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The Dudes of Hazzard, Business as Usual – Part 2

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

The Dudes board the landship and head to Europe for some bike riding.  Take it away Dudes!

The Dudes of Hazzard, Business as Usual – Part 2 from Joe Barnes on Vimeo.

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Hardline 2014 Dan Atherton GoPro

November 25th, 2014 · No Comments

What happens when you give Dan Atherton a chunk of hillside, a bunch of tools and diggers and willing workers?  Red Bull Hardline is an exclusive invite only event that had it’s inaugural running this year near the Atherton’s home in Wales.  In subsequent pieces we’ll see a bunch of World Cup riders battle it out but in this video we go on board with course designer Dan Atherton.  Hold on tight!

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Airstream life

November 24th, 2014 · No Comments

American MTB riders Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski and Heather Irmiger have been racing XC for over 15 years.  Currently they live the dream in the race season in this Airstream camper.  Jealous us?  No….

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Escape – Jérôme Clementz and Pauline Dieffenthaler in Indonesia

November 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Off to Indonesia with Jérôme Clementz and Pauline Dieffenthaler for some amazing riding.  Beautifully filmed by one of our favourite cameramen Jérémie Reuiller.  Bet you want to go riding now!

ESCAPE – MOUNT RINJANI – Indonesia Lombok from ILL PROD – Jérémie Reuiller on Vimeo.

“Sometimes a project gets stuck in your mind. It can makes no sense, but you can’t stop thinking about it, until that time comes and you make the dream a reality.” [Read more →]

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The Dudes of Hazzard – Business as Usual Part 1

November 19th, 2014 · No Comments

It’s exciting times! The annual Dudeumentary has just dropped, here is part 1.  Soo Enduro!

The Dudes of Hazzard, Business as Usual – Part 1 Introduding from Joe Barnes on Vimeo.

The Dudes of Hazzard have had a great year of traveling, racing and riding bikes. Going off the success of the Dudeumentary series in 2013 the boys have taken it a step further in 2014 and made the full length “Business as Usual” movie. Split into 5 parts for release, here is part 1 as the boys ride bikes at home and get ready for the races in the only way they know how. Packed with all the usual hilarities and wild riding. We hope you enjoy…

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Joe Barnes – Spectral Stokage

November 18th, 2014 · No Comments

How could you not like Joe Barnes?  A seriously nice guy, top Enduro shredder and friend to Ireland, Joe has raced over here in the Gravity Enduro series on several occasions.  He is also one of the most approachable riders on the World Series and we expect to see him over here quite a bit in advance of the EWS race in May ’15.  Ahead of the release of the Dudes of Hazzard’s new video (Joe’s a core Dude) here is a video of him riding his new Canyon.

Joe Barnes – Spectral Stokage from Joe Barnes on Vimeo.

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Michael McCutcheon’s blog from the WEMBO 24 hour champs

November 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Endurance racer Michael McCutcheon recently rode the World Endurance Mountain Bike Organisation (WEMBO) 24 hour World Champs in Scotland.  24 hour racers are a breed apart with serious levels of fitness and endurance and a dedication that is incredible to perceive.  We’ve raced in teams at 24hour events before and the compound fatigue is insane, we can’t imagine riding one solo!  Huge congrats to Michael on a serious achievement.  You can read about his experience below!    

After a lot of organisation and logistics, it was time to travel to Fort William for the World Endurance Mountain Bike Organisation 24 hour world champs. It was a race on a lot of riders calendar when Scotland was confirmed as a venue, previously it was in Italy and Australia. The journey up was an experience, I forgot how sparse and wild all the landscape looks up in the Highlands. My two travel companions and pit support (Al and my gf Shawna), were surprised at how big Fort William was after passing through very little for about 2 hours previously. Side note – there were some really impressive locks beside the hotel we were staying in which I had never seen before, about eight in a row. [Read more →]

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Urban Cyclocross

November 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Following the success earlier this year of the urban Cyclocross event in Rathfarnham organised by Expert Cycles we thought we’d share this little video from Red Bull.

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Team GT at EWS #6 Whistler

November 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Take a ride down the Top of the World trail with team GT at the Whistler EWS.  Dan Atherton, Martin Maes, Cedric and Cecile Ravanel all feature including a look back at the injury that wrecked Dan’s season.

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2015 Irish Enduro Calendar

November 4th, 2014 · No Comments

Never has the future looked brighter for Irish Enduro mountain biking.  With the Gravity Enduro Series entering its fifth year, a new Northern Ireland series under the careful watch of Glyn O’Brien and of course the cherry on the cake the first visit of the Enduro World Series to Ireland next May for the Emerald Enduro!

2015 Vitus Bikes Gravity Enduro Series

The Gravity Enduro Series, now the Vitus Bikes Gravity Enduro Ireland Series, showcases the best of Irish mountain biking in five exceptional venues around the country.  The opener in Ticknock will likely see many of the Worlds top riders line out in preparation for the second round of the Enduro World Series, which takes place in May 2015 [Read more →]

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Jared Graves & Yeti Cycles – Proven Here

November 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

2014 Enduro World Series champion and all around nice guy Jared Graves takes us on a spin in the Kootenays in Canada on his Yeti SB6c.  I’m not jealous or anything….

There are core experiences that define a mountain biker. Like venturing into unfamiliar mountains to find amazing trails chiseled into the landscape, and then pushing your limits, against all common sense for the pure thrill of it. [Read more →]

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SRAM road trip – Always Summer somewhere

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments

The team from SRAM took to the roads of New Zealand’s South island in search of an epic trails and this was the result.

We always dream about journeys to places like this, but for most mortals these reveries rarely become a reality. When it was decided that a group of us would spend seven days on the roads and trails of New Zealand’s South Island, hovering largely around the Craigieburn and then Nelson area, most of us were in disbelief until the moment we landed on Kiwi soil.

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On Track With Curtis Keene – The Grand Finale – Ep 10 FINALE

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Possibly the best video series this year comes to a close in Finale with the last episode of On Track.  It’s been a roller coaster year for Curtis Keene, here he signs off for 2014.  Enjoy!

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Inside Specialized Racing: 2014 Downhill Season Recap

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Here is a season recap from Specialized Racing’s Downhill squad.

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Mavic Trans-Provence 2014 Highlights

October 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Here’s a nice look back to the Mavic-Trans Provence race.  I don’t know about you but after watching this I just want to go and ride my bike!  Job done well so.

MAVIC® TRANS-PROVENCE 2014 /// HIGHLIGHTS from Trans-Provence on Vimeo.

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Training for Ironman

October 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Think you have what it takes to be an Ironman?  How much training do you think you need to do?

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Trek World Racing Stories Episode 1.4

October 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Trek World Racing check in from Meribel and Norway including that incredible chain-less run from Neko Mulally at Worlds.

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Dirt TV EWS 7 Finale Ligure

October 9th, 2014 · No Comments

What an incredible weekend, we were on the ground in Finale Ligure to witness Jared Graves and Tracy Moseley crowned 2014 EWS champions.  We also got to see an emotional Fabien Barel return to racing after what should have been a career ending injury to not only take part but take the win.  Enjoy the daily edits below from DirtTV.  The next time they film in Europe at an EWS it will be in Ireland!

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On track with Curtis Keene – Ride it Like You Stole it – EP 9

October 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Curtis Keene is one of our favorite racers on the circuit.  He’s not the fastest but he is one of the nicest.  We have had several long discussions with him this year and his enthusiasm for the sport, appreciation for the amateurs and all around attitude is hard to beat.  He’s also a member of the EWS board so when you talk to Curtis, you get a real insight about where the sport should go.  Here is the crowning moment for his season – EWS Whistler.

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Giro d’Italia 2015 route

October 7th, 2014 · No Comments

5 months after the Giro d’Italia hit Irish shores the 2015 route has been announced.  Check out the route in the video below.

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Danny Macaskill – #TheRidge

October 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Danny Macaskill is back with another killer edit, this time on his mountain bike as he takes on Cuillin Ridgeline on the Isle of Skye.  Titled #TheRidge, there were times we didn’t want to watch!

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This Is Peaty – Season 3, Episode 6!

October 1st, 2014 · No Comments

This is Peaty is back for the last time from the World Cup circuit in 2014 with a monster edit that includes Meribel and that insane Worlds!  You might want to put the kettle on!

One more episode is left to drop in November.  Stay tuned!

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Andreu Lacondeguy’s Winning Run – Red Bull Rampage 2014

September 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Here is your 2014 winning run from Red Bull Rampage – Andrew Lacondeguy from Spain.  While his run did not contain the most tricks it was one of the most challenging with a seriously crazy steep natural line that only one other attempted.  That big drop in the middle is 76 feet!

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Cam Zink Red Bull Rampage 2014

September 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Yesterday saw the delayed finals for Red Bull Rampage from Utah where the worlds best freeriders took on the intimidating canyon course.  Last years thrid place Cam Zink put together a run that saw him move up a step to second overall this year.  Here we ride on board with Zink, the GoPro doesn’t do the elevation justice but you get the idea.

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Chain Reaction Cycles Emerald Enduro announces venue for EWS Ireland

September 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Details are emerging concerning the Chain Reaction Cycles Emerald Enduro which will take place next May in Wicklow, Ireland.  The race will be the second round of the 2015 Enduro World Series, the first in Europe following the opening round in New Zealand.  Race day will be Sunday 24th of May with practice opening on the Friday before hand.

Photo Adrian van der Lee, Rider Pearse Griffin

The race venue is now confirmed as Carrick Mountain in County Wicklow. With stunning views across the Wicklow hills to the Irish sea and a diverse terrain from open rocky mountainside to rooty flowy woodland singletrack, Carrick is a classic Irish venue. Having played host to downhill and enduro racing in the past it’s a warren of trails. While enduro racing has been moving towards bigger, longer, gnarly downhill stages, the course in Carrick will take us back to the roots of enduro, utilising a variety of trails to suit a rider with more finesse than brute force, shorter travel rather than longer and good physical conditioning.

Event organiser Niall Davis of Biking.ie had this to say – “The bike trails here are technical, fast and fun, which should make for some incredible racing as riders have to be great bike handlers as well as very physically fit. Competitors will ride through Ireland’s famously beautiful scenery, and sample some of the country’s world renowned hospitality.”

Registration will open on the Friday morning with practice opening shortly after and running all day Saturday. Racing will take place on Sunday the 24th over seven stages. Racers are expected to face a total elevation gain of 1700 metres with a total distance of roughly 45 kilometres. The winning total stage time is expected to be 25 minutes. The number of competitor places will be announced in the coming weeks. With this being the first European round of the 2015 Enduro World Series, it is anticipated to sell out in minutes.

Photo Adrian van der Lee

The headline sponsor has also been announced as Northern Irish online mega retailer Chain Reaction Cycles.  Damien Duggan, Head of Marketing at Chain Reaction Cycles said: “We’re so proud to be sponsoring the Irish round of the Enduro World Series, which will once again put us on the map as one of the best mountain biking destinations in the world and I’d like to congratulate Biking.ie for securing such a premier event here in Ireland. Our company has a proud tradition of sponsoring cycling events from the grass-roots to the world stage, so to support the Chain Reaction Cycles Emerald Enduro is a real honour and we can’t wait to welcome the world’s best racers to the country.”

While the event is set to attract several World Champions on the start line, the Irish riders are no stranger to this high level of competition.  The highly successful Gravity Enduro series (www.gravityenduro.ie) is set to enter its fourth year with many of the top pros expected for the preceeding round as they look to get an insight into Irish trails.  Details on the 2015 series are due soon and we’ll be sure to update as soon as we get them.  Several Irish riders race on the world stage including Greg Callaghan and Dan Wolfe in the pro ranks, both of whom have had an outstanding season, and Conor Lavelle in Juniors who has been enjoying a breakout year with a podium at the Scottish round of the Enduro World Series earlier this year.  Gravity Enduro series winner Leah Maunsell was too young for the EWS this year but will be eligible to race in Carrick.  Former cross country national champion Cait Elliott has been enjoying some success in Europe this year and Michelle Muldoon spent a full summer on the circuit culminating in a win at the Irish round of the Bluegrass Enduro series.

See www.emeraldenduro.comfor details on the event.  Social media can be found here -

Facebook: www.facebook.com/EmeraldEnduro

Twitter: twitter.com/EmeraldEnduro

Photo Adrian van der Lee

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On Track With Curtis Keene – Dirty Deeds – Ep 8

September 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Curtis Keene’s excellent series continues with a trip to Winterpark in Colorado for round 5 of the EWS.  The elevation is punishing and many riders struggled especially with fatigue.

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Louisville set to open worlds biggest underground bike park

September 24th, 2014 · No Comments

This feels like an April fool but it’s not!  Louisville, Kentucky has a huge underground Limestone cavern under it’s zoo and an operator is currently building an enormous bike park on site.  It’s currently planned to be 320,000 square feet in size with an ambient temperature that doesn’t change year round.  With an opening date of New Years Day 2015 it might be time to book those tickets!

 

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Follow JC – Jerome Clementz is back!

September 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Jerome Clementz is back!  The 2013 Enduro World Series champion is back racing Enduro and prepping for his return to the top level at the final round of the 2014 EWS in Finale Ligure the week after next.

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Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup 2015

September 18th, 2014 · No Comments

News is just breaking concerning a new Enduro series run by Glyn O’Brien and his company First Tracks in Northern Ireland next year.

Round 1 is slated for the 28-29 of March 2015 in Castlewellan.

Round 2 is in Bigwood, Warrenpoint on the 9-10 May 2015.

Round 3 will be in Rostrevor on the 4-5 July 2015.

Round 4 is venue tbc but will happen on the 19-20 September 2015.

More as we get it.  Between the Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup, the Gravity Enduro Series, Davagh Enduro and the Emerald Enduro Enduro World Series race it’s looking like a packed calendar next year!

 

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Jens Voigt: Before the curtain drops

September 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Peloton legend Jens Voigt draws a curtain over his amazing career today with an attempt on the hour record.  Voigt is one of the battlers of the peloton renowned for his long hard breakaways, suffering and crashes.  His catchphrase, “Shut up legs” just sums up his persona so well, that and “I get paid to make other people suffer”.  We’ll miss him and want to take this opportunity to wish him all the best today.  Hope you smash it Jens!

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