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Entries from February 2010

Moneyscalp Winter League round cancelled

February 26th, 2010 · No Comments

It is with regret that Chain Reaction Cycling Club have made the decision to cancel round 4 of the Irish Downhill Winter League, due to be held on 27/28th February 2010. Following heavy snow throughout the week the forest is still under a blanket of snow and fire roads are impassable. More snow and sub [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing

XMTB Mc Convey Cycles MTB Spring league

February 24th, 2010 · No Comments

XMTB is running a three race Spring MTB league which starts this weekend at the O-Zone Recreation Centre, Ormeau Park, Belfast. The race is suitable for beginners, much like the developmental league which started last weekend. The course is pretty easy for all riders to enjoy and free coaching and advice is available.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Race Report – XC Development Series Round 1

February 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Arctic conditions in Wicklow only added to the buzz in Ballinastoe Woods, Co. Wicklow on Sunday 21st February 2010.  165 eager riders from under-8 to over-60 to take part in the first race of its kind in Ireland.

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Tags: Cross country · Racing

Maeve Baxter’s Mission 9 DH

February 22nd, 2010 · 2 Comments

Over the weekend European Masters Downhill Champion took possession of her new 2010 race bike from sponsor OC Tuning in KCR.  We were on hand for her first spin and spent most of the time with our fingers in our ears as she whooped with delight. The bike is built around a custom Solid Mission [...]

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Tags: Downhill · General commentary

DMP recruiting mountain rangers

February 19th, 2010 · No Comments

The Dublin Mountains partnership is extending its volunteer ranger programme to encompass mountain biking. This is an important set for the Dublin Mountains Partnership and gives them the opportunity to be involved in helping to manage recreation through out the Dublin Mountains. From a Mountain biking perspective it is important that we get involved and [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Reminder – Wheelworx XC Developmental series

February 18th, 2010 · No Comments

This Sunday the 21st of February the first round of a developmental series will take place at Ballinastoe woods in Wicklow. The aim of the series is to introduce novice XC racers to competitive racing.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Tech

Legend of Irish cycling passes away

February 18th, 2010 · No Comments

A stalwart of Irish cycling, Joe Daly, passed away Monday following a short illness.  Joe was well known in South Dublin through his landmark shop in Dundum which he opened in 1951.  He is credited with starting many in the sport including this writer and a slightly more impressive rider Tour de France and World [...]

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Tags: General commentary

New product – Bluegass helmet

February 17th, 2010 · No Comments

Cannondale team riders Pauline Dieffenthaler (Winner of the megavalanche 2007, 2nd in 2009) and Clementz Jérôme (Winner of the Enduro of nation 2009, megavalanche 2005 and Red Bull Exodus) will ride with a new helmet in 2010 from new manufacturer Bluegrass. More information to follow soon!

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Tags: Downhill · Tech

New product – Columbia Mobex bag

February 16th, 2010 · 4 Comments

The Mobex is a new backpack aimed at the adventure racer from gear manufacturer Columbia. Columbia is a company that is reinvigorating itself.

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Tags: Endurance events · Mountain biking · Tech

Upcoming domestic endurance events

February 15th, 2010 · No Comments

This is a great time of year to set your goals for the season. The recession seems to have brought out the outdoors in lots of people and looking ahead there are lots of great events coming up, including a lot based around the challenge idea and away from simply a pure race.  That’s not [...]

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Tags: Endurance events · General commentary · Uncategorized

Review – Bontrager RL ATB shoe

February 12th, 2010 · 1 Comment

These are an awesome performer with great power transfer, fit, weight and (importantly) price. It’s a complete package with a number of innovative features.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Reviews

New Sportiv event – The Sky Ride Etape Hibernia

February 11th, 2010 · No Comments

The Sky Ride Etape Hibernia will take place over an 80-mile (approx) closed road course in scenic County Clare on Sunday, August 22nd 2010.

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Tags: Endurance events · Racing · Road cycling

Athertons re-sign with Commencal for 2 more years

February 10th, 2010 · No Comments

Rachel, Gee and Dan Atherton have just signed a 2 year deal to keep them riding Commencal frames. The deal sees Team Animal Commencal renamed Team Commencal.  Between them the family has two senior World Championship jerseys from 2008 but they suffered a difficlt season in 2009 with Rachel out injured for the entire season.

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Review – Icebreaker Rapid leggings

February 9th, 2010 · No Comments

A favourite among our female testers, these leggings from merino supremo Icebreaker are fantastic for all outdoor sports. Made from 260 g/m2 Merino wool, these leggings are part of the GT active outdoor range.

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McCall CX National champion

February 9th, 2010 · No Comments

Joe McCall won his first Cyclocross Nationals on Sunday in a fast paced race in St Anne’s Park.  The experienced rider distanced second place by a full minute  in the race which lasted just over 1 hour.

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Tags: Cyclocross · Racing

2010 Off Road Commission season preview

February 6th, 2010 · No Comments

Attached is a document from the Off Road Commission that gives some details of the upcoming race season.  It also gives details of the new online registration system.  We will also be bringing you full details of all the races across the season as and when they are released but in the mean time here [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Racing

Review Continental Cyclocross Race tyre

February 5th, 2010 · No Comments

Cyclo-cross tyres have many benefits.  Less chance of puncturing, more comfort and better grip are all major bonuses on Irish roads and allow you to ride off-road too should you so decide. Cyclocross is not just for Winter either.

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Tags: Cross country · Reviews

Giant XTC 29er Special offer to Spoke readers

February 4th, 2010 · No Comments

Back in December we reviewed the new Giant XTC 29er 1 bike.  Very quickly we realised that this bike is a bit special and now we can tell you that for the month of February Spoke readers can get €150 off this bike in The Cycle Inn by mentioning us, bringing the price down to [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Cycling Ireland accepting applications for the HP programme.

February 4th, 2010 · No Comments

Cycling Ireland have just announced that they are accepting applications from riders interested in joining the High Performance race programme from all disciplines.  The aim is to attract riders who have the ambition to represent Ireland at Elite level at a major championships and seeing as Ireland has some coming up on home soil in [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing

Review – Truvativ Noir Team Riser Bars

February 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

A quality carbon riser bar from a quality manufacturer. For those who haven’t tried them, riser bars offer far more control than a traditional flat handlebar,

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews

Results DH Winter league rd 2 Cloon

February 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

Report to follow… Irish Winter League 2010 Round 2 @ Cloon Woods Ranking after 2 run

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Tags: Downhill · Racing

Wheelworx XC Developmental series

February 1st, 2010 · No Comments

On Sunday the 21st of February the first round of a developmental series will take place at Ballinastoe woods in Wicklow. The aim of the series is to introduce novice XC racers to competitive racing.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing