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Entries from August 2010

Spoke.ie at Eurobike on Twitter

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

September for us means the annual pilgrimage to the hallowed halls of Eurobike, the biggest bike trade show in the world.  Everyone who is everyone is here and we will be pounding the floors to search out the latest info on all things two wheeled.  We will of course be updating here with all the [...]

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Tags: General commentary

Ride the divide trailer

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

2711 miles and with over 200,000 feet of climbing this is a unique mountain bike race running from Banff in Canada to the Mexican border.  The Great Divide Ride is only for a hardy few and this is their story.

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Tags: Endurance events · Mountain biking · Video

Garmin Edge 800 anounced

August 30th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Hot on the heals of our Edge 500 review comes the announcement of a replacement for the popular Edge 705 .  Similar to the Edge 500 in styling but carrying full topographic maps, a touch screen interface and a colour screen its the new cycling range topper from Garmin. Like the Edge 500 it will [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Garmin-Transitions and Cervelo announce merger

August 28th, 2010 · No Comments

In a shock move Team Garmin-Transitions have announced a merger with the Cervelo Test Team.  The new team will be known as Garmin-Cervélo but there is no announcement yet as to who will form the teams roster.  Both have full squads currently so doubtless some riders will be looking for a new home.  Full press [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Cervelo Test Team to fold at the end of the year

August 27th, 2010 · No Comments

Top tier road racing squad Cervelo Test Team announced that they will fold at the end of the current racing year late last night.  Speculation was beginning to surface concerning the team who had been noticeably absent from the usual team signings that are announced around this time. The only exception was former Tour de [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Blast teaser

August 26th, 2010 · No Comments

Mark you calenders this will be err…. Epic.

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Tags: Cross country · Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing

The Atherton Project, Series 2 Ep.8

August 26th, 2010 · No Comments

With Dan in the hospital and Rachel banged up too its all up to Gee to fly the Team Atherton flag.  First up the British Champs and then its off to Champery for the penultimate World Cup round and a continuing battle with Greg Minaar for the overall title….

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Tags: Downhill · Racing · Video · World Cup

2,000 km cycing interconnectors announced

August 25th, 2010 · No Comments

The Irish government has announced plans for a 2,000 kilometre cycling network which will connect the major cities, 500km of which will be on cycle paths that are separate to the road network. Work has commenced on planning the first “interurban” route from Dublin to Galway with completion expected before the end of 2010.  Thirteen [...]

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Tags: General commentary

1800 Take Part In Sold-Out Sky Ride Etape Hibernia

August 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Over 1,800 cyclists took part in Ireland’s first ever closed road mass participation cycling event in County Clare on Sunday. The inaugural Sky Ride Etape Hibernia attracted cyclists from all over Ireland and the UK, as well as from throughout Europe and USA. Participants cycled 82 miles of traffic free roads in some of West [...]

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Tags: Endurance events · General commentary · Road cycling

Review – Zipvit nutrition products

August 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Sponsors of Pro-Tour teams Cervelo & Radioshack and (recently married) mountain bikers Ryan Sherlock and Mel Spath, ZipVit are an English company making waves in the nutrition market. They have a full range of products including vitamin supplements but we tested the ZV1 Energy drink and ZV3 Protein recovery powder.

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Tags: Reviews · Video

Kippure Estate development series results

August 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

On Sunday the final round of the IMBRC/Kippure Estate Development series took place.  Click here to be brought to the clubs forum where the full results are available.  Well done to all who took part!

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Videos from the Irish DH Champs

August 19th, 2010 · No Comments

A full report is on the way as soon as our Downhill reporter can send in his report (he is in France currently).  In the mean time here are some videos of the day.  First up qualification on the saturday courtesy of Fergal Kilkenny followed by two videos showcasing the main event. DH Nationals 2010 [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Final round Kippure Challenge XC Development Series this weekend

August 17th, 2010 · No Comments

Round 4 of the Kippure Challenge XC Development Series takes place this weekend in the grounds of Kippure Estate.  The course is a spectators dream with a short 3km loop featuring loads of singletrack and one nice fireroad climb that is not too hard. Online sign in is now open so don’t miss out on [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

New Syncros carbon XC parts

August 13th, 2010 · No Comments

For 2011 Syncros are introducing a complete Carbon component group for Cross Country and Marathon use.  Syncros are renowned for their strength and light weight coming in slightly stronger than sister company Ritchey. FL Carbon wheels

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Tech

The Atherton Project Series 2 Ep.7

August 12th, 2010 · No Comments

On Tuesday the 6th of July Dan Atherton crashed whilst dirt jumping.  This is the story of what happened.  Get well soon Dan. This episode is dedicated to the fallen riders who may not have been so lucky.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video

Big thanks

August 11th, 2010 · No Comments

We just wanted to say a big thanks to all our readers for taking us over a new milestone.  There are now over 8,000 individual readers loging on to Spoke per month! Thanks a lot for reading guys. Team Spoke.ie

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Tags: General commentary

Review – Garmin Edge 500

August 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment

For the past few years the Garmin Edge 705 has been the cutting edge in terms of GPS cycling computers whether you were a Tour de France rider or a trail warrior. Recently the company introduced this smaller model in response to a request from the Garmin-Transitions Pro-Tour squad who were looking for something a [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews · Tech

Results from Euro DH Champs – Irish Euro Champ!

August 9th, 2010 · No Comments

Following a fantastic qualification run Christopher McGlinchy rode to victory at the European Downhill Champs this past weekend in Norway.  McGlinchy  was crowned European Under 16 Champion on a day that was good for the Irish with many top results. Cameron Cornforth finished 4th in the same category as McGlinchy and brother Luke Cornforth matched [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing

Plans moving forward for new MTB trails in Ireland

August 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Coillte have been busy announcing plans for several new trail centres in Ireland.  Below are a number of releases on what is happening from MBI. Ticknock During the week the DMP held a public presentation at Ticknock, Dublin to outline their plans for permanent, waymarked mountainbike trails in the area.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Irish underage riders flying the flag at Euro DH champs

August 7th, 2010 · No Comments

The European Downhill Championships are taking place this weekend in Hafjell, Norway.  Amid atroceous weather conditions with heavy showers the Irish underage team are doing us proud.  Today saw the seeding runs for the final which takes place today Saturday.  Riders will get one run in the final to decide the European championships. At Under [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Racing

Dan Martin takes stage and yellow at Tour of Poland

August 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Irish rider Daniel Martin (Garmin Transitions) won the first mountain stage of the Tour de Pologne yesterday in a move launched with 4 kilometres to go.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

RedBull Rampage

August 6th, 2010 · No Comments

In support of the launch of the August issue of the Red Bulletin, Red Bull have sent us this brand new clip of the Red Bull Rampage.  Launched in 2001 and held annually through 2004 its freeride mountain biking in its purest commercial incarnation as riders choose their own lines down a sandstone ridge in [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video

Trek In Pursuit Ep.5

August 5th, 2010 · No Comments

Back on the road with the Trek guys….

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Tags: Cross country · Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

2010 Irish Downhill National Championships

August 4th, 2010 · No Comments

The 2010 Irish National Downhill Championships take place in the picturesque and spectacular venue of Kilbroney Forest, Rostrevor, Co. Down on the weekend of August 14/15th.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing

Contador to Saxo bank for 2011!

August 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has moved to Team Saxo Bank for 2011 Bjarne Riis confirmed today Tuesday.  Speaking at a press conference he announced his big signing commenting – “I think I can contribute to polishing this diamond (Contador) even further.”

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Val di Sole MTB World Cup

August 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

A week after Champery and the World Cup’s elite riders headed to Italy for the penultimate round of the series, this time on dry trails. Video courtesy MTBCut

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