Evil Bikes Partner With Defcon Cycles

What we’re seeing in the announcement below is two seemingly opposing sectors of online sales and bricks and mortar stores combining to give the consumer the best of both worlds. If you’re a mechanically sound buyer, or you don’t live close to an Evil dealer, you can go down the direct sales route and have the bike delivered to your door.

If on the other hand, you would prefer the peace of mind of having your bike built up by a professional mechanic, and want to support local bike shops than you can purchase the bike from an Evil dealer or have it shipped there at your convenience.

There will be no difference in price between the two options, but considering Evil bikes are working with the renowned Dave Weagle on their suspension platforms and have received huge wraps overseas the prices are on par with other boutique brands on the market.

We like the look of the Wreckoning, a chunky 160mm 29″ machine- check out Luke Strobel using every millimetre of that travel in one of the better release videos we’ve seen.

The Calling is Evil’s 27.5″, 130mm machine that looks perfect for Australian conditions- we seriously can’t get enough of these videos either!

We’re hoping to get our hands on an Evil in the very near future, but in the meantime check out the official word from Defcon Cycles on where and how you can purchase Evil bikes.


Defcon Cycles based in Brisbane are being announced as EVIL Bikes partner for Australia and New Zealand, offering a click and mortar sales option for consumers and opening up the availability of Evil Bikes to Independent Bicycle Dealers.

Defcon has been working with Evil Bikes for the past 18 months to bring Evils two wheeled roost shredding machines to customers in Australia.

We are working in partnership with Evil bikes to launch the next phase as “Agents of EVIL” for both Australian and New Zealand markets. Defcon is stocking bikes both locally in Australia and in New Zealand, also with service teams on the ground in both countries.

Evil's "The Wreckoning" is one of the burliest 29ers we've seen.
Evil’s “The Wreckoning” is one of the burliest 29ers we’ve seen.

Click and Mortar:

Where Online sales and Independent Bike Dealers (IBD’s) become one. As the bike industry evolves and online sales become more prevalent it is now, more than ever, important to support local retailers. Direct to consumer sales provides convenience, clear brand messaging, and access to a wider selection of products, but it doesn’t provide mechanical and technical support, local trail knowledge or support the local riding community. The IBD has always been the cornerstone of the bike industry, but as online sales evolve so will the retailers.

You can purchase an Evil both online and through a bike shop.
You can purchase an Evil both online and through a bike shop.

As an Agent of Evil, our goal is to balance both IBD and direct to consumer sales. Historically, the internet has been used to cut prices, provide convenience and greater access to goods. We are creating a platform to showcase the Evil brand and provide the best customer experience we can. We utilize the latest technology so customers everywhere can have access Evil bikes, apparel and products at competitive prices. Our goal is to have you, the consumer, spend more time on your bike and less time fiddling with it.

Our program is simple. Consumers can purchase our products directly through our website (www.defconcycles.com.au), emailing [email protected] or by calling us directly +61 7 31629005, or through a stocking Authorized Evil Dealer. Dealer enquiries are welcome.

Record Number Of Teams For EWS 2015

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tech: SRAM licenses X-Sync chain ring technology

Since its successful and celebrated introduction 2 years ago, SRAM’s popular single-ring 1X™ Drivetrains featuring X-SYNC chainrings continue to gain popularity. In an effort to provide consumers more choice – SRAM has licensed this valuable, precision-based technology to two industry partners.

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This December we formally signed two license agreements for the technology, one with Canadian-based Chromag, the other with the Accell Group. Both of these top-tier industry suppliers will be manufacturing their own versions of SRAM’s X-SYNC rings, to be distributed through their own networks. Both suppliers will continue to use and support all SRAM 1X™ Drivetrain components in addition to this license.

This narrow-wide design (also referred to as thick-thin) is an original SRAM technology, designed and engineered to be paired with matching SRAM components to ensure proper function. Imitation rings not manufactured to proper SRAM specifications may result in rapid wear and poor mud clearance, both of which may result in dropped chains.

SRAM has filed numerous patent applications on narrow-wide / thick-thin tooth geometry. Our German engineering teams invented narrow-wide / thick-thin chain retention for bicycles and we continue to improve on it. We strongly believe consumers deserve both choice and design integrity in the products they purchase. SRAM reserves the right to enforce its intellectual property in all matters relating to X-SYNC.

Executive Officer,Tony Scott And Head Coach, Chris Clarke Finish Up At MTBA

The MTBA Management Committee announced today that the long serving Executive Officer and the Head Coach have completed their tenure at MTBA.

The MTBA President, Russell Baker explained, “We are looking to go in a new direction.  We have changed from a club like operation many years ago to a national sporting body with a significant budget and many members. Consequently our leadership style needs to change to suit the organisation we have become, and will develop into in the future.”

Commenting on the immediate goals Baker said “The MTBA Management Committee wants to change how we help develop elite athletes and to also restructure operations to better service our members and stakeholders.”

The MTBA Management Committee wishes to thank Tony for his significant contribution to Australian mountain biking. Russell Baker “Tony Scott has put in many years of service right from the beginning of the MTBA and the committee recognises the significance of his contribution.”

The MTBA Management Committee wishes to thank Chris Clarke for his contribution to the development of our junior and elite athletes.

Baker said “There are exciting times ahead for mountain biking.  We are going to create a new era of cooperation with stakeholders – members, clubs, elite athletes, coaches, MTB teams, sports institutes, and promoters. While change is always difficult, there are also great opportunities and we are committed to working closely with Cycling Australia and the Australian Sports Commission towards the creation of a new peak body integrating the multiple cycling disciplines.”

The MTBA Management Committee today appointed a nominations committee who will oversee a recruitment process and make recommendations to the Management Committee to fill these vacancies.

For further information contact MTBA on 02 9339 5800 or [email protected]

The MTBA President can be contacted at [email protected]

Flow Mountain Bike Goes Online Only

Flow 2.0: Flow Mountain Bike goes online only

Flow Mountain Bike is moving to an entirely online format, said Flow’s co-founders Mick Ross and Chris Southwood today.

“The growth of flowmountainbike.com has been massive,” said Chris, “we’re very excited about the potential of an online-only Flow; it allows us to bring more of Flow’s content to a much bigger audience, more regularly and in more creative ways.”

“We will no longer be producing Flow Mountain Bike magazine and we’re looking forward to putting all our energies into expanding flowmountainbike.com,” said Chris. “In the coming weeks we’ll be introducing the Flow Nation trail database and making some great changes to the website too.”

“We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who subscribed to or supported Flow over the past 11 months,” said Mick. “We’ve loved putting together the magazine, and hearing your feedback that Flow has given you inspiration to go ride.”

“We’re very proud of what Flow has achieved in just a year. Now we’re looking forward to bringing you that same level of passion through flowmountainbike.com.”

Flow will be contacting all existing subscribers in the next two weeks. Subscribers will be given the option of receiving a special edition Flow t-shirt or a refund for any unused portion of their subscription.

 

 

Falls Creek Puts Mountain Biking on Their Summer Agenda in a Big Way

FALLS CREEK – AUSTRALIA’S MOST COMPLETE CYCLING DESTINATION

This green season a trip to Falls Creek Alpine Resort is a must for any cyclist – Road or Mountain, young or old, beginner or pro.

Falls Creek cyclists can expect to see some of Victoria’s most stunning scenery, quiet country roads, alpine ascents, happy-to-help locals and an excellent events calendar. Rides range from beginner trails along the village aqueducts to more challenging trails like Bogong High Plains.

Mountain biking near the summit at Falls Creek.
Mountain biking near the summit at Falls Creek.

Falls Creek is developing new mountain bike trails.  The first stage being the easy trail along the aqueduct trail and a network of intermediate cross country and downhill trails which will be on offer this Summer. Watch this space for announcements on a weekend shuttle service and new events.

Falls Creek offers quiet days where you can find a trail to yourself and busy days with some of the biggest events in Victoria’s cycling calendar.

For those interested in Road Cycling, Falls Creek has been called “the closest thing in Australia to anything in Europe”, often compared to a stage of the Tour de France. Falls Creek plays host to the epic Scody 3 Peaks Challenge – entering its 5th year the event starts and finishes in Falls Creek. Bicycle Network’s one day epic circumnavigates Victoria’s Alpine National Park in a 235km loop.  This has become a riders ‘bucket list’ must do.

Falls Creek is also a climb in the 7 Peaks, The Alpine Ascent Challenge.  It is an at-your-own pace cycling challenge which takes you up winding mountain roads, around steep turns and past spectacular views right to the top of Victoria’s Alpine Resorts.

Falls Creek will be part of Victoria’s High Country Inaugural Cycle Salute between 18th October and 5th November 2013. This is a three week celebration of all things cycle in the region.

Falls Creek offers great altitude training for anybody looking to cycle or play any sport at an elite level. Living, breathing and training at 1600m and higher prepares your body for when the going gets tough and has, in the past, been used by track and field Olympians and AFL  & rugby union teams.

Green season at Falls Creek includes Christmas and Easter, where guests can celebrate the holidays amongst some of the most pristine views and fresh alpine air in the country without the extreme hot temperatures experienced elsewhere.

Accommodation at Falls Creek has a wide range of options for all budgets, from huge lodges to standard hotel and apartment rentals.

Falls Creek not only offers the most complete cycling experience of any destination in Australia but boasts a breathtaking landscape of ancient mountain ranges, glacial lakes, heritage huts, clear springs and waterfalls, and in the summer a plethora of stunning wildflowers.

A trip to the amazing Falls Creek All-season Alpine Resort is a must for any riding enthusiast.

For more information, please contact the Falls Creek Visitor Information Centre on (03) 5758 1202 for the Cross-Country riding guide, or visit us online at http://www.fallscreek.com.au/RoadCycling or http://www.fallscreek.com.au/MountainBiking.

Trails: South East Queensland’s Newest Trail Opens with a Bang

On Sunday 4 August, over 60 riders and their families joined councillor Darren Power of Logan City Council to officially open South East Queensland’s newest trail – ‘Ginger Gully’ – located in Cornubia Forest.

The event commenced with Brisbane South MTB Club (BSMC) leading social rides around the forest, with many a tyre touching the dirt there for the first time. After a free BBQ lunch, a train of over 44 riders then took the first official ride down the trail – a trail that was built with over 50 tonnes of rock and fill by 662 hours of volunteer labour over 15 weekends.

Official opening of ‘Ginger Gully’ from SEQ Trails Alliance on Vimeo.

SEQTA also recently compiled a short video entitled ‘Trail Fairies’ – documenting the efforts of the Logan Community Trail Care Alliance (LCTA) in building ‘Ginger Gully’.

Trail Fairies: a short film by SEQ Trails Alliance from SEQ Trails Alliance on Vimeo.

Thanks to the efforts of LCTA and BSMC, Cornubia Forest (located about 25 minutes south of Brisbane) is fast becoming one of SEQ’s not to miss riding destinations. Offering steep climbs and descents, with a good mix of flow and technical riding, it stands in contrast to the highly popular, easier, trails of the nearby Daisy Hill Conservation Park. With the Daisy Hill trails only a 10-minute ride away from Cornubia Forest, a growing portion of the thosands of visitors to Daisy Hill each week are now opting to include a trip over to Cornubia as well to make a full day of varied riding.

The newest trail, ‘Ginger’ Gully, adds to the Cornubia network that now stands at around 8.5 kilometres of singletrack. Last year, volunteers also completed the ‘Wallum Froglet’ trail – the first official new trail for the forest. ‘Wallum Froglet’ added 1.7km of fresh singletrack to the network of existing trails that were recently legalised by council after they acquired the land a number of years ago and made the decision to work pro-actively and in partnership with the mountain bike community. Since this time, rider numbers have spiked and are continuing to grow by the month.

And the good news doesn’t stop there. BSMC was recently award a grant under the Queensland Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund to construct another new trail in the forest later this year that will link the ‘Wallum Froglet’ and ‘Ginger Gully’ trails, helping riders to piece together even better loops.

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Trails: South East Queensland's Newest Trail Opens with a Bang

On Sunday 4 August, over 60 riders and their families joined councillor Darren Power of Logan City Council to officially open South East Queensland’s newest trail – ‘Ginger Gully’ – located in Cornubia Forest.

The event commenced with Brisbane South MTB Club (BSMC) leading social rides around the forest, with many a tyre touching the dirt there for the first time. After a free BBQ lunch, a train of over 44 riders then took the first official ride down the trail – a trail that was built with over 50 tonnes of rock and fill by 662 hours of volunteer labour over 15 weekends.

Official opening of ‘Ginger Gully’ from SEQ Trails Alliance on Vimeo.

SEQTA also recently compiled a short video entitled ‘Trail Fairies’ – documenting the efforts of the Logan Community Trail Care Alliance (LCTA) in building ‘Ginger Gully’.

Trail Fairies: a short film by SEQ Trails Alliance from SEQ Trails Alliance on Vimeo.

Thanks to the efforts of LCTA and BSMC, Cornubia Forest (located about 25 minutes south of Brisbane) is fast becoming one of SEQ’s not to miss riding destinations. Offering steep climbs and descents, with a good mix of flow and technical riding, it stands in contrast to the highly popular, easier, trails of the nearby Daisy Hill Conservation Park. With the Daisy Hill trails only a 10-minute ride away from Cornubia Forest, a growing portion of the thosands of visitors to Daisy Hill each week are now opting to include a trip over to Cornubia as well to make a full day of varied riding.

The newest trail, ‘Ginger’ Gully, adds to the Cornubia network that now stands at around 8.5 kilometres of singletrack. Last year, volunteers also completed the ‘Wallum Froglet’ trail – the first official new trail for the forest. ‘Wallum Froglet’ added 1.7km of fresh singletrack to the network of existing trails that were recently legalised by council after they acquired the land a number of years ago and made the decision to work pro-actively and in partnership with the mountain bike community. Since this time, rider numbers have spiked and are continuing to grow by the month.

And the good news doesn’t stop there. BSMC was recently award a grant under the Queensland Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund to construct another new trail in the forest later this year that will link the ‘Wallum Froglet’ and ‘Ginger Gully’ trails, helping riders to piece together even better loops.

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UCI Mountain Bike World Cup: 2014 Calendar Unveiled

The International Cycling Union has today published the calendar for the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano.

Approved by the UCI Mountain Bike Commission but subject to approval by the UCI Management Committee, the 2014 calendar will comprise nine rounds in nine different countries.

Two new World Cup destinations in 2014 are Cairns, Australia, and Méribel in France, both hosting a triple event (Olympic Cross-country, Cross-country Eliminator and Downhill). The second round in Cairns will prepare the way for the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships, which have also been awarded to the “Tropical North Queensland.”

Méribel will provide the stage for the final round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup (August 23 – 24). It will be the last chance for the athletes to confront each other before the World Championships which will get under way in Hafjell, Norway, 10 days later.

After a successful debut in 2013, Albstadt (Germany) features on the calendar for the second time with Olympic cross-country and Cross-country Eliminator competitions. Meanwhile Windham (USA) returns after a one-year absence with a triple event.

 

2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano

Evenement Date  Lieu*
UCI World Cup XCO/XCE/DHI Round 1 05-06 April    Pietermaritzburg (RSA)
UCI World Cup XCO/XCE/DHI Round 2 26-27 April   Cairns (AUS)
UCI World Cup XCO/XCE Round 3 24-25 May   Nove Mesto na Morave (CZE)
UCI World Cup XCO/XCE Round 4 31 May – 01 June  Albstadt (GER)
UCI World Cup DHI Round 3 07-08 June  Fort William (GBR)
UCI World Cup DHI Round 4 14-15 June  Leogang (AUT)
UCI World Cup XCO/XCE/DHI Round 5 02-03 August  Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN)
UCI World Cup XCO/XCE/DHI Round 6 09-10 August  Windham (USA)
UCI World Cup XCO/XCE/DHI Round 7 23-24 August  Méribel (FRA)

 

*Subject to the approval of the UCI Management Committee

Merida Unveil New 27.5" Bikes

José Hermida debuted a new 27.5-inch race rig in front of the world’s cycling media on the Spanish island of Mallorca this week.

The most consistent world cup rider of the last twelve years is one of five athletes on a decidedly svelte Multivan Merida Biking Team. The Queen of XC Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå, Dutch mountain biker of the year Rudi van Houts, Under 23 World Champions Thomas Litscher (2011) and Ondrej Cink (2012) comprise the new-look squad.

Hermida said passion is the secret to a prolonged orbit of the world’s XC podiums and cited his chocolate medal at the London Olympics as a 2012 highlight. The 34-year-old who, like many of his generation, has been reluctant to completely abandon the classic wheel size described the shift toward courses that are not only faster but also more technical as a factor in re-evaluating equipment choices.

The team’s youngest members are from the active, dual-pivot generation. They trust the kinematics, sitting and spinning through the same technical sections where their mentor stands to finesse his hardtail; albeit with a firm hand. For the self-described “bullfighter” from Spain the 650B standard better suits an aggressive style. “For this style of riding the 27.5 is perfect,” said the 2010 world champion. “It has the benefit of small wheels and some of the benefits of the 29er: stability and less rolling resistance”.

At 172cm, he found his cockpit dimensions were not ideally suited to the Merida Big.Nine. Despite using it extensively (and successfully) throughout much of the 2012 season Hermida will set the 29er aside purely for marathon duties this year. In addition to an entirely new frame the team riders and mechanics are working with a new wheel sponsor in 2013: Fulcrum replaces DT Swiss hubs on Alex rims. The Italian marque will provide both tubular and tubeless wheelsets in aluminium and carbon for both 27.5 and 29-inch wheel sizes; complete with freehubs to suit the SRAM XX1 cassette. The SRAM family theme runs to Avid brakes and Rock-Shox SID XX forks and suspension. Prologo will take over seating duties from Italian rivals Selle Italia.

Big.Seven

The Big.Seven.

From a distance the distinction between 27.5- and 29-inch bikes can be hard to spot thanks to near-identical team livery. A closer look reveals two completely different design languages at work: the Big.Seven’s surfacing is hard-edged and aggressive; the Big.Nine more organic in its form and tube shapes.

At a claimed weight of 1,060g, the Big.Seven frame is closer in mass to the Big.Nine (1,090g) than the ethereal 26-inch 0.Nine (sub 900g). Merida’s engineers are satisfied with this figure – in absolute terms it’s an admirable acheivement – and the small weight penalty over the company’s lightest offering is an acceptable price to pay for such performance.

Merida are banking on the 650B and some say it could be the perfect sweet spot for all types of riding.

Merida has moved the rear calliper from seatstay to chainstay in the quest of greater compliance from a longer, uninterrupted span of carbon. A central ply of flax-fibre in the read end lay-up absorbs key frequencies and the in-house PRC seatpost helps to dampen impacts by a few percentage points. But this is still a race frame.

Stepping off a 29er, the Big.Seven feels more playful with a greater willingness to take orders from a 178cm rider: 29er skeptics, you owe it to yourself to try this format. Technical climbs are the best demonstration of the 650B’s appeal and lend credence to descriptions of this standard as the ‘goldilocks size’. It can make you a marginally better climber, a more capable descender and a more efficient racer but those gains need not be at the expense of the exploitable ‘chuckability’ that has seen so many riders clinging to their 26-inch rigs for dear life: Hermida included.

One-Forty B Prototype

Merida’s R&D department brought several prototype 650B dual-suspension platforms to Mallorca for evaluation and feedback from the MTB media. The One-Forty B as it is currently known (pictured here in the team’s service course) offers 140mm of Virtual Pivot Kinematic travel within a wheelbase and with a front end height that would be impossible on a 29er. Described as “the future” by Merida Product Manager Darryl Moliere, the bike was in high rotation on a rock strewn test course towards the north of the island.
Match nicely with XX1 this bike will be on hot demand.

It’s easy to appreciate the versatility of this configuration – particularly when equipped with SRAM XX1 – and thoughtful details abound. The 2014 production model will sport a revised cable routing and graphics package to what you see here but the prototype frame is already impressive. Tyre clearance to the swingarm X-brace is slight (a consequence of acheiving such a tight rear end) and the obvious upside is superb torsional rigidity. A comprehensive test by Flow is needed before a final judgement can passed but it’s an exciting time to be in the all-mounain market. Innovation in this area is to be applauded.

Although the two 27.5-inch models Merida launched in Mallorca were diametrically opposed in their intended purposes, the enthusiasm with which the manufacturer and the assembled press embraced the format suggest 650B’s comeback will be for good.

Merida Unveil New 27.5″ Bikes

José Hermida debuted a new 27.5-inch race rig in front of the world’s cycling media on the Spanish island of Mallorca this week.

The most consistent world cup rider of the last twelve years is one of five athletes on a decidedly svelte Multivan Merida Biking Team. The Queen of XC Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå, Dutch mountain biker of the year Rudi van Houts, Under 23 World Champions Thomas Litscher (2011) and Ondrej Cink (2012) comprise the new-look squad.

Hermida said passion is the secret to a prolonged orbit of the world’s XC podiums and cited his chocolate medal at the London Olympics as a 2012 highlight. The 34-year-old who, like many of his generation, has been reluctant to completely abandon the classic wheel size described the shift toward courses that are not only faster but also more technical as a factor in re-evaluating equipment choices.

The team’s youngest members are from the active, dual-pivot generation. They trust the kinematics, sitting and spinning through the same technical sections where their mentor stands to finesse his hardtail; albeit with a firm hand. For the self-described “bullfighter” from Spain the 650B standard better suits an aggressive style. “For this style of riding the 27.5 is perfect,” said the 2010 world champion. “It has the benefit of small wheels and some of the benefits of the 29er: stability and less rolling resistance”.

At 172cm, he found his cockpit dimensions were not ideally suited to the Merida Big.Nine. Despite using it extensively (and successfully) throughout much of the 2012 season Hermida will set the 29er aside purely for marathon duties this year. In addition to an entirely new frame the team riders and mechanics are working with a new wheel sponsor in 2013: Fulcrum replaces DT Swiss hubs on Alex rims. The Italian marque will provide both tubular and tubeless wheelsets in aluminium and carbon for both 27.5 and 29-inch wheel sizes; complete with freehubs to suit the SRAM XX1 cassette. The SRAM family theme runs to Avid brakes and Rock-Shox SID XX forks and suspension. Prologo will take over seating duties from Italian rivals Selle Italia.

Big.Seven

The Big.Seven.

From a distance the distinction between 27.5- and 29-inch bikes can be hard to spot thanks to near-identical team livery. A closer look reveals two completely different design languages at work: the Big.Seven’s surfacing is hard-edged and aggressive; the Big.Nine more organic in its form and tube shapes.

At a claimed weight of 1,060g, the Big.Seven frame is closer in mass to the Big.Nine (1,090g) than the ethereal 26-inch 0.Nine (sub 900g). Merida’s engineers are satisfied with this figure – in absolute terms it’s an admirable acheivement – and the small weight penalty over the company’s lightest offering is an acceptable price to pay for such performance.

Merida are banking on the 650B and some say it could be the perfect sweet spot for all types of riding.

Merida has moved the rear calliper from seatstay to chainstay in the quest of greater compliance from a longer, uninterrupted span of carbon. A central ply of flax-fibre in the read end lay-up absorbs key frequencies and the in-house PRC seatpost helps to dampen impacts by a few percentage points. But this is still a race frame.

Stepping off a 29er, the Big.Seven feels more playful with a greater willingness to take orders from a 178cm rider: 29er skeptics, you owe it to yourself to try this format. Technical climbs are the best demonstration of the 650B’s appeal and lend credence to descriptions of this standard as the ‘goldilocks size’. It can make you a marginally better climber, a more capable descender and a more efficient racer but those gains need not be at the expense of the exploitable ‘chuckability’ that has seen so many riders clinging to their 26-inch rigs for dear life: Hermida included.

One-Forty B Prototype

Merida’s R&D department brought several prototype 650B dual-suspension platforms to Mallorca for evaluation and feedback from the MTB media. The One-Forty B as it is currently known (pictured here in the team’s service course) offers 140mm of Virtual Pivot Kinematic travel within a wheelbase and with a front end height that would be impossible on a 29er. Described as “the future” by Merida Product Manager Darryl Moliere, the bike was in high rotation on a rock strewn test course towards the north of the island.
Match nicely with XX1 this bike will be on hot demand.

It’s easy to appreciate the versatility of this configuration – particularly when equipped with SRAM XX1 – and thoughtful details abound. The 2014 production model will sport a revised cable routing and graphics package to what you see here but the prototype frame is already impressive. Tyre clearance to the swingarm X-brace is slight (a consequence of acheiving such a tight rear end) and the obvious upside is superb torsional rigidity. A comprehensive test by Flow is needed before a final judgement can passed but it’s an exciting time to be in the all-mounain market. Innovation in this area is to be applauded.

Although the two 27.5-inch models Merida launched in Mallorca were diametrically opposed in their intended purposes, the enthusiasm with which the manufacturer and the assembled press embraced the format suggest 650B’s comeback will be for good.

More Shuttles at Buller

Mt Buller will have a downhill mountain bike shuttle operating for the remainder of the summer season, commencing on 2 March.

Shannon from All Terrain Cycles has bitten the bullet and committed to running a shuttle right through until the end of May – so spread the word and help support our local operator!

http://www.mtbuller.com.au/Summer/Bike-Buller/Downhill-mountain-bike-shuttle

Mt Buller’s downhill trails have traditionally only been available when the Northside Express Chairlift has been in operation (Boxing Day until the end of January).

In summer 2013, All Terrain Cycles will operate a downhill shuttle service, which means you’ll be able to ride the downhill network right through until April.

DATES

The downhill shuttle will operator on the following weekends:

  • March 2-3
  • March 16-17
  • Easter long weekend: March 30, 31 and April 1
  • April 6-7
  • April 13-14

COST

Day pass: $45
Two Day pass: $85
3 day pass (Easter): $125

TIMES

Operation of shuttles is from 10am to 4pm (half hour driver lunch break 12.30pm – 1pm)

TICKETS

Shuttle passes can be purchased from the All Terrain Cycles Mt Buller store only (within Cow Camp Plaza in the Village Square); no one will get a shuttle without a pre-purchased pass. When purchasing a pass you will need to sign a waiver form and must be over 18 years of age.

ATC will be providing a qualified first aider during the shuttle operating times, if you or your friends need medical assistance contact the bus driver or ATC Mt Buller store on 03 5777 6082.

For every rider who purchases a shuttle pass $1 will go into a downhill trail maintenance fund, so your money will go back into the trails you love riding at Mt Buller.

ATC Mt Buller opening hours: Saturday and Sundays 9am – 5pm

For further information regarding the All Terrain Cycles downhill shuttle service please email [email protected] or call 03 5775 2724.

Introducing The Mallet DH/Race Pedal

The new Downhill race pedal from crankbrothers

The original crankbrothers mallet has long been the most raced pedal in the dh World Cup circuit. It has landed athletes on many World Cup podiums, not to mention a few World Championship titles along the way. When crankbrothers redesigned the mallet in 2011, it featured a slimmer body that became very popular among all-mountain riders. However, it left the dh racers missing the platform they had been racing on—and winning on—for years. With direct feedback from World Cup athletes, crankbrothers has added a new pedal to the mallet family. It’s a premium, downhill race pedal, designed specifically for World Cup racers. Introducing the mallet dh/race.

Over the last year, the engineers at crankbrothers have been working closely with many of the top dh athletes to develop a new pedal that had the same shape and feel of the original mallet, but with many improvements to functionality and durability. This collaboration resulted in a pedal that truly stands up to the abuse of World Cup racing. During a year of prototype testing by the most aggressive riders on the world’s toughest dh courses, not a single failure was reported, and some riders even raced the entire season on only a single pair of pedals.

Steve Smith

The mallet dh/race proved their strength and durability again and again during a year of testing. After a season of taking the pros to countless podiums—and even taking Greg Minnaar to a World Championship—the mallet dh/race pedals are now available to take you down your favorite dh courses as you chase some podiums of your own. As Steve Peat says, with the mallet dh/race, “you’ll have the right tool for the job.”

Race proven and tested.

mallet dh/race features:

  • new design, familiar shape / The mallet dh/race has the same profile as the original mallet, with many new design features and all of the improvements of the new pedal line.
  • improved mud clearance / The redesigned body is more open, reducing weight and improving mud shedding.
  • more traction pins / The mallet dh/race has eight adjustable traction pins, while the original mallet had only six.
  • lighter weight / Increased machining and a redesigned internal shape reduces weight.
  • wider q-factor / The q-factor is increased a total of 10mm (5mm per spindle) to allow for a wider stance and better crank clearance with flat riding shoes.
  • stronger spindle and spring / The redesigned spindle tests to be 50% stronger than the previous design, and the reverse-wound, over sized springs are virtually unbreakable.
  • better sealing / New construction eliminates leak paths and greatly improves sealing.

athlete feedback:

The mallet dh/race pedals are already being raced by some of the best dh racers in the world. Sponsored riders include Bryn Atkinson, Danny Hart, Tracey Hannah, Duncan Riffle, Emmeline Ragot, Fabien Cousinié, Greg Minnaar, Steve Peat, Andrew Neethling, Mick Hannah, Myriam Nicole, Steve Smith, Damien Spagnolo, Justin Leov, among many others. These athletes were closely involved in the mallet dh/race testing and development process, and after racing the pedals throughout the 2012 World Cup season, here’s what they have to say:

steve peat : santa cruz syndicate / It has been awesome working with crankbrothers on the new mallet dh/race. We feel we covered all the bases and got the perfect combo of function, feel, and performance. Whether you’re popping down the woods for a play or hearing the beeps in a World Cup start gate, you can be confident you have the right tool for the job.
mick hannah : hutchinson united ride / I love the new pedal! I really enjoyed being part of the development process. I believe we have a lot to offer the process as riders who really push our products to the limit. I love the comfort and control I feel with the new mallet dh/race. It has great mud and debris clearance, and a nice wide platform.steve smith : devinci global racing / Working with crankbrothers on the new mallet dh/race was pretty cool. I’ve ridden crankbrothers pedals since the beginning of my race days, and to be able to give a company that I used to buy pedals from and ride because I loved them input on making a better pedal was pretty awesome. Using the mallet dh/race pedals gave me the edge that I wouldn’t get on any given day. It is really cool to be riding what to me is the best pedal out there.

justin leov : trek world racing / It’s been great to work with crankbrothers on the new mallet dh/race. I would consider this to be the market leader in function for dh and trail riding, and being able to improve on the design was exceptional. Having feedback from the racers using the pedals is key, and we did our best to put it through its paces. At the World Cup level, a season of racing is extremely hard on gear, and to go a full season on one set of pedals in all conditions really speaks for itself as far as durability goes. Mud clearance is better, the design supports your feet well, and axle strength is just right.
andrew neethling : giant factory off-road team / I am very excited that the new mallet dh/race pedal will become production. Crankbrothers has put in the work and listened to the riders to make a great pedal. The wide platform provides added stability when riding. The new axel design makes it super durable as well, although it’s a super light dh pedal.

tracey hannah : hutchinson united ride / I found the mallet dh/race to be a great clip pedal, it was strong when hitting on rocks and roots. The spring rate is perfect, not too loose and not too strong, my foot was securely on the pedal and I could easily release for slippery turns. As all crankbrothers products the mallet dh/race is well made, durable, and looks good.

duncan riffle : sram, rock shox, avid, truvativ / The new mallet dh/race is really a true testament to the fact that crankbrothers is an ever-evolving company dedicated to improving their already outstanding products. With the help of their athletes, like myself and many others, they took a world championship winning pedal and improved it in every and any way possible. Wider, stronger, lighter, and even better looking. What’s not to like?

Bryn Atkinson.
Greg Minnaar

Canberra Locals Taking On The World Champion At Rocky Trail 100

A high-profile field of racers is expected at this Sunday’s Rocky Trail 100 mountain bike endurance race at Stromlo Forest Park.

The race will run an almost 30km race circuit and challenges will be to race for 100 miles or 100 km, which has riders complete the challenging course five or three times, respectively.

Last year’s 100 mile winner Ed McDonald and his runner up Andrew Hall from Canberra will be challenged by no other than Jason English, the double 24H Solo World Champion from Port Macquarie.

The 100km field includes many national and internationally acclaimed Canberran mountain bikers including Shaun Lewis, Scott Chancellor, Jeremy Ross and Jason Chalker as well as interstate cross country aces like Crocodile Trophy finisher Mike Blewitt and U23 National team racer Kyle Ward.

Rocky Trail 100 miler Champion Ed McDonald to defend title at Stromlo Forest Park.

Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management Announces ‘Epic’ Mountain Bike Trail Project

Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management has announced an exciting new project for the region, with the construction of a mountain bike trail that is set to become Australia’s first International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) EPIC mountain bike trail. The project is a partnership between the Australian Alps National Landscape Committee Inc, Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management and the Australian Government through the T-QUAL Strategic Tourism Investment Grants program.

The Mt Buller Mt Stirling IMBA EPIC Mountain Bike Trail project involves the construction of a 40.39km trail that will offer visitors to the region a long distance, cross-country descending ride, providing stunning views across the Victorian High Country. The proposed trail crosses terrain within the Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Resorts (managed by Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management), Mansfield State Forest (managed by DSE) and the Mt Russell Education Area (managed by Parks Victoria).

The EPIC Mountain Bike Trail project builds on the success of Mt Buller’s comprehensive network of mountain bike trails, which has steadily been developed over the past six years and has seen the Resort become a premier mountain biking destination. This commitment to developing quality mountain bike trails has led to Mt Buller recently being crowned Australia’s first IMBA Ride Center, meaning the Resort joins a select group of mountain biking destinations around the world that represent IMBA’s Model Trail recognition for large-scale mountain bike facilities that offer something for every rider. If EPIC status is attained for the Mt Buller Mt Stirling EPIC Mountain Bike Trail project, it will be one of the few trails outside of North America to receive this endorsement, meaning that it is recognised as a world-class trail that offers an iconic, diverse and high-quality backcountry ride experience.

T-QUAL Strategic Tourism Investment Grants aim to benefit the tourism industry by providing targeted investment of up to $1 million (+ GST) for nationally significant, innovative projects.

The Australian Alps is one of 13 National Landscapes across Australia sharing in $1 million funding under the Australia’s National Landscapes Strategic Tourism Investment Grant. The Commonwealth’s funding contribution of $125,000 (+GST) for the EPIC Mountain Bike Trail project has been matched by $125,000 (+GST) from Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management.

The Australia’s National Landscapes program is a partnership between Parks Australia and Tourism Australia that aims to achieve conservation, social and economic outcomes for Australia and its regions via the promotion of iconic nature based tourism experiences to the global Experience Seekertourism market. The EPIC Mountain Bike Trail project was identified as a priority project in the 2010 Australian Alps National Landscapes Tourism Strategy.

Speaking at the launch of the EPIC Mountain Bike Trail project in Melbourne last night, Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management Chief Executive Officer, John Huber, said the construction of this new trail would benefit the region and provide a boost to tourism.

“The EPIC Mountain Bike Trail project will present another quality cycle tourism drawcard for the Mansfield-Mt Buller region, and will complement the Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail experience and the purpose-built singletrack mountain biking product currently offered at Mt Buller and Mt Stirling.

“This iconic trail will showcase the stunning landscape of the High Country, embrace the local environment and provide a world-class backcountry ride experience that will be unlike anything else in Australia. It is very exciting to be involved in such a project and we are grateful of the assistance provided by the Australian Government through T-QUAL Strategic Tourism Investment Grants and the Australia’s National Landscapes program.”

IMBA Australia’s National Director, Nick Bowman, said Mt Buller is leading the way in mountain bike trail development. “The team at Mt Buller is showing great drive and determination to get this trail on the ground. It is fantastic that Resort Management is successfully pushing the boundaries of what can be provided for mountain bike riders in Australia. They are indeed setting a new standard in Australia trail network development.”

For further information on Mt Buller’s comprehensive network of trails, visit mtbuller.com.au.

For further information on Australia’s National Landscapes program visit:

Jason English Back From Injury With Rocky Trail 100

Australia’s double 24H Solo World Champion Jason English has confirmed that he will race at the Rocky Trail 100 endurance mountain biking event at Stromlo Forest Park this Sunday, 10 February. It will be the first appearance back on the competitive racing scene by English after a collar bone injury and he is expected to return with a vengeance.

Jason English at Rocky Trail’s JetBlack WSMTB 12 hour race in 2012 just before the injury.

Rumours in the mountain bike racing industry have been going around that over summer Jason English had picked up a more stringent and tough training regime that ever before after his collar bone fracture in October last year. English confirmed to race the 100 miler distance in a field of not more than a dozen competitors who are prepared to take on that challenge.

“The Rocky Trail crew will put together an awesome course at Stromlo and it will be brutal. But I’m ready to put my shoulder and my new bike to the test”, said Jason English. It will not be for the faint of heart – to race the 33 km circuit, which will feature mostly tight and gnarly singletrails, for a total of five times it will require not only outstanding stamina but also immense willpower of the riders.

One of his biggest contestants will be Andrew Hall from Canberra,  who came in second in the event last year, right behind fellow local rider Ed McDonald. The 100 miler champion from 2012 hasn’t confirmed his participation as yet.

The 100 miler racers will start at 5am, which will reward them with a scenic morning lap at Mount Stromlo on an expected hot race day. Further challenges will include the 100 and 66 km races, which will include three and 2 laps respectively of the 33 km monster circuit. An introductory one-lap challenge, including junior categories, will be offered also.

Devinci Global Racing – 2013

Devinci Global Racing enters the 2013 gravity arena with stacked lineup of podium threats primed to storm the UCI World Cup scene.

At the top of the heap, Canada’s Steve Smith signed a multi-year contract with DGR during the off-season and leads the team with a laundry list of bangers to cap last season. Smith, for instance, towered on the 2012 UCI podium, snatching gold in Norway and finishing the season fourth overall in World Cup standings. He also cleaned house at Crankworx—becoming the first rider in history to capture all three DH events and down the Triple Crown champagne.

Backing Smith is five-time Swiss National Champion Nick Beer, who finished fifth at Hafjell and is primed for top finishes this season. Junior rider Mark Wallace of Canada joins the mix as an elite up-and-comer, with two 2012 Cranworkx podiums already under the belt. Young gun Gianluca Vernassa rounds out the versatile DGR squad.

“The way we closed last season with wins at Crankworx, Podium at Worlds, and the destruction in Norway, I think the team is capable to go far,” says DGR team manager Gabe Fox. “It’s great to renew the partnership with Steve, as well as add a second Canadian to the roster in Wallace thanks to the new JR format.”

Amped to usher in a new season, the UCI World Cup 2013 circuit, World Championships, and Smith defending his crowning achievements at Crankworx 2013 in Whistler, marks this year’s full calendar of events.

“I couldn’t be more excited to re-sign with Devinci,” Smith says. “The last few years have been unreal. I have amazing teammates backed by a world-class program and great bikes. The goal is to pick up where I left off last year and continue the charge.”

The electric DGR squad will also continue its on- and off-track success, working alongside SRAM’s BlackBox program and closely with product-development. John Dawson, Global MTB Sports marketing Manager, adds: “We’re looking to DGR as a leader when it comes to the “young gun” uprising, that proved to us—and themselves—that they can win and stand on the box at the highest level.”

Devinci Global Racing is proudly supported by: Cycles Devinci, Sram, Rock Shox, Avid, Truvativ, Easton Wheels, Schwalbe, Fox Head Clothing, ODI, E-13, Five Ten, Cane Creek, SDG, MyPakage, Crankbrothers and Planet Foods.

Flow Rollercoaster Round 1

Brad Kelly from Watanobbi is the first winner of the FLOW Rollercoaster All-Mountain State Series, which premiered at Ourimbah MTB Park near Wyong on the weekend. More than 130 passionate mountain bikers had come to race the new series, which was hosted by local event organiser Rocky Trail Entertainment and the Central Coast Ourimbah MTB Club.

 

As one of the main track builders at Ourimbah, the 35-year old Brad Kelly was one of the main contestants on the technically challenging track. It took less than 8 minutes for the seasoned downhill mountain bike racer to claim the first win in the three-race series. And it was a high-profile field of racers that he was up against, including legendary Australian and internationally acclaimed downhill champion, Michael Ronning, who had flown in from Queensland as well as cross-country ace Jon Odams and his racing team from Sydney.

 

Odams took out the second placing with Ronning coming in third in the Elite Men’s field. Organiser Martin Wisata from Rocky trail said that the up and coming local talent Bradley Jolliffe from Erina would be the one to watch in the upcoming races – with an outstanding second run he came in fourth ahead of Luke Dale from the Southcoast.

 

“To attract such a high-profile field of racers to our first round is fantastic and I think now we have put the new all-mountain racing concept on the map for Australian mountain bikers”, added Wisata. With its combination of technical downhill and challenging cross-country trail sections all-mountain or enduro racing as it is called in Europe and Northern America will attract a wide range of mountain bikers. “We offered shuttling busses to the top of the Ourimbah track this weekend and there will also be neutral rides to starts at some venues as well as chair lift access at Thredbo”, explained Wisata the series concept, which was derived from the overseas types of all-mountain racing.

 

Further race locations will include Del Rio at Wisemans Ferry (17 March) and the new Thredbo all-mountain flow trails, where the State Championship event will take place on 6 April. For more information and to sign up, visit www.rockytrailentertainment.com

Specialized 2013 Enduro Racing Team

Specialized is proud to announce its new Enduro team for the 2013 season.

The Specialized Racing Enduro Team is comprised of the North American Enduro Tour Champion Curtis Keene, and current 4X World Champion and native of the Netherlands Anneke Beerten. The team will compete in the Enduro World Series, Big Mountain Enduro events (BME), as well as the North American Enduro Tour.

“I’m really excited to be part of the Specialized Global Enduro Program for 2013 and beyond,” Says Keene. “Specialized has put an amazing program together along with SRAM and Troy Lee Designs to give me the best equipment and support possible. I’m very grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to racing. The season can’t get here fast enough – let’s do this!”

Curtis Keene dominating the Colorado Freeride Festival Enduro.

Defending 4X World Champion Anneke Beerten is also excited about the 2013 Enduro season stating “After a couple of successful seasons in 4-cross and winning the World Championships back-to-back I’m looking forward to defending my rainbow jersey and to change my focus to enduro racing. I am really excited to join the Specialized Racing Factory Enduro team, a team and brand that share the same passion as I do for racing and riding bikes. With Specialized on my side, and the best bikes to ride, I am convinced that it is going to be a great new season!”

Anneke Beerten going over the tire product line with Chris Wyatt and Kevin Drake.

For 2013, Curtis and Anneke will be racing on S-Works Enduro, and S-Works Stumpjumper FSR bicycles. Both riders will also be outfitted with the Specialized Command Post BlackLite, S-Works MTB  shoes, saddles and tires as well as Roval wheels,

For more information please visit www.iamspecialized.com

Specialized 2013 World Cup XC Team

After a highly successful 2012 season, Specialized Racing is well positioned to continue its successes on the Elite UCI World Cup Cross-Country race circuit.

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Olympic Champion) crosses the finish line at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The 2013 team roster includes current Olympic Champion Jaroslav Kulhavy, Kohei Yamamoto (2008-2012 Japanese national champion), Todd Wells (2010–2012 U.S. National Champion), Lea Davison (5-time U.S. National Champion), and newcomer Tereza Hurikova.

Kohei Yamamoto descending on his Epic 29er at the Houffalize World Cup.

Defending Cape Epic champion, and 2011 Marathon World Champion Christoph Sauser is transitioning to a full Marathon World Cup schedule for 2013. When asked about the switch, Christoph stated “It was time for a change! Cross Country racing only got shorter, and I got older… it’s not a good combo! In the past I always enjoyed racing Marathons and now I am ready for the complete switch. Not having the winning results in Cross Country lately also helped me to change my goals. Waiting for days in hotel rooms just for a 1.5k circuit race started to pull on my nerves. Now I am so excited to go for the big laps where I will find more adventure and new places. My focus will be on the ABSA Cape-Epic and World Championships, but also Transalp, 4Peaks and the classics towards the end of the season.”

Burry Stander and Christoph Sauser win the Cape Epic overall.

New to the team is former Junior World Champion and Czech native Tereza Hurikova. “Entering into this great team is a dream come true,” says Hurikova. “I look forward to focusing on the races and am excited to know I’ll have the best bikes and support available on the circuit. This is a step in the right direction, and I believe I can achieve great results with Specialized.”

Tereza Hurikova smiling big after visiting the Specialized Czech office.

David Hyam, Sports Marketing Director for Specialized, had these words to say about the new team “After another highly successful 2012 race season capped off by winning the coveted title of ‘World Cup MTB Team of The Year’, expectations are high for another stellar season!

With the recent tragic loss of one of the sports true Icons as well as a rider who played such an integral part of our Specialized Racing Team, the determination and enthusiasm within our riders burns brighter and stronger than ever before. Emotions are high and I know that each and every team rider will have Burry’s memory foremost in their minds as the season begins in earnest.”

Lea Davison picking her line at the Pietermaritzburg World Cup.

For the 2013 season, the men will be racing aboard S-Works Epic 29ers, and the women aboard S-Works Fate 29ers. The team will also be supported with Specialized Prevail helmets, S-Works MTB shoes, saddles, gloves, and apparel as well as Roval wheels.

Todd Wells leading the pack at US Nationals.

For more information please visit www.iamspecialized.com

Opening Date Set For Hornsby Mountain Bike Trail

SNORC (Sydney North Off Road Cyclists) Presents Old Man’s Valley Trails of Hornsby.

Stage One of the eagerly-anticipated Hornsby Mountain Bike Trail in Old Man’s Valley is nearing completion and will be officially opened on Saturday February 2.

All the main work is completed and final adjustments are now being made.

Synergy Trails managing director Adrian Main has already ridden every inch of the track to test it out, a privilege he gets as the man who oversaw its construction on behalf of Hornsby Shire Council.

“They’re very flowing trails, with lots of berms, rollers and other features positioned in a manner that’s challenging to ride,” Adrian says. “However, there’s also a great area for children and beginners that has been designed in a manner to allow progression and increase the fun factor as you get better.

“This is northern Sydney’s first legal purpose-built trail, and we’ve ended up with a really good result due to the exhaustive work the team at Council have done in making sure these trails do not impact on the local ecosystem or residents.”

Hornsby Mayor Steve Russell, who will officially open the trail, offered special thanks to the many volunteers who’ve also helped.

“This has turned into a real community-building exercise,” he says. “There is a lot of excitement about this development, both within the Shire and much further afield, which has made it a lot easier to bring to fruition.”

The mayor considers the mountain bike trail to be another step towards the rejuvenation of the west side of Hornsby, but its benefits will be greater than that.

“This will bring people into the Shire, boosting our local economy, while also adding another great physical activity that can be enjoyed by our residents and their families.”

The enthusiasm for the trail’s construction has been keenly felt on Council’s Facebook page, which has regularly received messages such as this from cyclist Nick Zelenjak: “Thank you for the wonderful mountain biking facility at Old Man’s Valley. Sydney has been crying out for such quality trails for well over a decade and this council has led the way.”

Adrian has been receiving similar comments. “The cycling community is ecstatic about this,” he says. “There’s finally somewhere to ride that you don’t have to travel more than an hour to get to.”

The Hornsby Mountain Bike Trail will be open to the public from midday on Saturday 2 February, 2013.

Seasons of Pain Lives Up To Its Name

The snowgum-cloaked slopes of the Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort in Victoria welcomed some of Australia’s elite multisport athletes on the Australia Day long weekend with the inaugural staging of its Seasons of Pain trail running and mountain biking event.

The first in a series of four outings for the year, Seasons of Pain Summer Edition lured competitors with a hardy offering of a 9km trail run, 8km mountain bike ride, 6km trail run, 10km mountain bike and a final 1.5km ‘dash’, running a 400m vertical ascent to cross the finish line.

The racing at the pointy end was fast and furious in both male and female categories. The women’s in particular represented a strong field with the added international competition of Swiss professional Xterra athlete Renata Bucher. Also vying for first time honours was Australia’s leading female adventure racer, Deanna Blegg, top end Torquay-based multisporter Peri Gray and Sydney-based Xterra racer Nienke Oostra.

In the men’s, the race was always going to be between perennial adversaries, Jarad Kohlar and James Pretto, both champion adventure racers, with the likes of Gippsland-based Rob Preston and up and coming athlete Alex Houghton determined to put pressure on the two favourites.

As competitors weaved their way along freshly groomed single track, it quickly became a tussle in the women’s field between Blegg and Bucher, the pair coming into the final changeover to the bike within seconds of each other. Bucher found the extra legs needed on what all agreed was one of the toughest multisport courses they had raced, overtaking Blegg to find a healthy seven minute lead by the time she battled up the final incline dubbed ‘The Sting’.

The final 400 metre vertical ascent run over 1.5km took overall winner, Jarad Kohlar, more than 16 minutes to run on his way to victory. Showing just how tough The Sting was some competitors took up to 25 minutes to get to the top where spectators cheered them in.

Throughout the race Kohlar was never headed, however Pretto threatened his lead the entire way, with three of his five leg split faster than Kohlar’s, including both ride legs. With only a second between the pair up The Sting, it was Kohlar’s blistering pace on the fairly technical run legs that handed him the race by 50 seconds.

“It was fast out there; I had to work for every single meter. It was fun though, riding through the snowgums, and having this kind of short sharp racing.

Commenting on the final uphill run, Jarad was unequivocal that the event fulfilled its promise: “It’s runnable. But only just. And you have to hurt.”

“With its bike-run format I believe Seasons of Pain will fill a void on the Australian multisport and adventure racing calendar,” says an impressed Kohlar. “I think it should really take off as something that everyone from triathletes to adventure racers to runners buddying up with a riders can have a go at. And the environment up here is just stunning – absolutely pristine and amazing terrain to race through.”

For her part, women’s winner Renata Bucher, who competes around the world in the professional Xterra off road triathlon series, was also full of praise for the course.

“It’s one of the best events I’ve competed in,” said Bucher.

“It’s one of the toughest single day adventure race courses I’ve done in Australia,” added second placegetter, Deanna Blegg, who is the current Anaconda Adventure Race National Series titleholder. “Looking at the distance on paper we thought that we’d be coming up to Mt Baw Baw for a quick race that would act as part of my training schedule leading in to my race season, but it was a much harder course than expected. There was just no let up as it continued to throw challenges at every turn, with plenty of up and down.”

In the team’s category which allows two people to share running and riding duties, it was the engaged couple Daniel Trevena and Samantha Gash who registered as the first winners. Both are notable trail runners, Gash particular in ultra running having not long ago run across the Simpson Desert for charity.

Renata Bucher continued her winning ways the following morning with the inaugural Dash for Cash, a ‘taster’ event for Mt Baw Baw’s upcoming Trail Running Festival (9-11 March) that saw runners bolt down the same course that was The Sting in Seasons of Pain.

Runners lined up at the top of what is usually the downhill mountain biking course to see how fast they could descent on foot, with an incentive of $100 at the finish line. Spectators lined the parts of the run to see a technical style of running usually only seen in Europe, which is perhaps why Bucher had the advantage in the women’s time trial.

In the men, it was Gippsland-based Rob Preston who flew over obstacles the quickest and managed to defy slippery conditions to set the benchmark for the run with at time of 5 minutes 18 seconds. As a comparison, the super quick downhill mountain bikers do the run in three and a half minutes, showing just how fleet of foot Preston was.

The downhill run will again feature as part of the Inaugural Mt Baw Baw Trail Run Festival on 9-11 March long weekend. Also on the roster will be full and half marathons, two 12km runs (one a night run), a five kilometer fun run and the down and uphill 1.5km runs.

THE NEXT SEASONS OF PAIN EVENT IS SLATED FOR THE WEEKEND OF 13-14th APRIL 2013.

More information at www.mountbawbaw.com.au

Seasons of Pain Summer Edition Results

MEN

1. Jarad Kohlar (VIC) 2:25:44
2. James Pretto (VIC) 2:26:34
3. Alex Houghton (VIC) 2:29:50

WOMEN

1. Renata Boucher (SWI) 2:59:20
2. Deanna Blegg (VIC) 3:06:26
3. Peri Gray (VIC) 3:15:22

TEAMS

1. Samantha Gash & Daniel Trevena 3:02:21
2. Jason Johnson & Becky Herridge 3:20:44
3. Donna Gibson & Ian Gibson 3:26:31

FULL RESULTS

 

Ritchey TRAIL Group Components

Ritchey offers with the TRAIL group lightweight components for AM and Enduro bikes!

Finally – legendary Ritchey performance and reliability for the modern 5-inch travel trail bike. Wider bars, longer posts, and beefy zero rise stem designed for trail riders by Tom Ritchey, the original trail rider.

With the complete new Blatte finish the TRAIL alloy components are very scratch resistant, extremely durable and the matte finish fits perfectly to the new generation of bikes. The stem is bead blasted, anodized and then the Blatte finish is applied, resulting in a very tough, durable and aesthetically pleasing finish.

The carbon that is used for the TRAIL bars is a high-modulus carbon fiber and the bars are monocoque construction. All bars are tested to exceed EN required testing standards by well over 100% and undergo severe impact testing as well.

WCS TRAIL stem

Ritchey’s new WCS Trail stem is perfect for today’s modern trail bikes in the 5- 6in travel range. It’s visibly beefier for increased stiffness and a look that better matches modern head tube/frame designs, and Ritchey’s proprietary 220 degree, extra-wide bar clamp provides a dramatic increase in stiffness and strength over traditional designs.

  • 3D forged 2014 alloy for superior strength and lightweight • 28.6×31.8mm
  • 45mm and 60-110mm extensions
  • Zero rise
  • Wide faceplate for secure bar clamping • 220-degree handlebar wrap
  • Ritchey Blatte fiinish
  • 115g (70mm)
WCS Trail Stem.

 

WCS LINK TRAIL and WCS Carbon LINK TRAIL FlexLogic seat post

Light and incredibly versatile, the new LINK post design uses a proprietary clamp system that’s compatible with standard rail systems yet also adaptable to Selle Italia’s Monolink system with the addition of an adapter. Either clamp offers a no-slip grip and quick angle and fore/aft adjustment.

  • Length: 400mm diameter: 27.2 / 30.9 / 31.6 mm
  • Carbon: UD finish
  • Alloy: Blatte finish
  • Weight: alloy 235g; carbon 181g (27.2 x 400mm)
The WCS TRAIL Posts. Alloy (left) and Carbon (right)

 

WCS TRAIL low rizer bars with 740mm width

Ritchey offers in the TRAIL group a low rizer in alloy with 20mm rise and a carbon low rizer with 15mm. Both rizer bars are 740mm width for better leverage and control (cut guides provided on alloy version for those looking for reduced width).

  • 9 degree sweepback.
  • Weight: 276g (alloy), 193g (carbon)
Alloy WCS Trail Low Riser (20mm rise)

 

Carbon WCS Low Riser (15mm rise)

WCS TRAIL 2X bar

The new 2X bar is really two bars. By simply flipping the bar around, riders can select an additional 5mm of rise or 5mm of drop. Great for 29er’s with taller front ends too.

  • 2X Trail Carbon: width: 710mm; weight: 180g
  • 2X Trail alloy: width: 720mm; weight: 232g
Carbon WCS TRAIL 2X
Alloy WCS TRAIL 2X

 

Trek Announces New World Cup XC Team

Trek Bicycle today announced the formation of Trek Factory Racing, an elite cross-country mountain bike racing squad which has set its sights squarely on lighting up the 2013 UCI Cross Country World Cup.

Representing four countries across three continents, Trek Factory Racing’s global roster is a who’s who of the new generation of XC heavy-hitters, who in spite of their youth have put the world on notice with strong results at the top level of the sport.

Made up entirely of Olympians, the Trek Factory Racing roster is short on age and long on race results. After a USA-best result in London, reigning US National Champion Sam Schultz will make the jump to focusing on the World Cup next season joined by Emily Batty of Canada, whose steady rise to the top of the sport makes her a constant podium threat. Great Britain’s 23-year-old standout XC star Annie Last will look to build on her 7th place overall from the 2012 World Cup. Rounding out the team are Australia’s top male and female riders as well as current National Champions: two-time Olympian Dan McConnell, and 22-year old Rebecca Henderson, who earned multiple podiums in the 2012 U23 World Cup on her way to the London Olympics.

“Trek Factory Racing represents both the current and next generation of XC superheroes,” said Travis Ott, Trek’s Global Mountain Bike Brand Manager. “The team is carrying a ton of momentum into the 2013 season, and we’re excited to support them as they stand on the podium next season and remain on the podium for many seasons to come.”

Trek Factory Racing will pilot Trek’s lightest, fastest 29ers ever in 2013: the all-new Superfly SL and Superfly 100 SL, armed with Shimano’s top range XTR components and FOX suspension. The team will roll on Bontrager wheels and tires, as well as sporting apparel from the brand. Trek Factory Racing will be managed by industry veterans Jon Rourke and a crew of all-star support staff.

In his final year as a U-23, Russell Finsterwald will split his season as domestic powerhouse and defending his national title in the US, while continuing his development at the international level.

Long-time Trek athletes Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski and Heather Irmiger, who have over a dozen national titles between them, will also race under the Trek flag in 2013, with a focus on the fast-growing discipline of enduro racing.

Troy Lee Designs Introduces the New A1 All Mountain Helmet

Troy Lee Designs is proud to officially introduce the newest addition to our growing line of bicycle specific helmets, the A1.

With the freeride, downhill and BMX helmet market cornered, Troy Lee Designs decided it was time to venture into new territory. Three years of research and design later, the team has developed a top of the line helmet for the XC/Enduro, Trail, and All Mountain rider.

Like all other TLD helmets, the A1 has undergone rigorous safety tests to ensure that it provides superior protection, exceeding CPSC standards and CE EN certifications, while still weighing an average of 320 grams and allowing for maximum ventilation.

Other features of the A1 helmet include an easily adjustable visor, strap dividers and adjusters, a unique adjustable TLD retention system, and anodized aluminum hardware.

Built with moto inspired components and world famous graphics, the A1 upholds the Troy Lee Designs iconic vision that has been a prevalent staple of the bicycle industry for years.

A limited first-run quantity of the helmet in Limited Edition Gold Metal Flake Cyclops and Black Cyclops Colorways will be available for purchase at finer dealers worldwide beginning on February 4, 2013. The helmet will be available in XS-2XL.

A select group of media and Troy Lee Designs global distributors were recently given the opportunity to test the helmet on downhill and cross country rides with TLD athletes Cam Zink, Brandon Semenuk, Logan Peat, Aaron Gwin, Eliot Jackson, and Leigh Donovan. The outpour of praise about the new helmet could not have been better.

“I have more mountain bike trail riding in my roots than I do freeriding, so I have been wanting a TLD trail helmet forever! Really happy with how this A1 turned out, will be putting a lot of miles in with it.” – Cam Zink FMB Tour Hero

“Coming from an XC background I understand the importance of a vented helmet and since I’ve moved into Freeride, I only trust a helmet with lots of coverage. The A1 gives me that light, breathable design with out being concerned with safety” – Brandon Semenuk 2X FMB World Champion

“I first heard about the A1 project a year ago and have been eagerly awaiting it since. And the team at TLD did not disappoint. It fits like a glove, protects my dome better than any other trail lid, and looks as good as the rest of the Troy Lee helmet line. If I had to sum it up in one word? Dialed.” – Lars Sternberg, Transition Bikes/Enduro Racer.

“I have come full circle with Troy Lee Designs, I had one of those sweet Edge helmets in the early 90’s, with a TLD sticker kit! I have been wanting a helmet to ride in that was more protective than all the other helmets on the market, which are just glorified road helmets with a visor. I think we nailed it with the A1. We catered to the heart of the market, which is that mid to big travel trail rider, enduro rider, or even cross country rider, with a helmet that is extremely safe, elegant, stylish, light and built to last” – Craig “Stikman” Glaspell, Troy Lee Designs Sports Marketing.

Baw Baw 4HR Enduro MTB

Mt Baw Baw has in partnership with the Gippsland MTB Club confirmed a new four-hour enduro mountain bike event, set to wheel into motion on Sunday 27th January.

The Mt Baw Baw 4HR Twilight is the first cross country (XC) event to hit the slopes of Mt Baw Baw in many years and is yet another step in the mountain’s move towards encouraging more ‘green season’ adventure activities with a particular focus on mountain biking.

The Twilight Enduro will also serve as Round One of the Gippsland MTB Championship Series and will make use of all-new single track being bedded in on old-time trekking trails.

Riders  – solo or as a team – will tackle an approx. 8km loop course, the aim to ride as many laps in the allotted four hour time period as possible. The event will kick off in the late afternoon for a full twilight riding experience, meaning riders will not be subject to the heat of the summer’s day.  The course offers spectacular views from the top of the mountain and a unique alpine environment that differs from other endure events on the calendar.

The 7.5km course is 70% cross country ski trails which will provide ample passing opportunities; the remaining 30% of the course has riders flowing down dedicated single track that has been resurrected from original trails used by the village pioneers back in the day. These trails are extremely well bedded in and show what the mountain is capable of providing XC riders.

“The riding experience will be fresh, making use of what was overgrown paths, meaning the singletrack sections will be fast, flowing downhill, but also tight and through beautiful landscape features like the snowgum stands and rock gardens that Baw Baw is known for,” says  Grant Seamer, Events Manager at Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort.

The highlight of the course is Muellers Track, a 600m long section of single track that winds its way back to the transition point; its features guaranteed to leave a smile on everyone’s face.

The event takes place on the January Australia Day Long weekend, and is the day after the inaugural Seasons of Pain Summer mountain bike and trail run multisport event, taking place on the Saturday twilight. That event has already attracted some of Australia’s top end multisport mountain bikers, many of whom have confirmed that they will back up and race the Twilight Enduro, ensuring that competition will be fierce as regional Gippsland riders match it to the top end out of towners.

The course is suitable for all ability levels and competitors can enter as a team to share riding duties.

The race is scheduled to start at 4pm with presentations at 9pm. Restaurant and bar will be open. For those staying on mountain overnight, the new Downhill Track (rated by those who have ridden it to date as being of international DH standard) will be open for riding.

Mt Baw Baw is encouraging riders to head up to the mountain early in the weekend to also compete in its Seasons Of Pain series, which will include two laps of the Enduro course – great pre-race recce riding!

Seasons of Pain incorporates running and riding legs that can be undertaken by individuals and teams alike. Riders who don’t want to run can find a mate who and team up to share duties.

See the Mt Baw Baw website for more details and registration for either events: http://www.mountbawbaw.com.au/

Australian National Series Round 1 Results

Subaru Gravity Cup – Downhill:

Men:

Sam Hill 3:22.02
Chris Kovarik 3:23.68
Connor Fearon 3:24.08
Ben Cory 3:26.31
Graeme Mudd 3:27.66

Women:

Caroline Buchanan 4:06.42
Claire Buchar 4:07.14
Lisa Mathison 4:16.32
Madeline Taylor 4:23.80
Shelly Flood 4:42.75

Subaru All-Mountain Cup – XCO:

Men:

Chris Jongewaard 1:41:19.2
Jack Haig 1:41:41.2
Shaun Lewis 1:44:34.5
Andrew Blair 1:44:39.4
Luke Fetch 1:45:32.8

Women:

Peta Mullens 1:46:01.4
Nathalie Schneitter 1:50:02.4
Tory Thomas 1:50:31.5
Katherine O’Shea 1:51:53.5
Melissa Anset 1:57:19.8

The Lowdown MTB Guide to Europe

For anyone planning a mountain bike trip in Europe, exploring new destinations, or just looking for a taste of the best riding spots – the Lowdown MTB Guide to Europe is a brand new interactive iPad App, offering high quality visuals and detailed information that you just won’t find anywhere else.

The essential iPad app for mountain bikers, now available on iTunes.

For anyone planning a mountain bike trip in Europe, exploring new destinations, or just looking for a taste of the best riding spots – the Lowdown MTB Guide to Europe is a brand new interactive iPad App, offering high quality visuals and detailed information that you just won’t find anywhere else.

The highlight of the App is an extensive collection of 250 stunning images from the archives of renowned photographer Victor Lucas, culled from 12 years of travel while shooting World Cup, Enduro and Freeride events and visiting a wide variety of MTB locations along the way. Epic adventure, trail-shredding action and breathtaking scenery – it’s right here for you to enjoy.

The App is designed from the ground up to make the most of the iPad – the interactive map shows 25 of the best riding locations throughout nine different countries – from the Downhill and Freeride resorts of the Alps, to Enduro rides in the Italian Riviera and on to the best Trail Centres in the UK and Ireland. Each location is reviewed in depth along with detailed trail statistics. Whether you’re into DH, Enduro, Freeride, XC or 4X – You’ll get the lowdown on what the riding is really like, the best trails and when to go. Well-known riders and racers also weigh in with their favourite destinations for racing and riding.


When the time comes to book a trip – there are links to bikepark websites for the latest up-to-date info, as well as local companies who can provide uplift, guiding and accommodation.

Launch and Updates
· The Lowdown MTB Guide to Europe is now available on iTunes world-wide. Download here.
· The app is compatible with all versions of the iPad running IOS 5 or later
· Versions for the iPhone and Android devices will be released in early 2013.
· The app will be updated throughout the year with new trails and feature upgrades
· The app will sell on iTunes for €5.99 in Europe and is priced accordingly in other regions.

Target Trek MTB Team Announced

Following a successful season in 2012 as the Anytime Fitness-Trek team, picking up multiple National Champion titles and supporting Dan McConnell and Bec Henderson as they sought Olympic selection and then competed at the London Olympics, Target Australia is joining as title sponsor.

“The initiative to form the Target Trek Mountain Bike Team with Trek, is one we are very proud of and as Australia’s leading mid-tier retailer, we are committed to improving the lives of Australians. We want to help our customers to feel and look good through affordable fashion, our range of products to assist health and wellbeing and by encouraging everyone to get outside and enjoy an active lifestyle with their families,” said Dene Rogers, Managing Director, Target Australia

“Trek has a rich heritage in racing and with the Target Trek Mountain Bike Team we ensure we are racing to win now and into the future. The team has an established culture of performance and sportsmanship on and off the trails that makes us proud of what has been achieved, and very excited about the future with the new Target partnership,” said Simon Thompson, Trek Sports Marketing Director.

While the team boasts multiple current National Champions, there is also a strong emphasis on developing talent, helping younger riders to achieve their full potential in mountain bike racing.

“I am super excited about the start of this season, as the new team structure has taken nearly three years to develop. With the continued support of Anytime Fitness, the additional sponsorship from Target Australia, and the exceptional support from Trek Bikes, the Target Trek Mountain Bike Team can provide talented young riders with a genuine pathway from being a ‘promising junior’, right through to being a ‘full-time pro rider’ with the top global Trek team. The generous support from Target will be used to ensure our most promising juniors not only have the best equipment to train and race on, but are provided with an environment and support network aided by the senior riders. As well as riding fast, we want to educate them on good sportsmanship and athlete professionalism. It is very exciting to be involved,” said Richard Peil, the Team Owner.

The team will be focusing on the MTBA National Series events and select enduro races around the country. They will be riding Trek’s ultra lightweight Superfly SL and Superfly 100 SL 29er race bikes, and will also be supported heavily by Shimano and Adidas Eyewear.

You will be able to see the team racing in their new colours for the first time at this weekend’s National Series race at Mt Buller.

The full line up of riders is:

Professional Riders

  • Jenni King, Australian National XC Champion – Elite Women
  • Peta Mullens, Australian National Marathon Champion – Elite Women
  • Andy Fellows – Elite Men
  • Ben Henderson – Elite Men
  • Luke Fetch – Elite Men
  • Ed McDonald – Marathons and 24Hrs Solo
  • Brendan Johnston – U23 Men

Juniors

  • Rodger Manning – U23 Men
  • Harry Herne – U23 Men
  • Zack Agius – U23 Men
  • Holly Harris, Australian National XC Champion – U19 Women
  • Ben Bradley, Australian National XC Champion – U19 Men
  • Cameron Prosser – U19 Men
  • Ethan Kelly – U19 Men
  • Jack Jude – U19 Men
  • Chris Hamilton – U19 Men
  • Jack Lavis – U19 Men
  • Zoe Binder – U17 Women
  • Nick Pedler – U17 Men
  • Karlee Gibson – U15 Women
  • Declan Prosser – U15 Men

Dan McConnell and Rebecca Henderson both had an amazing season with Anytime Fitness-Trek in 2012, and for 2013 they will be remaining within the Trek family and focusing on World Cup racing. Target Trek Mountain Bike Team are very happy to see their careers progress to this next level.

Flow's First Bite: Thomson Bars

Thomson have been regarded as industry leaders when it comes to stems and seat posts for donkey’s ears; the strength, durability and finishing standards of their CNC machined components is legendary.

Recently this USA-made company has spread its wings. Thomson have just unveiled a range of handlebars for cross country, all-mountain and downhill use, plus they have a dropper seat post on the way too (drool).

A shiny package from Thomson distributor SCV Imports has just landed at Flow HQ, containing not one, not two, but THREE fantastic new handlebars.

 

Flow’s First Bite: Thomson Bars

Thomson have been regarded as industry leaders when it comes to stems and seat posts for donkey’s ears; the strength, durability and finishing standards of their CNC machined components is legendary.

Recently this USA-made company has spread its wings. Thomson have just unveiled a range of handlebars for cross country, all-mountain and downhill use, plus they have a dropper seat post on the way too (drool).

A shiny package from Thomson distributor SCV Imports has just landed at Flow HQ, containing not one, not two, but THREE fantastic new handlebars.

 

Sam Hill Farewell

Sam Hill and Specialized are going their separate ways starting in 2013.

All of us at Specialized would like to send our thanks to Sam. Thanks for the wins, time working on the bikes and equipment, and of course all the fantastic memories! Best of luck to him and his family next year and the years to come.

Not ready to separate? Get your Sam Hill wallpaper here:

Swell-Specialized Mountain Bike Team

Specialized Bicycles sign Australia’s best to launch Swell-Specialized Mountain Bike Team.

Specialized is set to dominate in the upcoming National MTB Series with Swell- Specialized MTB Team. The team will make their debut at the Real Insurance All Mountain and Gravity Cup events from 15-19 of January at Mt Buller.
For 2013, the Swell-Specialized roster will comprise of:

  • –  Andy Blair (Elite Men XC)
  • –  Shaun Lewis (Elite Men XC)
  • –  Jenny Fay (Elite Women XC)
  • –  Rhys Atkinson (Elite Men DH)
  • –  David McMillan (Elite Men DH)
  • –  Jackson Davis (U/19 Men DH)

Reflecting Specialized’s commitment to excel in the Performance Mountain category, rider selection for the Swell-Specialized team was based on finding the best riders on the Australian MTB circuit. “To bring together the caliber of riders we have for 2013, makes the Swell-Specialized MTB Team a formidable force on both the Cross Country and Downhill mountain biking circuits for 2013” said Specialized Consumer Marketing Specialist, Matt O’Connor.

Blair, Lewis and Fay will represent the Swell-Specialized MTB Team at selected XCO and XCM events throughout 2013. Utilizing the Specialized S-Works Epic, S- Works Stumpjumper and S-Works Fate model bicycles, the cross country team members will wear Specialized Prevail Helmets and S-Works MTB Shoes in the quest for National honors.

Marathon Cross Country Champion, Andy Blair said, ”The team they (Specialized) have assembled is awesome and I’m sure we can achieve some great things this year”. Shaun Lewis echoed Andy’s sentiments, “Everyone knows Specialized make great bikes, but for me it is the little things, particularly the shoes. I’ve been a long time user of either the shoes or footbeds, and love them, so I’m looking forward to utilizing the technology in all the products”.

Spotted late December, Andy Blair on a Specialized.

Specialized’s focus on developing superior women’s products and lending support to female athletes, was bolstered with the signing of undefeated Women’s XCM Series Champion, Jenny Fay. “It’s so exciting for us to sign an athlete of Jenny’s caliber. She is the ultimate ambassador for the brand and we have no doubt she’ll be inspiring womens cycling throughout her successes this year”.

The Gravity riders of Swell-Specialized will compete on the 2013 S-Works Demo 8. Returning for 2013 is longtime Specialized Downhill racer, Rhys Atkinson, who is looking to back up his 2011 Overall Series win, along with David McMillan who is entering his first year as an Elite rider. Perth’s U/19 phenom, Jackson Davis, brings a level of skill that riders twice his age have yet to master.

 

Airborne Bicycles Welcomes Caroline Buchanan To The Team

Airborne is proud to announce our newest DH and 4X team member, Caroline Buchanan.

Caroline hails from Canberra, Australia and currently resides in sunny California. She started racing in 1995 when she was 5 years old. With a huge list of accomplishments since then, she’s claimed over 12 national Australian titles, 2 World Champ 4 cross titles, 5th place at the 2012 Olympic games with a 1st in the time trial, 7 time Australian Cyclist of the year.

“We’re extremely proud to have Caroline on the Airborne team. She’s an excellent representative of her brands, and always carries herself as a true professional on & off her bike. We’re looking forward to supporting her goals for the 2013 Gravity season.” –Trevor Gay, Marketing & Team Manager, Airborne Bicycles.

For more news and updates, be sure to visit:
www.airbornebicycles.com
www.carolinebuchanan.com
www.twitter.com/CBuchanan68

 

Seasons of Pain: New Trail Run + Bike Event Series for Mt Baw Baw

Trail runners and mountain bikers are expected to mass like never before on Mt Baw Baw this summer with late breaking news that a new off road run and ride event, the first in a series of four dubbed ‘Seasons of Pain’, will be held on Saturday 26 January.

Seasons of Pain will challenge adventure athletes to take on a 42km single track course weaving its way across the flanks of Mt Baw Baw, in Victoria’s alpine region, two and a half hours’ drive from Melbourne. There will be one Seasons of Pain event held in each season of the year, with riders and runners immersing themselves in the mountain’s changing climate and environment as summer, autumn, winter and spring blanket Baw Baw’s slopes.

A unique format on the Australian adventure sport calendar, Seasons of Pain will feature the two popular disciplines of trail running and mountain biking, with competitors able to enter as individuals or a team of two to share duties across four race legs.

The race will feature a run-bike-run-bike progression with organisers promising a sting in the tail: a 2km technical downhill dash followed by  a lactic-acid-inducing uphill trail run to the finish line at Mt Baw Baw’s village.

“That’s the real ‘pain’ component,” says Mt Baw Baw Events Manager, Grant Seamer, who came up with the concept after being handed the  responsibility of luring the adventure sports crowd to Baw Baw during summer season.

“Seasons of Pain offers off road athletes a very different cocktail of mountain sport,” says Seamer.

“We’ve designed the event to be very achievable by anyone with a moderate level of fitness and basic mountain running and riding skills – the course will be well marked so there is no need for navigation. It also makes a great year-long fitness target with the four events spread evenly throughout the year, and held on roughly the same course, so you can track and directly compare your time improvements.”

“Seasons of Pain offers competitors three to four hours of fun out on the mountain trails and with the first one being held in summer, we think  the cooler high altitude climate will appeal come the hot days of late January.”

Additionally, the summer edition of Seasons of Pain will be held at twilight to ensure competitors do not face the prospect of a meltdown should temperatures rise.

“And the mountain wilderness is a stunning place to be out in at dusk,” says Seamer. “Of course, come winter, we’ll time the race time a bit earlier to try and capture any sun going!”

Also enticing competitors to the new event will be a roster of mountain adventure incentives held during what is the Australia Day long weekend. Seasons of Pain competitors will receive free entry to and shuttle bus for Mt Baw Baw’s new downhill mountain bike trail.

Organisers are also promising free canapés at the conclusion to Seasons of Pain, post event music, accommodation discounts for competitors, and a free, short mountain run time trial on the Sunday morning, featuring a 1-2km steep downhill technical trail run as a taster event for Baw Baw’s Trail Run Festival, happening on 9-11 March 2013.

There is an all new 4-Hour mountain bike enduro being staged at twilight on Sunday 27th January.

“So some of the mountain bikers competing in Seasons may want to stick around for that,” says Seamer.

“All in all it’s going to be a great long weekend of trail running and mountain biking and we believe the Seasons of Pain format will become a popular addition to Victoria’s roster of mountain sport events.”

FOR MORE DETAILS OR TO ENTER SEASONS OF PAIN TODAY VISIT:
www.mountbawbaw.com.au/whats-on/events/Seasons-Of-Pain–Summer

EVENT DETAILS
SEASONS OF PAIN: SUMMER
Trail Run + MTB
Mt Baw Baw, Victoria
26 January
Teams or solo.
Run 8km // Ride 12km // Run 8km // Ride 12km + a smidge (1-2km) of pain.

Buller news: IMBA praise and trail conditions update

The International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) has awarded Mt Buller classification as Australia’s very first IMBA Ride Centre. The announcement, made at IMBA’s World Summit, recognises Mt Buller amongst a select group of large-scale mountain bike facilities that set standard for trail building and diversity of mountain bike experience.

IMBA described Mt Buller as “setting the standard for mountain bike trail development in Australian ski resorts”, something that we’ve known for a long time here at Flow! Louise Perrin, from Buller Resort Management had this to say:  “It is just fantastic to receive this recognition from IMBA. The Ride Center designation represents only the best of the best mountain biking destinations, and it is immensely satisfying to see the efforts we’ve put into the Resort rewarded in this way. The trails at Mt Buller and Mt Stirling are always evolving … Watch this space because we’re not done yet!”

Mt Buller Mt Stirling has steadily developed its mountain biking product over the past six years under the Bike Buller brand, teaming up with renowned trail designer Glen Jacobs and his team from World Trail to construct a range of quality trails as part of a staged development plan. Stages one and two of this plan were completed between 2007 and 2009, with new beginner and intermediate trails around the Mt Buller Village and five new loops between the Village and the Corn Hill area. Stage three saw the completion of Stonefly in January 2011, the Resort’s signature 10km advanced endurance trail that stretches from Howqua Gap to Mt Stirling and back. In December 2011 as part of stage four, the Resort launched Copperhead – brought to you by Specialized, Australia’s very first flow down trail, a unique trail concept that incorporates a flow country style with a downhill edge suitable for both downhill and cross-country bikes and all types of riders. Stage five was partly completed over the summer of 2011-12, and saw the completion of two new linkage trails – Split Rock and Snowgums – which connect the Mt Buller Village with the Skills Park area and Copperhead to the Mt Buller Village respectively. This summer sees the completion of Snowgums, as well the commencement of stage six, which will see upgrades to the Delatite River Trail and improved drainage works on Copperhead. A seventh stage is also in the pipeline for summer 2013-14.

 

Mt Buller’s MTB loyalty program, the Crank Crew, has had a revamp just in time for the festive season. More free stuff, more benefits for members. Several changes have been made to the Crank Crew program this year, which was launched last summer:

  • One level of membership: previously, the Crank Crew was a two-tiered membership system, which for 2012-13 is now a silver membership only. Because we love all our Crank Crewers equally!
  • Frequent Offender Program: Crank Crew members now also qualify for the Bike Buller Frequent Offender Program, which gives access to special offers and giveaways when for repeat visits. Crank Crew members can take advantage of the program by dropping into the Information Centre at Alpine Central to register visits and claim prizes as they go!
  • Personalised membership card: each member will now receive a sweet looking membership card, complete with a photo to show they’re a certified Crank Crew member.
  • Free Crank Crew t-shirts: The first 50 visitors to Mt Buller that drop into Alpine Central with their membership card will receive a very limited edition Crank Crew t-shirt, which are in high demand and low supply!

Visitors to Mt Buller have even more to enjoy this summer, with new trails to explore at Australia’s first IMBA Ride Center. Stage five of the Resort’s trail development plan was completed over the summer of 2011-12, and saw the completion of two new linkage trails – Snowgums and Split Rock – which connect the Village with the Skills Park area and Copperhead to the Village respectively, as well as work to the famed Delatite River plus other minor works. A range of biking events are set to see plenty of action this summer, including the MTBA Nationals on 18-20 January, the Victorian Downhill State Series on 26-27 January and the Bike Buller MTB Festival on 9-11 March.

 

For further details about the Bike Buller Crank Crew, Mt Buller’s trails developments as well as the announcement of the Resort’s IMBA Ride Center status, please visit mtbuller.com.au.

Enduro World Series Announces 2013 Event Schedule

The Enduro World Series, in association with the Enduro Mountain Bike Association (EMBA), will offer seven events taking place in Italy, France, Canada and the US between May and October of 2013. Full schedule:

·         May 18-19 Superenduro PRO – Punta Ala, Italy

·         June 29-30 Enduro Series – Val d’Allos, France

·         July 6-7 Crankworx Les 2 Alpes – Les 2 Alpes, France

·         July 27-28 Colorado Freeride Festival – Winter Park, United States

·         August 10-11 Crankworx Whistler – Whistler, Canada

·         August 24-25 Enduro Des Nations – Val d’Isere, France

·         October 19-20 Superenduro PRO – Finale Ligure, Italy

“Since the series was announced on November 22, we had a really short time frame to pull together the 2013 Enduro World Series calendar. EMBA has worked incredibly hard to produce a calendar that includes the biggest enduro races in the best locations, on the best trails in the world,” says Chris Ball, managing director of the Enduro World Series. “We’re really excited about our 2013 events and we are proud to embrace the Enduro Des Nations event in France, the birthplace of the sport.”

As an organization, EMBA will not seek exclusive partnership agreements or sponsorship opportunities but to will look for support through individual, team and company membership packages. Industry wide support will be critical for EMBA and will also give everyone a chance to be involved and to show their support for the sport. Information about EMBA membership packages will be available soon.

The Enduro World Series can now be found online at www.enduroworldseries.com and registration will be available to athletes in early 2013.

Giant Signs Paul van der Ploeg

Giant Bicycles Australia this week is excited to announce the signing of renowned Australian mountain biker Paul van der Ploeg who will represent the brand both on the road under the Satalyst Giant colours and off-road in Giant team colours next year.

Van der Ploeg who has established a fierce reputation on both the local and international MTB circuits had this to say about signing for the company, “For 2013 I’m very excited to be signing with Giant Bicycles as they are at the very top of the mountain bike industry. Giant is synonymous with mountain biking and is virtually a household name throughout Australia and the world. I really look forward to working with such an active brand and one that is really forward thinking in promotion and development of a top level product. It is an amazing opportunity to be working with Giant to develop myself as a rider and to keep promoting a world class product.”

Paul will race the all-new XtC Advanced SL 29er 0 and Anthem X Advanced 29er 0 at mountain bike races next season both locally and abroad as well as the TCR Advanced SL on the road.

Giant Bicycles Australia’s Brand Manager Alistair Wilson had this to say about the signing, “We are thrilled to have signed Paul for 2013; he has proven both locally and internationally on the World Cup Eliminator XC circuit that he is an extremely talented athlete as well as being a very well-rounded person who we are proud to have associated with our brand.”

Paul van der Ploeg moves to Giant

 

Awaba On My Mind

The final round of Chocolate Foot’s Singletrack Mind (STM) Series 2012 was hosted by the Hunter MTB Association on everyone’s favourite trail – Awaba.

The Awaba MTB Park is well know for its smooth lines and flowing sections, attracting over 300 riders registered making up 177 teams. A quick crunch of numbers proved that this Awaba round was the biggest STM round this year.

The hot conditions were tough for most, but it was a real shock for Steven’s Bikes guest rider Frank Ziemann who’d just arrived in Australia from a snowy Germany.

It was again a battle between the Canberra locals, Ed McDonald and Andy Hall, in the Solo Male category, with Andy having the upper hand in the series points thus far. The Ed and Andy show began from the offset with Andrew Lloyd keeping them company. It was on their 7th lap, in the 4th hour where Ed and Andy began to ride away from Lloyd. Late in the 6th hour Ed continued to push, breaking away from Andy and cementing well over a five-minute lead for the remainder of the event.

With 4 wins out of 6 races Ed McDonald had plenty of reasons to smile this year. Locked in battle with 2011 series winner and training buddy Andrew Hall (also pictured), 2013 is set to be a real grudge match!

While the morning’s temperature did start out at fairly comfortable it didn’t take long before it became a hard slog in 35+ degree temperatures. Thankfully the coolness of the rainforest section offered brief relief before rider were cooked on the Camel Back Climb.

In the Masters Solo category Radical Lights’ Gary James lead from the word go, a little further back his team mate Jason McAvoy was plugging away with Phil Welch remaining consistent just few minutes further back. Jason started to have trouble in the 5th hour with the heat and began slipping time to Phil, who eventually moved into 2nd. This battle of attrition was evident across all the categories, especially the solos, with a bulk of riders calling it a day some where between three to seven laps.

Jet Cycles fielded a stack of teams for the final round a walked away with plenty of podiums and bragging rights. The biggest brag going to Kyle Ward who recorded the fastest lap time of the race (30.58) over team mate Garry Milburn.

There were plenty of temptations to call it a day in the heat, with local winemaker Jimmy Jack offering free tasting, and the local downhillers filling the air with the smell of their bacon and egg BBQ sangers! The local gravity crew also kept the friendly STM vibe going with their hoots and calls, encouraging passing riders.

It was the steady efforts that reaped the rewards in the Female Solo category. Libby Adamson started the day sitting in around 5th and midway through the day moved into the leading position, eventually taking a well deserved win in the testing conditions. Janet Martin and Jess Simpson made the most of the morning’s cooler temperatures setting the fastest female solo laps and rounding out the podium.

You’d think after winning the Real Insurance XCM series Jenny Fay would have had enough racing but the trails of Awaba were calling and she answered yes please! Another win to Fay, this time in a relaxed mixed 3’s.

Wendy Stevenson, already the clear Female Masters Solo category series leader, was conscious of her placing against the Female Solo category but chose a conservative approach through the latter part of the day. Wendy went on to complete the eight hours while her direct competitor Nicole Lancaster called it a day early.

Even the St Johns guys were even getting into the swing of the STM vibe out on the trail; their pannier-laden bikes mightn’t have been the best tool for shredding the trails, but they were seen to be giving it a go and hung out at the spectacle that is the bessa-block descent.

Part-time male model Luke Dale’s career in fashion looks to be in doubt after sporting a dodgy mustache which allegedly caused him to crash in the opening lap. The Bike Culture/Whyte team decided to call it a day as they already had the series win in the bag and come the end of November that mo’ is set to go!

With the final round of the STM Series over for 2012, the full results from the round are available online, you can look forward to more excitement from the Chocolate Foot crew in 2013. It all kicks off at the end of April with Round 1 of STM 2013.

While the Singletrack Mind series attracts a high calibre field, it’s not often you get to ride with an Olympian. Bronwen Watson represented Australia at the London games in rowing and won the Women’s pairs for the second race in a row with team mate Belinda Diprose.
Brad Prescott headed up a big contingent from Turramurra Cyclery.

 

Red Ass NSW State Series Round 5: Thredbo Recap

The weather gods brought the noise to Thredbo for the final round of the NSW Red Ass DH series. Forecasts of mixed weather and un-melted snow scattered over the hill provided a forewarning to competitors, but a field 200+ strong came from around the state to compete on a freshly refurbished Thredbo course.

Jack Moir went so big he jumped out of the photo. The Thredbo track has been retouched and some new features added.

Saturday practice began at a (not so) tropical 12 degrees, with the course deteriorating rapidly throughout the day. The course incorporated plenty of new features along with revamped older sections and a certain new double had a few riders coming unstuck.

As seems to be the trend at Thredbo, the atmosphere throughout the pits was relaxed and light hearted with plenty of friends old and new catching up and discussing the riding to be had.

‘The most technical part would have to be down through Bunny Walk. The track’s pretty standard the whole way down, it’s just the length that gets you in the end,’ expressed Graeme Mudd.

Graeme Mudd in the less then muddy conditions before the snow and wet came.

Sunday brought inconclusive weather forecasts and a game of luck and strategy to the field with competitors varying their bike setups to prepare for potential havoc. High winds added a new dimension of difficulty, and track conditions continued to deteriorate.

Come race time things had gotten worse and the cold weather set in.  Luke Newcombe from Lithgow got things rolling in elite with a cracker at 6:17:15, before Ryan Hunt took the hot seat with 6:16:60 just before the heavens opened. The snow and sleat already fallen from categories past provided some interesting racing for the top 10 seeded riders.

U17 rider David Maggs enjoying the good weather during early practice.  David ended in 2nd place.

Mark Conliffe from Sydney took 35 seconds of his qualifying time posting a 6:03 and had the crowd going insane! Reagan Arthur started a trend by cracking the 6:00 barrier and times began to tumble. Boyer 5:55, Ellison 5:53, Vejvoda 5:52, Eaton 5:50. Next up was Bredbo local and fastest qualifier, Thomas Crimmins with a 5:49:85. Series leader Greame Mudd posted a 5:47 and Jack Moir managed a 5:46 on a worsening track.

With the greasy trail and poor visibility not hindering the times it was all coming down to the final rider, Canberra local Ben Cory. All eyes were watching when an explosion of white and blue came from the final forest section with Cory heralded for a potential win. With ease he slipped in a half pedal to cross the line freezing the clock at 5:44:41 securing the win and the adulation of the crowd.

‘It was a great weekend here at Thredbo and the crew have done a great job,’ Ben said after his race.

‘They have been building some new jumps and features.

‘It wasn’t too bad you know (the course). There was a light dusting of snow as we were going up, that all melted so all the dirt turns had heaps of traction. Some of the rocks and roots were a little greasy but that just made it more fun, more of a challenge.’

Winner Ben Cory.

Other category winners were:

Elite Women: Tegan Molloy 6:45.7
U/19’s: Andrew Crimmins 5:57.39
U/17’s: Connor Mackne 6:07.30
U/15’s: Logan Quinn 6:40.77
Masters Male: Stephen Andreasen 6:35.18
Super Masters: Michael Green 7:03.73

Mens elite podium. 1st Ben Cory, 2nd Jack Moir, 3rd  Graeme Mudd, 4th Thoms Crimins, 5th Tim Eaton.

 

Series winners were:

Elite Men: Graeme Mudd
Elite Women: Sarah Booth
U/19 Male: Thomas Crimmins
U/17: David Maggs
U/19 Female: Kellie Weinert
U/15: Aidan Wynn
Vet Men’s: Rick Kehoe
Masters Men: Stephen Andreasen
Masters Women’s: Colleen Boyes
Super Masters: Michael Green
Expert: Zac Green
Sport: Alastair Patterson.

For full results and more photos got to http://www.rockytrailentertainment.com.au

Andrew Crimmins on his way to the U19 win.

 

Cam Cole Signs With Yeti

Professional downhill mountain bike racer Cameron Cole, of Christchurch, New Zealand, has signed with Yeti to race the UCI Downhill World Cup series, World Downhill Mountain Bike Championships and selected enduro events for 2013 and 2014.

Cameron Cole, of Christchurch, New Zealand, with the Yeti SB-66 Carbon that he will race in selected enduro events for the Yeti team.

Cole’s two-year contract with Yeti comes at a pivotal moment in his career as the likeable Kiwi continues his rise to the very top of the world’s elite.
Cole is currently ranked 15th in the world in the UCI standings.

“There is a lot of history in Yeti,” Cole smiles.

“It’s one of those teams that has been quite influential since day dot as far as downhill is concerned. It’s pretty cool to be a part of that and to tap into that depth of knowledge about the sport.”

The Golden, Colorado-based head of Yeti Cycles, Chris Conroy said he had been watching Cole for some time – “since his Junior World Championship”.

“People always wonder how Yeti gets so lucky with its racers, but it’s not luck – a lot of what we see in Cam is what we have learned from other riders,” offers Conroy.

“We’ll ask our guys who they like and who they feel is ready to uncork it and Cam was right at the top of that list.”

Conroy continued to explain that Cole was a great fit in many ways.

“He is a quiet ‘get it done’ kind of racer and from a testing perspective we liked that he is a big and powerful rider,” he shares.

At 6’2″ Cole allows Yeti to do the testing that it can’t do with lighter, more nimble riders.

“Cam gives us a chance to do that real-world testing with a big powerful guy that can supplement our lab testing,” adds Conroy.

Cole said he was excited to be riding on one of the top brands in the pinnacle sport of downhill mountain bike racing.

“I’ve signed for two years, but I think that will just be a small chunk of it,” he explains.

“The direction they are heading is aligned with mine as an athlete on and off the track and I can see this relationship being a strong one.”

Cole said he had enjoyed his past two years with the Lapierre International Team.

“It’s always a bit sad leaving a team behind – I’ve had four World Cup podiums with Lapierre – we achieved some good things and I have learnt a lot – I thank the Lapierre International Team for that, but this feels like a new chapter for me and I am really excited.”

Kiwi riders have featured on the Yeti team before with Sam Blenkinsop, of Whanganui, and Justin Leov, of Dunedin, racing for the Yeti team over the years.

The Yeti team is fully supported by leading suspension manfacturer Fox Racing Shox.

“I love Fox suspension, so that was an essential requirement for a team and it’s a real bonus with Yeti having a really strong relationship there,” he shares.

“I’ve been riding Fox since day one of my international career so I am excited to continue working with them, help them develop their products and keep that relationship going. I’ll also be back on Maxxis tyres as well and that’s something I am really excited about, too.”

Joining Cole on the Yeti team for the 2013 season will be polished professional Jared Graves, of Toowoomba, Australia, and rising star Richie Rude, of Connecticut, USA.

“Richie will be looking to get a Junior World Championship and he’s well positioned to do so in 2013,” offers Cole.

“Richie’s right there and I think he’s going to be the next junior to come through and knock on the door of the podium at World Cups. I like being on a team with young blood around – it reminds you why you started racing and the excitement and enthusiasm is contagious.”

“I’ve spent a lot of time with Jared Graves and he’s really nice, down-to-earth and one of the gnarliest guys out there when racing a downhill bike. He’s achieved so much in his career and I can learn a lot from him.”

Cole said the team manager and mechanics were also part of that vibrant culture that made this team such a success.

“We’re all very similar people and will work well together for the coming season.”

Cole will race the 303 DH in downhill races and the SB-66 in selected enduro events.

“I’m looking forward to riding the new 303 DH – it’s quite different to my bike from last year in its design. From what I have seen and heard the design is great and I can’t wait to get on it.”

Cole will first ride the new bike in December. In the meantime he is training on the Yeti SB-66 Carbon for enduro and trail riding.

Part of Cole’s role on the Yeti team will be bike development.

“That is a big thing – we’ll be involved in the new bikes at a very early stage. I’m looking forward to working with their engineers and getting stuff going right from the start of the design process. It’s a real buzz to see finished products when you have helped design them.”

Conroy explained that bike development was always key for Yeti and its racers.

“Whenever we look at racers like Cam we look and say, okay, he’s a top-10 rider – that’s assured. The second thing we look at is, okay, he’s a top-10 rider, but does he have a win in him? It’s a little bit of a different value proposition with a guy who can uncork one for a win versus a guy who is always top-10. Then we talk to our sponsors and the guys who have to work with them everyday. Then we talk to the team guys and we ask is this a person who can fit into our programme. We know that if we get a racer in the team and the chemistry isn’t just right, then it can ruin everything,” shares Conroy.

“We asked those questions of Cam and he was a perfect fit for our programme.”

Cole proved to be one of the top racers in the World Cups in 2012 and hit the off-season (the Kiwi summer) injury free.

“I’ve kept on top of my fitness – I avoided any slump this year and so my base fitness is really good and I can hit the pre-season races really hard and be strong and ready for the first World Cup at Fort William [Scotland] in June,” he explains.

“Fort William is a great track for me and so I am excited to open the season there. I really want to enjoy the season this year – I enjoy the process to get to where I want to go and I feel very motivated. I know I am strong and so I’m just going to build on that,” he offers.

“It’s real easy for me to get out of bed and get up and get into my training each day,” he admits.

“I qualified first this year at a World Cup and I know my speed is there now – I’m not going to rush in and force it to happen, but I feel like I can win World Cups this year.”

“Everything that we have in place with Yeti is going to make that goal a lot easier for me.”

For Cameron Cole, of Christchurch, New Zealand, the move to the Yeti World Cup race team has been a long held dream. Here he pushes the Yeti SB-66 through its paces on a favourite trail near Christchurch.

Enduro World Series Announced

ENDURO WORLD SERIES IS CREATED FOR 2013

Seven Round Series to Take Place from May to October 2013 in Both Europe and North America

The Enduro World Series will take place in 2013, thanks to the efforts of Chris Ball, formerly of the UCI, and the unified event organizing powers of the Enduro Series (Coupe de France), SuperEnduro and Crankworx. As a seven-stop tour taking place over the course of the entire 2013 mountain bike season, including the Enduro des Nations, the Enduro World Series aims to build a lasting event series for riders, teams and the mountain bike industry.

“I’ve heard the demand for this type of series for quite some time. Along with SuperEnduro, the Enduro Series and Crankworx, we want to develop the sport of Enduro mountain bike racing so it can grow as a sustainable worldwide discipline,” says Chris Ball, managing director of the Enduro World Series. “The execution of this tour for 2013 has been of the utmost importance to the organizing teams at Crankworx, the Enduro Series and SuperEnduro. We aim for its existence under our collective umbrella to cater to the needs of athletes, the mountain biking public and the bike industry.”

While the racing calendar for 2013 will be released on Tuesday, December 4, the Enduro World Series will be the official global race series of the newly formed Enduro Mountain Bike Association. Made up of a board of directors including Chris Ball, Fred Glo of the Enduro Series, Enrico Guala of the SuperEnduro Series and Darren Kinnaird of Crankworx Events Inc., the Enduro Mountain Bike Association will look to support from the riders, teams and industry.

More information regarding supporter and membership packages will be released soon, including the launch of the Enduro Mountain Bike Association website.

 

About the Enduro World Series

The Enduro World Series was created in October 2012 with the aim of uniting the world’s mountain bike enduro racing community. The Enduro World Series links the largest mountain bike enduro events in the world with the best trails possible and exists to deliver the best racing, most relaxed atmosphere and rider-focused organization possible. The team behind the Enduro World Series has one goal – to globally develop and progress the discipline of enduro for the riders, the sport and the industry. With the shared experience of Italian Super Enduro, French Enduro Series, Crankworx and World Cup racing, the Enduro World Series will offer international competitions unlike any before it.

For more information or to join the conversation on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/EnduroWorldSeries or email Chris Ball, Managing Director: [email protected]

 

SRAM pART PROJECT

Here’s a box of 100 SRAM high-performance bike components. Now make something of it.

That’s the challenge SRAM lays down for groups of noted, hand-selected artists.

The works they create are displayed and auctioned off with all proceeds from auctions being donated to World Bicycle Relief.

World Bicycle Relief serves people in underdeveloped regions of the world who suffer from lack of access to health care, education, and economic opportunity. With a bicycle you can travel four times farther, carry five times more, and save up to three hours a day in travel time (based on a 10-mile commute). So you can get to a doctor, to school, or to work faster and more safely. Doors closed by distance are now opened, as is the way to a better life.

This is Peaty – Season Finale Trailer

It’s been a long season for Steve Peat….

A new location for the final UCI World Cup round in Norway, a track that looked to suit the big man from Sheffield… But this is racing and things don’t always go your way.

On the other side of the world, a whole different kind of race took place just a few weeks later in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Thanks to the hard work of X-Biking Chinag Mai.
Loose is the word, for this final trip.

The Grand Finale, for This Is Peaty, Season 1. Coming November 20th