Spoke.ie header image 1

Keeping the consistency going! Justin Leov’s diary from EWS#5

July 29th, 2014 · No Comments

Justin Leov checks in from EWS#5 in Colorado!

Words by Justin Leov and photos by Jérémie Reuiller

July 28, 2014.

Next stop on the EWS Calendar was Winter Park Colorado. This round presented a few differences to previous races, such as the bike park environment, which saw the racing moving away from the European alpine terrain, also the racing at high altitude. [Read more →]

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Racing

EWS #5 Colorado Freeride Festival – Winter Park

July 28th, 2014 · No Comments

This past weekend the Enduro World Series headed over the pond to Colorado for three days of racing at the Winter Park bike park.  Here is the story of the weekend as told by EWS video partners Dirt TV, beginning with the preview that features our own Greg Callaghan of Nukeproof!

[Read more →]

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Shimano launch M200 Enduro shoe

July 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Shimano have announced details of a new Enduro specific MTB show, the M200.  The shoe has a number of interesting features such as a rasied inner heal and the pull tab lacing system that we have found to be excellent on the Mavic version.

SHIMANO INTRODUCES THE M200, A DEDICATED ENDURO SHOE [Read more →]

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Mountain biking · Tech

Specialized XCM World Championships 2014 – South Africa

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

2 weeks after the Ireland hosted the European Marathon MTB Champs in Ballyhoura, the World’s elite headed to South Africa for the World Championships.  Here is the story from Specialized who had a rather good day….

 

→ No CommentsTags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Video · World Champs

Michelle Muldoon – La Thuile EWS

July 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Irish rider Michelle Muldoon is currently touring Europe competing in Enduro races as she goes.  Here is her report on round 4 of the EWS from La Thuile.  Michelle is a relative newcomer to the sport but is showing the way internationally with some great results!  Over to Michelle….

Nestled in the stunning Aosta Valley, in the shadow of Mont Blanc, lies the lovely little town of La Thuile. A historic mining town with classic Italian charm, La Thuile is every outdoor enthusiasts paradise. With mountain bike trails originally built as pathways between the mines many years ago, this place is definitely a mountain bikers dream as the miles of singletrack give you a real mix of technical natural features to tackle, with fast, steep trails filled with fun swooping berms. A very popular ski resort in the Winter, and said to be one of the best places in Europe for white water rafting, it is only a matter of time before La Thuile will be up there as one of the best places in Europe for mountain biking also.  [Read more →]

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Racing

Davagh Enduro race report

July 18th, 2014 · No Comments

The 2nd Davagh Enduro took place a few weeks ago and was a huge success.  Here is the race report.  Congratulations to all involved!

Photo by Warren McConnaughie

The second Davagh Enduro powered by Chainreactioncycles.com took place in Davagh Forest Trails on Sunday 29 must have thought it was their lucky day. 200 rider sell out event and some sponsored riders also in the mix. We had a strong field who traveled from the south which made for some great racing with the best of the local and international riders. [Read more →]

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Mountain biking · Racing

On Track With Curtis Keene – Such Great Heights – Ep 6

July 17th, 2014 · No Comments

I spent some time in the company of Specialized’s Curtis Keene at the Scottish round of the EWS and was hugely impressed by his attitude, composure and professionalism.  On top of that he is a really nice guy.  His season is on the up and it’s only a matter of time before he gets a top result.

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Video

EWS LaThuile Highlights

July 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Are you Enduro?  Yes please!  Here are the highlights from Round 4 of the Enduro World Series courtesy of Dirt TV.  Pull up a pew for this one, might take a while!

DirtTV Enduro World Series Round Four La Thuile | Full Highlights a Mountain Biking video by AspectMediaUK

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Chris Akrigg – Is Chris playing out

July 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Trials superstar Chris Akrigg is back with another fantastic edit.

IS CHRIS PLAYING OUT from chris akrigg on Vimeo.

→ No CommentsTags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Video

Inside Specialized Racing: Ep. 6 – Leogang

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

After the success of Troy Brosnan in Fort William, Team Specialized headed to Leogang looking to see could Troy repeat or would World Cup leader Aaron Gwin be able to turn on the speed.

