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EWS unveils 2016 Calendar – Ireland returns!

August 24th, 2015 · No Comments

After what can frankly only be described as an enormous success the Enduro World Series is coming back to Ireland in 2016 for a repeat on Carrick mountain.  The world’s best will again face off over a one day format that this year saw Greg Callaghan crowned as winner in a fairytale ending that brought down the house.  The series has 8 stops for 2016 including 2 in South America and Ireland will again host the first European round before Italy, the US, Canada, France and Italy.  Full press release below.

Enduro World Series unveils 2016 Calendar

The Enduro World Series continues its proud tradition of uncovering the world’s best riding destinations as it reveals its 2016 calendar. [Read more →]

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Taking a break….

June 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Many of you have been wondering what’s going on so it’s time I filled you in a bit on our plans.  After seven years of writing almost daily content for Spoke.ie and with a workload that has only increased it was time to take a short break.  I was heavily involved in the Enduro World Series in Ireland and it required my full attention.  It was without a shadow of a doubt the highlight of my media career so far, I hope you agree!

Since it ended I’ve been a little burnt out, feeling that there was too much time pounding a keyboard rather than the trails.  I’ve been using the time since the Emerald Enduro to address this a little but I’m not quite there yet.  I do have big plans for the future though including a website refresh and some new content ideas.  Spoke.ie has and will continue to be a home for all things Irish mountain biking and the odd bit of road too.  We will be back!  Bear with me a little longer and thanks for all the support over the years.

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The Syndicate – Episode 1

April 15th, 2015 · No Comments

The Syndicate are back, albeit a bit banged up!  Greg’s thumb, Steve’s knee and Josh’s foot all requiring some serious work.  Not one for the squeamish…

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Lourdes DH World Cup highlights

April 14th, 2015 · No Comments

Last weekend saw an epic opening to the 2015 DH World Cup from Lourdes in France.   This was a real mountain bikers course with thrills and spills a plenty and here is the Red Bull highlights video for your viewing pleasure.  Next up is Fort William in 4 weeks time.

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Claudio’s Lourdes headcam preview

April 10th, 2015 · No Comments

It’s everyone’s favorite part of the Downhill World Cups – Claudio Caluori’s track preview!  Here is his spin down an awesome track in Lourdes chasing Loic Bruni courtesy of Red Bull Bike.

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Madison Saracen at the first round of the BDS

April 9th, 2015 · No Comments

World Champion Manon Carpenter gets her year under way at the first round of the BDS in Ae Forest.

Madison Saracen – 2015 BDS, Round 1 – Ae Forest from Sportline on Vimeo.

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Canyon – The Strive Diaries #1 Sliding through Rotorua

April 8th, 2015 · No Comments

We catch up with the Canyon EWS team in Rotorua at round 1.

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Backstage Pass – Tour of Flanders

April 7th, 2015 · No Comments

Back on the Pro-Tour with Orica GreenEdge this time at the iconic Tour of Flanders.  Before the race we get a bit f a chat with legend Eddy Merckx, then it’s off to the cobbles where the team are gunning for a good result.  Watch out for the kamikaze Shimano neutral service cars!

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Enduro World Series #1 NZ highlights

April 1st, 2015 · No Comments

Last weekend saw the opening round of the 2015 Enduro World Series in Rotorua, New Zealand.  It was a good start for Irish riders with Grag Callaghan in 11th and Dan Wolfe in 38th in Elites.  Conor Lavelle now riding for the Ibis team continued his good form from last year taking 6th in the highly competitive new Under 21 category.  It’s setting up to be a great season with round 2 hitting Ireland in May!

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2015 EWS about to kick off

March 27th, 2015 · No Comments

Saturday sees the first round of the 2015 Enduro World Series take place in the glorious surroundings of Rotorua, New Zealand.  The worlds best riders are currently training on the course ahead of racing this weekend.  Here we take a ride down some of the trails in the company of BMCs Francois Bailly-Maitre.

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Inside Milan-San Remo with John Degenkolb

March 24th, 2015 · No Comments

The Classics season got under way last weekend with Milan-San Remo.  Here is a piece from Shimano on the winner John Degenkolb filmed before during and after the race.

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Vitus First tracks Enduro Cup opening round this weekend.

March 24th, 2015 · No Comments

The opening round of the Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup is this weekend in Castlewellan Forest Park in the Mournes.  A long time MTB venue Castlewellan has something for everyone.  Registration closes this Thursday so make sure you’re signed up in advance.  Full details of the opening round and series details below.

Round 1 – Castlewellan – 28/29th March 2015

Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails are set in a beautiful Forest Park with the Mourne mountains as a back drop. 6 x 3-5min stages, 25km loop on trail centre and natural singletrack, fitness rating 6/10, skill rating 7/10. [Read more →]

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Jared Graves out of opening round of the EWS

March 24th, 2015 · No Comments

Defending Enduro World Series Champion Jared Graves is out of the opening round of the Enduro World Series at least following a crash 12 days ago.  The anouncement came on Graves’ Facebook page this morning.  We wish him all the best in a speedy recovery.  No news yet on when he will return to racing.

Photo Matt Wragg / EWS

So….time to let the cat out of the bag, to cut a long story short, 12 days ago while back home training I had a big crash where I wrapped myself around a tree and ended up with both shoulders seperated and significant muscle tearing around my shoulder blade in my back. Ive bee out and about riding lightly and slowly, but its not possible for me to race this weekend for EWS#1 in Rotorua. Been a very rough 2 weeks and pretty gutted to miss my first major race as world champ. Unfortunately it isnt April 1st either

This isn’t the first time that the number 1 ranked rider has suffered from a crash.  2013 World Champ Jerome Clementz crashed in training after the first round of the EWS last season and had to sit out all but the last round with a broken collarbone.  Fingers crossed Graves can return to racing quickly.

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Milan-San Remo highlights

March 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

The longest one day race of the road calendar took place yesterday with John Degenkolb taking the win for Giant-Alpecin.  Here are the highlights courtesy of Cyclingnews.com

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The Athertons – pre-season training

March 20th, 2015 · No Comments

We join the Atherton siblings in their pre-season training as they gear up for the rapidly approaching season.

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Madeira dreaming – Banshee bikes

March 16th, 2015 · No Comments

Let’s take a trip out to a small island in the Atlantic in the company of Pat Campbell-Jenner and his Banshee Rune.

Madeira Dreaming with Pat C J from Aspect Media on Vimeo.

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Scottish Enduro Series 2015: Round 1 – Innerleithen

March 12th, 2015 · No Comments

Last weekend saw the opening round of the 2015 Scottish Enduro Series in Innerleithen.  Ireland’s Greg Callaghan had a spectacular start to the season with his new Cube team taking the win from Ibis cycles Gary Forrest.  We’re all looking forward to seeing Greg on Irish trails for the EWS which is creeping ever closer!

Scottish Enduro Series 2015: Round 1 – Innerleithen from Scottish Enduro Series on Vimeo.

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Strade Bianche 2015 – Orica GreenEDGE Backstage pass

March 11th, 2015 · No Comments

Let’s go behind the scenes with Orica GreenEDGE and Orica-AIS at the Strade Bianche in the Tuscan hills.  No wine or sausages for the riders though on what is one of the most underrated races of the season and marks the start of the season for a whole bunch of pros.  The dirt roads always cause carnage.,  Enjoy.

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Partly Cloudy Tour – EP2 FLIMS

March 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Let’s go riding in Switzerland.  Looks pretty good to us!  Thank Crunchie etc.etc.

Partly Cloudy Tour – EP2 FLIMS from southcrewmedia on Vimeo.

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One Day Every Day

March 4th, 2015 · No Comments

What a typical day is like for Jerome Clementz in the off season.  Not at all envious…

One Day Every Day from Clementz Jey on Vimeo.

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The Hobbit Heli Mountain Biking in New Zealand

February 26th, 2015 · No Comments

I’ve never wanted to be a Hobbit as much in my life….

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Filip Polc POV and audio from Santos Urban DH practise

February 24th, 2015 · No Comments

Here’s eventual winner Filip Polc riding and commentating on the course with Tomas Slavic at the 2015 Santos City Urban DH race.  Hold on to your hat!

** Audio NSFW **

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Friday motivation – Alex Zanardi “Touch the Sky”

February 20th, 2015 · No Comments

Watch this inspiring short featuring Italian racing driver Alex Zanardi who suffered a horrific crash in 2001 racing Indy Car losing both his legs.  He returned to racing and took up the Paralympic sport of Hand cycling winning 2 Olympic Golds and 5 World Championship Golds.  Definitely worth a look.

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Rapha announce new Pro Team collection

February 19th, 2015 · No Comments

Purveyors of the finest cycling gear money can buy Rapha have announced a new Pro Team collection.  We’ve some experience with Rapha clothing and while it ain’t cheap it is among the favorite pieces in our wardrobes, certainly the most comfortable and stylish.

The 2015 Pro Team collection features a special ‘Data Print’ pattern that creates art from the science of modern road racing, London-based design studio Accept & Proceed used the ride data from an individual racer’s entire grand tour to make a very special graphic. [Read more →]

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Roc d’Azur registration open

February 18th, 2015 · No Comments

Fancy a long term goal?  Want a late season break to the sun with a biking focus?  Look no further.  The annual Roc d’Azur bike festival registration has opened. Four months ago, 20,035 participants and 150,000 visitors came to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the biggest mountain-biking event in the world.

Now boasting some 28 different events during the festival there is something for everyone here.  The Roc is based in the town of Frejus on the Mediterranean coast near Nice. Full info below from the press release.

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Italian and Spanish EWS rounds open at 4pm today

February 11th, 2015 · No Comments

Registration for the final two rounds of the 2015 Enduro World Series opens today Wednesday at 4pm Irish time.  Last year we visited the final venue in Finale Ligure and it was a highlight of the year.  The trails are perfection and the ability to fall into the Med after a long day in the saddle is not to be underestimated.  October is a perfect time to visit as it’s not too hot to ride (it’s plenty warm enough! – you’ll need sunscreen).

Matt Wragg/EWS

The Zona Zero round in Spain is an unknown quantity but excitement levels are high and I know that internally in the EWS they are very excited about this location in the Pyrenees.

Registration can be accessed from the Enduro World Series website here - www.enduroworldseries.com

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First look – Zona Zero EWS

February 10th, 2015 · No Comments

Ahead of the opening of registration for the final two rounds of the Enduro World Series tomorrow, here is an intro video from the penultimate round in Spain.  Zona Zero is based high in the Pyrenees.  Registration opens at 5 and if previous rounds are anything to go by will be gone quicksmart.

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2015 Irish XC NPS

February 5th, 2015 · No Comments

Details are beginning to emerge concerning the 2015 Irish Cross Country National Points series.  If you are not training now is the time to dig out the winter woolies and hit the trails hard in advance of this seasons XC race schedule.

This year there will be 5 rounds starting in Wicklow in mid April. [Read more →]

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SRAM – New found speed

February 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Many manufacturers produce different wheelsets but do you neccessarily know which wheel suits your particular riding style or terrain?  In this really nice edit from SRAM, BlackBox rider Jerome Clementz rides the three Enduro wheelsets from SRAM and gives his feedback on the benefits of each.  Its interesting to note that he feels they suit different conditions in different countries.  I wonder what he will be riding in the Emerald Enduro in May?

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CX Worlds Day 2 video and course preview

February 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

In certain parts of the world Cyclocross is religion.  Knobbly tyred road bikes are ridden to extremes by serious athletes in front of fanatical crowds of well oiled supporters.  This past weekend saw the worlds take place in Tabor, the Czech Republic.  Here are some takes on it courtesy of Shimano including a course preview with Eva Lechner.

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