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Entries from January 2010

Wee Adventure Film Festival

January 29th, 2010 · No Comments

On Friday the 5th of February the 2010 Wee Adventure Film Festival (WAFF) takes place in The Sugar Club on Leeson Street in Dublin.  Footage comes from a range of sports including BASE Jumping, MTB, Kitesurfing, Kayaking and Mountaineering with 17 short films on the programme.  Check out one of last years entries below. Colin [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Video

New 9 Speed X-Dome SRAM Cassette

January 28th, 2010 · No Comments

In 2009 SRAM announced their breakout XX groupset in 2×10 speed.  One of the major features of the group is a 10 speed cassette milled from a block of billet steel which is incredibly light as well as having great mud shedding capabilities.  Yesterday SRAM announced that this cassette is now available in a 9 [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Tech

Preview of Cloon Winter league DH course

January 27th, 2010 · No Comments

Below is a course preview of the Downhill race on the 30/31st of January in Cloon.  Online registration is still open here. Irish dh winter league round 2 track preview from Gavin O Connell on Vimeo.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Greipel is Tour Down Under champ

January 26th, 2010 · No Comments

The first Pro-Tour event of the year ended in Adelaide on Sunday with a 1-2 win for te new Team Sky.  However it was the man in fifth place on the stage who claimed the overall, Andre Greipel of HTC-Columbia. The previous day, stage 5, had seen fireworks as some top riders made a break [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

New Superlogic bars from Ritchey

January 25th, 2010 · No Comments

SuperLogic is a collection of Ritchey´s highest level components (situated above WCS World Championship Series Carbon Level). Made using a new carbon technology – “LCT” -(Logic Composite Technology)this is Ritchey´s proprietary process for maximizing UD carbon fiber´s high tensile strength by coupling it with a low weight resin, and the most advanced production technologies, resulting [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Tech

Limited edition Sidi Ergo 2 Carbon

January 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

Top end shoe manufacturer Sidi have just released details of a special edition Ergo 2 carbon road shoe to celebrate 50 years of making great shoes. The founder of Sidi Dino Signori still leads the company today with the same spirit and enthusiasm as he did when he started the company half a centuy ago. [...]

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Tags: Road cycling · Tech

The Dublin Mountains Partnership recruiting MTB rangers

January 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

The Dublin Mountains Partnership (DMP) is currently recruiting Volunteer Rangers to patrol the Dublin ranges. The Dublin Mountains Partnership (DMP) has been established to improve the recreation potential of the public lands in the Dublin Mountains, while balancing recreation with the other key objectives of the various land owning organisations (commercial forestry, conservation, water collection).

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Newsflash – Maeve Baxter signs to OC Tuning

January 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment

EXCLUSIVE – European Masters Ladies champion Maeve Baxter has signed to James O’Carrolls OC Tuning.  2009 was a superb season for the Rostrevor rider who built up on a silver medal at the same event in 2008 to take the top honours last year.  She also was one of the featured riders in the ‘Break [...]

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Tags: Downhill · General commentary

TDU stage 3 throws up a surprise

January 21st, 2010 · No Comments

Day three of the first major Tour of the year saw a new Pro-Tour rider take his first victory in his first race.  Manuel Cardoso of the Footon-Servetto-Fuji team pulled clear at the finish line with, surprisingly,  Alejandro Valverde claiming second and Cadel Evans in third. It was a blisteringly hot day with 42 degree [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

CX Nationals rescheduled to 7th Feb

January 20th, 2010 · No Comments

The Irish National Cyclocross Championships 2009 will take part in the scenic St Anne’s park in Raheny. The Park, the second largest municipal park in Dublin, is part of a former 500 acre estate assembled by members of the Guinness family, beginning with Benjamin Lee Guinness in 1835. But on the 7th of February will [...]

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Tags: Cyclocross · Racing

Tour down under kicks off new Pro-Tour season

January 19th, 2010 · No Comments

The first race of the 2010 Pro-Tour road season kicked off today in Australia as André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) sprinted to victory.  It has been a long time coming to Greipel who had a horror crash at last years TDU when he ran into the back of a parked police motorcycle and required extensive surgery.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Trans Germany sells out for 2010!

January 18th, 2010 · No Comments

A race which was considered the poorer brother to the Trans-Alp, the Trans Germany has sold out in record time for this year.  Organisers were overwhelmed with applications showing the popularity that these multi-day stage races have to offer.  1,200 riders are now registered with a waiting list system now in place.  The organisers also [...]

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

On test – Piranha bike care products

January 15th, 2010 · No Comments

We have just received a box of goodies from Piranha, a new Irish company which manufactures bike cleaning products. Developed specifically for Irish weather conditions these

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Tags: Mountain biking · Road cycling · Tech

Online registration for DH Winter League now open

January 13th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The online registration for the first round of the DH Winter league is now open till Thursday 14th January.  This will greatly speed up things with regard to rider sign on and registration on the day and give you more time to practise so is highly recommended.  See the full press release below. Howdy All [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Racing

On test – Fox Oasis pack

January 12th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Just arrived in the Spoke offices is this hydration pack from Fox clothing.  First impressions are really good with a separate compartment for

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Tags: Cross country · Downhill · Mountain biking · Tech

Madison to distribute DT Swiss in UK & Ireland

January 11th, 2010 · No Comments

UK mega distributor Madison is to distribute DT Swiss suspension forks and rear shocks in the UK and Ireland it was announced today.  Madison distribute Shimano, Giro, Bell, Commencal, Park tools and Pearl Izumi to name but a few.  They already distribute DT Swiss wheels.  DT Swiss and Madison will launch their 2010 products to [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Doctor gets 5 years for attacking cyclists with car

January 10th, 2010 · No Comments

On Friday a Los Angeles judge sentenced a former ER doctor to five years for intentionally causing two cyclists to crash into his car. On July 4th 2008 Dr. Christopher Thompson was descending Mandeville Canyon road, near Los Angeles in his car when he came upon two cyclists riding side by side.  He rolled down [...]

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Tags: General commentary

Review – Sealskinz Waterproof Mid-light socks

January 8th, 2010 · No Comments

These should be in every cyclist’s closet.  In years gone by riders rode with a variety of water proofing solutions including plastic bags on their feet but no more.  Made from miracle Merino wool, these waterproof socks keep you snug and dry in even the most Baltic of weather conditions. On top of that they [...]

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Cyclocross Nationals postponed.

January 8th, 2010 · No Comments

This weekends running of the Irish National Cyclocross Championships has been postponed till the end of the month in light of the current severe weather conditions.  While the race itself would not have been affected the condition of the roads nationwide made it dangerous for competitors especially with more snow forecast on the east coast [...]

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Tags: Cyclocross · Racing

New product – Sidi Diablo Gore

January 7th, 2010 · No Comments

Okay lets face it its bloody cold outside.  Italian luxury shoe manufacturer Sidi have just launched their new Gore-tex shoe the Diablo Gore. Aimed at being capable of taking on any terrain in all types of weather, the Diablo is a tough shoe for tough conditions.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

New training methods

January 6th, 2010 · No Comments

Lance Armstrong is currently in Hawaii training.  With him is a new member of the Radioshack squad, Allen Lim, formerly of Garmin-Transitions, who is bringing to bear many new training methods and ideas.  One of them concerns body temperature and he is testing Armstrong’s core temperatures using an unusual thermometer… There are a few more [...]

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Tags: Road cycling · Video

More from Fatty & Radioshack

January 5th, 2010 · No Comments

And we are back…  Hope you had a great holiday.  Normal service resumes tomorrow!  Meanwhile the concluding parts of the Fat Cyclist & Team Radioshack story.

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Tags: General commentary · Video