→ No CommentsTags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · World Cup

Santa Cruz Demo weekend in Djouce

June 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Bespoke Cycles are running a Santa Cruz demo day this weekend in Djouce Woods, Co. Wicklow.

With a large range of Santa Cruz bikes available this is well worth checking out including the new Nomad 27.5″.  These bikes will be popular so make sure that you arrive early to ensure you get to ride your chosen steed.  Here is what the guys have to say about the day! [Read more →]

→ No CommentsTags: 29er · 650B · Mountain biking

On Track With Curtis Keene – GMT Pt 2 – Ep 5

June 27th, 2014 · No Comments

We had the pleasure of spending some time with Curtis Keene at round 2 of the Enduro World Series round in Peebles, Scotland in May and was very impressed.  Keene was on unfamiliar ground in Scotland which couldn’t have been further from his native Californian trails.  A few familiar faces join him in this episode of his excellent On Track series, including our own Greg Callaghan!

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Cedric Gracia Through My Eyes S2 EP2 – Valloire EWS#3

June 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Wild man Cedric Gracia had a great race at Vailloire to pull of a 4th place.  Here we catch up with his weekend.

CEDRIC GRACIA THROUGH MY EYES S2 EP2 – VALLOIRE EWS#3 from Cedric GRACIA on Vimeo.

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Racing

EWS Valloire day 2 video

June 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Back to the mountain with the Dirt team for day 2 of the Enduro World Series #3 from Valloire.  If you haven’t read the preceding article from Justin Leov, now might be a good time!

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Video

Victory within sight! Justin Leov’s EWS diary

June 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Former Downhill World Cup regular Justin Leov made the jump to Enduro racing last year and following a winter of serious training is begining to establish himself as a major contender on the circuit.  Here he checks in after a mighty weekend in Valloire.

Words by Justin Leov and photos by Jérémie Reuiller.

It has been a busy few weeks since the last EWS round in Scotland. I have been on the road with Trek World Racing helping the Downhill guys go fast at the World Cups. Coming from Leogang, Austria I was excited to get back into my own racing after watching fellow Kiwi riders Brook Macdonald and George Brannigan both step onto the podium. I learnt a lot from being on the sideline of the Downhill World Cup and much of it I wanted to apply to the French round of the EWS in Valloire. [Read more →]

→ No CommentsTags: 29er · enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Racing

Day 1 Enduro World Series Valloire video

June 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

This  years Enduro World Series is an absolute cracker.  Here is day 1 from the DIRT team to give you an idea about Alpine style EWS racing after the woods of Scotland.

DirtTV Enduro World Series Round Three Valloire | Race Day One a Mountain Biking video by dirt

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Racing · Video

Team Lapierre Gravity Republic – Leogang

June 20th, 2014 · No Comments

A mixed day for the team in Leogang.  Watch out for Blenkinsop pedaling in the air as he comes into the finish.  Bruni’s crash to deny him what was looking like a maiden World Cup victory was tough but that’s racing!

Team Lapierre Gravity Republic : Leogang #WC4 from PureAgency on Vimeo.

→ No CommentsTags: Downhill · Racing · Uncategorized · World Cup

European Marathon MTB Champs Saturday video

June 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Last Saturday saw the support races for the European Marathon MTB Champs take place in Ballyhoura ahead of the main event on the Sunday.  Over 200 riders took to the trails for a superb race.

→ No CommentsTags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Injury update – Fabien Barel

June 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Three time downhill World Champion turned Enduro rider Fabien Barel is recovering from a horrible crash that resulting in several damaged vertebrae.  Having seen his x-rays he is a very lucky man.  Here’s a little catch up as to how he is doing.

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Mountain biking · Video

Inside Specialized Racing: Ep. 5 – Fort William

June 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Specialized’s Troy Brosnan took a huge win in what was a thrilling race in Fort William last week.  This video from the team gives a great behind the scenes view of race day.

→ No CommentsTags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · World Cup

On Track With Curtis Keene – Time, the Great Motivater – Ep 4

June 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Here we check in with Specialized’s Curtis Keene from the second round of the Enduro World Series in Scotland two weeks ago.  This was the most technical EWS yet and a little outside the comfort zone of the Californian – “Dude I’m just hanging on!” was his comment to me.  Despite this Keene pulled off a great result to finish 13th.  Watch out for his mention of riding with 5 Irish riders and there is even a small cameo from this writer.

