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Entries from February 2009

NPS Round 1- Kilgarvan, Co.Kerry

February 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Round 1 of the Irish Cross Country NPS series will take place in a new venue- Rossacrue Woods, Kilgarvan, Co.Kerry on Sunday March 22nd.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Animal-Commencal Team 2009

February 26th, 2009 · No Comments

On Tuesday Team Animal-Commencal had it’s 2009 press launch.  Present were all three of the amazingly successful Atherton’s resplendent in their new team kit.  World champions Gee and Rachel Atherton will again focus on Downhill for the coming season with eldest brother Dan riding both downhill and 4 cross.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · World Champs

New Shimano MTB Wheelsets

February 24th, 2009 · No Comments

Shimano recently announced two new entry level mountain bike wheelsets to its range.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Tech

It’s official – Lance Armstrong to race the Tour of Ireland

February 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Speculation has been rife for a number of months that Lance Armstrong would ride the Tour of Ireland this year and it has finally been confirmed that he will indeed line up on August 19th for the grand depart.

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling · Uncategorized

Leipheimer wins the Tour of California

February 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Levi Leipheimer made it three wins from three at the Tour of California on a difficult stage that saw four rated climbs and one hors categorie climb. The day was a good one for the Astana team who not only took the Team classification as well but also the Tour of the Algarve overall through [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Leipheimer takes stage win no.2 at the Time trial

February 21st, 2009 · No Comments

All along Stage 6 of the Tour of California was seen as a crucial one for GC and it didn’t disappoint with some thrilling racing over a 15 mile course in Solvang.  Yellow jersey holder Levi Leipheimer knew that he would have to pull out all of the stops to hold of Michael Rogers and [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Stage 2 & 3 of the Tour of California

February 18th, 2009 · No Comments

Despite continuing poor weather conditions the Tour of California has witnessed some surprises as an explosive ride from Levi Leipheimer on stage 2 put him in yellow and we finally had a bunch sprint to the finish of day 3.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

New Shimano Deore

February 17th, 2009 · No Comments

Looking like a far more expensive high end group, the new Deore carries many of the features from its bigger brothers but at a fraction of the price.  We clapped eyes on the new groupset at the Shimano press camp last Friday and we reckon it does live up to the hype.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Stage 1 of the Tour of California

February 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Amid terrible weather conditions the second stage of the Tour of California produced a few major shocks and a considerable shake up to General Classification (GC).

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Tour of California under way – Prologue result

February 15th, 2009 · No Comments

The Tour of California kicked off on Saturday with a short 3.9km time trial in Sacramento.  For the second year in a row Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara dominated the field with a powerful display to start the Tour in the yellow leaders jersey.  An estimated 100,000 turned out to watch the prologue, many looking for [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Spoke.ie nominated for Irish Blog Award

February 14th, 2009 · No Comments

We have just found out that Spoke.ie has been nominated in the Sport and recreation category for an Irish Blog Award.  Many thanks to those who voted for us we really appreciate it!

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Tags: General commentary · Uncategorized

Sponsorship deal gives Downhill diehards Hope

February 13th, 2009 · No Comments

No Fuss Events, organisers of the Endurance Downhill mountain bike race at Nevis Range, Fort William, have just unveiled Hope Technology, manufacturers of cycle parts for more than 20 years, as headline sponsor for the 2009 event.

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Tags: Downhill · Endurance events · Mountain biking · Racing

Tour of California Preview

February 11th, 2009 · No Comments

All eyes in the cycling world will focus in on California from Saturday for the start of this years edition of the Amgen Tour of California.  The start list is a veritable who’s who of cycling and it is a long time since so many champions have lined out together at the same time.

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling

On test – KTM Score Master

February 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Ever since we first clapped eyes on them in the hallowed halls of Eurobike we have been itching to throw a leg over a KTM and finally we have the opportunity. (Click image to enlarge)

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Tags: Cross country · General commentary · Mountain biking · Tech

On test – Catlike Sakana helmet

February 7th, 2009 · No Comments

Having reviewed the phenomenal  Catlike range topping Whisper Plus we decided we wanted more so we contacted the company about reviewing the next model down – the Sakana.  This helmet has many of the features of the Whisper Plus but also some neat extras which we will let you know about when we release the [...]

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Tags: Cross country · General commentary · Mountain biking · Road cycling · Tech

Boonen wins Tour of Qatar

February 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Amidst an emotionally charged final stage, Isle of Man rider Mark Cavendish took his second stage victory in a sprint finish in Qatar earlier today.  Making up for earlier mistakes in the race the young rider claimed his second stage win ahead of Germans Robert Forster and Heinrich Haussler.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

New Cannondale SuperSix with Di2

February 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Cannondale have just released details of their new SuperSix Elite road bike.  The range topper comes with Shimano’s new Dura Ace Di2 electronic groupset, Zipp wheels, a Fl’zi:k saddle and FSA K-Force components.

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling · Tech

Cloon Round of the Winter DH League postponed

February 5th, 2009 · No Comments

Due to the current wintry weather the round of the Downhill Winter League scheduled for this weekend has had to be postponed.  No alternative date has been released yet for the event but we will bring you news of it as soon as we have it.  In the mean time get out there and enjoy [...]

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Tags: Downhill · General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing

Former World Champ Christophe Depouey commits suicide

February 5th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The 40 year old ex-MTB Cross Country World Champion took his own life on Wednesday.  Depouey rode for the incredibly successful Sunn-Nike team, competing in two Olympics finishing 4th in both races.  He was crowned World Champion in 1998 in Mont-Saint Anne, Canada and was one of the most consistent riders on the World Cup [...]

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Tags: Cross country · General commentary · Mountain biking · Uncategorized

Tragedy at the Tour of Qatar

February 5th, 2009 · No Comments

21 year old Fredereick Nolf, a rider with Topsport Vlaanderen, passed away in his sleep last night at the Tour of Qatar.  The young rider had seemed fit and well throughout the race.  It is thought (speculation) that he may have suffered a heart attack in his sleep.  Today’s 5th stage has been shortened to [...]

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Tags: Uncategorized

K-Capital Cup 2009 – new format announced!

February 4th, 2009 · No Comments

The K Capital Series is taking a new twist for 2009. The format this year will no longer follow the standard XC format; instead it will be a challenge series with a big lap format. The events will be a mass start with all competitors doing the same race distance*. These won’t be marathons as [...]

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Tags: Cross country · General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing

All Mountain Experience on TV tonight

February 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

All Mountain Experience, the MTB holiday company owned and run by Irish internationals Tarja Owens and Niall Davis will be appearing on RTE 1 tonight, Tuesday the 3rd of February, at 10.15pm.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Uncategorized

Englishmen claim stage 1 and 2 at Tour of Qatar

February 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

With two days racing complete the Tour of Qatar has been led by two different British riders so far but neither of them are race favourite Mark Cavendish.

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling

Clarification of dates for the XC National Champs

February 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

The Off Road Commission has recently confirmed the rearranged date for the 2009 XC National Championships.  It is now confirmed for Saturday the 18th of July 2009.  Full details of the date switch below.  Details of a venue will be released shortly and we will bring you info as soon as we have it.

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Tags: Cross country · General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing