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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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Emerald Enduro sells out in record time

January 28th, 2015 · No Comments

And just like that they were gone! In less than a minute the entire public allocation of entries to the Chain Reaction Cycles Emerald Enduro sold out, some 180 odd entries.  At 5pm the Enduro World Series released entries to the Emerald Enduro, the Scottish Tweedlove round and the French round in Samoens.  All three were sold out in under a minute and a half.

20 minutes later slots for those that hadn’t completed registration in time were re-released and these too sold out.  In 10 seconds flat.  Of course if you weren’t one of the lucky ones, check out www.enduroworldseries.com and join the wait list, you never know your luck.

Congrats to all the riders who were lucky enough to get a spot.  We’ll see you on the hill in May!

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Outsider people of the year awards this Thursday

January 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Outsider magazine will celebrate a year of amazing achievements at its third annual People of the Year event. Taking place on Thursday 29 January at the Generator, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7, the event, which is supported by Trident Holiday Homes and Cotswold Outdoor, will recognise those who have pushed the bar of adventure in 2014.
 
Nominees on the night include: [Read more →]

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Emerald Enduro registration opens tomorrow

January 27th, 2015 · No Comments

The long wait is finally over!  Registration opens tomorrow for the Emerald Enduro, the Tweedlove EWS in Scotland and the French round in Samoens.

Registration for the opening round in New Zealand opened last week and promptly sold out in 3 minutes.  With registration opening for  the three rounds mentioned above at 5pm Irish time tomorrow, those who are well prepared have a reasonable chance of getting in.

The Emerald Enduro takes place on Sunday the 28th of May at Carrick Mountain in Wicklow.  Riders will be able to practise on the preceeding Friday and Saturday on the seven stages.

The Tweedlove EWS round is the following Saturday and Sunday in Peebles, Scotland with practise available from the Wednesday.  These two rounds offer a great opportunity for riders to race back to back rounds with only one weeks holiday required, making it perfect for those looking to try and step up to the Pro level.

One of the greatest aspects of the EWS though is that it remains available to grass roots racers.  Having raced two rounds in 2014 we can highly recommend it!

Registration info can be found here - www.enduroworldseries.com

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Conor Lavelle signs for Ibis Enduro Team

January 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Irish junior Enduro star Conor Lavelle has signed for World Enduro team Ibis.  Lavelle had a breakout season in 2014 riding for Team Biking.ie finishing 3rd in the Junior category overall for the season despite only visiting a handful of rounds.

For 2015 the talented rider will race the full series beginning in New Zealand in March before heading back to home soil for round 2 in Wicklow in May.  Lavelle is only 17 and still developing as a rider.  He will be riding alongside Scottish rider Gary Forrest, who had a stand out season himself.  The star of the team is 13 time World Champion Anne Caroline Chausson, twice runner up at the Enduro World Series overall.  Chausson is a powerhouse and should make a good mentor for the young Irishman.

Photo Adrian van der Lee, Rider Conor Lavelle

For 2015 the talented rider will race the full series beginning in New Zealand in March before heading back to home soil for round 2 in Wicklow in May.  Lavelle is only 17 and still developing as a rider.  He will be riding alongside Scottish rider Gary Forrest, who had a stand out season himself.  The star of the team is 13 time World Champion Anne Caroline Chausson, twice runner up at the Enduro World Series overall.  Chausson is a powerhouse and should make a good mentor for the young Irishman.

Full release below -  [Read more →]

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Greg Callaghan signs for the Cube Action Team

January 14th, 2015 · No Comments

Irish Enduro World Series star Greg Callaghan has just announced a pro contract with top team Cube Action.  Greg has been a regular on the World Series for two years now but putting in the hard graft as a privateer racer.

While other top riders were getting pampered post practice and racing, Greg would be found washing and prepping his bike, cooking food and often living out of the back of a campervan while counting the pennies.  With an 8th place at the Enduro World Series round in Peebles, Scotland last year, Greg had many sitting up and taking notice.  A superb rider, this is a well deserved move and he joins an impressive roster that also includes Scottish round winner Nico Lau.  Watch out for Greg at the Enduro World Series round in Ireland in May!

Full release below. [Read more →]

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Crisis for Enduro? No Superenduro series in 2015

January 12th, 2015 · No Comments

In a surprise move the Italian Enduro series Superenduro will not take place this year.  Seen largely as the benchmark of European Enduro Series, Superenduro set the tone for the Enduro World Series aswell in the last few years, not least by hosting the final round of the EWS in 2012 and 2013.  Co-founder Enrico Guala is one of the heads of the EWS.

Superenduro has a serious setup with amazing courses and a reputation for running really smooth races.  Many Irish riders have made the trip to Italy for a round and it’s a major gap on the calendar now.  Hopefully it will make a welcome return for 2016, I for one will be aiming to visit for a round then.  Meanwhile the Superenduro team will focus on the final round of the 2015 EWS in Finale Ligure along with consulting to various other series.

Interestingly the release mentions the decision by British Cycling not to support Enduro for 2015 as being a factor in their decision…  Full release below.

2015, TIME CHECK FOR SUPERENDURO

January 12, 2015

Usually the last press release of the season or that of the new year are put out to announce the Superenduro schedule of the opening season, but not this time. For the very first time in the last eight years, during 2015 no races of the National Superenduro Series will take place. It has been a very tough and painful decision, but it is vital for the existence of the Superenduro itself.  [Read more →]

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How Bikes Took Over Dublin #infographic

January 9th, 2015 · No Comments

The Dublinbike initiative has been a massive success.  Here’s a fancy infographic to show how much. [Read more →]

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Neko Mulally moves to Scott

January 9th, 2015 · No Comments

Chainless World Champs wonder Neko Mulally has completed a move to Gstaad Scott for 2015, joining Brendan Fairclough.  Here is the introductory video.  More of this please!

In case you missed it here is the amazing run that netted Mulally 4th at World Champs last year.

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Trail saboteur caught red handed in Canada

January 8th, 2015 · No Comments

Following a prolonged period of trail sabotage two mountain bikers installed battery powered cameras in the trees to catch the saboteur in action.  It turned out to be a 64 year old lady who was promptly caught by the RCMP (Mounties) and is up in court in February accused of two criminal code violations

Cases like this appear in Ireland all the time.  The “Phantom Rock Dropper” in Ticknock was eventually tracked down for one but it is all too frequent occurrence.  Cases in the UK with piano wire have been recorded with riders suffering serious life changing injuries.  Be nice to think that cases would be treated so seriously over here.  Irish cases have resulted in “warnings” despite repeated infringements.

Have a read yourself here – nsmb.com/rcmp-arrest-trail-saboteur/

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