McConnell and Henderson Deliver at the 2015 Oceania Championships in Toowoomba

Australia’s two best cross-country mountain bike riders, Rebecca Henderson (ACT) and Dan McConnell (ACT), rode dominantly to Oceania titles in Toowoomba, Queensland, today at the 2015 Oceania Mountain Bike Championships, hosted by Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA).

McConnell was the hot favourite for the Elite Men’s title, being the third ranked cross-country mountain bike rider in the world and holding an impressive five Oceania Elite titles before today’s race even started. But competition was always going to be tight, with the Men’s field starring New Zealand National Champion and 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Anton Cooper and Cairns World Cup Cross-Country Eliminator winner Sam Gaze (NZ).

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For the first two laps the three men were neck and neck, as they were at last year’s Commonwealth Games, but this time McConnell was the first to make his move, going early and pushing hard on lap three. “It was always going to be really fast off the start with Sam and Anton,” explained McConnell. “I was able to settle in with them and the pace was fairly inconsistent and fast, it was fairly cat and mouse. “I think at the third lap I was able to get to the front at the start of the climb and put a bit of pace on. Once I was away by myself it was a lot easier to get away and just ride my pace and settle in.”

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McConnell rode to a very convincing championship win from Cooper, acknowledging the day’s weather was tough on all riders, as evidenced by both Paul van der Ploeg (VIC) and Gaze withdrawing mid-race. “It was super hard conditions, there’s not really any breeze once you get into the trees – I’m not sure you could get much tougher than this,” said McConnell.

Third place in the Elite Men went to Cameron Ivory (NSW). Scott Bowden (TAS) took the Oceania title for Australia in the U23 Men’s race, after the initial leader Harrison Ersnt (NZ) fell away with a flat tyre early in the race.

In the Elite Women’s cross-country race, it was the battle of the National Champions, with Australia’s own Henderson (ACT) going head to head with New Zealand Champion Kate Fluker.

The two female cross-country stars led the field for the entire race, with 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Henderson sitting just in front of Fluker. For the first half of the race there were only 13 seconds between the two, but Henderson extended this gap to 43 seconds by lap three, creating a lead which Fluker was unable to close. Despite extreme Queensland heat, Henderson, who has four Oceania titles at the Under 23 level, appeared to cruise to her first Elite gold medal.

“I’m very relieved to take the win today and obviously take my first Oceania Elite title,” said Henderson. “I was able to beat the girls a couple of years ago when I was in U23s but last year it just slipped away from me and Karen rode away on the last lap so I was watching my back for the whole day today and really working hard.” Fluker took home the silver medal for New Zealand, while three-time consecutive Oceania title winner Karen Hanlen (NZ) secured bronze.

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In the U23 Women’s race it was New Zealand’s Amber Johnston who took out the Oceania title, moving steadily through the field.

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The wins by Henderson and McConnell gain additional significance with each win securing an invaluable position for Australia on the mountain bike startline at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The best mountain bike riders from the Oceania region will continue to do battle in Toowoomba over the next three days, before the action heads to Bright, Victoria for the 2014/15 Subaru Oceania Mountain Bike Championships.

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Troy Lee Designs Unveil New Season Clothing and Helmets

Troy Lee Designs expand on their bicycle collection with an increased focus on youth, women’s and cross country designs. Looking good, TLD!

A1

This lightweight, fully encapsulated all-mountain helmet utilises maximum coverage and dimension to keep you safe and protected in all riding conditions. Whether you’re charging single track, riding dirt jumps or grinding out miles on the XC bike, the A1 helmet offers the premium fit, protection and style you want.

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SKYLINE
The Skyline collection is Troy Lee Designs most popular selling riding kit, the world
over. The classic all mountain kit has always been our mild kit, but with the addition
of the “SPEEDA” shorts you can kick up the vibrancy a notch. NEW for 2015, is Youth
Skyline, available in 2 colour ways of shorts and 2 jerseys.

The biggest news in the Skyline lineup is the brand new Women’s Skyline Short, we enlisted World
Champion and MTB hall of famer Leigh Donovan to help with the fit of this new
short. We also added some long sleeve Skyline jerseys for the ladies, combined with
new colours and patterns as well.

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SKYLINE JERSEY FEATURES:
– Breathable moisture wicking mesh polyester
– Stash pocket with exposed YKK zipper
– Short sleeve MTB jersey
– Raglan sleeve, drop tail
SKYLINE SHORT FEATURES:
– 2 way stretch, lightweight, breathable, 92% polyester / 8% spandex mix body material
– High quality ribbed spandex stretch panel
– Full waist and hip height adjustment via fabric waist adjusters
– Pedal friendly side pockets with content security panel
– Lightweight Velcro® fly opening with 2 snap closureSKYLINE RACE SHORT FEATURES:
– Includes chamois liner short
– Full waist and hip height adjustment via bonded rubber waist adjusters
– Tonal paint shop inspired pinstripe art on left leg
– High quality ribbed spandex stretch pane
– Lightweight Velcro® fly opening and 2 snap closure
– Pedal friendly side pockets with content security panel
– Rear zip pocket
– Ergonomic MTB specific cut and fit
– 2 way stretch, lightweight, breathable, 92% / polyester 8%
spandex mix body material
RUCKUS
Ruckus was completely redesigned last season, with an all new fit on the jersey to be
a bit more tailored, still using the popular 3/4 cut sleeve, and more breathable poly
blend for the long day in the saddle. Same for the Ruckus short, our most full
featured trail short that would be the short perfectly slated into the “E” word genre,
if we used that word. Some small hidden refinements in construction to the Ruckus
short for 15′ and it comes standard with the TLD premium inner liner, that is
detachable of course, full waist adjusters, zipped front pocket, inner thigh
ventilation zip ports, single snap waist enclosure with YKK zipper.

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RUCKUS JERSEY FEATURES:
– NEW Feature: Microfiber sunglass wipe at bottom hem
– Breathable polyester mesh side panels
– Easy entry Lycra neck collar
– Side stash pocket with YKK zipper
– 3/4 length raglan sleeves
– Drop tail length rear
RUCKUS SHORT FEATURES:
– Includes premium removable chamois liner short
– Full waist / hip height adjustment via bonded rubber adjusters
– Zipped front pocket
– Inner thigh ventilation via hidden inseam zippers
– Premium single snap fly closure
– Rear pocket with air-mesh padding
– Zipped pedal friendly cell phone pocket
– Open access pocket with content security panel
– Ergonomic MTB specific cut and fit
– 2 way stretch 92% polyester / 8% spandex

SPRINT Racewear
Another long standing part of the TLD bike line up, that went through a total
redesign in 2014, we rebuilt this kit from the ground up, including a new short and a
completely new pant. It was so popular in early testing 2 years ago, we noticed most
of our racers getting back into riding and racing in pants, due to the versatility of the
pant, lightweight, incredible fit and durability. “I think it’s cool to have so many
riders getting back into pants, we have even tested these Sprint pants with our
motocross team, and it has helped development with our moto line as well, our
designers really listened to the athletes, I love wearing these pants” said company
founder, Troy Lee. Sprint kit is the default performance kit for the bike park, gravity
racing, free riding, BMX and more, with the addition of more youth Sprint, we are
looking after you groms too.

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ACE
We’d be lying if we said we weren’t nervous about last year’s launch of the all-new
ACE collection, only because it was a bit of a departure for what TLD is known for.
Those nerves certainly settled once the performance XC kit started making its way
into dealers and customers. It won numerous gear shoot-outs and awards and
quickly became a favourite for a new type of rider. For 2015 we continued with the
new fit and construction of ACE, but we have added an extensive collection of lycra
base layers to accompany the outer layers and are continue to develop and test
more pieces in this category.

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ACE JERSEY FEATURES:
– Performance fit cycling jersey with 10” front zipper – Three rear open pockets and one zip stash pocket
– Reflective detailing on drop tail
– Breathable, moisture wicking UV protective polyester
– Media port inside right rear pocket
– NEW feature: Microfiber sunglass wipe at bottom hem
ACE SHORT FEATURES:
– Four way stretch, highly durable 90% polyester / 10% spandex
– Includes premium removable chamois liner short
– Welded, vented rear pocket with air-mesh padding
– Permanent inner thigh ventilation via laser cut intake vents
– Laser cut side stash pocket perfect for easy access
– Premium single snap fly closure
– Full waist and hip adjustment via bonded rubber adjusters
– Welded seams enable close to body fit without chafing
– Pedal friendly left pocket with welded mesh pocket bag
– Low rise waist prevents seat grab
ACE BASE LAYER FEATURES:
– Flat lock stitching inside and out for compression fit
– Four way stretch polyester spandex,
moisture wicking fabric
– Body temperature regulating,
can be worn year-round
– Close to body performance fit
JACKETS
3 jackets have been introduced into the line, to suit all needs. From the lightweight
and packable Ruckus jacket, that comes with a built in hood for the really horrible
days, to the thicker, warmer commuter hybrid Transit jacket, to the super light
windbreaker of Ace.

JACKETS

RUCKUS JACKET FEATURES:
– NEW design for 2015
– 100% nylon shell
– PU laminated interior for water resistance
– Oversize and removable hood for over the helmet coverage
– Microfiber collar lining for added warmth and comfort
– Rear venting panel allows excess body heat to escape
– Hook and loop wrist closure
– Elastic cord lock bottom hem
– Rear cargo pocket
– Media port

TRANSIT JACKET FEATURES:
– Stretch, 95% polyester / 5% spandex DWR coated outer shell fabric bonded to brushed tricot
– Coated with DWR for water resistance
– Rear storage pocket with waterproof YKK zipper
– Taped interior seams
– 2-way waterproof YKK front zipper allows for venting
– Underarm vents via YKK waterproof zippers
– Rear venting panel allows excess body heat to escape
– Easy access upper arm pocket with YKK waterproof zipper
– Water resistant media pocket
– Front hand pockets with YKK waterproof zippers
– Interior Lycra cuffs lock out wind and water
– Interior brushed mirco fiber zipper garage
– Drop tail rear
ACE Windbreaker FEATURES:
– NEW for 2015
– 100% nylon outer shell
– 100% polyester front lining, and rear panel
– Reflective logo details
– Front chest
– Three pocket rear
– Full length storm flap with anti-catch webbing
– Elastic sleeve and cuff bindings
– Zipper garageap
– Taped critical seams

TLD ‘Wheels’ Collection
What is “Wheels”? It is our casual ride gear. Probably in between an E-bike and
Endur-bro rider category…It’s a casual fit similar to board shorts and a tee, but more
technical construction, that can take some riding abuse. Super comfortable riding
apparel with a TLD sportswear twist.

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NETWORK JERSEY FEATURES:
– 65% polyester / 35% cotton
– Short sleeve casual inspired MTB jersey
– Breathable moisture wicking textured polyester
– Rear stash pocket with snap closure
– Rear reflective heat transfer logo detail
CONNECT SHORT FEATURES:
– Polyester spandex blend
– Pedal friendly front media pocket with YKK brand zipper
– Drawstring closure for non-restrictive adjustable fit
– Reflective rear zipper tape provides added visibility
– Ergonomic MTB specific cut and fit PROTECTION

PROTECTION 

The TLD protection line has undergone a major overhaul, with five all new models being unveiled for this season, including the T-bone-II, a long awaited revision of TLD’s first MTB specific knee guard. This will be very popular for the “E-word” riding, since it’s rugged enough to take a digger on the trail, light enough to throw in your pack and adjustable enough to fit any sized leg with the adjustable straps.

Semenuk: Long time TLD rider and 2x FMB World Tour Champion Brandon Semenuk has wanted TLD to make an aggressive pad for dirt jumping, shuttle runs and freeriding for years, and Troy Lee Designs finally answered his requests and spent the last year developing this new pad. A CE certified impact cup is encased by a very subtle Semenuk themed abrasion resistant liner. They work great under pants – the guys have been racing and riding this guard with the new Sprint pants all winter and loving it.

The Method is an all-new take on the 2-part knee guard system TLD has offered in the past. A polyester mesh knee gasket that can be worn by itself on an easy ride, but throw on the bomb proof plastic shield, made of honeycomb polyethylene plastic and is CE certified.

Panic: Another completely new knee guard for 2014, this one is a 5-strap application and is a longer knee guard with great shin and knee protection, pre-curved guard for a fantastic fit, also CE certified.

E-Lite elbow. Another completely new guard, this one is a ergonomically designed ultra thin slip on elbow guard, using a lycra sleeve with a co-polymer pad exterior that also has memory foam to protect your elbows in a crash, or grazing a tree.

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View the entire range at: http://www.troyleedesigns.com/bicycle

Shimano Celebrates 25 Years of SPD

NEW PEDAL/SHOE COMBINATION TO CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF SHIMANO PEDALING DYNAMICS

In 1990 Shimano’s introduction of the M737 pedal and the M100 shoe started a revolution within cycling; a pedal & shoe combination called ‘Shimano Pedaling Dynamics’ or SPD. In celebration of its 25th Anniversary Shimano releases a new, limited-edition, commemorative shoe and pedal combination.
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25 years have brought many design improvements to Shimano’s SPD pedals. Making them lighter, offering greater mud clearance and introducing the ’Pop-up’ mechanism for easy & fast entry. There are now SPD pedals specific to each kind of riding style, from professional athlete to commuter.Complementing improvements in pedal engineering, the shoe designs also evolved. Shimano was one of the first companies to use a buckle for the closure and introduce carbon in the outsoles. Proprietary Shimano technologies Custom-FitDynalast and Torbal were developed for professional riders, yet are available to all cyclists.
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Ensuring comfortable feet with each pedal revolution, riders are able to choose from seven different lasts to customise fit to their feet and riding style. Even though the SPD system is already the most winning pedal/shoe combination in road racing and mountain biking, Shimano will consistently improve their pedal and the shoe, ensuring they really are made for each other.
One critical feature has remained unchanged over the last 25 years; the SPD cleat. The original connection between pedal and shoe, its reliable design resulted in a cleat system that is unique in its use by so many people and for so many different types of cycling world-wide and in all conditions.
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As homage to the M737 pedal and the M100 shoe, Shimano introduces a new pedal/shoe combination to the cycling world; a limited edition of the PD-M530C and the SH-M163G. A dual-sided SPD pedal, perfect for cross country and trail riding. The PD-M530C tackles technical, single-track descents with control and confidence.
A multi-condition Trail/Enduro shoe, the SH-M163G features Shimano‘s latest shoe technologies like the Cross X-Strap to reduce top of the foot hotspots and the TORBAL midsole technology offering greater control and confidence for challenging descents. 25 years of proven design and technology available in a unique limited-edition package.

Jeff Herbertson – Final Sessions at Post Office

Jeff Herbertson, Pivot’s resident dirt jump genius, worked with Alex Reveles and Ian Collins to produce some amazing photos and video from the last days of a dirt jump legend:

“Post Office has been a very special place to a lot of people. In 2008 I visited Aptos, and rode Post Office for the first time. I was very timid, sketchy, and amazed. Within a year, I had packed up my truck and moved to Santa Cruz, where I’ve lived on and off since. I can confidently say that most of my bike control was learned in those few acres. I’ve met lifelong friends and picked up most of my digging techniques from watching the loc boys throw the best dirt that jumps have ever been made of. I’ve broken bones, bikes, and bread there. Those jumps will always have a very special spot in my memory.”

Berm Bro’s in Rotorua – Episode #1

 

 

Berm Bro’s web series showcases some of the best trails and mountain bikers from the southern hemisphere mountain bike Mecca of Rotorua NZ.

 

Over the next 4 months we’ll be dropping some awesome edits that will have you stright onto a flight to Rotorua to come and ride our incredible trails

In the debut Berm Bro’s Episode, our local Rotorua hosts Matt Walker and Keegan Wright set out to show us some of the incredible mountain bike trails and local riding secrets Rotorua has to offer and the lead up to Crankworx Rotorua 2015.

We start the series off in the undisputed ‘godfather’ of New Zealand mountain biking, the Whakarewarewa forest in Rotorua with over 100km’s of trails. Meeting up with Jeff Carter the crew do some private shuttle runs with Southstar Shuttles on some of the classic downhill trails and singletrack from the higher elevations of the forest. To finish off the day the boys head to Polynesian Spa to soak up the thermal waters after a big day’s riding. Just another day in mountain bike paradise.

Riders:
Matt Walker 
Keegan Wright

Come Ride with us: 
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Berm Bro’s is proudly supported by: 
RotoruaNZ.com
Riderotorua.com
Southstar Shuttles
Skyline Rotorua
Rotorua Airport
Pig & Whistle Pub
Emersons

 

Port to Port MTB: Course Preview 2015

Port to Port MTB, NSW’s stunning four-day stage race, is back again this May with some great course revisions. After racing the inaugural event last year, Flow headed north to take a look at what’s in store this time around.

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Check out all the coverage from last year’s racing:


While the start and end point for 2015’s event are the same – beginning in Port Stephens and culminating in Newcastle – there have been a number of changes made in between which we’re feeling very positive about. Watch the vids below to get a better idea of what’s coming up in 2015.


Stage 1:

Port Stephens, 38km.

Stage 1 is unchanged for 2015. Starting and finishing in Nelson Bay, right alongside the marina, it’s a spectacular setting. The course itself is predominantly fireroads, with a lot of sand, including the Vertical Beach, which proved decisive last year as it allowed eventual winner Andy Blair to gain valuable seconds on Chris Hamilton. While you mightn’t think of sandy riding as fun, it’s actually awesome to race on – line choice and momentum are vital. Our tip: Lower your tyre pressure. Last year Andy Blair burped his tyre early in the stage and the lower pressures ultimately provided him with an advantage.

 

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Stage 2:

Hunter Valley, 50km.

Stage 2 sees you leave the beaches behind and head to the vineyards of the Hunter Valley, just outside Pokolbin/Cessnock. This stage was a very tough affair last year, and there have been a few tweaks for 2015. The day begins at Lindeman’s winery before a long, steady climb over 12km, followed by some motor bike singletrack. Last year, consistent rain robbed this section of the fun it promised, so fingers it’s dry this time around. The pay off for the climb comes with the Down the Rabbit Hole Descent, which plummets back to valley floor. The last third of the stage has thankfully been somewhat tamed down, with the final climb chopped in half (phew!) before rolling into finish at Briar Ridge Winery for a glass of plonk. Our tip: Don’t get caught out on the tarmac section heading back towards Cessnock – if you’re on your own here, you’ll struggle over the final climb, so find some mates and work together.

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Stage 3:

Cooranbong, 60km.

An entirely new stage for 2015! Stage 3 is centred around the town of Cooranbong, at the foot of the Watagan National Park. The highlight of this stage is undoubtedly the Awaba Mountain Bike Park, which houses 12km of excellent singletrack. There’s another solid climb, up to the top of the Watagans. At this stage, we’re still awaiting confirmation as to the exact route of the descent, but it’ll be mammoth either way. Our tip: Enjoy Awaba! Make sure you leave enough in the tank so you’re not a ragged mess in the singletrack.

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Stage 4:

Cam’s Wharf to Newcastle, 50km.

Stage 4 starts and finishes in the same places as 2014, but the route in between has changed, taking in more dirt and less tarmac and sand! Few people will lament the fact the run/ride along Blacksmiths Beach has been chopped in more than half, and the run north now uses more fireroad and less of the Fernleigh Track on the way to Glenrock. The stage now makes the very most of Glenrock MTB Park too, hitting just about every single bit of trail in the reserve before finishing off in Newcastle by the beach once again. Our tip: Know where the singletrack of Glenrock starts – you’ll be riding in a bunch approaching Glenrock and you want to be at the front of it when you enter the trails.

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Entries for Port to Port MTB are open now, and there’s loads more info on the event website, including course maps, so take a look. It was a great event last year and with the tweaks implemented for 2015, we think it’s going to be fantastic once again. See you there!

 

 

Wyn Masters and Tracy Moseley Win Rotorua’s Giant 2W Gravity Enduro

Masters ‘smashes it’ to take an upset win.

A capacity field of 400 enjoyed dry and dusty conditions in Rotorua during today’s Giant 2W Gravity Enduro, beating the onset of the forecast rain which arrived at the end of prize giving.

New Plymouth’s Wyn Masters put a solid stamp on his credentials as a complete all-round mountain bike racer by winning against a stacked field including the current Enduro World Series champion, Jared Graves. The field also boasted other heavy-hitters like Jared’s Yeti team mate Richie Rude, New Zealand’s best performing EWS racer Justin Leov and a host of other talented Kiwis, Aussies and those from further afield.

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Jared Graves dropping into the outside line on one of the many root-infested corners on Kataore Trail.

The 2W came after a busy week during the Rotorua Bike Festival during which Masters competed in the Road event ‘Flying Kilo’(placing 5th),  Bike speedway (1st), 16”Dual Slalom World Champs (1st), Downhill National Championships (8th, with a flat tyre in his race run) and Pump track (5th).

When asked about his tactics for the day he said he chose to do the longest and most technical Kataore stage first. I think it was a good move and started me off on a good note. My plan was to smash that stage and go from there,Masters said. It needs heaps of energy because its full-on the whole way.

Im doing three of the EWS rounds this year: Rotorua, Scotland and Italy. They fit in with my World Cup downhill schedule. Asked why he chose to compete at only three of the rounds he replied, I dont want to overcommit myself, so Ive planned to do those three and see how I go.

Skill on technical trails and fitness for intense efforts of a few minutes for downhill races are a strength for Masters, but he doesn’t train specifically for longer stages so was happy with his results on the lengthier tracks today. I thought Jared would have smoked me on the long stage today (stage D, Hatu Patu to Roller Coaster), he said,but I got him by a second.

T-Mo shows her class.

In the women’s field there were no surprises with the UK’s Tracy Moseley (T-Mo)  winning convincingly by well over a minute in her first event for 2015.

My plan was just to get back into racing, its the first race Ive done since October, she said. Ive done very little on my enduro bike and I was definitely pretty rusty so I enjoyed the chance to race.

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2013 and current enduro world series women’s champion Tracy Moseley got maximum time on the bike by riding all the liaison stages.

It wasn’t all perfect runs, I had lots of mistakes, a few incidents like having to stop to drag out a bit of native bush that got stuck in my back wheel – all sorts of things, but nothing major and I really enjoyed the day.

Using the Giant 2W Gravity Enduro as a stepping stone to prepare for the upcoming EWS round in Rotorua, Moseley didn’t take the easy route

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Raewyn Morrison struck some slower traffic on race stages but was still able to take the second spot on the women’s podium, seven seconds ahead of Rosara Joseph.
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Rosara Joseph making quick work of the lattice of roots on her way to third woman overall.

I pedalled everything and didnt use shuttles. It was good to do a big day and I feel fine physically, just technically I was pretty rusty.To say she was ‘pretty rusty’is obviously judged by the high standards Moseley holds herself to, given her race result.

Asked how she found it, Moesley praised the variety of race stages, It was a good mix of trails, I think they did a great job

some techy stuff, some pedalling. Thats what I love about enduro, it tests everything in your riding.

Moseley is in Rotorua for a few more days and among the riding she will be doing will be a repeat loop of today’s courses – a good indication of how enjoyable the trails are.

She then heads south for more races including the NZ Enduro in Havelock. After that it is back to ride in Rotorua and prepare along with the other competitors in the Giant Toa Enduro (round one of the 2015 Enduro World Series), during the Crankworx Festival in March.

Overall results:

men

1.  Wyn Masters  29:41

2.  Jared Graves  29:50

3.  Richie Rude  30:11

4.  Justin Leov  30:20

5.  Ed Masters  30:42

6.  Carl Jones  30:45

7.  Ben Robson  31:04

8.  Byron Scott  31:16

9.  Joe Barnes  31:27

10.  Matt Walker 31:37

women

1.  Tracy Moseley  35:11

2.  Raewyn Morrison  36:33

3.  Rosara Joseph  36:40

4.  Sasha Smith   37:57

5.  Natalie Jakobs  38:37

6.  Vanessa Quin  39:21

7.  Sarah Atkin  39:52

8.  Ruby Morrissey  40:27

9.  Rachel Lynskey  40:50

10.  Christina Sergeant   41:03

Blair and Fay Celebrate One-week Wedding Anniversary With Snowies Win

Newlyweds Andy Blair and Jenny Fay take the final stage and the general classification at the Snowy Mountain Bike Festival.

SNOWY MOUNTAINS, NSW—This time last week national mountain bike champions Andy Blair (AUS) and Jenny Fay (IRL) were exchanging vows. On Sunday, they were exchanging hugs on the finish line after both rode to solo victories after the 75-kilometre cross-country marathon on the fourth and final stage of the inaugural Snowy Mountain Bike Festival at Lake Crackenback, NSW.

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With a share of the $10,000 prize purse up for grabs, Blair (Swell Specialized) won the final three stages and lifted the leader’s jersey off stage 1 winner Mark Tupalski (Torq Australia) on stage 3.

The Australian national champion rode strong in a three-man leader’s group that included Tupalski and Dylan Cooper, who entered the final stage just 40 seconds down on Blair.

Inside the first 5km of the final 15km lap, Blair attacked and never looked back to finish in a time of 2:52:29, followed by Cooper (2:53:04) and Tupalski (2:55:58). Other elite pros followed, including Kyle Ward, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on the day, Lewis Cressy, Shaun Lewis and Bradley Morton.

I just wanted to win the stage,” said Blair, who won the AMB 100 two weeks ago. “The plan was for me to watch the guys and mark them, so I didn’t do any work. [Tupalski] was the one that had the most to gain and he did the most work and I could see both he and Dylan tiring on laps three and four.

“So I was confident I had enough in the tank to pull it off, and it worked.”

In the men’s final standings, Blair stood atop the podium, with Cooper in second 1:21 back and Tupalski in third (5:26).

“Good, It couldn’t have gone much better actually,” said Blair, who along with his teammate Lewis, is targeting South Africa’s Cape Epic in March. “I wasn’t real happy after my time trial and probably in hindsight a bit conservative and wasn’t that confident going that into it after having a bit of an easy week with the honeymoon.

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“I think the slow start just sort of fired me up and got me pretty motivated.”

In the elite women’s division, the final stage looked as much as it did all week, except for stage 3 when Jodie Willett (Liv Cycling Australia) took the win from Fay (Swell Specialized). For Fay, who won stages 1, 2 and 4, led from the start and just pulled away winning by more than 13 minutes with a time of 3:18:33.

Willett finished second (3:32:25), while Switzerland’s Renata Bucher finished in third (3:35:18) after swapping the lead with Greete Steinburg  (3:35:33) in the fourth lap.

“I kind of surprised myself as I wasn’t really thinking about focusing on racing and training around the wedding but it’s a case of take one stage at a time,” said Fay, the 2013 Irish national champion. “I think with having the experience and maturity about racing, you are able to just focus on the race and back yourself really.”

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The general classification remained unchanged since stage 1, with Fay taking top honours by 15:36 over Willett and 23:57 ahead of Bucher.

This is it, we have to come back every year and race it,” said Fay. “It’ll be a gruelling wedding anniversary, but I can honestly tell you I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but Lake Crackenback today.”

The two-day, four-stage Snowy Mountain Bike Festival is the first of two weekends of off-road events hosted at the Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, with the Oceania Cross Triathlon Championships on deck (28 Feb – 1 March).

Oceania is a features a $40,000 prize purse and the world’s top athletes including Olympians Courtney Atkinson (AUS) and Erin Densham (AUS), as well as Xterra champions Ben Allen (AUS) and Jacqui Slack (GBR), adventure race world champion Braden Currie (NZL) and recently crowned Australian Cross Triathlon Champion Max Neumann.

About The Snowies MTB Stage Race:

The Snowies Mountain Bike Festival brings you some of the very best riding found anywhere in Australia. Based in the heart of Australia’s iconic Snowy Mountains, riders will be challenged with 4 diverse stages that will test speed, endurance, stamina and technical skills. Tackle all 4 stages as a solo or as a team of 2 or 3, OR choose to do the 75k marathon or 30k XC only in this ‘not to be missed’ Mountain Bike Experience.

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About the Oceania Cross Triathlon Championships:

The Oceania Cross Triathlon Championships is a Continental Championships awarded by the Oceania Triathlon Union (OTU), and is one of three events in Australia that are qualifying rounds for the World Cross Triathlon Championships in 2015 to be held in Sardinia, Italy on 26th September, 2015.

The race will be hosted at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa in the spectacular Snowy Mountains (NSW), featuring the trails, rivers, hills, lakes and bushland of this iconic region. The Championships includes events for the entire family, while the feature race consists of 1500m swim, 30km XC mountain bike and 10km trail run.

About In2Adventure:

In2Adventure are Asia-Pacific’s premier adventure event specialists. With a full calendar of national events scheduled throughout Australia, including adventure races, cross triathlon, XC Mountain Bike, trail runs and corporate events, In2Adventure fully embraces all things ‘off road’ and ‘off the beaten track’ and offers a unique, individual experience for all ages and skill levels.

Upcoming Events (2015):

 

               Oceania Cross Triathlon Championships – Snowy Mountains, NSW, 28 Feb-1 March 2015

                TreX Cross Triathlon Championships – Sunshine Coast, QLD, 2/3 May 2015

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Knee Pads & Roses – A Singletrack Valentine

Mountain bike couple Macky Franklin (@mackyfranklin ) and Syd Schulz ( @sydridesbikes ) have never been that into Valentine’s day.

And why waste time on candlelit dinners when you could be spending the afternoon ripping down pristine New Zealand singletrack on the Pivot Mach 6 Carbon? This video is their ideal date — a little romance and a lot of shred, kneepads and roses. Video by Sean Leader ( @seanleader )

Crankworx Set to Shake Up Mountain Bike World With the ‘Crankworx World Tour’

New year, new challenges, new game-changer for gravity-fed mountain biking

In August, Crankworx Events Inc. announced it would add a third location to its global brand, opening the door for the 12-year-old festival to become a three-stop world tour staged in Rotorua, New Zealand, Les Deux Alpes, France and its Canadian hometown of Whistler, B.C.

Several disciplines within the tour will now hold Crankworx Series titles, including the marquee event of Slopestyle, with athletes vying to win each event and the overall title.

“Crankworx Whistler has always been what Slopestyle is to me; they’ve always had the raddest course. To see a series that has similar courses is what I’ve always wanted to see,” says Brandon Semenuk, three-time Red Bull Joyride champion. “Instead of riding a bunch of other courses, I’m just going to do the Crankworx events because that’s what I’m most stoked on.”

Should Semenuk, or any other athlete, win all three Crankworx Slopestyle events, he will be awarded the all new Triple Crown of Slopestyle and earn an unheard of $50,000 in prize money. 

The Downhill, Pump Track, and Dual Speed & Style disciplines have also been awarded Crankworx Series distinction, creating the Crankworx DH Championships, the Pump Track Challenge Series and the Speed & Style World Championships.

In addition to these individual competitions, an overarching battle to crown the King or Queen of the Crankworx World Tour will wage all season long as one man and one woman strive to become the best all-round mountain bike athlete. Crankworx Whistler has always recognized an outstanding male and female athlete with a coronation at the conclusion of its festival. The new King or Queen of the Crankworx World Tour ups the ante to recognize the male and female rider whose skill and versatility dominate on a global stage, and the prestigious title comes with $25,000 for both King and Queen.

“For me personally, having competed in so many different disciplines, the fact that Pump Track, Dual Slalom, DH, and Enduro all go towards an overall (title) should really play to my strengths. It’s a race within several races, and seems like an overall skills omnium—which is a cool concept,” says Jill Kintner, two-time Queen of Crankworx Whistler and four-time Crankworx Whistler Pump Track Champion.

Prize money for athletes who make the podium at all Crankworx festivals will be the same for men and women in 2015.

“It was just time. There are amazing things happening on two wheels right now and we should be able to recognize women for the feats they accomplish on an equal footing to men,” says Darren Kinnaird, Crankworx World Tour manager. “Hopefully, this will encourage more women to get involved in competitive mountain biking.”

The Crankworx events included in the race to be named King or Queen are:

Crankworx Rotorua: Australasian Whip-Off Champs, Mons Royale Dual Speed &Style, Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox, Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS, GIANT Toa Enduro, Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle

Crankworx Les Deux Alpes: Official European Whip-Off Championships, Les Deux Alpes Pump Track presented by RockShox, D.S.&S., Crankworx Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle, Les 2 Alpes Downhill part of the iXS European Cup

Crankworx Whistler: Fat Tire Crit, CLIF Bar Dual Speed & Style, SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized,  Fox Air DH, Official Whip-Off World Championships, Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox, GIANT Dual Slalom, Canadian Open XC, Canadian Open DH presented by iXS, Garbanzo DH, Slopestyle at Crankworx Whistler

Crankworx runs March 25-29 in Rotorua, July 9-12 in Les Deux Alpes, France and culminates a 10-day celebration of mountain biking in its Canadian hometown of Whistler, B.C.

 

Brett Rheeder’s Groundwaves ft. Ruben Alcantara

It would be a lie to say that we aren’t constantly inspired by all forms of biking, whether it’s BMX, slopestyle, freeride, or even road.

Last year, Brett Rheeder’s first Dream Capture episode, Airs and Alleys, was heavily inspired by a trip produced by BMX legend Ruben Alcantara where he placed portable ramps throughout an urban environment. This year, when we were presented with the opportunity to film with Ruben in his hometown of Malaga, Spain for Rheeder’s second Dream Capture episode, there was no chance we were turning it down.

Riding on Thin Air With Kelly McGarry and Jeremy Lyttle

Ever wondered what it would be like to ride a descent so long you have to stop for a shave?

Admittedly we’d never imagined this, but after watching Kelly McGarry and Jeremy Lyttle shred over eighteen thousand feet of descent, we’re keen to give it a go!


 

With the M-Class we took Kelly McGarry and Jeremy Lyttle to the highest elevation they’ve ever been to – Khardung La – and let them have the downhill ride of their lives from 18,380 feet in the Himalayas.

Best known for his breath-taking downhill footage escalating in a flip over a 72-foot-long canyon gap at Red Bull Rampage 2013, Kelly McGarry does not shy away from extremes. So we took him and fellow rider Jeremy Lyttle to the highest and most remote place he’s ever been: Khardung La – the supposedly highest vehicle-accessible mountain pass in the world at 18,380 feet (5,602 m) and let them have the downhill ride of their lives.

La Grande Corsa – The Great Race

People get to the top of the mountain in different ways.

The NS Snabb was designed to get you to the top whichever way you choose, but as Sam Pilgrim and Slawek Lukasik demonstrate, that’s not the important part.


Finally. Something we’ve been working on for a long time. Here it is. The Snabb – our new Enduro and Trail bike.

When we launch a new product, especially one that is so important – we always try to get some cool action shots and videos. We really wanted to feature our superstar rider, but there was one problem. Sam Pilgrim hates riding uphill! And what is enduro riding without the climbs? So we thought hard and long how to put him to work and came up with a plan – and it’s called La Grande Corsa – The Great Race!

Giant’s Carbon Glory Finally Unveiled

This one has been bubbling away for a long time! We’ve been expecting a composite version of the Glory for yonks – given that there’s a carbon ‘Advanced’ version of almost every bike series in the Giant lineup, it was only a mater of time till this one emerged.

The Glory underwent significant revision just a couple of seasons ago, scoring lower, longer geometry, and even back then there was some talk that carbon version would be released to coincide with the new frame geometry. But Giant were on a different timeline, bringing out a 27.5″ wheeled Glory first, and perfecting that iteration, before making the leap to carbon.

An even lower frame weight is going to be the obvious benefit of the carbon construction, along with improved stiffness and ride quality. Otherwise the frame features look largely unchanged, which can only be a positive. It would appear that two spec levels of Glory will be available too, and we’ll bring you pricing as soon as it’s available. Read below for the official word from Giant.


 

Giant, the world leader in cycling technology, unveiled a new addition to its extensive line of 27.5 off-road bikes, the Glory Advanced 27.5 downhill bike. Engineered and developed with Giant Factory Off-Road Team World Cup racers, the newest evolution of the world championship winning Glory platform represents the most-advanced and lightest DH bike (3,008 grams w/o shock)ever produced by Giant.

“This is a project that we’ve been working on for over two years now,” said Giant Global Off-Road Category Manager Kevin Dana. “We went into the project with clearly defined goals and some specific demands from the pros who race these bikes week in and week out. What we came up with is a bike that is one of the lightest on the pro circuit without sacrificing frame strength, pedaling stiffness or ride quality.”

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The Glory Advanced will be available in two spec levels – pricing to come!

Giant first brought its 27.5 technology to downhill bikes last year when it rolled out the Glory 27.5 model featuring an ALUXX SL aluminum frame. Marcelo Guttierez, a 5-time downhill national champion in Colombia, helped develop that bike and went on to score some of the best results of his career last season.

Among Gutierrez’s achievements was a win at the Garbanzo DH race in Whistler, British Columbia. Part of the Crankworx Whistler festival, the Garbanzo challenges pro DH racers with one of the most demanding tracks in the world, renowned for its unusually long distance (7km), vertical drop (over 3,400 feet) and extremely aggressive terrain.

“Making the move to 27.5 wheels totally opened up the capabilities of the Glory,” Gutierrez said. “And now we’re taking another huge step forward with this new composite frame. It’s lightweight, stiff, super smooth and has the perfect geometry to make the most of this wheel size. It’s everything I need on the aggressive tracks and terrain that I race on.”

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Gutierrez en route to victory at Crankworx.

The Glory Advanced 27.5 frame is built around an Advanced-grade composite mainframe that’s combined with an ALUXX SL aluminum rear swingarm. It’s the lightest DH frame ever produced by Giant (242 grams of weight savings over the 3,250-gram Glory 27.5 aluminum frame, size medium) with supreme front-end stiffness and improved vibration damping, plus race-proven strength and durability in the rear area of the frame.

The frame is engineered with a co-pivot shock mount and 8 inches (203mm) of smooth, fully active Maestro rear suspension travel. It shares the same longer and lower geometry first developed on the Glory 27.5 for added stability and speed on aggressive terrain. Its 63-degree headtube angle and longer wheelbase is a result of extensive ride and race testing with Gutierrez and his Factory Off-Road teammates.

Other frame technologies on the new Glory Advanced 27.5 include its OverDrive steerer tube design for maximum front-end stiffness and steering precision, along with a newly shaped MegaDrive downtube. Combined with the PowerCore bottom bracket, the new design adds frame and pedaling stiffness for better efficiency and control. It also features new integrated cable guides that double as fork bumpers.

The all-new Glory Advanced 27.5 will be available in select markets initially, with a worldwide release later this summer. To learn more, go to giant-bicycles.com

Grant Programs Launched To Support Australian Mountain Bikers To World And Olympic Success

With the aim of supporting our best Elite and Junior Mountain Bike riders to their best performances on the world stage, two grant programs are announced by the National body for the sport, Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA).

The programs are the Cross Country High Performance Athlete Grant Program and the Under 19 Athlete Grant Program. Across both programs this exciting initiative is expected to support up to 30 eligible riders in 2015 with a total pool of over $50,000 available. The Cross Country High Performance Athlete Grant Program has been developed to assist selected riders with the costs of international competition. It is a tiered program targeted at riders who have shown the results and potential to accrue additional international ranking (UCI) points, which in turn will elevate Australia’s international ranking as a country and our ability to secure Olympic Games places for 2016.

Funding for this program is sourced from the Cycling Australia Elite Development contribution made to MTBA to assist mountain biking in achieving representation at the Olympic Games under the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) Winning Edge program.

The separate Under 19 Athlete Grant Program will assist junior riders with the costs of international competition, including, if they are selected, at the 2015 MTB World Championships in Vallnord, Andorra. The program is aimed at riders in the Cross Country and Downhill disciplines, who have shown consistent results and potential within the MTBA National Series competition for this age-group. Funding for the Cross Country grant recipients is again sourced from the Cycling Australia Elite Development Contribution as above. Funding for the Downhill grant recipients comes directly from MTBA.

MTBA President Mr Russ Baker AM spoke of the aims of the program.

“We all take a huge amount of pride in the performance of our riders on the international stage. This MTBA initiative provides benefits for our better performing Elite and Under 23 cross country riders, for developing riders and for Australia. As we lead up to the Rio Olympics and beyond, it is important that we support riders who improve Australia’s international ranking and ensure that Australia is on the start line in Rio. This program will do that, while making it a little bit easier for our riders to travel to competitions and recognising their performances. But it also supports our developing junior riders who will one day take over the reins in the Elite fields.” 

“Its not just about the Olympics. While Downhill is not an Olympic discipline, we are making some support available to the junior downhill riders so that Australia can maintain our very high international status in downhill into the future.”

“In addition to family support, many of our riders receive support from Pro Teams, Australian teams, businesses and individuals. I thank you all for your support. I encourage all Australians to support our riders in whatever fashion they can as we approach an Olympic year. MTBA will soon be introducing a support framework for riders across all disciplines at world-level events and Australians will also be able to support our mountain bikers in a tax-deductible fashion similar to the Pursuit for Gold initiative.”

MTBA CEO, Mr Shane Coppin, focused on the dual goals of athlete and organisation support.

“I have day to day contact with our Elite athletes and any additional funding is a great help to them in achieving their goals. “This program has been developed in consultation with a broad range of parties including our committee, staff, athletes and professional teams. “It is important that, while we work towards the ultimate goal of direct ASC funding for our sport, we as the National body support our athletes to continued success on the world stage”.

Athletes should be aware that the Cross Country High Performance Athlete Grant Program requires applications to be considered for funding whereas the Under 19 Athlete Grant program does not require an application and grants will be automatically issued to riders meeting the criteria.

All further information on these exciting initiatives can be found in a detailed PDF document on the MTBA Website.

Applications for the Cross Country High Performance Athlete Grant Program can be made by clicking this link: http://goo.gl/forms/aaUS5weFN9

To find this article online, please see the news article on the MTBA Website: http://goo.gl/KuttV6

Industrial Urban Downhill in Talcahuano, Chile

It’s that time of the year again, where dogs running across the racetrack and riding through someone’s lounge room are considered the norm.

In the first Urban Downhill event of twenty fifteen, the Downhill Urbano Talcahuano Industrial, heavyweights Tomas Slavic and Filip Polc took out the top honours.

Prepare for more Urban Downhill mayhem with the City Downhill World Tour kicking off in Santos, Brazil on February 22nd.

NZ National Downhill Champs Race On New Crankworx Rotorua Course

It was another brilliant first weekend at the Rotorua Bike Festival.

The main event of day 3 was the New Zealand Downhill Mountain Bike Championships on the newly-minted and very challenging course at Skyline on the slopes of Mount Ngongotaha. This was home to the 2006 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships. The top part of the course tracked Alden Ardern’s original race course of nine years ago. After the Larches the new trail took a radical new turn with an impressive rock garden and a gnar with a capital ‘g’, off-camber and hip jump section – with a big table-top to the finish line. UCI World Cup standard.
George Brannigan was the only rider to break the 3 minute barrier (by a gnat’s eyelash) with Trek team mate, Brook ‘The Bulldog’ MacDonald, in second, and Norco Racing’s Sam Blenkinsop in 3rd. Great memories for Blenki – he took silver in Junior Men in 2006 behind Kiwi team mate, Cam Cole. Alannah Columb won the Elite Women’s title ahead of Sarah Watkins and Sophie Tyas. Hot, dusty, sensational.
It’s been a top start to the 3rd Bike Festival with over 1700 entries, overall, in the first weekend. Much more to come over the next seven days.
In breaking news: one of the world’s top young racers (and the man with the best name in international mountain biking) Richie Rude will be joining Yeti team mate and current Enduro World Series world champ, Jared Graves (AUS), on the start line at next Saturday’s Giant 2W Gravity Enduro.

Anton Cooper Reclaims New Zealand Cross Country National Champs

Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Anton Cooper has reclaimed New Zealand Mountain Bike Championship honours after winning the elite men’s cross country race in Rotorua.

The championships are a feature event of the first weekend of the annual Rotorua Bike Festival

In a repeat of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Cooper held off fellow New Zealand representative Sam Gaze.  After both riders cleared out from the field early and headed into the last lap of the race side-by-side, Gaze made a mistake with his front wheel getting wedged in a tree.  This provided Cooper the opportunity to seize control and go on to win by 1 minute 10 seconds.  

Gaze v Cooper © Mead Norton

Cooper celebrates another win © Mead Norton

“I really wanted to get the jersey again,” said an elated Anton Cooper.  “I love wearing it overseas so I decided to focus on it (the elite race) a bit more, and it paid off. I just wanted to go out and hit most of the climbs hard.  I did that but hit a flat spot mid-race and felt a bit sick.I came good though and for the last two laps of the race I felt really strong, although it was still really close and could have gone either way. But I was able to capiialise on a small fumble by Sam (Gaze) and stretched out a good advantage and pinned the ears back to the finish.”

The result was a reversal of last year’s race where Gaze triumphed in a sprint finish over Cooper.  Local rider, Dirk Peters rounded out the podium, finishing a further 2 minutes behind Gaze. 

Meanwhile, 27 year-old Kate Fluker from Queenstown, who has only ridden for four years, put in a dominant ride to retain her elite women’s crown.  When her main rival, London Olympian Karen Hanlen had a fall on the first lap, Fluker was able to build a big lead.

Katie Fluker dominant again.
Katie Fluker dominant again.

“It’s awesome.  I was trying to really focus on international races this year but when you come to a race like this, you always do want to win, so I’m stoked,” said Fluker.

Earlier in the day outstanding young prospect, Eden Cruise from Porirua, dominated the U17 men’s race.  He led by a minute after the first lap of four and continued to extend his advantage to eventually win by over three and a half minutes.

Male:

Elite & Under-23: Anton Cooper (North Canterbury) 1:30:40, 1;Sam Gaze (Cambridge) 1:31:50, 2; Dirk Peters (Rotorua) 1:33:51 3; Ben Oliver (Christchurch) 1:35:32, 4; Jack Compton (Wellington) 1:35:49, 5.

Under-19: Harrison Mudgway (Tauranga) 1:25:10, 1; Nathan Johnston (Rotorua) 1:25:11, 2; Daniel Johnston (Rotorua) 1:25:32, 3; Harry Phipps (Rotorua) 1:27:35, 4; Lewis Ryan (Rotorua) 1:27:37, 5.

Under-17: Eden Cruise (Porirua) 1:04:32, 1; Jack Wilson (Tauranga) 1:08:05, 2; Taylor Johnston (Rotorua) 1:08:16, 3; Cameron Jones (Upper Moutere)  1:09:27, 4; Brayden Holland (Invercargill) 1:12:49, 5.

Under-15: Connor Johnston (Rotorua) 56:23, 1; Julius Staufenberg (Wanaka) 56:28, 2; Samuel Lord (Papamoa) 58:03, 3; Adam Francis (Palmerston North) 58:25, 4; Max Taylor (Palmerston North) 1:01:35, 5.

Masters 1: Steve Bale (Wellington) 1:10:40, 1; Gavin McCarthy (Upper Hutt) 1:11:41, 2; Bevan Spratt (Tauranga) 1:33:23, 3.

Masters 2: Garth Weinberg (Rotorua) 1:08:57, 1; Hamish Lane (Mt Maunganui) 1:12:33, 2; Sarnim Dean (Blenheim) 1:12:37, 3; Darrin Hall (Taupo) 1:19:26, 4; Barry Wilson (Palmerston North) 1:20:45, 5.

Masters 3: Shane Kaio (Mt Maunganui) 1:15:44, 1; Paul McDowell (Rotorua) 1:18:33, 2; Ray Hope (Dunedin) 1:18:57, 3; Anthony Bradshaw (Wellington) 1:19:52, 4.

Female:

Elite & Under-23: Kate Fluker (Queenstown) 1:30:59, 1; Karen Hanlen (Whakatane) 1:34:08, 2; Amber Johnston (Rotorua) 1:37:14, 3; Fiona Macdermid (Palmerston North) 1:38:32, 4; Mary Gray (Dunedin) 1:40:14, 5.

Under-19: Jemma Manchester (Auckland) 1:23:55, 1; Shannon Hope (Dunedin) 1:26:09, 2; Kayla Russell (Auckland) 1:30:33, 3.

Under-17: Jessica Manchester (Auckland) 58:04, 1: Phoebe Young (Wanaka) 1:01:46, 2: Kaylee Mudgway (Tauranga) 1:08:25, 3.

Under-15: Georgia Skelton (Auckland) 48:10, 1; Poppy Buissink (Auckland) 49:43, 2; Paige Weir (Auckland) 53:17, 3.

Senior Women: Harriet Miller (Rotorua) 1:07:58, 1.

Masters 1: Philippa Rostan (Australia) 1:14:06, 1.

Masters 2: Merrin Brewster (Dunedin) 1:29:46, 1. 

Masters 3: Sarah Beadel (Rotorua) 1:12:23, 1

Amazing Fontana Downhill Track Preview

Most of the time track previews give you a very limited view.

Shaky GoPro footage taken at sixty kilometres an hour can sometimes turn the sketchiest of features, or the most beautiful of landscapes into an indistinguishable blur.

KHS Factory Racing have realised this, and put together an incredible preview of the Fontana downhill course, using drone and GoPro footage combined to not only show the features of the track, but also the beautiful landscape.

The Ultimate Claudio Caluori Wild Ride

One of the must-see events of any UCI World Cup weekend is the inimitable GoPro Course previews from the Gstaad-Scott manager and veteran downhill speed demon Claudio Caluori.

Anyone who has watched one of Claudio’s course previews over the past three years will understand why the bubbly Swiss national is our go to man for such clips. Claudio is just pure box office when he gets motoring on that downhill bike. You just don’t know what comments or sounds are going to come out of his mouth next as he describes his ride down World Cup courses.

You always tell us you want more Claudio so we’ve put together some of Claudio’s funnier moments from last season’s GoPro runs for your enjoyment. Sit back and be prepared to laugh like you’ve never done before.

 

Brosnan and Molloy in Downhill Domination at Thredbo

Troy Brosnan (SA) and Tegan Molloy (NSW) have turned on a display of downhill supremacy this weekend in Thredbo, in the penultimate round of the Subaru National Mountain Bike Series presented by Mountain Bike Australia.

With riders racing on a customised version of the famous Thredbo Cannonball Run track, action was always going to be spectacular at the iconic venue that has delivered national events for over twenty years.

In the Elite Men’s field, all eyes were on the 2014 World Championships Bronze medallist, Troy Brosnan (SA), who leads the Subaru National Series after a perfect round in the You Yangs. With Brosnan setting the fastest time in seeding, he would be the last rider to start for the entire round on Sunday afternoon. The men raced as they seeded, falling into the hotseat one after the other before Brosnan sped into the winning position.

Rider on Course - Credit Jaime Black

Brosnan is the second-ranked rider in the World for Downhill, and his true class showed on a clean final run that saw him retain the Subaru Series Leader jersey. “I had a really good run there, not many mistakes,” Brosnan said. “I hit a few big holes but apart from that, just loving it! “It was a lot faster this year and it was actually kind of scary at some sections but apart from that, it reminds me pretty much of Fort William. “I gave it everything I had in that run and just pedalled and really tried to exert myself so I’m happy.”

Thomas Crimmins (NSW) was only 5.13 seconds behind Brosnan, the local rider flying into second place, while Graeme Mudd (NSW) took third.

Thredbo - Credit Jaime Black

For the Elite Women, the hot favourites were Molloy and Sarah Booth (NSW). 2015 Junior World Champion Molloy resides in Jindabyne, meaning she knows the Thredbo course better than most riders in Australia, and her local knowledge played to her advantage today.

Molloy spoke of securing her first Elite win: “It’s pretty cool taking the win in front of a home crowd, it just makes it that bit more special. “The idea was to take it easy in practice and then come out and a have a good race run. I’ve ridden the track many times before so I knew what to expect.”

Tegan Molloy
Tegan Molloy

Molloy finished in a spectacular time that was 32.7 seconds faster than the field, which means she will take over the Series Lead from Booth with only one round remaining.

Second place in the Elite women went to Ronja Hill-Wright (ACT) and third to Booth.

Under 19

In Under 19 Men’s action, the show would be all about local Bredbo rider Andrew Crimmins (NSW). Crimmins was the fastest Under 19 rider in seeding, and he did not disappoint in the race run, taking the win by exactly 4 seconds from Max Warshawsky (QLD) in second, with Jackson Frew (ACT) rounding out the podium.

Andrew Crimmins
Andrew Crimmins

In Under 19 Women’s racing, talented multi-discipline rider Ellie Wale (VIC) took the win from  Sian A’Hern (NSW).

The 2014/15 Subaru National Series comes to an end in three weeks, with the final round held in Toowoomba, QLD from 27 February – 1 March, in conjunction with the Oceania Championships, which will run 25 – 27 February 2015.

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Henderson & McConnell Monopolise Mountain Bike Action on Stromlo Trails

Canberra mountain bike power-duo Rebecca Henderson (ACT) and Daniel McConnell (ACT) have monopolised the tough Stromlo course in Canberra at Cross Country Round 4 of the Subaru National Mountain Bike Series presented by Mountain Bike Australia. 

On Saturday, the Elite Women raced the Cross Country, with dual Olympian and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Henderson turning on the power from the very beginning.

Bec Henderson - Credit Jaime Black
Bec Henderson

After just one lap, Henderson had put a 32 second gap between herself and the rest of the field, which was led by Peta Mullens (VIC). This lead more than doubled to 1 minute 10 seconds after lap two, and by lap three, her lead had virtually guaranteed her the win, Henderson regaining the Series Leader jersey in the process. “I couldn’t have asked for a better result or a better ride for me,” Henderson said. “It’s a really challenging and technical course, which works in my favour and obviously I’ve got a bit of extra time to practice on it being a home course. “I’m really trying to peak for the Oceania Championships, that’s pretty important to me, and then the National Champs.”

Peta Mullens
Peta Mullens

Jenni King (VIC) rode consistently to maintain a third place position for the entirety of the race, while Jodie Willett (QLD) and Em Parkes (ACT) battled it out in the final few laps, with Willett finishing the victor in the battle for fourth.

In the U19’s, Sarah Tucknott (WA) secured victory in the heat ahead of Ebony Tanzen (VIC).

Once again, of notable mention is local 13 year-old rider Zoe Cuthbert (ACT), who rode to another Under 15 Women’s gold medal, finishing her second and final lap ranked 7th outright across all women’s fields.

The Elite Men did battle at midday, riding the same number of laps as the Elite Women due to the ever increasing heat, with McConnell gunning it from the start to complete the first lap in just 12 minutes 19 seconds. Riding in front of current Series Leader Scott Bowden (TAS), McConnell created a gap early that would never be breached, riding to yet another win as the other riders battled for their spot on the podium. “It was the first hot day we’ve had for a few weeks so it was a bit of a shock to the system,” said McConnell.   “I really wanted to set my own pace and go out really hard, then sort of hold onto it and then get into some good lap times in the back half of the race. “I had a fairly aggressive set up,” he added. “I was running the 36 tooth chain ring on the front, which is pretty hard on the climb so it was really important to me to dictate the pace and not be in a bunch, which is harder, but it all panned out really well.”

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Scott Bowden
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Cam Ivory

At the half-way mark, Bowden and Brendan Johnston (ACT) were neck and neck, and they would stay this close until the final corner of the race. A tough sprint that would last the length of the finish straight saw Johnston secure the silver in front of Bowden who retains the Subaru Series Leader jersey. Fourth place went to 2014 Subaru National Series winner Cameron Ivory (NSW) with perennially fast Andy Blair (ACT) recording fifth.

Series Leader Liam Jeffries (VIC) took out gold to record his third Subaru National Series round win a row in the Under 19s, followed by Luke Brame (NSW) and Alex Lack (TAS).

Short Course Cross Country – Friday 

Kicking off the weekend with Short Course Cross Country races on Friday night, McConnell was the hot favourite in the Elite Men’s competition and he did not disappoint the crowd. McConnell rode hard from the start, working with Brendan Johnston (ACT) and building a lead from the rest of the pack. This lead would see the two riding together for the thirty minutes of standard race time but on the final lap McConnell put the hammer down, riding away to a convincing win.

In an intense and exciting battle for third place, Tristan Ward (NSW) proved to be the best of the chasing group, sprinting for the bronze medal after a technicality meant that third place was awarded before the overall race had even been won.

In the Elite Women’s race, Naomi Williams (VIC) and Rebecca Locke (VIC) pushed hard through the heat for the duration of the race.

While Williams sat in the lead for each lap, Locke sprinted on the final Subaru arch corner to take the win in front of a cheering crowd.

The 2014/15 Subaru National Series comes to an end in three weeks, with the final round held in Toowoomba, QLD from 27 February – 1 March, in conjunction with the Oceania Championships, which will run 25 – 27 February 2015.

For all Series information, please visit:

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Search for the Steep, Episode 2: Lake Garda

 

Joe Barnes is joined by trials legend Chris Akrigg on his latest mission to ride the world’s steepest descents.

Travelling to Lake Garda, Italy, the two go in search of the illusive 122 trail, that some said would challenge even the formidable talent of Akrigg himself.

The long hike in changeable weather brings its rewards as the guys are presented with a steep, technical descent where Chris’ trials skills prove more than useful.

 

Trek Racing Australia Secures $300K Funding

Off the back of yet another successful year of racing for Trek Racing Australia we are excited to announce a financial commitment of $300,000 over the next three years to the Team from our founding and long term supporters, the Peil Family.

2014 saw Trek Racing Australia rider’s claim 7 National titles across XCO, XCM and 24hr Solo categories, representation at UCI MTB World Cups, UCI MTB World Champs, and the Commonwealth Games. Coupled with dominant performances like those achieved at the Kowalski Classic and the Highland Fling by Brendan Johnston & Dylan Cooper the Team is in a very strong position to keep moving forward.

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Combined with the unrivalled support from industry leading companies like Trek Bicycle Corp Australia, Shimano Australia, Anytime Fitness, FOX, GU Energy Labs, Finish Line Lube and Aussie Butt, contrary to rumors, the Team is now very well funded until 2019.

Our absolute focus is to continue supporting Australian Mountain bikers. Our plan is to run frequent Junior Skills Development camps and use our Elite riders to mentor junior mountain bikers throughout the country. Our number one goal is to keep our riders on mountain bikes, give them a pathway to the world stage and decrease the bleeding of so much of this country’s mountain biking talent to the road.

To find out more about Trek Racing Australia please visit www.trekracingaustralia.com 

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Behind The Scenes, Testing New SRAM Wheels With Jerome Clementz

Jon Cancellier has managed the BlackBox Program for the past 7 seasons. This includes choosing the athletes, working with them on custom projects, as well as being at the races to make sure that they have everything they need. An athlete on the SRAM BlackBox Program has access to all the engineering horsepower that we have to offer and Jon is the link between racer and company. Earlier this year he travelled to Finale Ligure, Italy with 2013 Enduro World Series Champion Jerome Clementz to test wheels. 

We asked Jon some questions about the test, and what it meant for Jerome as he put in his first miles on SRAM wheels.

Explain the test with Jerome.
JC:
The goal of the test was to give Jerome time on three models of SRAM wheels and let him evaluate the benefits of each. We chose one track and had him ride it twice for each set of wheels. The tires, tire pressure and rotors were carried over each run to eliminate as many variables as possible. While the runs were not timed, Jerome tried to carry the same pace each run to keep his feedback similar.

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How often does a test like this happen?
JC:
We tend to test products with athletes at the beginning of the year to set baselines for the upcoming season. If we are working on something new that we are looking to get athlete feedback on, it can happen as soon as we have a ridable prototype. As wheels are a relatively new area for SRAM as well as the BlackBox Program, this is only the second time we have conducted this kind of wheel test with an athlete. The first was with Nico Vouilloz last year. As we create new wheels or have new ideas we want to test, I see this being a very valuable tool for our development process.

What can a test like this potentially yield for both the athlete and SRAM?
JC: Testing in this way allows the wheels to be broken down to their unique parts, each being a different variable. We can then pick apart the results and see which variable created the feeling the rider is after. For Jerome, he was able to feel the differences between rim width, rim material as well as spoke thickness. This way he can feel how one variable can affect the ride and we as a company can learn more about how all the wheel components add up as we strive to make the fastest wheels.

What did Jerome learn during the test?
JC: Jerome discovered all three wheels to be winners. He found that all three offered him such strong unique characteristics that he couldn’t put one ahead of the others. He was able to conclude that the hugely varying terrain of the EWS will allow each of these wheel’s characteristics to shine at key races throughout the season. Knowing that he has three wheels that he can confidently choose between will give him a competitive advantage every weekend as he looks to regain the Enduro World Series title.

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So based on that conclusion, what will Jerome’s wheel choice strategy be?
JC: He will choose the wheel that best suits the conditions and terrain he is faced with on a certain weekend. For example, he found the wider rim of the Rail 50 to add more volume to the tire, so this might be his first choice on a weekend where the terrain is very rough. Jerome found the carbon rim on Roam 60 to be very responsive. This is especially beneficial for tracks that demand quick acceleration, like those found at last year’s EWS round in Scotland. Roam 50 offered him a strong balance of all of these variables and will be a great option most weekends of the year.

Beyond wheels, did you learn anything else?
JC: As you would expect from an Enduro World Series Champion, Jerome is meticulous about his setup and is very in tune with what he expects from his bike. He can feel very small changes in product that can mean big differences for both him on the bike and for us as we develop our wheels.

TESTED:
ROAM AND RAIL WHEELS

 

 

ROAM 60

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THE EXTRA MILE. AND BEYOND.

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FEATURES / BENEFITS

  • Available in all 3 wheel sizes: 26, 27.5 and 29″
  • CARBON TUNED™ unidirectional and woven carbon fiber, asymmetrical rim profile
  • Profile: 21mm inside, 28mm outside rim width
  • UST compatible
  • Available with 11-speed XD™ driver body, 10- or 9-speed driver body
  • Aluminum nipples with nylon lock ring
  • SOLO SPOKE™ design with double butted, stiff stainless steel spokes
  • Durable hub internals with Star Ratchet 36-tooth system
  • SIDE SWAP™ easy conversion to all axle types
  • DOUBLE-DECKER™ hub shell design
  • Technologies: CARBON TUNED™, TAPER CORE™, SOLO SPOKE™, SIDE SWAP™, DOUBLE-DECKER™, STAR RATCHET™, UST
  • Weight: 1515g (26″), 1570g (27.5″), 1650g (29″)
    Wheel pair in lightest configuration

 

ROAM 50

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TRAIL BLAZER

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FEATURES / BENEFITS

  • Available in all 3 wheel sizes: 26, 27.5 and 29″
  • Lightweight aluminum rim with asymmetrical TAPER CORE™ profile
  • Profile: 21mm inside, 25mm outside rim width
  • UST compatible
  • Available with 11-speed XD™ driver body, 10- or 9-speed driver body
  • Aluminum nipples with nylon lock ring
  • SOLO SPOKE™ design with double butted, lightweight steel spokes
  • Durable hub internals with Star Ratchet system
  • SIDE SWAP™ easy conversion to all axle types
  • DOUBLE-DECKER™ hub shell design
  • Technologies: TAPER CORE™, SOLO SPOKE™, SIDE SWAP™, DOUBLE-DECKER™, STAR RATCHET™, UST, PREDICTIVE STEERING™ for 29”
  • Weight: 1475g (26″), 1530g (27.5″), 1610g (29″)
    Wheel pair in lightest configuration

 

RAIL 50

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AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOUR

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FEATURES / BENEFITS

  • Available in all 3 wheel sizes: 26, 27.5 and 29″
  • Lightweight aluminum rim with asymmetrical TAPER CORE™ profile
  • Profile: 23c, 28mm outside rim width
  • UST compatible
  • Available with 11-speed XD™ driver body, 10- or 9-speed driver body
  • Aluminum nipples with nylon lock ring
  • SOLO SPOKE™ design with double butted, stiff steel spokes
  • Durable hub internals with Star Ratchet system
  • SIDE SWAP™ easy conversion to all axle types
  • DOUBLE-DECKER™ hub shell design
  • Technologies: TAPER CORE™, SOLO SPOKE™, SIDE SWAP™, DOUBLE-DECKER™, STAR RATCHET™, UST
  • Weight: 1690g (26″), 1750g (27.5″), 1830g (29″)
    Wheel pair in lightest configuration

SRAM MTB WHEELS 2015 ATHLETE ROSTER 

Adam Craig (USA)

Adrien Dailly (FRA)

Alex Marin (ESP)

Alban Lakata (AUT)

Anka Martin (RSA)

Angie Hohenwarter (AUT)

Blake Baggett (USA)

Brandon Semenuk (CAN)

Bryan Regnier (FRA)

Carl Decker (USA)

Dave Weins (USA)

Guillaume Cauvin (FRA)

Jan Skarnitzl (CZE)

Jana Czeczinkarova (CZE)

Jeff Kerkove (USA)

Jeremiah Bishop (USA)

Jerome Clementz

Josh Carlson (AUS)

Juan Pablo Montoya (COL)

Kelli Emmett (USA)

Kristian Hynek (CZE)

Liv Ladies AllRide – Lindsey Voreis (USA)

Luca Shaw (USA)

Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (COL)

Martin Stosek (CZE)

Nate Hills (USA)

Nathan Riddle (USA)

Nicolas Vouilloz (FRA)

Rachel Throop (USA)

Pauline Dieffenthaler

Rebecca Rusch (USA)

Robert Mennen(GER)

Russell Finsterwald (USA)

Sally Bigham (GBR)

Sarah Leishman (CAN)

Steffie Teltscher (GER)

Tanja Zakelj (SLO)

Walker Shaw (USA)

Yoann Barelli (FRA)

Yuki Saito (USA)

Bas van Steenbergen, Breathtaking Style

Green River is one of the few locations in Utah that has been a proving ground for Mountain Biking. Over the past decade, hundreds of riders visited Utah to tackle the terrain and show there style. Its been unfortunate in the past couple of years, Green River has been viewed as “played” or “overdone”. Bas has always wanted to give it a shot, and so this fall we drove south to Utah to give it our best.

While it may have been the shoulder season for mountain biking, Utah was a great escape from snowy Canada. We spent 10 days waking up at sunrise, filming, going back to the Super 8 for breakfast, digging, then filming at sunset. Our trip had the unfortunate ending of Bas separating his shoulder on the last hit we built, luckily we still had plenty of footage to create “Shoulder Season”

Shot on Location: Green River, Utah
Rider: Bas van Steenbergen
Produced by: Mind Spark Cinema
Cinematography: Harrison Mendel
Edited by: Harrison Mendel
Music By: Sons of the East

With support from: Transition Bikes, Blackhawk Wheel co, Skyride Bike Shop and Dissent Labs

Hero. Legend. Brother.

