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Entries from July 2008

Treks new 2009 Fuels.

July 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Details have just reached us of the new Trek full-suspension cross country race bikes, the Top Fuel 9.9SSL, Top Fuel 9.8, Fuel EX 9.9 and EX9.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Relentless 24 hour race

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Over the weekend of the 11th October over 400 racers will take part in the Relentless 24 hour race in Fort William, Scotland.

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Tags: Endurance events · General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing

Magura suspension forks 2009.

July 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Magura, the German suspension and brake company, have recently announced the new products for their 2009 lineup. Some models have been improved, lightened and revamped and some new products appear too. Here we take a look at the new editions to the suspension fork range.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Danish MTB champ & Olympian positive for EPO

July 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Peter Riis Anderson, Denmark’s cross country MTB champion and Olympic rider has tested positive for EPO.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Olympics

World Cup returns, Absalon & Premont dominate XC

July 28th, 2008 · No Comments

The Mountain Bike World Cup returned this weekend to Mont Saint Anne in Quebec, Canada.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Olympics · Racing

Sastre wins, Tour over for another year.

July 28th, 2008 · No Comments

CSC-Saxo bank capped of a fantastic Tour on Sunday when Carlos Sastre claimed the yellow jersey and Andy Schleck took the white young riders jersey.

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Tags: Road cycling · Tour de France

Carlos Sastre has the ride of his life to defy the pundits and hold on to yellow.

July 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Carlos Sastre surprisingly held on to the yellow jersey in a tight and tense final time trial today. Pre-Tour favourite Cadel Evans couldn’t overcome Sastre’s lead despite being on paper the better time trailer.

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Tags: Road cycling · Tour de France

‘Off road to Athens’ DVD review

July 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This was the first documentary film from Gripped Films (makers of 24 Solo – review to follow) and follows the selection process for the US Olympic team for the 2004 Athens Games.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing · Reviews

Paulissen confirmed as World Marathon champ.

July 24th, 2008 · No Comments

Christoph Sauser’s appeal to the UCI over his relegation to second place at the Marathon World Championships on the 6th July, has failed.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Racing · World Champs

Sastre lights up L’Alpe d’Huez but its not over until the time trialers sing.

July 24th, 2008 · No Comments

Todays stage ended at the summit of one of the most feared and famous mountains in the Tour lexicon - L’Alpe d’Huez.

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Tags: Road cycling · Tour de France

Seymour makes it lucky number 15.

July 21st, 2008 · No Comments

Sunday saw Robin Seymour add another green Irish national jersey to a collection that now numbers 15 strong.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Olympics · Racing

Nail biter sees Schleck take the yellow jersey, epic days await

July 21st, 2008 · No Comments

Sundays 15th stage of the Tour saw the favourites jockey for position on the mountain top finish to Prato Nevoso.

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Tags: Road cycling · Tour de France

EPO source revealed? Barloworld withdraw sponsorship of team.

July 19th, 2008 · No Comments

A possible source of the new form of EPO used by one of the riders who tested non-negative (why not just positive?) has been revealed.

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Tags: Road cycling · Tour de France

Irish MTB XC nationals

July 18th, 2008 · No Comments

The Irish mountain bike XC national championships take place this weekend in the spiritual home of cross country racing – Kilruddery. The circuit is one of the best in the country

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Tags: Mountain biking · Racing

New Shimano Saint preview

July 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Shimano have redesigned their top selling gravity group set Saint for 2008. While sharing some of the features from the original group, much of it has been redesigned from the ground up as Shimano have listened to their sponsored riders. Increased rigidity combined with lighter weight are the watch word for this group which has [...]

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Tags: Tech · Tour de France

Commencal 2009 range

July 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Details have just emerged of the new 2009 Commencal range of mountain bikes. For those of you who don’t know, Commencal is based in Andorra and is owned and run by Max Commencal who previously ran the Sunn bycicle group. Formed in 2000 Commencal was immediately succesful when the first bike it produced (the Supernormal) [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Ricco tests positive, Saunier-Duval withdraw – UPDATED

July 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Italian rider and double stage winner in this years Tour Riccardo Ricco has tested positive for EPO.

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Tags: Road cycling · Tour de France

Marzocchi on the rocks

July 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Troubled Italian manufacturer Marzocchi has estimated debts of $15 million in its suspension division.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Russian superpower returns?

July 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

In yet another team revamp, Tinkoff owner Oleg Tinkov will try to do what Garmin-Chipotle is attempting to do and create a new super team.

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Tags: Road cycling

An Aussie in yellow

July 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Cadel Evans finally dragged on the yellow jersey on Sunday on stage 10 to Hautacam. Evans stands 1 second ahead of Luxemberger Frank Schleck on General Classification.

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Tags: Road cycling · Tour de France

Judgement day for the Pro-Tour

July 15th, 2008 · No Comments

The death knell sounded for the Pro-Tour today as 17 teams announced that they would not be renewing their Pro-Tour licenses and would instead be setting up some new structure with the 3 Grand Tour organisers.

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Tags: General commentary · Road cycling · Tour de France

Evans set to pounce?

July 12th, 2008 · No Comments

The day before the Tour enters the real mountains for the first time most of the favourites are primed for attack, particularly last year’s runner up Cadel Evans.

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Tags: Road cycling · Tour de France

Sunglasses review – Oakley Radar & Adidas Evil Eye Climacool.

July 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Okay so it’s not much like Summer at the moment but glasses in mountain biking serve two purposes- to keep sun out of your eyes and to keep crud out of your eyes. Both of the brands I tested are available with clear or daylight boosting lenses and the Adidas glasses actually come with a [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews · Road cycling · Tech

French do the double at the Tour

July 7th, 2008 · No Comments

Not content with merely taking a stage, French riders managed a break, stage win and the coveted yellow jersey on todays stage between Saint Malo and Nantes.

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Tags: Road cycling · Tour de France

Tour de France stage 1

July 6th, 2008 · No Comments

Wow, the first Tour in over 40 years to start without a prologue and we get all the main players (bar one) fighting it out until the finish line

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Tags: Road cycling · Tour de France

Tour ’08 picks

July 4th, 2008 · No Comments

With the start of the 2008 Tour de France tomorrow, I thought I would take a look at some of the contenders for this year’s crown.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

The way forward…

July 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

M50 congestion, rush hour(s) madness etc.etc. Maybe this is the way forward for Dublin? Here is a You tube video I came accross the other day.  It features an innovative bike storage solution for Tokyo.  Its in Japanese but you get the idea pretty quick. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE4fvwTBtno">Japanese space saving]

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Tags: General commentary

New face on the UCI MTB commission

July 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

South African downhiller Greg Minaar has joined the UCI MTB commission as the rider representative.  The Fort William World Cup winner and former two-time World Champ will have imput into rule changes and policy decisions which affect downhill and 4-cross.  Formerly of the now defunct G-Cross Honda team, Minaar now rides for the Santa Cruz [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Racing

Irish XC NPS 5

July 1st, 2008 · No Comments

The fifth round of the Irish cross country NPS series will take place this coming weekend in Tymon Park in Tallagh. Promoted by the IMBRC club, the race returns to this excellant park style venue for a fast and

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Tags: Mountain biking · Racing