Watch: Steps to The Top – Jack Moir

In 2017, Moir took the 2nd podium spot at the World Cup in Fort William, and kept it close to, or inside, the top 10 in the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup — except for in Andorra. When he’s close enough to a round of the Enduro World Series, and his schedule allows, he’ll throw himself into the mix there, too, and he’ll finish in the top 10.



“Well, I’m always working on constantly everything. I never take the approach that I’m doing as well as I possibly can…” – Kelly Slater

Watch him on the bike, though, and the tall Aussie’s style makes it look like he isn’t really forcing the issue, almost like he’s out for a warm-up lap. It’s a look, maybe even a stigma, that many tall riders share, and Moir is quick to point that out. Look a bit closer at Jack’s style, though, and you might be able to see an influence from surfing — which makes sense when you consider that the Intense Factory Racing rider has been riding waves on one form of board or another since he was old enough to walk out into the water by himself.

Ask him about his moniker “Shark Attack Jack” and he’ll nonchalantly tell you a story about being bitten in the leg a decade ago. It was an injury that required roughly 500 stitches but did little to keep him from getting back in the water and on the board. 

When injury derailed his 2015 season, Jack persevered, fighting back in 2016 to take one World Cup top 10 and the Crankworx DH overall title

Moir won the opening round of the Crankworx DH Series in Rotorua, New Zealand, and seemed poised for the repeat. That win, plus an 8th at Crankworx Les Gets and a 3rd at Crankworx Innsbruck meant he held the series lead going into the final round at Crankworx Whistler. 

2017 Crankworx World Tour, Garbanzo DH

Sometimes, though, the best you can do comes up short of the win. And short of the championship. And that’s racing.

Jack is decidedly pragmatic about the whole thing. In his eyes, when you’re healthy, you need to take advantage of it and race. And ride. And remember why you started doing all of this in the first place.

In Whistler, for example, even before the dust had settled completely, Jack was off for a few more laps with his mates. Sometimes the shark gets you, but you never quit.

Video by: Mind Spark Cinema
Photos by: Adrian Marcoux & Sven Martin
Words by: Joe Parkin

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Crankworx Highlights: Garbo DH – Tracey Hannah Wins

Queensland’s Tracey Hannah is having an all-time World Cup season as well as winning several Crankworx downhill events, but Garbo had been on her list for some time, “It’s kind of a goal of mine, and for the last two years, I’ve been getting closer and closer to the Canadian girls. So to finally take the win is exciting.”

Another win for Tracey Hannah

Colombian downhill racer Marcelo Guitierrez Villegas won the men’s race for the fifth time in a row. “I think it’s just Sam, Jack and me just keep trying the hardest,” he said. “People just kind of give up, but me I’m just loving it. Sometimes people ask me what’s my favourite track in the world and I answer Garbo. I am just loving it all.”

Marcello Guttierrez on his way to the win.
Credit: Fraser Britton

Jack Moir from Morriset, NSW is also having a great UCI World Cup season, currently 5th in the overall standings. He’s also known for his endurance, having claimed top 10 finishes at the first two Enduro World Series rounds in Rotorua and Derby. He finished 16 seconds behind Marcelo which was good enough for 3rd, behind New Zealand’s Sam Blenkinsop.

Jack Moir rides the In Deep chute on his Intense 29er DH bike
Sam Blenkinsop takes the high line on his enduro bike.

Aussie downhiller, now Whistler local, Chris Kovarik finished 5th and Canberra’s Timmy Eaton finished inside the top 20. Fellow Canberian, 16 year old Kye A’Hern finished 2nd in U17 men behind Pemberton local Lucas Cruz, with a time that would’ve seen him scrape in just behind Eaton into 20th in Elite.

Youth 15-16 men, 2nd: Kye A’Hern

Pro Men:

1. Marcelo Guitierrez Villegas (COL) 12:21.19
2. Sam Blenkinsop (NZL) 12:27.36
3. Jack Moir (AUS) 12:37.13
4. Eddie Masters (NZL) 12:39.04
5. Chris Kovarik (AUS) 12:40.62

19. Tim Eaton (AUS)
27. Ben Dengate (AUS)
28. Matthew McCorkell (AUS)
41. Dave Habicht (AUS)

Pro Women:

1. Tracey Hannah (AUS) 14:04.96
2. Claire Buchar (CAN) 14:17.94
3. Emilie Siegenthaler (SUI) 14:22.29
4. Miranda Miller (CAN) 14:32.87
5. Georgia Astler (CAN) 15:19.64

Elite Men/Women Podium

Full results can be found here.

Intense Cycles Announces Factory Race Team

Australia's Jack Moir and Dean Lucas return to Intense for 2017.
Australia’s Jack Moir and Dean Lucas return to Intense for 2017.

“Last year, we had some really good results and good times. Jack finished 10th at Worlds, Dean was 14th at Lenzerheide and Nik finished 3rd at Lourdes and 5th overall for the year. We’re looking to stay healthy and strong this year and maximize our potential,” – Team Manager, Bernat Guardia.

Jack Moir finished 2016 with an impressive 10th place at the World Championships.
Jack Moir finished 2016 with an impressive 10th place at the World Championships.

Charlie Harrison will add to the that potential. Last year, his first year in the Elite category, he finished in 14th place at both Andorra and World Champs. He is as happy to be on board as the team is to have him. “I honestly couldn’t be more excited and grateful about being a part of IFR. The team’s family feel is exactly what I need in order to be successful. I’m really looking forward to all the amazing memories and laughs in the next couple of years.”

Young American rider Charlie Harrison is one to watch.
Young American rider Charlie Harrison is one to watch.

Also joining the team as Technical Director/Lead Mechanic is long-time Intense crew member, Chappy Fiene. Chappy is a former pro motocross racer, and talented mountain bike rider in his own right. He has a deep understanding of the inner workings of bike mechanics, and will work closely with Ernest Adalid, who has worked with IFR for several years as team mechanic.

Intense have added another mechanic to their program this year.
Intense have added another mechanic to their program this year.

Bonus members of the IFR crew for this year are Nathan Hughes, team photographer, and Jenn Gabrielli, who will be handling PR, sponsorship and media relations.

Dean Lucas looks excited about the year ahead.
Dean Lucas looks excited about the year ahead.

In addition to the incredible riders and crew, IFR welcomes with open arms its new sponsors for 2017. “We are incredibly happy to be working with the very best companies in each category”, says Intense CEO, Andrew Herrick.

The team will be rocking Troy Lee Designs clothing and helmets in 2017.
The team will be rocking Troy Lee Designs clothing and helmets in 2017.

SRAM, Rock Shox, Maxxis Tires, Troy Lee Designs, Enve Composites, Fabric Saddles, Von Zipper, E*13, Crank Brothers, Cane Creek, ODI, Ti Springs and Pedros round out the program’s “dream team” of sponsors.

The team includes an impressive list of sponsors, including the well-renowned Pedro's Bike Tools.
The team includes an impressive list of sponsors, including the well-renowned Pedro’s Bike Tools.

“It’s great to have such a cohesive team and amazing list of supporters. It will make for a deadly combination and provide us with some unbeatable R&D opportunities to develop what’s next,” says Intense Founder, Jeff Steber.


Jack Moir:

Age:22
Hometown: Morisset Park, Australia
2016 Highlights:
10th place Andorra
10th place World Champs
Favorite track: Mont Sainte Anne

“This year’s setup is going to be dialed, with a new teammate and some rad new sponsors, so I’m super excited to get the whole team together and go racing!”

JM


Dean Lucas:

Age: 21
Hometown: Wooragee, Australia
2016 Hightlights: 14th at Lenzerheide
Favorite track: Lourdes

“I feel like a big slice of butter melting over a big old stack of flap jacks. Very happy to be on board with such a positive, supportive team!”

DL


Charlie Harrison:

Age:19
Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA
2016 Highlights: 14th at both Andorra and World Championships
Favorite track- Mount Sainte Anne

“I honestly couldn’t be more excited and grateful about being a part of IFR. I’m really looking forward to all the amazing memories and laughs in the next couple years with the team.”

CH


Nik Nestoroff:

Age: 17
Hometown: ‘Merika
2016 Highlights: 3rd at Lourdes, 5th Overall (Junior Men)
Favorite track: Val Di Sole

“My goal for this year is to do my best, have fun, and win some races!”

NN

Intense Cycles Announces 2016 Factory Team Roster

Intense Cycles announced its 2016 Factory Race Team last night at an exclusive event they hosted for select members of the media, industry, friends and family at the Hotel Laguna in Laguna Beach, CA.

Jack in the sky.
Jack in the sky.
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The Intense M16. Move aside!

The new roster includes returning team members, Jack Moir (Australia) and Luca Cometti (USA) and adds former Palmer Project junior phenom, Nik Nestoroff (USA) and Dean Lucas (Australia).

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The new team, a working machine to take on the 2016 world circuit.
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Bernat Guardia heads up the program.
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Looking very sharp in the POC helmet, kit and protection.
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Ivan Jimenez takes over as Technical Manager.

In addition, former world cup downhiller and Intense Factory Racing team member, Bernat Guardia heads up the program as Team Director, and longtime IFR manager, Ivan Jimenez takes over as Technical Manager.

“We are extremely excited about the team’s potential,: says Intense Cycles CEO, Andrew Herrick. “Our riders are all very young and incredibly talented.  We look forward to continuing to build our Factory program with them in the years to come.”

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Jack Moir, fresh from taking wins in both races in the Australian National Series.
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Jack holding it wide open.

Jack Moir (22) is back on the bike after a run of bad luck and injuries kept him out of the circuit last year.  Jack is currently leading the Australian National series after having won both races so far this season. He first made his mark in 2014 when he took 10th place at Worlds at the young age of 19.

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Luca Cometti.

Luca Cometti (21) returns to Intense for his fourth year with the brand. After taking his 2nd National DS Championship last year, Luca stepped it up on the world stage, and took 26th at World Champs. Luca’s outstanding improvement and dedication has earned him his return to the Factory program.

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Huge!
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Luca’s also a talented photo/video guy, keep an eye out for behind the scenes imagery.
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USA National Junior Champ.

Nik Nestoroff, who recently celebrated his 16th birthday, will race the Junior World Cup series this year. Nik dominated the junior American scene last year  during his time with the Palmer Project, when he took the Junior National DH title and came in 3rd junior overall in the Pro GRT series.

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Rounding out the rider roster is Australian Dean Lucas (20) jwho joins Intense for his first year with the brand. Dean is best known for his 3rd place finish in Lenzerheide last year, his 12th overall finish in the World Cup in 2015 and his success as a Junior on the world cup circuit in 2013.

“Intense’s heritage is world cup racing,” says founder Jeff Steber.

“We built our brand and developed our bikes on race courses throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s.”

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Copyright 2016 Carmen HerreroSteber explains there came a time when he had to step away from racing, to re-direct resources toward carbon fiber development.  Now, with a complete line of carbon fiber bikes, including the brand new M16c, the brand makes its return to the world cup. And Steber speaks for everyone at Intense when he says:

“It feels amazing to be back.”

INTENSE CYCLES IS SUPPORTED BY SRAM, ROCK SHOX, MAXXIS, RENTHAL, POC.