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Entries from November 2009

McConvey to join An Post Sean Kelly team?

November 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Shane Stokes is reporting on Cycling News that Irish National MTB champion Connor McConvey is set to join the An Post Sean Kelly team for the 2010 season and focus  more on the road.

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Tags: General commentary

Review – Icebreaker Vertical Vest

November 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Anyone else noticed the temperatures dropping?  On Winter rides comfort is key and with this body warmer from Icebreaker you can keep your core temperature high but not too high…

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews

On test – RST First Platinum

November 27th, 2009 · No Comments

RST are a company that are renowned for making good quality entry level suspension forks.  The First Platinum is their new high end fork and we have one on test currently.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Tech

Garmin launches Topographic maps for Ireland

November 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

On Friday we spent the day with Garmin (and 53 degrees North) playing with their new topographic mapping for Ireland, Garmin Eire Discoverer. Prior to now GPS was limited to basic maps with no topographic features but this all changes now with full OSi (Ordance Survey of Ireland) maps with great points of interest and [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Tech

Team Radioshack finalized, watch out Tour de France

November 24th, 2009 · No Comments

On Monday Team Radioshack, the new team of Lance Armstrong, announced its full 2010 roster.  The team will be managed by Johan Bruyneel, and will feature 26 riders coming from 16 different countries. “It is a well balanced team“, commented Bruyneel. “We have experienced riders – with some of them I worked already many years [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

The Atherton Project Ep.12 pt.2 Finale

November 20th, 2009 · No Comments

In this the last episode from the Athertons it’s back home to Wales and some home town riding.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video

Prototype – Cannondale Dutchess

November 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Just released is this prototype ladies commuter bike from Cannondale.  Based around a Dutch city bike it is a blend of modern materials and ideas to create a very practical and yet aesthetic bike.  We particularly like the large hollow bottom bracket and belt drive.

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Tags: General commentary · Tech

On test – Continental Cyclocross Race Tyre

November 18th, 2009 · No Comments

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Tags: Cyclocross · Tech

Deer culling at Ballinastoe

November 18th, 2009 · No Comments

For those of you who are insomniacs or just have to hear the dawn chorus, Ballinastoe Woods will be a no go from Friday November 24th till December 19th between 11pm and 7.30am.  This is because of deer culling on behalf of Coillte.  Live firearms will be in use so please keep away. People who [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Ritchey L’Eroica Merino jersey

November 17th, 2009 · No Comments

No sooner had we posted on the Icebreaker Merino yesterday than an email dropped into our inbox from Ritchey on their new Merino L’Eroica jersey. The L’Eroica is an annual retro cyclotouristic rally

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Tags: Tech · Uncategorized

New KTM colours in 2010

November 17th, 2009 · No Comments

For 2010 KTM has toned down the orange frame colours in favour of a more muted scheme.  We are big fans of the bikes so we thought it was worth a look at some of the 2010 highlights.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Review – Icebreaker Chute

November 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Lets face it, Winter is here, cold temperatures, strong winds and rain.  However it is not all doom and gloom as Icebreaker have this handy Chute neck warmer to fool you into thinking its a lot warmer than it is.

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Tags: Reviews

Off road Commission AGM minutes

November 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Following on from the report publicised yesterday we were also provided with the minutes from the AGM of the Off Road Commission which are reproduced in full below. In addition we sought some clarification from the Off Road Commission with regard to a number of issues that we felt were important arising out of the [...]

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

Off-road Commission 2009 Report

November 12th, 2009 · No Comments

The 2009 Cycling Ireland AGM Manual has just been released.  We are examining it and will be posting on a few areas of interest in the coming weeks but initially here is the Off road Commission report in full as printed in the manual.  If you want to see the whole report yourself click here. [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Garmin-Slipstream team riders bikes for sale

November 12th, 2009 · No Comments

Want a real Pro bike?  Here is your chance.  Team Garmin-Slipstream are selling of their fleet of ’08 and ’09 bikes including some of their top riders machines.

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Tags: Uncategorized

The Atherton Project Ep. 12 Pt. 1

November 11th, 2009 · No Comments

While Rachel goes under the knife, the boys are off to Rio for an unusual race.

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Tags: Downhill · Video

Contador offered record contract with Astana

November 10th, 2009 · No Comments

Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsbladis is reporting that 2009 Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has been offered a four year contract with the Astana cycling team for a staggering 8 million euros per year.

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

Supercross Cup Round 2 results

November 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Amid a welcome break in the weather, round 2 of the Supercross Cup took place this past Sunday in Tymon Park in Tallaght.  Hosted by the IMBRC the course was excellent with many tough features to challenge the racers.

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Tags: Cyclocross · Racing

Supercross Cup round 2

November 4th, 2009 · No Comments

The second round of the series takes place this Sunday in Tymon Park in Dublin.  Organised by IMBRC, the course will be similar to last years but with a few new twists.  Racing kicks off at midday with the underage races followed by the senior races.

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Tags: Cyclocross · Racing

MTB demo day this Saturday

November 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

As mountain bikers we are constantly bombarded with “this bike is better than that one” etc.  If you buy a car you will test drive it so why not a bike?  Some brands have test fleets in bike shops but it is rare that you can try every bike that they produce.  Well look no [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

World Champ Cadel Evans moves to BMC Racing for 2010

November 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Road World Champion Cadel Evans has just completed a shock move to the Swiss based BMC Racing squad for 2010. Evans has raced for many years for the Silence-Lotto/Predictor-Lotto team finishing 2nd twice in the Tour de France.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Janos Kohler places 2nd at the Swiss Red Bull Road Rage

November 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Cycle Inn rider and former downhiller, Janos Kohler, placed 2nd at the second Red Bull Road Rage in Switzerland last week.  Riding his spare road bike (he managed to break a titanium one) he posted the fastest individual time in qualifying too against some serious pro opposition. We asked him some questions after the race…

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Tags: Downhill · Racing · Uncategorized · Video