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Entries from April 2009

Mel Spath’s diary from World Cup Rd.2

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Mel Spath continued her maiden World Cup season with a trip home to Germany for Round 2 in Offenburg.  Here she describes practise and the race day itself.  Over to Mel… Last weekend I took part in my 2nd World Cup, in Offenburg, Germany. This one is regarded to be one of the classic ones, [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · World Cup

News Flash – 2 positives from the Olympics (Updated)

April 28th, 2009 · No Comments

The Associated Press are reporting that six athletes have tested positive from tests gathered at the Olympic Games – two cyclists, three track and field athletes and one weightlifter.  One of the track and field athletes is rumoured to be a gold medalist and La Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that one of the positive [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Lance Armstrong returns to racing in New Mexico

April 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Lance Armstrong has announced his return to racing will commence at the challenging 23rd SRAM Tour of the Gila (New Mexico, USA). The Texan was back on the bike days after a crash and subsequent collar bone fracture in the Castilla y León in (Spain) stage race on March 23.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

World Cup XC Rd.2 Offenburg Germany

April 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Last weekend saw the second round of the Cross Country World Cup take place in Offenburg Germany.  The course is renowned for its technical nature and being the first European round of the series, attracted a big entry. First up were the girls with 6 laps of the course for a 36 kilometre distance.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · World Cup

Review – Shimano SH-M230C shoe

April 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Shimano have recently introduced a new model to their custom shoe lineup.  The SH-M230C is a half way house between the full Custom Fit range topping shoe and a regular one.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Reviews · Tech

Downhill video from Pietmaritzburg – World Cup 1

April 25th, 2009 · No Comments

Ahead of the World Cup in Offenburg Germany which kicks off today, we thought we would show you the highlights of the downhill race from South Africa the other week, courtesy of mtbcut.tv.  Enjoy!

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · World Cup

Review – Gore Alp X II jacket

April 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

April is living up to its reputation with alternating temperatures, rain and sunshine.  With this is mind we thought we would look at a lightweight shell type jacket.  Fitting the bill perfectly is the Gore Alp X II Gore-tex pac-lite jacket.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews · Tech

MAD Max-XC event

April 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Dublin’s oldest mountain bike club, MADMTB, have just announced the rescheduled MTB XC-travaganza on 3 Rock Co. Dublin, 10th May 2009.  The event is being held to part-celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the club: 20 Years Offroad 1989 to 2009.

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Tags: Cross country · Racing

Results from NPS2 Ballinastoe

April 21st, 2009 · No Comments

Sunday saw the running of NPS2 in Ballinastoe woods.  Run by Sorrento CC, the race suffered from the wet conditions of the last few weeks with a course that turned to a muddy quagmire in sections making the racing extremely difficult with many riders forced to walk/run large sections.  It’s unfortunate as had conditions been [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Theo Bos brings down the yellow jersey at Tour of Turkey

April 20th, 2009 · 6 Comments

This video has to be seen to be believed.  It’s the final sprint of the Tour of Turkey and Theo Bos of Rabobank pulls down the yellow jersey of Darril Impey.  He actually throws him into the barriers taking the two of them out.  Apparently he hasn’t even been sanctioned for what surely deserves a [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling

Ritchey unveils new Superlogic component level

April 20th, 2009 · No Comments

Component manufacturer Ritchey has unveiled a new level in its range – Superlogic.  Listed above the successful WCS  carbon level (and Spoke.ie favourite), Superlogic products are made using a new carbon technology – “LCS” meaning Logic Composite technology.  LCT is Ritchey´s proprietary process for maximizing UD carbon fiber´s high tensile  strength by coupling it with [...]

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Tags: Road cycling · Tech

New Competition – Win Torq Energy

April 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Following on from our phenomenally successful TORQ gel competition last month we are set to continue with a TORQ energy promotion for the rest of April.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Road cycling · Uncategorized

MTB World Cup opener

April 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Last weekend the 2009 World Cup series kicked off in Pietmaritzburg in South Africa.  We brought you an insight with Ryan Sherlock and Mel Spath’s World Cup diaries but we thought we would bring you more detial on the weekends racing in 4Cross, Downhill and Cross Country.

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Tags: Cross country · Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing

Review – Jeantex Mayenne 5 in 1 jacket

April 17th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Summer is supposedly on the way but with the changeable weather that Ireland is known for we thought it was a good idea to have a look at a jacket that is adaptable to all sorts of conditions.  The Mayenne is a 5 in 1 jacket which can be quickly switched to fit conditions – [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Reviews · Tech

NPS 2 Ballinastoe this weekend

April 16th, 2009 · No Comments

The second round of the cross country NPS will take place this Sunday the 19th of April at Ballinastoe woods in Wicklow.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Ryan & Mels World Cup Diary Pt.2

April 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Ryan Sherlock and Mel Spath continue their exclusive look into the life of a World Cup racer with the second part of their South African diary. The race was held in Pietermaritzburg at altitude with high humidity and soaring temperature.  The womens XC race was won by Austria’s Elizabeth Osl with Irina Kalentieva second and [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Boonen makes it 3 in a row at Paris-Roubaix

April 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Belgian Tom Boonen claimed an amazing third Paris Roubaix crown all be it with some help from several crashes.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Ryan & Mels World Cup Diary

April 11th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Melanie Spath and Ryan Sherlock are currently in South Africa preparing to start the first cross country World Cup of the season.  The pair are privateer racers who have been training hard over the winter, despite having full time jobs, to be ready for the World stage.  They will be writing a diary of their [...]

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Tags: Olympics · Uncategorized

Armstrong in hot water in France

April 11th, 2009 · No Comments

Speculation is rife that Lance Armstrong may face a ban from the French federation for improper behaviour during an out of competition drug test on the 17th of March.  A ban would remove the Texan from the startline of this years Tour de France.  However it seems a little like a witch hunt, not for [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

On test – Winspace carbon products

April 10th, 2009 · No Comments

There is a new player in the carbon fibre market in Ireland – Hubcycles.  Set up in February 2009, they are the sole retailer for Winspace products in Ireland and the UK.  The products are sourced direct from the manufacturer in China cutting out the middle men (wholesaler, distributor etc) which results in very competitive [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Road cycling · Tech

Martinez fired from Felt

April 9th, 2009 · 1 Comment

French former World Champion Miguel Martinez has been fired from his team Felt International racing.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Review – Stans NoTubes ZTR 7000 series wheelset

April 8th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Stans NoTubes first made their name with their range leading tubeless goo but they haven’t stopped there.  This wheelset is made using Stans ZTR 7000 series aluminium rim which as well as being tubeless ready, is super light.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Reviews · Tech

Torq competition winner!

April 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Congratulations to Josef Corkery, the winner of our March TORQ competition.  Josef correctly answered 40% to our question – TORQ’s energy gels are formulated with a research-proven 2:1 Maltodextrin:Fructose blend. How much greater is the percentage carbohydrate delivery? We will be posting out his prize soon but don’t be disheartened lots of competitions are on [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Uncategorized

On test – Sombrio Sultan gloves

April 5th, 2009 · No Comments

These mesh gloves from Sombrio are perfect for the fantastic weather we are experiencing at the moment.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Review – Catlike Sakana helmet

April 4th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Cars have crumple zones now so do helmets.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews · Tech

New Shimano Ultegra groupset

April 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Shimano have just released details of their newly revised Ultegra groupset.

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling · Tech

UCI to introduce new class at World Champs

April 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment

The sports governing body, the UCI, has decided to introduce a new class to World Championship competition.  For 2010 we will see pregnant female riders compete in cross country.

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Tags: Uncategorized