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Entries from June 2010

Irish XC NPS Rd.7 3Rock

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Cross country mountain biking is returning to its spiritual home, 3 Rock mountain in Dublin.  Overlooking the city the mountain is a warren of mountain bike trails where it all began and following the success of the MAD NPS last year the series returns to its hallowed slopes for a new track that is reported [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

New Shimano XTR launched

June 28th, 2010 · No Comments

Shimano announced details of their new Shimano XTR groupset today.  Aimed at the XC and AM category it features a major redesign that brings XTR bang up to date. The XC version of the XTR groupset

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Tech

Film trailer – Chasing legends

June 25th, 2010 · No Comments

The makers of two classic MTB films – 24 Solo and Off road to Athens – are back with a new film Chasing Legends.  This film shifts tack to road racing following the HTC-Columbia team in the 2009 Tour de France.

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

DH NPS 7 cancelled this weekend

June 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Unfortunately due to land access issues this weekends downhill NPS race in Clonmel has had to be cancelled.  See release below. To all Downhillers: Please be advised that due to unforeseen circumstances CLONMEL CYCLING CLUB has had to cancel the 7th round of the Downhill National Points Series due to take place this weekend (26th [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing

The Atherton Project Season 2 Episode 4

June 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Rachels in trouble with a broken finger as the trio head to Maribor for the first round of the World Cup…

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video · World Cup

Leogang World Cup Downhill Finals

June 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

The 3rd round of the Downhill World Cup took place at the weekend in Leogang, Austria.  Riders faced a wet and muddy course with rain falling for the top 20 qualifiers on finals day.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video · World Cup

Newsflash – Radioshack Tour team announced

June 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

Lance Armstrong’s bid for an 8th Tour de France title was announced in earnest today as the team released details of the riders on his squad.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France · Video

Trek unveils “Gary Fisher Collection”

June 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

In a major shift in branding policy Trek have subsumed the Gary Fisher brand under the main Trek banner and shifted them to a premium product section known as the Gary Fisher Collection. The Superfly Elite from the 2011 Gary Fisher Collection After 14 years as a separate brand the move comes as Trek seeks [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Kippure Estate Rd.2 XC MTB Development Summer Race Series

June 21st, 2010 · No Comments

The sun shone on the second round of the XC Developmental series hosted by Kippure estate and IMBRC.  Riders and their families were treated to a great day out and the racing was fast and furious on a bone dry track.  The 3 km loop features loads of great singletrack and the short circuit means [...]

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Tags: Beginners guide · Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

UCI allows disc brakes in Cyclocross

June 21st, 2010 · No Comments

In a surprise move te UCI has allowed the use of disc brakes for competition in Cyclocross.  For mountain bikers this is a no brainer, the benefits of disc brakes in a sport that competes in the dead of winter with mud and snow is obvious to all.

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Tags: Cyclocross · General commentary · Racing

Kippure Round 2 tomorrow

June 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Stuck at a loose end for something to do tomorrow?  Finish off National Bike Week in style with the XC Developmental series round 2 at Kippure hosted by IMBRC.   Check our earlier post on the series for all the details.  Classes for beginners and experienced riders and a full underage card too.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

It’s Sheep vs. RAAM at the World’s Toughest Bike Race

June 18th, 2010 · No Comments

Icebreaker, the New Zealand company that pioneered the outdoor merino wool apparel category, will be taking part in this year’s epic 3,000-mile Race Across America (RAAM) bike race, June 12-21, 2010.

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Tags: General commentary · Road cycling · Tech

Trek World Racing In Pursuit Ep.3

June 17th, 2010 · No Comments

Off to Offenburg for the Trek XC team while the downhillers head to the US.

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

New Syncros Marathon and All mountain wheelsets

June 16th, 2010 · No Comments

Syncros are renowned for building components that can take a bit more abuse than standard lightweight equipment yet are still relatively lightweight.  They have a strong history in mountain biking so when they bring out a new product it is always worth taking note.  First up a set of carbon wheels that while expensive are [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Tech

The Atherton Project S.2 Ep.3

June 15th, 2010 · No Comments

Off to the first British NPS and Sea Otter for the UKs first family of DH.

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Tags: Downhill · Racing · Video

Radioshack not invited to the Vuelta

June 15th, 2010 · No Comments

Team Radioshack has been denied entry to the 2010 Vuelta Espana in an unprecdented move by the organisers Unipublic.  Team manager Johan Bruyneel was so surprised by the news when told by journalists that he called the event director immediately only to have the news confirmed. A press release from Radioshack included quotes from Bruyneel [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling

EPIC MTB announces the 2010 K Capital Irish XC National Championships

June 14th, 2010 · No Comments

Details are begining to emerge concerning the 2010 Cross Country National Championships which will take place in Djouce woods this year.  Event organisers, Epic MTB know a thing or two about running a first class race and this years race is set to raise the bar in Irish event organisation. Epic hosted a round of [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Deignam on short list for Tour start – UPDATED

June 11th, 2010 · No Comments

Cervélo TestTeam rider Philip Deignam is on the short list of potential riders for the Tour de France the team revealed today.  The Irish rider has impressed since joining the team with a stage win at last years Vuelta and countless other good performances.  With Carlos Sastre a doubt due to a bad crash at [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

The Atherton Project Season 2 Ep2

June 10th, 2010 · No Comments

Episode 2 charts the start of the racing season with Dan off to try BMX ahead of the Olympics.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video

Fort William Downhill finals

June 9th, 2010 · No Comments

Thanks to MTBCut for the footage.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video · World Cup

‘Follow Me’ Irish premiere

June 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Following the sell out premiere British cinema tour of Seasons in 2008, the multi award winning team behind The Collective series of mountain bike films are back with their latest feature, Follow Me, and they are bringing it to Ireland! Combining the world’s most talented mountain bikers at the very top of their game with [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video

In Pursuit Part 2

June 4th, 2010 · No Comments

World Cup time for the new Trek World Racing team.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Racing · Video · World Cup

XC NPS Round 5 this weekend

June 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

Round five of the Irish Mountain Bike XC NPS takes place on Sunday June 6th in Ballycuggaran Woods outside Killaloe, Co. Clare, hosted by MBUL – the University of Limerick Mountain Bike Club.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

2010 Tour of Ireland cancelled

June 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

It seems that the appearance of superstars such as Lance Armstrong and Mark Cavendish are not enough to ensure a races survival as the organisers of the Tour of Ireland have announced that the race will not take place in 2010.  However they have stated that they believe that it will go ahead in 2011. 

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

In Pursuit – New Trek video series

June 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

The new Trek World Racing team is running a a video series for 2010 similar to “The Atherton Project”.  “In Pursuit” will follow the team on the circuit this year and here is episode 1 -

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video · World Cup

Biking car boot sale tonight

June 1st, 2010 · No Comments

A bike themed car boot sale will take place tonight at the Blue Light Pub in the Dublin Mountains from 7-9 with participants encouraged to stay behind for a beer or two afterwards. Most of us have bits and pieces lying around a shed that we no longer use but that might be perfectly usable, [...]

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Tags: General commentary

Valverde gets 2 year ban

June 1st, 2010 · No Comments

Controversial cyclist Alejandro Valverde was handed a two year world wide ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport yesterday, Monday. 

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling