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Entries from June 2009

Special edition Cervelo Tour de France frames

June 30th, 2009 · No Comments

To celebrate the both the start of Tour de France 2009 and Carlos Sastre’s position as defending champion this year, Cervélo are pleased to announce the lunch of two very special and very limited editions of their flagship road frames; the all-conquering R3-SL and super aero S3 in exclusive black and yellow pinstripe paintjobs.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tech · Tour de France

Connor McConvey signs with Focus De-Brink Ten Tusscher

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Irish cyclist Connor Mc Convey has overcome the recent problems with the now non existent Felt MTB trade team by immediately signing with the Dutch based team Focus De-Brink Ten Tusscher.  Despite the problems for his former team, it has been a breakthrough year for the young Ulster-man who is ranked inside the top 5 [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · World Cup

Roche wins National Champs & will start the Tour

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Nicolas Roche claimed the Irish National Champion jersey with a blistering attack on the final climb to drop An Post riders David O’Laughlin and Paidi O’Brien, soloing to the line.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

The Atherton Project Part 3

June 28th, 2009 · No Comments

With Houffalise a distant memory its off to La Bresse for the next round of the Downhill World Cup.  Then it’s on to Andorra for an enduro ride with Cyril Depresse, before the Andorra World Cup round.

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Tags: Downhill · Video

More news from Irish International MTB racers

June 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Richard Felle (ThinkBike) and Caitlinn Elliot (UCD) raced successfully in the Racer Bikes Cup in Switzerland last Sunday. Both racers competed against some of the worlds best mountain bikers on a difficult course which included long steep climbs,long flat fireroads and short greasy descents. Both riders did surprisingly well on a course that lacked any [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Tech · Uncategorized

Tour teams coming in

June 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Many of the top Pro-teams have begun to announce their teams for the Tour de France set to start in Monaco in 10 days time.  Some surprises there are, but the vast majority are how we expected them with one of the strongest fields set to start including no less than 4 former winners.  Below [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

The Atherton project Part2

June 25th, 2009 · No Comments

Continuing the insider view of the life of the Atherton family, part 2 of this series sees us at the Houffalise World Cup where both Dan and Gee raced 4 cross.

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Tags: Downhill · Video

Book review – Boy Racer by Mark Cavendish

June 24th, 2009 · No Comments

At the tender age of 24 Mark Cavendish is only in his third season as a pro. An autobiography seems a bit of a stretch for an athlete in such an early stage of his career. However, this book surprises and inspires with outspoken views, insider insights and a life story to date full of [...]

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Tags: Reviews · Road cycling · Tour de France

10 @ Kirroughtree

June 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

No Fuss events are the masterminds behind a series of three 10 hour endurance events held around Scotland every summer.  This, the second round, is held in the singletrack mecca that is Kirroughtree, part of the Scottish Forrestry Commissions legendary 7Stanes network on Saturday the 11th of July. We had the pleasure of a behind [...]

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Tags: Endurance events · Mountain biking · Video

Maribor DH World Cup round

June 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

At the weekend the World Cup circus rolled into Slovenia for the Maribor round of the Downhill World Cup.  The podium’s top step was occupied for the first time by a non-Santa Cruz Syndicate rider  after a tough days riding on a great course. 

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video · World Cup

2010 World Cup dates announced

June 20th, 2009 · No Comments

Dates have been announced for the 2010 MTB World Cup series with new courses in the US and UK featured.  The series will open with a round of the Cross country in Dalby Forest.  Unsurprisingly then Fort William will again host downhill and 4 Cross but not XC in June.   Our pick of the [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · World Cup

The Epic Cycle Part 3- The Veteran

June 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Time for  part 3 of the Epic Cycle animations we have been showing you.  This one focuses on Team Columbia and it’s veteran rider George Hincapie, who was for so long the key lieutenant of Lance Armstrong.

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Tags: Road cycling · Tour de France · Video

Astana financial problems resolved

June 18th, 2009 · No Comments

Astana Cycling Team through team Manager Johan Bruyneel have reached an agreement with the license holder, the Kazakh Cycling Federation (KCF).

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

On test- Fox 32 2010 15mm XC fork

June 16th, 2009 · No Comments

We had to tell you about the fork we have currently on test.  Courtesy of OC Tuning we have a pre-release of the 2010 Fox 32 cross country fork featuring a 15mm through axle.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Tech

Irish duo racing abroad

June 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Yesterday Irish elite mountain bike racers Cait Elliott (UCD) and Richie Felle (Think Bike) competed in the German Bundesliga race in Albstadt. Having experienced considerable success in Ireland, the pair are currently touring Europe to gain international experience for the first time. Ranked UCI Hors Category, this race offered the toughest challenge yet with the [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

XC NPS Rd7 results – 3Rock

June 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Results are now in from today’s NPS race organised by MAD on 3 Rock.  The event was a roaring success with racers facing a great course with long wooded singletrack sections.  Conditions were perfect at the start with beaming sunshine and ehh… midges.  Towards the end of the seniors races thought the heavens opened but [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Newsflash – 2 medals at the European DH champs

June 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Word has just reached us from James O’Carroll in the pits at the European championships that Irish rider Maeve Baxter was crowned European Masters Female Downhill champion in Slovenia today Saturday.  The Rostrevor native took the win by a startling 20 seconds and will now get to race in the Champions jersey.  In the Men’s [...]

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Tags: Downhill · General commentary · Racing

Review- Bell Volt helmet

June 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Bell have been making helmets since the birth of mountain biking way back when.  The Volt is the newest offering from the company with a fantastic design suitable for both road and mountain biking.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews · Road cycling

Dauphine Libere days 3-5

June 12th, 2009 · No Comments

It has been a busy few days at the Dauphine Libere with the lead changing hands a few times and three different types of stage.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

The Epic Cycle Episode 2 “The 3 Kings”

June 12th, 2009 · No Comments

We showed you part 1 earlier in the week and here is part 2.  This episode focuses on the triple headed animal that is Team Astana, i.e. the dynamic between Armstrong, Contador and Leipheimer.

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Tags: Road cycling · Tour de France · Video

Course details for NPS 7 3Rock

June 11th, 2009 · No Comments

MAD have just released details of the course for their NPS XC race this weekend.  The following is a description of the route of what is set to be a great race and a really good introduction to the sport for anyone who hasn’t raced before.  Don’t miss this one. Also don’t forget to pre-register [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

UCI to name dopers next week

June 11th, 2009 · No Comments

UCI President Pat McQuaid announced yesterday that they will name a number of riders next week who have been found to be doping through the use of the UCI’s blood passport system.

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Tags: Road cycling · Tour de France

Special Training Days with Niall Davis 27/28th June

June 10th, 2009 · No Comments

Niall Davis will be flying in to run some training days the weekend of the 27/28th of June.  Currently in Italy where All  Mountain Experience is based at Lake Garda.  Niall has loads of experience both as an International Downhill and Cross Country rider and as a coach and guide.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Special Edition Giro Livestrong helmets

June 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Giro have been a long time sponsor of Lance Armstrong.   When he announced his return to racing this year, in conjunction with a high profile campaign for Armstrong’s cancer foundation Livestrong, it came as no surprise to see a special edition Livestrong helmet range from Giro much like Nike has done with some of its [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Tech · Uncategorized

Dauphine Libere Days 1&2

June 9th, 2009 · No Comments

With the Giro over all attention is now firmly on the main Grand Tour of the year, the Tour de France and the traditional warm-up events where we get the first signs of what kind of form the contenders are in. 

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

The Epic Cycle Episode 1 “The Road”

June 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Thanks to Levi Leipheimer for pointing out this fantastic trailer from one of the US TV networks. It was made to drum up interest in the Dauphine Libere currently winding its way around France (more of that later) and as a teaser for the Tour de France pointing out some of the contenders- admitedly with [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France · Video

Fort William Downhill World Cup

June 8th, 2009 · No Comments

Last weekend saw the staging of the 4th round of the UCI Downhill World Cup and 4 Cross in a sunny Fort William in Scotland.  Racing was tight and close with Greg Minaar taking his second win of the season and Sabrina Jonnier taking her third consecutive win.  Below is a video (courtesy of freecaster.tv) [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video · World Cup

The Atherton Project part 1

June 6th, 2009 · No Comments

For a look inside the life of a double World Champion family take a look at this series of videos from the Atherton trio. This part includes Rachel’s crash in California which has put her out for the first part of the season and the first round of the World Cup from South Africa. We [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video

NPS 7 3Rock

June 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Mad MTB have just announced details of their round of the NPS XC series to be held Sunday week the 14th of June at 3 Rock mountain in Dublin.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Giro d’Italia, Menchov wins!

June 5th, 2009 · No Comments

The centenary Giro d’Italia drew to a close on Sunday with an individual time trial in the streets of Rome.  Russian Denis Menchov was crowned the winner after a tough 3 weeks of racingcovering 3455kms, which saw the top two riders separated by only 41 seconds.  A dramatic crash just before the finish line on [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France