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2015 Enduro World Series entries open in January

December 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Enduro World Series have announced the dates for the opening of registration for the 2015 series and in a bid to avoid the difficulties of 2014 they have staggered the dates on which events will be released.  Such was the demand last year that riders found it hard to register with events selling out in under 30 minutes in some cases.  With a staggered system riders will have a much higher likely-hood of success as they can target the races they truly care about.  Having entered two rounds in 2014 we can highly recommend these races and everyone should be aiming for a spot in the Emerald Enduro in May.  Fingers by your keyboards!  EWS official release below.

It doesn’t seem long since Jared Graves and Tracy Moseley were crowned this year’s Enduro World Champions – but in just a month’s time entries will open for the 2015 Enduro World Series. With eight rounds next year and demand for places expected to be high, this year there will be a phased entry system to try and help as many people as possible secure a spot. [Read more →]

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New SRAM X-SYNC™ Direct mount chain rings

December 17th, 2014 · No Comments

SRAM have just anonunced a change to their lineup with the addition of direct mount chain rings to their chainsets from XX1, X01 and X1-1400.  These new rings are lighter and have a huge range from a tiny 26T through to a monster 40T chain ring.  Essentially you loose the spider and bolt on chain ring in favour of a chain ring that mounts directly to the crank spindle.

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Chris Akrigg- CHRISCROSS 2 (Revenge of the curly wurly bars)

December 16th, 2014 · No Comments

And you thought skinny tyres weren’t fun!

Chris Akrigg-CHRISCROSS 2 (Revenge of the curly wurly bars) from chris akrigg on Vimeo.

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The Dudes of Hazzard – Business as Usual, Part 4 Funk Button Failure

December 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Joe & Co are back for the last installment of their Business as Usual series.  Funk-tastic!

The Dudes of Hazzard – Business as Usual, Part 4 Funk Button Failure from Joe Barnes on Vimeo.

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

December 9th, 2014 · No Comments

One last time for 2014, our favorite web series of the year comes to a close with the Finale from Finale of On Track with Curtis Keene.  Over the year I’ve talked to may racers on the Enduro World Series including World Champions both former and present.  While they are all great people, there is an incredible honesty and humility about Keene that is strangely compelling.  He doesn’t hide anything.  He’s chomping at the bit to be at the top of the standings and I hope he gets there.  Either way we’ll see him in Ireland in May!

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Yeti Bikes in Crested Butte

December 4th, 2014 · No Comments

Here’s a really nice riding video from Yeti filmed in Crested Butte, Colorado.  If you don’t immediately want to ride your bike there is something wrong. Please see your doctor immediately.

Elk Mountains. I’m Part of the Tribe. from Yeti Cycles on Vimeo.

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The Dudes of Hazzard, Business as Usual – Part 3 Red Truck Rental

December 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Part three of the Dudes adventures.  This time we are off to the good ol US of A.  Mosey on over with us as we lift the lid on the life of an EWS racer with top Chief Joe Barnes and co.

The Dudes of Hazzard, Business as Usual – Part 3 Red Truck Rental from Joe Barnes on Vimeo.

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UCI World Cup CX Koksijde

November 28th, 2014 · No Comments

The second round of the Cyclocross World Cup took place last weekend in Koksijde, Belgium.  CX is a religion in Belgium attracting huge crowds and a carnival type atmosphere.  This weekend sees the CX World Cup roll into Milton Keynes in the UK where 5 Irish men and 1 Irish lady will line out in the Elite race.  Meanwhile here is a some atmosphere from last weekend courtesy of Shimano.

More info about Milton Keynes here.

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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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