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Entries from July 2009

Sidi Eagle 6 SRS MTB shoes

July 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Sidi are an Italian company renowned for making some of the best performance shoes in the industry. These Eagle 6 ones are no exception with an excellent stiff carbon fibre sole and comfortable fit, perhaps the most comfortable shoe we have ridden yet.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews

Tour of Ireland News

July 30th, 2009 · No Comments

More information is coming in regarding the 2009 edition of the Tour of Ireland concerning both routes and teams.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Hincapie rode 4 stages with broken collarbone

July 29th, 2009 · No Comments

It seems this is the year to break your collarbone.  American Columbia rider George Hincapie broke his collarbone on stage 17 of the Tour, July 22nd.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Armstrong forms new team

July 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Lance Armstrong has just announced the formation of a new American Pro-Tour team for 2010 under the sponsorship of American chain Radioshack.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Contador wins the Tour

July 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Well it’s all over for another year.  After 3,459.5 kilometres the yellow jersey rests on the shoulders of Spaniard Alberto Contador with the most impressive winning margins since 2005.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Cannondale Synapse short

July 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Cannondale have always been at the high end of the sport with quality products which reflect the companies heritage.  Of late they have not been as visible on the World Cup circuit as normal but with multiple World Cup victories under their belts and the World Male Marathon Championship for 2008, they know how to [...]

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Tags: Reviews

Review – Pearl Izumi’s Women’s select cycling skirt

July 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

One for the girls (or what ever you are into) this is a skirt and a cycling short combined.

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Tags: Reviews

The Atherton Project Episode 5

July 24th, 2009 · No Comments

Rachel is off to have her shoulder operation, Dan is recovering from breaking his scapula but still rides the Fort William 4 Cross World Cup and Gee, well he is racing DH in Fort Bill.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video · World Cup

Review – Park bike cleaning brush set

July 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Park tools make some of the best tools on the market so when they make a bike cleaning set you know it will cover all bases.  With 4 brushes included its a comprehensive set.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews

New KTM Downhill bike

July 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

For 2010 Austrian company KTM have completely re-designed their downhill bikes the Aphex and the Tribute. The frame has two travel settings yielding 200-230mm travel on the rear wheel equating to 440-600mm movement to the rear wheel.  The wheelbase is also adjustable with three settings (440/450/460mm) allowing riders to extend or reduce the amount of [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Racing · Reviews · Tech

Review – Lizard Skins Charger grips

July 21st, 2009 · No Comments

These nifty grips from Lizard Skins are perfect for cross country riding with a nice low profile grip and comfy lined pattern.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews

KCapital Challenge Round 1 – Killruddery

July 21st, 2009 · No Comments

Round 1 of the new KCapital Challenge takes place this Sunday at Killruddery.

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Tags: Cross country · Endurance events · Mountain biking · Racing

Irish XC Nationals Results

July 20th, 2009 · No Comments

On Saturday Irish XC racers descended on Dunmore mountain in County Down for the 2009 Championships.  The course was short but steep with savage climbs which quickly spread out the large field.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Contador conquers Verbier

July 19th, 2009 · No Comments

In a dominating performance Spaniard Alberto Contador again distanced the peloton in a fantastic ride up to the Swiss town of Verbier on Stage 15 of the Tour de France today.  

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Tour of Ireland route announced

July 19th, 2009 · No Comments

The Tour of Ireland event organisers have finalised route details for this year’s race. The three day race, in association with Fáilte Ireland, takes place on 21st to 23rd August with seven times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong (Astana) and eight time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) already confirmed as [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling

Hincapie misses yellow by 5 seconds, Roche 2nd on the stage!

July 18th, 2009 · No Comments

Today saw a large breakaway group succeed to the line with George Hincapie the unluckiest rider, missing out on yellow by a lousy five seconds.  The stage was won by Ivanov of Team Katusha with Ireland’s Nicolas Roche an impressive second.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Newsflash- Leipheimer out of the Tour!

July 17th, 2009 · No Comments

Key Astana lieutenant and possible podium finisher Levi Leipheimer is out of the Tour de France with a broken wrist it was announced this morning.

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Tour nutrition

July 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Ever wonder what a Tour rider consumes on the bike in a day?  Dr Allen Lim is the team nutritionist for Garmin-Slipstream and here he takes us through what Christian VandeVelde, Bradley Wiggins and co eat during a stage.

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

Review- Mule Refuel bars

July 16th, 2009 · No Comments

After a heavy training ride or race one of the first things you need to do is replace some of the lost energy in your system.  This not only allows you to help build muscle but it also speeds up your recovery and helps you to get the most from the ride.  With that in [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Reviews

Review – Lezyne stainless steel multitool

July 16th, 2009 · No Comments

This has been a constant companion for the past few months with just about every tool you could need on the trail.

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Tags: Reviews

Cav yet again!

July 15th, 2009 · No Comments

At the stage finish today in Saint-Fargeau it was Manx man Mark Cavendish who dominated yet again easily winning the sprint finish.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

New MTB E-bike design from KTM

July 15th, 2009 · No Comments

KTM have just announced a new electronic bike design to their range.  It is available as both a treking bike and unusually, a mountain bike.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Irish DH Nationals on Sunday

July 15th, 2009 · No Comments

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing

Cav wins again!

July 14th, 2009 · No Comments

Following a neutralised stage (by the majority of the riders) on Bastille day today, Mark Cavendish won a bunch sprint with green jersey holder Thor Hushovd following behind for second place.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Irish National Championships this Saturday

July 14th, 2009 · No Comments

The Irish Mountain bike Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Dromara Cycling Club at Dunmore Mountain near Spa, Ballynahinch on Saturday 18 July 2009.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Results and report from NPS8

July 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Sunday saw the last round of the NPS organised by EPIC at Djouce Woods.  Technical and full of singletrack the course was a real mountain bikers course.  Credit is well deserved to EPIC for a well organised event with proper timing, food, commentary and plenty of new singletrack for what must be a contender for [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

New 24 hour race for Ireland

July 12th, 2009 · No Comments

Gael Force Cycle West is a new 24 hour race to be held in Westport over the weekend of the 19th/20th of September.  24 hour racing has been a huge success around the world and is now reaching our shores for the first time.  Unusually this race has two different events, not only a 24hour [...]

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Tags: Endurance events · Mountain biking · Racing · Road cycling

Review – Wilier Mortirolo Voloce Road bike

July 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Wilier are an Italian brand that make some particularly fine road bikes.  They sponsor the Milram Pro-Tour team on the road and ooze Italian style throughout from interesting spec options to frame design and colours.

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Tags: Reviews · Road cycling

New leader at the Tour de France

July 11th, 2009 · No Comments

Yesterday the Tour headed into the high mountains for the first time with a Hors Category finish in Andorra.  At the finish Frenchman Brice Feillu lead home the breakaway group which had been out front for most of the day and the yellow jersey had changed hands from the back of Fabian Cancellara but not [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

New Giro Prolight helmet debuts today at the Tour

July 10th, 2009 · No Comments

In todays mountain stage of the Tour de France riders from Astana, Rabobank, Garmin and Caisse d’Epagne will debut the new Giro Prolight helmet with the possibility of it taking the yellow jersey in it’s first competitive ride.

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Tags: Road cycling · Tech