of time, so I’d say the climbing stages will be favorable for him.”

Trek Factory Racing’s lineup for the 2015 Tour Down Under:

Eugenio Alafaci (Italy) 
Marco Coledan (Italy) 
Laurent Didier (Luxembourg) 
Daniel McConnell (Australia) 
Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy) 
Hayden Roulston (New Zealand) 
Calvin Watson (Australia)

This Ride to Recovery is Not For the Faint-Hearted


WARNING – The above video contains material which some may find disturbing

Martin Söderström is a rider who has always oozed class. From the way he can make the most basic of tricks look so stylish. to a résumé of contest wins from all over the world, there’s no doubting his ability.

But just when a victory on the biggest stage of them all, Crankworx’ Red Bull Joyride, seemed his for the taking, he suffered a brutal leg break that would see him staring retirement and a life away from riding right in the face.

Thankfully, it wasn’t to be, however. Söderström called on the same determination he’d used to reach the top of the sport to climb back on to his bike again. We’ll be chronicling in detail the bone-crushing lows and free-wheeling highs of his return to riding in a two-part feature. This week, we follow Söderström as he takes his first steps to getting back on the bike again following a long period of rehabilitation.

Stay tuned to see more on his road to recovery in part two next week.

Don’t forget that you can keep up to date with everything bike on the RedBull.com/Bike Facebook page.

 

Record Number Of Teams For EWS 2015

It’s not just the Australian Team DERT joining the EWS ranks this year, a record number of professional teams will be fighting it out for spots on the podium. Read on for the official press release.


The countdown to the 2015 Enduro World Series is gathering pace – and this year a record number of teams will be fighting it out for the title.

Twenty nine official teams have been selected to compete for the coveted team world title – up from 24 last year. With new teams joining the series and some big changes to their rosters, the upcoming series looks set to be the most exciting to date.

For the first time in 2015 there will also be the chance to get up close and personal with our Gold Supporter Teams – as we bring you a series of exclusive behind the scenes films. Dropping throughout the year, these edits will offer a rare insight into some of the sport’s biggest teams including GT Factory, Specialized Racing, Canyon Factory Enduro Team, Cube Action Team and Santa Cruz. The films will form part of a completely new style of coverage for enduro this year– details of which will be released very soon.

Another new addition this season will be the introduction of an Under 21 age category in both the men’s and women’s competition, which will replace the junior men category. This new category is designed to highlight the incredible talent that is emerging in the 17-20 age group and give them a platform to showcase and develop their skills over a four year period, rather than the traditional two. It’s hoped that by creating an Under 21 category for young women, more girls may be encouraged to try their hand at racing enduro. Full details of the new category will be included in the updated 2015 Rulebook, which will be available from January 19th.

With less than two months until the first race, entries open for Crankworx Rotorua on January 22nd, followed by a rolling entry system for the rest of the events. Full details available on www.enduroworldseries.com.

Chris Ball, Managing Director of the Enduro World Series, said: “This year is going to be amazing – more events featuring more teams means even more exciting racing. We’re blown away by the level of support we’re received from the industry and I’d like to thank all the teams who have committed to the series this year.

“The addition of the U21 category is going to throw the spotlight on to the next generation of racers and hopefully encourage more to try enduro. And the new way we plan to film and cover the races is going to really shake things up – roll on New Zealand!”

Enduro World Series 2015 Official Teams (renewed); BMC Factory Trailcrew, Cannondale Overmountain Team, Canyon Factory Enduro Team, Cube Action Team, Devinci/Alltricks.com Enduro Racing Team, Giant Factory Off-Road Team, GT Factory, Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team, Lapierre Gravity Enduro, MS Mondraker Team, Polygon UR, Rocky Mountain Urge BP Rally Team, Santa Cruz, Scott SR Suntour Enduro Team, Specialized Racing, Trek Factory Racing Enduro Team, Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Racing Team, Yeti Belgium – Urge BP Enduro Team

New Teams for 2015; Chain Reaction Cycles/PayPal, Commencal Vallnord Enduro, Dert Down Under Enduro Race Team, Endura Bergamont Factory Team, Hope Factory Racing, Radon Factory Racing, SB Gravity GT, Team 23 Degrees/Trek, Lac Blanc-Scott.

Team DERT To Take on EWS

Australia has its first Enduro World Series team; Team DERT. Go do it for Gravesy! Read below for more details.


Australian mountain bikers will take on an unprecedented challenge in the Enduro World Series this year. The Downunder Enduro Race Team (Team DERT) will contest 6 rounds of the series that sees riders take on the most challenging trails an area has to offer. With races located in New Zealand, Canada, USA, France, Spain and Italy. Team DERT is supported by Event Management Solutions Australia (EMS Australia) with the goal of supporting talented riders who are looking to take on the EWS, without the security of being on the reserved riders list, or factory backing.

EMS Australia is the leading promotor of Enduro racing in the country and is keen to provide pathways for riders to take on the world’s best, including Toowoomba rider and 2014 EWS World Champion, Jared Graves. The successful bid for Official Team Status is quite a win for Team DERT, with a record number of teams applying for the limited number of spots. Team manager, Ian Harwood feels that the mix of strong riders, and a focus on future development was a key factor in the successful application.

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Michael Ronning is certainly no stranger to the international race circuit. It’ll be great to see him on the EWS circuit with the support of fellow Australians on the team.

Team riders who have all excelled in the recent SRAM Enduro Series, presented by Santa Cruz will accrue points in the teams division, whilst ex World Cup racer and one of Australia’s first professional Mountain Bikers, Michael Ronning will be chasing podiums in the Masters class.

Team DERT will also participate in selected rounds of the recently announced Mountain Bike Australia National Enduro Series. Team DERT is supported by Event Management Solutions Australia and For The Riders. Individual riders received support from Giant Bicycles Australia and Santa Cruz Bicycles.

Pivot Announce New LES Fatbike

Aaron Chase Gets LES Fat at Highland from Pivot Cycles on Vimeo.

Pivot have become the latest brand to get fat, with a fat-tyred version of their awesome LES hardtail (which we tested last year). Read below for the official word from Pivot.


 

With the new LES Fat, we’ve gone beyond the boundaries of the typical fat bike and created the world’s most versatile big-tire machine.

The key to making the LES Fat a go-to option in any season is the newly patented Swinger dropout system. This simple-to-use design enables riders to quickly and easily change both chainstay length and bottom bracket height to accommodate 4” or 5” fat-bike tires as well as the newer 27.5”+ and 29”+ wheel sizes – all while optimizing geometry for the correct bottom bracket height and the shortest chainstay length possible for each wheelsize.

The LES Fat maintains ideal geometry via the indexed adjustment arc of the dropouts – the bigger the wheel and the more clearance, the lower the bottom bracket. Choosing the shortest possible chainstay length gives riders a flickable, playful ride. Selecting a longer wheelbase and more tire clearance provides stability for heavy loads and messy conditions. Included with the frameset and complete bike are two headset cup options (Zero Stack and 18mm), for perfectly balanced front-end geometry at any wheelsize.

The full carbon frame of the Pivot LES Fat features leading-edge materials and our proprietary hollow-core, internal-molding process. This coveted technology enables us to create an ultra-lightweight frame featuring slim top tube and seatstay profiles, as well as the largest downtube in the category. When combined with a 132mm Press Fit BB, the result is best-in-class power transfer and vertical compliance that makes epic rides comfortable and fun.

The LES Fat includes a Pivot-designed taper-steerer carbon fork with 150mm dropout spacing and is also RockShox Bluto compatible – one wheelset will work with both fork options. This identical spacing makes it easy for riders to transition between uses, whether they are gearing up for winter training, long distance touring or seeking more aggressive terrain.

We want riders to be able to use the LES Fat as their daily driver. With that in mind, 2x, 1x and singlespeed gearing compatibility makes the LES Fat an ideal choice in any terrain, and the LES Fat rear spacing is a generous 197mm with an innovative low Q-factor design  (the lowest in the category) when built with the Pivot/E-Thirteen co-designed fat bike crankset. The combined gearing options and knee-saving Q-factor provide the best possible pedaling performance in high-cadence racing, training and trail-riding applications.

The Pivot Internal Cable Port System makes cable routing simple to install and maintain via large, easy to access ports and interchangeable covers. Easily switch between a variety of cable routing options for the cleanest installation.

Additional details include integrated rear rack mounts, internal dropper post routing and 3 water bottle mounts – making the LES Fat the perfect choice for any big tire adventure.

  • Clears 5” tires for unpacked snow, mud and sand
  • Fits all fat and plus wheelsizes (26 X 3.8, 26 X 4.8, 27.5+ and 29+) via the patented Swinger II dropout system
  • Full carbon frame featuring proprietary hollow core internal molding technology and largest downtube in the category
  • Pivot carbon fork with 150mm spacing
  • Full length internal cable routing via Pivot’s exclusive, Cable Port System including internal dropper compatibility
  • 197mm rear spacing accommodates tires up to 5 inches
  • Optimized low Q-factor design when built with co-designed Pivot/E-Thirteen fat bike specific crankset included in our complete builds.
  • 2x, 1x and singlespeed compatible
  • Shimano side-swing front derailleur compatible via a low profile e-type mount
  • Rear rack mounts
  • 3 bottle cage mounts
  • Sizes S, M, L for riders between 5’6” and 6’4”

Introducing The Hot New Intense Spider 275

Introducing the Spider 275, the newest addition to the Intense line.

This is a do-it all trail bike. Engineered with modern trail geometry, it features a slack head angle, a long front-center, super short chain stays and adjustable rear travel (115mm – 130mm). If there is just one bike in your quiver this is it.  Available in Flat Flo Red and Silver Flake. With three different build options, the new Spider can fit any budget.

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  • 115 – 130mm travel trail bike
  • 67 deg head angle
  • 13.25” bottom bracket height
  • 16.5” chain stays
  • 23.5” top tube length (med)
  • 2 colours – Matte Flo Red, Gloss silver
  • 4 sizes, S,M,L,XL
  • Alloy – Made in the Intense facility at Temecula, CA, USA.
  • Availability Early March 2015

Frame with Cane Creek Inline shock – AUD $3199

Foundation build kit – AUD $4699 RRP

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New Zealand’s Cardrona Bike Park Reopens For Easter

AS FUN AS SNOW ONLY DIRTIER… Cardrona Bike Park will re-open at Easter (April 4th –19th) with a range of chairlift accessed mountain biking terrain suited to all abilities.

Cardrona has committed to developing several new trails as part of providing a park that suits everyone from the absolute beginner to the most advanced riders. Apartments will be open for those wishing to experience a unique on-mountain accommodation experience whilst visiting the bike park. The Handle Bar café and bar (aka Noodle Bar) will also be open over the entire period. The autumn season will finish in style on the 19th of April with the running of a new Mega Avalanche race in conjunction with the “Race to the Sky” motorsport event being held in the Cardrona Valley that weekend. Campervan sites and on-mountain apartments will also be available for “Race to the Sky” spectators.  http://www.cardrona.com/mountain-bike…

New SRAM XX1 Black and Accessory Products

The 1x drivetrain that launched an XC World Championship, SRAM XX1 was built to be simpler, lighter and more durable than any other. Calibrated to work together, SRAM XX1 components deliver remarkable chain control and rapid, high-precision shifting. Which gives serious riders exactly the edge they need. Now available in black. UNSTOPPABLE.

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  • XX1 CRANKSET WITH X-SYNC
    DIRECT MOUNT CHAIN RING
  • XX1 X-HORIZON REAR DERAILLEUR
  • XX1 TRIGGER SHIFTER
  • XG-1199 X-DOME CASSETTE
  • XD DRIVER BODY
  • PC-XX1 CHAIN

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HIGH DIRECT MOUNT FRONT DERAILLEUR COVER

As mountain bikers make the move to SRAM 1x, they’re ditching their front derailleurs for simpler shifting, lighter weight and a more durable drivetrain. But with high direct mount frames, riders are left with an unnecessary mounting surface. SRAM turns this into a statement with the new SRAM 1x Badge—a branded cover with a bold design tying the rider to the SRAM 1x revolution.

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The SRAM 1x Badge is a small, CNC aluminum cover for mountain bikers who decide to eliminate their front derailleur in favor of SRAM 1x. 

CARBON CRANK BOOT

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SRAM’s cranks are strong and tough, ready for any kind of ride. So it’s inevitable that pedal strikes and debris will chip away at the end of the crank. SRAM’s Carbon Crank Boot is an upgrade that combats the wear and tear that comes with hard riding. The boot protects the crank from surface damage and keeps the rider’s style perfectly in tact.

FEATURES / BENEFITS

  • Injection molded plastic crank protection
  • Color: Black
  • Perfect way to protect your carbon crank investment from scratches and dents from pedal strikes

 

MTBA Announces Inaugural Enduro National Series

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) is thrilled to announce the inaugural Enduro National Series in 2015.

The Gravity Enduro discipline has seen significant growth in recent years, combining the thrills and excitement of downhill with the fitness elements of cross country racing. The series is comprised of a mix of landmark events in some of Australia’s best mountain bike destinations.

Beginning in early February, the first two rounds visit the hotly-contested RockShox Enduro Challenge events in Mt Buller and Toowoomba.

Round three sees riders head to South Australia, racing with the active Inside Line Mountain Bike Club.

In round four, the action will take place in the West Australian Gravity Enduro event on the challenging trails of the popular Goat Farm mountain bike park in Perth.

The series concludes in the ACT with Canberra Off-Road Cyclists Club at Stromlo Forest Park, the home of the 2009 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships. 

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“The Enduro format has really taken off in recent years and I am proud that MTBA is now able to present a truly national series of established events for all riders,” said MTBA President Russell Baker. “In addition to being a great fun part of mountain biking, having our own Australian series will provide more opportunities for our riders to experience this level of competition at home and lead to the development of more world-class Australians.”

Australia boasts the reigning Enduro World Champion and World Series Champion, Jared Graves of Toowoomba in Queensland.

Graves, known as the “swiss army knife of mountain biking” due to his cross-discipline success, rode a truly amazing season on the way to the title. Racing in the opening round, the RockShox Enduro Challenge on Jan 31-Feb 1, will see reigning Champion Jared Graves race 2013 Champion Jerome Clementz (FRA), with downhill legends Troy Brosnan (SA) and Sam Hill (WA) adding even more superstar power to an amazing weekend.

Riders competing in the series will race for over $9000 in prize money, as well as the coveted title of National Series Champion and the Green and Gold jersey.

“We’ve had significant demand for the creation of National level events in this domain, and I’m pleased that MTBA has been able to respond to this demand,” said MTBA CEO Shane Coppin. “The Series is comprised of some of the discipline’s most iconic destinations and events and riders and fans alike can look forward to fantastic Enduro action”.

The inaugural Enduro National Championships will be held in Cairns, QLD based out of iconic Palm Cove in October as a standalone event separate to the series.

More information about the Series will be be available on the Enduro Nation Series website to be launched in mid-January.

Round 1 : Rockshox Enduro Challenge – January 31 & February 1 – Mt Buller, VIC

Round 2 : Rockshox Enduro Challenge – March 7 & 8 – Toowoomba, QLD

Round 3 : SA Inside Line Enduro – May 23 & 24 – Fox Creek, SA  (online information coming soon)

Round 4 : WA Gravity Enduro – June 13 & 14 – Goat Farm MTB Park – Perth, WA (new website coming soon)

Round 5 : CORC Enduro – July 25 & 26 – Stromlo Forest Park (online information coming soon)

 

Neko Mulally Joins Gstaad-Scott Team

For 2015, Gstaad-SCOTT bolsters its strength with the addition of Neko Mulally. Together with Brendan Fairclough, this team is ready to rumble.

He’ll be on the new Scott Gambler, which we tested last year in Utah.

Why do we love Neko so much? Watch below.

We also met with Neko in Sydney for a fresh juice smoothie and a chat.

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Shred Alert: Up and Down Squamish with Sid Slotegraaf

This video by Andrew Santos features Transition rider Sid Slotegraaf riding the perfect terrain for the Patrol in Squamish BC.

A beautiful mix of up and down mountain riding that showcases exactly what we designed the Patrol to handle. Earn your way to the top and then shred technical rock lines, flowy jumps and berms, drops and anything else the trail wants to send your way without giving a second thought to your bike.

Making the Incredible Wooden Bike

 

Fettler (n); an individual craftsman or group of craftsmen committed to achieving perfection via hands-on moulding, sculpting and working of raw materials. Typically found in sheds.

When Michael Thompson’s friends challenged him to build a wooden bike he threw himself into it, even if the bet was only for £1. One thousand hours later, the SplinterBike was born.

In the first episode of our new Fettlers series you can follow Michael’s journey, as we shed light on some of the world’s most incredible home-made bikes. Fettlers seeks out the garage and shed builders who construct bikes for themselves and their friends, often from the unlikeliest of materials. Stay tuned for more jaw-dropping builds soon.

 

2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano: Record TV and Internet Audiences

The 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano not only saw athletes reach new heights, it was also the most successful season yet in terms of Internet and television audiences. The nine rounds of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano were raced in nine different countries and four continents between April and September.

Television: audience more than doubles 

Nearly 37 million television viewers in 19 countries worldwide tuned in to watch either the live coverage, highlights or news broadcasts of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano. This compared with 16 million the previous year. 

Of the nine rounds of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano, the final event in Méribel, France, drew the largest television audience and was a fitting end for an unforgettable 2014 World Cup. 

Internet: Live, clips and highlights 

All rounds of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano were also streamed live on the Internet. Exclusive production partner and online broadcaster Red Bull Media House reported a total of 1,2 million live views worldwide on Red Bull TV and redbull.com/bike, plus 800.000 views by VOD in the first four days after each race.

A popular feature in 2014 series were the onboard Downhill runs and course introductions thanks to GoPro cameras installed on selected riders’ helmets. 

“Our leading mountain bike series is very popular and continues to gain momentum,” observes UCI Off-Road Manager Peter van den Abeele. “With more channels in more countries coming on board we are reaching a wider fan base which further serves to develop this exciting discipline.” 

“The UCI is constantly working with its partners to ensure innovative and exciting race coverage,” explained UCI Head of Marketing Cyrille Jacobsen. “Thanks to our partnership with Red Bull Media House, which dates back to 2012, our methods of bringing the action to the fans is constantly improving and evolving.” 

He added that the World Cup series for this Olympic discipline continued to gain momentum thanks to its long-standing partnership with presenting sponsor Shimano, which is also exclusive provider of neutral technical assistance. 

Television coverage at a glance: 

• Broadcast by 53 channels in 19 countries 
• 69 live broadcasts in Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Pan-Africa, Slovakia and Sweden 
• Television audience totalled nearly 37 million 
• 1.52 million TV viewers watched live. 

Internet coverage at a glance: 

• 54 hours’ live coverage 
• 1.2 million live views 
• 14 highlight magazines produced 
• 800,000 Video on Demand views within four days of each event.

Finding Flowy Trails in Morocco with The Trail Ninja

When it comes to adventure mountain biking, it doesn’t get much more accessible than Morocco.

Only three hours from mainland Europe, budget flights to Marrakech are affordable and Morocco’s Atlas Mountains sit only a 40-minute taxi ride south of the city. De we mention that they’re full of easy-to-spot, fun, flowy trails. In this episode pro photographer Dan Milner shows you how easy it is to get yourself out to a village and riding the trails you see from your front door. A different language and culture make Morocco feel like an adventure but helpful, friendly locals keep you out of trouble. With all this going on Morocco is the perfect do-it-yourself bike adventure destination.
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Graves and Clementz Confirmed to Race RockShox Enduro, Mt Buller

The 2015 International Enduro Season will kick off with a bang at the RockShox Enduro Challenge, Powered by SRAM when 2013 Enduro World Champion Jerome Clementz will take on 2014 champion Jared Graves and his Yeti team mate, Richie Rude on the slopes of Mt Buller in Victoria.

Clementz, who was forced to sit out the majority of the 2014 season due to a shoulder injury will use the Mt Buller event to wrap up his Southern Hemisphere training program, spending time in New Zealand and Australia ahead of round one of the Enduro World Series to be held in Rotorua in March. Graves and team mate Richie Rude will travel from Toowoomba the location of the second Rock Shox Enduro Challenge to take on Clementz in their first head to head hit out for 2015.

Photos from the SEQ Gravity Enduro Series, Round 2 at Garapine on 18-05-2014.

Looking to spoil the party for the Enduro Specific Athletes will be UCI World Cup regulars Sam Hill, Troy Brosnan and Mike Jones as they prepare their assault on the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.

Run under the same format and rules of the Enduro World Series, riders will take on six stages, taking in all elements of the Mt Buller trail network in Victoria’s High Country. Entries will be capped at 400 riders.

Event Management Solutions Australia are the leaders in Enduro racing in Australia, having been delivering top class events in the format for over 5 years. They also have extensive experience in delivering large scale events at a World Class level and in 2015 will be taking their support of Enduro a step further through the backing of an Australian Based Official EWS team.

For more information please visit www.gravityenduro.com.au or [email protected]