Yet another win for Jason English over the weekend at the 24 hour Nduro over the weekend in Rotorua.

A fine achievement by an incredible rider, but the story of the weekend is Rotorua local Lance Tavinor’s amazing effort to raise money for Kidney Health New Zealand.


Hero. Legend. Brother.

Rotorua mountain biker, Lance Tavinor was all those things and more when he took on the solo category in the 24 hours of Nduro in the Whakarewarewa Forest over the weekend.

With $5 from every entry going to Kidney Health New Zealand, he was riding for a cause close to his heart.

His older brother, Grant, is ill with kidney disease. Lance is undergoing rigorous testing to see if he is a suitable donor.

He also put himself through one of the most challenging tests for a mountain biker, when he started the Nduro at midday on Saturday.

“He went out a little fast with his race face on at the start,” said his pit crew boss, Benny Devcich who works with him at local bike shop, Cyclezone. “But he settled into a good rhythm as night fell.”

The weather and riding conditions were perfect. After one of the driest and hottest Januarys on record, there was rain on Friday night and the race started in a refreshing drizzle.

Lance was still going strong as dawn broke on Sunday morning.

He passed the 300-kilometre mark on the demanding 14-kilometre course as the clock ticked down to midday.

At the same time, multiple 24 Hour Solo world champion, Jason English, from Australia confirmed his favouritism to win the men’s race, with the New Zealand title going to David Rae in second place.

Another Australian, Liz Smith, was first over the line in the hard-fought women’s category with Kiwi, Anja McDonald, riding a brilliant race to take the women’s title. 

Then the focus turned to Lance’s last lap. He was cheered on his way by a big crowd of supporters and arrived back to an even bigger round of applause. “I had to ride that last lap upright,” he said as he enjoyed a post-race beer. “My back was so sore I couldn’t lean in to the handlebars.” He took a long swig and then held out his hands. They were bruised and calloused. “Sleep next,” he added with his trademark grin.

He was cheered on his way by a big crowd of supporters and arrived back to an even bigger round of applause.

“I had to ride that last lap upright,” he said as he enjoyed a post-race beer. “My back was so sore I couldn’t lean in to the handlebars.”

He took a long swig and then held out his hands. They were bruised and calloused.

“Sleep next,” he added with his trademark grin.

“If there was a Spirit of Rotorua Mountain Biking award, Lance would be a front row contender,” said Rotorua Bike Festival event coordinator, Martin Croft. He was there to watch the end of the race, which was a dress rehearsal for the WEMBO 24 Hour Solo World Championships.

This will be one of the feature events at the 2016 Bike Festival.

This year’s festival launches on Friday February 15 and Lance will be there.

“I’ll see how the recovery goes,” he said. “It’s a great time to be in Rotorua at Festival time, with all sort of events to enter or watch.”

Last year, he channelled Elvis at the Bike Speedway in front of Rotorua’s historic Museum and Art Gallery.

“I might have to just sit in a chair and spectate this year,” he added with a grimace.

Fundraising for the Tavinors and Kidney Health New Zealand continues in April at the New Zealand Singlespeed Championships – very special 100th anniversary Anzac edition.

Race day is Sunday April 26:

www.rotoruasinglespeed.com

Donate to Lance’s fundraiser for Kidney Health New Zealand:

https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/lancekranksitforkidneys

Rotorua Bike Festival:

www.rotoruabikefestival.com

 

YT Industries present the 2015 range: Bikes for Good Times

In recent years there has been a real increase in quality direct to the consumer brands.

Companies like Polygon and Cell are bringing out well specced, well designed offerings at amazing price points by cutting out the middle men. Now, another player has rolled into town- YT Industries. With a bevy of top gravity athletes using their bikes, such as last years Red Bull Rampage winner Andreu Lacondeguy and freeride legend Cam Zink, these bikes are obviously built to take a beating!

Twenty fifteen marks the first year that YT will be available in Australia, and the Capra All-Mountain bike, available in both carbon and aluminium models, offers brilliant value for money. You can have a look at the range and availability through the Australian website, which is now live!

http://au.yt-industries.com/

To see the sort of value for money direct to the consumer brands can provide, have a little read on our thoughts of the Polygon Colossus N9.

http://flowmountainbike.com/tests/all-mountain-assassin-the-polygon-collosus-n9/


The main focus of the 2015 range is the further development of the award winning downhill bike, the TUES, and the construction of an all-new aluminum version of the enduro bike CAPRA. The CAPRA AL will replace the WICKED and delivers the same performance as it’s big brother, the CAPRA CF, at a price that’s affordable for everyone.

CAPRA Aluminum

In 2015 YT launches the first aluminum version of the CAPRA, that will replace the WICKED series. The enduro bike features all the performance and build quality of its carbon brother. The reach and stack, flat bar angle and steep seat angle make for a perfect rider position, while a short chain stay enhances the bike’s handling and makes the rider feel like he is a part of the bike.Like the TUES, the CAPRA is equipped with a V4L suspension system, a major factor in its staggering list of past victories. The V4L system has very distinct advantages: it provides all the suspension needed for hammering down hill, without loosing efficiency on climbs. So while it meets all downhill requirements, the springs also deliver energy from the drivetrain directly to the back wheel when peddling.
Besides that, the V4L system separates the brake torque from the suspension, completely eliminating fork dive when braking.

CAPRA Carbon

The first year of this carbon enduro bike was distinguished by a load of test victories . In 2015, as well as offering a bigger choice of colours, YT Industries also introduce a new model to the CAPRA CF line. While the CAPRA Pro will be given new E13 TRSr wheels and a revised colour way, YT also built a new CAPRA Pro Race model, targeted at enduro racers .And the configuration speaks for itself: it’s equipped with new BOS Deville suspension forks, with 160mm of travel, FCV (Frequency Control Valve) shocks that reach new levels of performance and the new Renthal Fatbar Carbon 780mm handlebars with a Renthal Apex stem. And as the cherry on top the Mavic Crossmax Enduro wheels will make for minimum times in all races.

TUES

In 2014 Andreu Lacondeguy won the toughest competition in the sport of mountainbiking on his TUES: the Rampage. Team mate Cam Zink secured runner up at the same event and won Best Trick Award. In 2015 the new wheel size 650B (27,5“) dominated the further development of the TUES by taking full advantage of the potential of this enlarged size and adjusting the downhill bike’s geometry to fit perfectly. Based on the feedback from Cameron Zink and Andreu Lacondeguy the 4th generation of this successful downhill bike comes close to perfection: the hydro-formed main frame is as light and stiff as its predecessor and excels with a low focal point. The 27.5“ wheels also allow for the pedal bearings to be fixed underneath the axles.
Additionally, the geometry has been enhanced with a longer reach, to achieve the more centered position of contemporary DH racing, which makes hitting jumps on gnarly trails more safe.

FIRST LOVE

Your first beer, your first girl, your first time -there are some things you’ll remember all your life. The FIRST LOVE is the ideal dirt bike for ambitious riders getting into street or dirt. It’s tough, durable and extremely easy and forgiving to ride.

DIRT LOVE

From contests to jam sessions the DIRT LOVE delivers a one-of-a-kind ride that’ll take your breath away. Like YT Industries team rider Andreu Lacondeguy, who rips the biggest tricks on his DIRT LOVE, you’ll be surprised how big you’ can go on this bikey ourself.

 

Jared Graves and Peta Mullens Take RockShox Enduro Challenge, Mt Buller

The Sun comes out as racing heats up at the RockShox Enduro Challenge Powered by SRAM.

After shivering through what felt like arctic temperatures earlier in the week, the sun came out today in Mt Buller with perfect for Enduro Racing. We saw the strongest ever Enduro field assembled in Australia with no less than seven (7) World Champions taking to the start line. Saturdays Prologue winner Jared Graves led the field out on stage one, but with the only time factors being an overall limit it was soon Ryan Del La Rue, trail builder of many of the stages at Mt Buller, took the role of sweeping the road.

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In an unexpected move, Chain Reaction Cycles pair Sam Hill and Mike Jones, soon took over this role, ultimately completing all 6 stages over 30 minutes ahead of the rest of the field. A timing error on stage 5 saw the duo redo stage 5, but as it was the most DH of the stages, including a chairlift uplift there were no complaints.

Ultimately, Graves was too strong for the rest of the field, taking the quickest time on 5 of 6 stages, only losing out to a puncture on the Ski School Step that claimed more than 1 tyre over the weekend of racing. Total racing time was 23:20:05.

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Specialized Rider, Troy Brosnan was on fire all day taking home second place just under 1 minute behind Graves. Clearly this DH rider can pedal as well.

Ryan De La Rue, who spends his days on an excavator for World Trial, and has had an integral role in the construction of most of the stages, took home third place just 3 seconds behind Brosnan. Ryan will be looking to take on up to 5 races of the Enduro World Series this year, so this early season form is looking good for the privateer.

Yeti Rider Richie Rude and CRCs Sam Hill rounded out the top five.

In the women’s field, it was Peta Mullens, fresh off a win as Australian National Road Race Champion, who dominated the girls winning every stage coming in 30 seconds ahead of Qld’s Brodie Chapman. Claire Whiteman rounded out the top 3, with a time just over 1 minute behind Mullens.

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Post event presentations were well attended with over $15,000 worth of product being given away at random, including a Giant Reign, and $10,000 worth of SRAM product.

With over 200 riders entered from all over Australia, it was a great start to the new MTBA Enduro National Series. Round two will be staged in the home town of Jared Graves, Toowoomba on March 8.

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