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

#OnTheHunt – Team CRC/Nukeproof Fort William

June 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Sam Hill spearheads the Team CRC/Nukeproof assault on Fort William last weekend, claiming an excellent 2nd place along the way!

→ No CommentsTags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video · World Cup

Fort William race run on board with Josh Bryceland

June 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Here is Josh Bryceland’s race run from atop his helmet.  The British rider uploaded this to his channel on Youtube with a “comedy” tag…  Nothing funny about the speeds he hits!  Crazy stuff.  Bryceland finished 13th overall.

 

→ No CommentsTags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video · World Cup

This is Peaty S03, Ep 02

June 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Ahead of this weekend’s World Cup in Fort William, This is Peaty 2014 is back for Episode 2 in Sheffield and Cairns.  Enjoy!

→ No CommentsTags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Enduro World Series Scotland video

June 4th, 2014 · No Comments

Here are the daily video recaps from Singletrack magazine, the official media partners for the EWS#2 from Tweedlove in Scotland.  It was an incredible weekend of riding and racing on tough physical tracks that demanded the best of all competitors and was the toughest the series has seen yet.  For the Scots and the Irish it was a chance to shine!

Tweedlove Enduro World Series Race Day One from Singletrack Magazine on Vimeo.

Tweedlove Enduro World Series Race Day Two from Singletrack Magazine on Vimeo.

Junior Conor Lavelle finished in 3rd overall with Greg Callaghan taking an excellent 8th place in Elites.  Tons of other notable performances from Irish riders including Dan Wolfe who posted the 4th fastest time on the last stage and Junior Scott Wallace who placed 4th on the last two stages.  Well done to all.

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Video

Giro enters decisive few days

May 29th, 2014 · No Comments

After the drama of Tuesday’s stage and the red flag controversy the Peloton heads again into the mountains today, tomorrow and Saturday for what will be three of the toughest days on this year’s race.

Today’s stage 18 is already well under way [Read more →]

→ No CommentsTags: Racing · Road cycling

Fast Finishes and Huge Crashes – UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Czech Republic

May 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Here is a nice little highlights summary for the UCI World Cup Eliminator last weekend.

→ No CommentsTags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Nino Schurter in the dessert

May 26th, 2014 · No Comments

We’re gearing up for this weekends Enduro World Series race in Scotland so when this video popped up on our screens we took note.  Swiss XC World Champion Nino Schurter has proven he is a bit more than your average lycra rider when it comes to the more aggressive side to riding.  A decent performance at the final round of the EWS last year showed his bike handling is right up there.  In this video for Oakley he takes a spin around some of the legendary trails of Southern Utah’s Gooseberry Mesa and Guacamole aboard his Scott Genius LT.  Happy Monday!

→ No CommentsTags: Cross country · enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking

Battaglin takes magnificent stage win, GC hots up

May 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani CSF) hung in up the 11 km climb up to Oropa to catch Dario Cataldo (Team Sky) and Jarlinson Pantano (Team Colombia) seemingly when the finale was down to the two of them with an amazing late sprint.

The sprinter isn’t exactly known for his climbing but made the most of being in the break to catch and pass many other riders who would have been expected to distance him considerably on the climb.  Speaking afterwards he outlined his day - “I suffered on the climb, and on the hardest section, I couldn’t keep up. I had to go full gas in the last 500m and, when I got across to Cataldo and Pantano, I had to breathe for a second because I’d had to ride at 100% to catch them. Thankfully, they lost speed and I did a great sprint and managed to get past them in the final 30m. I looked around to make sure I had really won, and to see if anyone else was coming from behind.” [Read more →]

→ No CommentsTags: Racing · Road cycling

Gravity Enduro Round 2 video

May 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Put the kettle on, sit back and enjoy the video from round 2 of the Gravity Enduro!  World class racing on a simply superb course over looking the capital.  Round 3 is selling out fast so make sure you have your entry!

2014 Trek Gravity Enduro Ireland Round 2 – Ticknock, County Dublin from Biking.ie on Vimeo.

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Racing · Video