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Entries from August 2009

The Atherton Project Ep.8

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

The Athertons on road bikes?  The last time we saw tis it was a disaster with Rachel out for the season with a busted shoulder.  Dan and Gee take on a road time trial here before heading to Mont Saint Anne for a World Cup.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video · World Cup

Review – Fox F32 Float RLC FIT suspension fork.

August 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Fox have always been renowned for their performance but not for their light weight. For 2010 this is set to change with their all new F-series cross country fork. The cornerstone of this is the totally new FIT damping cartridge which results in a more consistent performance across the fork stroke.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Reviews

Armstrong rides with 1000+ in the Park

August 26th, 2009 · No Comments

7 time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong went for a bike ride in the Phoenix park last night with over 1000 other cyclists for company. Early Tuesday morning Armstrong tweeted “Good morning Dublin. Who wants to ride this afternoon? I do. 5:30 pm @ the roundabout of Fountain Rd and Chesterfield Ave. See you [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Uncategorized · Video

Vinokourov back with Astana for Vuelta

August 25th, 2009 · No Comments

Controversial Kazachstan rider Alexandr Vinokourov is back from suspension and has re-signed with the Astana Cycling Team.  Agreement was reached late Monday with Johann Bruyneel  and Rinus Wagtmans, the authorized representative for the Kazakh authorities, on the fee and start date for Vinos return.  On July 24th 2007 Vinokourov tested positive for doping at the [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

K-Cap round 2 results

August 25th, 2009 · No Comments

It seems the weather gods are not smiling on the K-Capital challenge this year as once again rain soaked the course prior to the start forcing the organisers to shorten the course to 30kms.  Despite this 128 riders braved a great challenging course. Well done to all who took part. 

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

Gael Force Cycle West 24 hours

August 24th, 2009 · No Comments

The countdown has begun to the start of Gael Force Cycle West in Westport on the 19/20th of September. Ahead of the start we talked to the organisers about how things are stacking up. Teams will compete in solo, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 rider categories.

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

Downing wins the Tour of Ireland!

August 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Amid terrible weather Russell Downing defended his lead in style to take the overall win in Cork today. The riders awoke to high winds, heavy showers and a two hour commute to the start in Bantry. 

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Cav supreme as he takes stage 2 into Killarney

August 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Today’s stage of the Tour of Ireland ended with a bunch sprint into Killarney as Mark Cavendish delivered a stage win. Riders on the Vee

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Tour of Ireland Stage 1 Result

August 21st, 2009 · No Comments

Amid stunning mostly blue skies the 2009 edition of the Tour of Ireland kicked off today in Enniskerry with the riders facing a 196km run to Waterford.  The course took in the category 1 Mount Leinster and come the finish a bunch of 23 riders got a two minute gap on the rest of the [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Tour of Ireland kicks of tomorrow

August 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

It’s finally here, the Tour of Ireland starts tomorrow morning in Enniskerry when the peloton will roll out for Waterford at the start of three days of hard racing. Lance Armstrong arrives at the Ritz-Carlton on Thursday.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

The Atherton Project Episode 6

August 20th, 2009 · No Comments

It’s off to Maribor in Slovenia for a World Cup round and Rachel is left on the bench again as her shoulder slowly heals.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video

Hope Endurance Downhill video

August 19th, 2009 · No Comments

This is footage from the Hope endurance Downhill in Fort William.  If you haven’t heard of it yet take a look. More fort Mountain Biking >>

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Tags: Downhill · Endurance events · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

K Capital Challenge Round 2

August 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Round 2 of this years K Capital Challenge takes place this Sunday in Carrick Mountain, Co.Wicklow. Race HQ is based just outside Glenealy and will see riders being truly tested on a totally new fantastic 30km loop.

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Tags: Endurance events · Mountain biking · Racing

Astana says Contador is going nowhere

August 18th, 2009 · No Comments

2009 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has been linked with a transfer to many different Pro-Tour teams in recent weeks but a press release from Astana would seem to indicate that chickens are being counted before they hatch.

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling

Irish rider Paul Healion killed in car crash

August 17th, 2009 · No Comments

Irish team rider Paul Healion was tragically killed in a car crash on Sunday evening.  Healion was crowned Irish national criterium champion in May this year and had taken a stage of the FBD Insurance Rás in May.

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Tags: General commentary · Road cycling · Uncategorized

Day 3 Route and Timing Tour of Ireland

August 15th, 2009 · No Comments

The third and final day of the 2009 Tour of Ireland is a cracker with a challenging stage running from Bantry to Cork.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Review – Garmin Edge 705

August 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The 705 is the complete package – a bike computer, GPS unit and training aid all in one.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews

New bikeshop for Wicklow town

August 10th, 2009 · No Comments

Nestled in the heart of some of the best cycling in the country, Wicklow cycles is one of the newest bike shops in the country and we thought it was about time we checked it out.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Road cycling

Review- FSA K-Force Light Mega EXO 2×9 cranks

August 7th, 2009 · No Comments

Ask yourself how often you use your granny ring in a cross country race? In reality probably hardly ever. With this in mind FSA have developed a two ring mountain bike chainset.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Reviews

MTB World Cup XC #6 & DH & 4Cross #7

August 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Bromont hosted the penultimate round of the World Cup in Canada this past weekend.

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Tags: Cross country · Downhill · Mountain biking · Video · World Cup

Day 2 Route and timing, Tour of Ireland

August 5th, 2009 · No Comments

Stage 2 rolls from Clonmel all the way to Killarney over 196kms with plenty of good vantage points along the route.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Coming up on Spoke.ie

August 4th, 2009 · No Comments

With August well under way we thought we would give you a taster of what is coming up over the next while on Spoke.ie.   Tech wise we are off to Germany at the start of September for the no-holds barred bike geekery that is the annual Eurobike show.

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Tags: General commentary · Uncategorized

Day 1 route and timing, Tour of Ireland

August 1st, 2009 · No Comments

The opening day of the Tour of Ireland leaves the Ritz-Carlton in Powerscourt heading to Waterford.  Ahead of the Peloton are several intermediate sprints, a climb within the first 2 kms and Mount Leinster half way through the stage.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling