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Entries from October 2010

Eurobike – SRAM 2011

October 29th, 2010 · No Comments

One of the highlights for us at Eurobike was SRAM’s offerings for 2011.  Following the debut of top end racing group XX last year, the trickle down effect saw a complete redesign of the next three groups in the SRAM family – XO, X9 and X7 for 2011.  We got the opportunity to ride all [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Danny MacAskill interview

October 28th, 2010 · No Comments

Last week we brought you the trailer for the new Danny MacAskill film ‘Way back home’.  MacAskill is the star of the Youtube sensation that went viral last year.  We checked this morning (see here) and it has over 21 million hits and counting!  In the lead up to the release of his new film,  [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Video

2010 Offroad Commission AGM

October 27th, 2010 · No Comments

The 2010 Cycling Ireland Offroad AGM will be held on Saturday Nov 13th. in Lynham’s Hotel, Laragh Co. Wicklow.  The Offroad Commission is the governing body for mountain biking in Ireland controlling racing but also more general areas such as access and youth development.  The commission is made up of volunteers and the annual general [...]

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Tags: General commentary

Single speed World Champs to Ireland for 2011

October 26th, 2010 · No Comments

Singlespeeders are a rare breed, eschewing gears for what is considered a pure element of the sport.  It is a niche area of a niche sport and the racing is even more so with fancy dress almost the norm, tattoos for the winners and craic a huge element of the racing.  This was born out [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · World Champs

Trek World Racing In pursuit Ep.9

October 26th, 2010 · No Comments

The Trek World Racing team are off to the World Championships where things go rather well…

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

Tour de France 2011 route announced

October 21st, 2010 · No Comments

On Tuesday the 2011 Tour de France route was announced in strike ridden Paris.  Billed as a climbers course, the Tour gradually grows across the three weeks with a show down finally in the high mountains of the Alps.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

The Atherton Project Series 2 Episode 12

October 20th, 2010 · No Comments

The season finale of The Atherton Project sees Gee, with his World Cup win under his belt, heading to Utah for the mother of all freeride events: Red Bull Rampage. On the road, Gee and the team stop off at a gun range to let off some steam, and a few AK-47 rounds…

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video

Danny MacAskill rides “Way back home”

October 19th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Trials superstar Danny MacAskill is set to release a full length feature in November showcasing some of the trials skills that has seen him a youtube sensation around the world.  The film is set in Danny’s native Scotland as he rides from Edinburgh all the way back to my home village Dunvegan on the Isle [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

HTC-Highroad to ride Specialized bikes

October 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Pro Tour squad HTC-Highroad (formerly Columbia-HTC) have announced a change of bike sponsor from Scott to Specialized.  The move surprised some as Specialized already supply Pro-Tour squads Astana and Saxo Bank with a question over whether they will supply the new Luxembourg team as well.  The 2010 Tour de France was marked by the battle [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Vast

October 14th, 2010 · No Comments

It seems that 2010 is a great year for bike films with yet another high quality production – Vast.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

Deignam signs with Radioshack

October 13th, 2010 · No Comments

Ireland’s Philip Deignam has signed a one year contract with Team Radioshack.  The Letterkenny rider has spent the last two years riding with the Cervelo Test Team which is being subsumed into Garmin-Transitions at the end of the year.  Deignam has had a difficult year with illness following a break out 2009 when he won [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Red Bull Rampage finals

October 12th, 2010 · No Comments

Some video footage from one of the best downhill races on the calendar including an interesting ride along with Darren Berrecloth that will blow your mind!  In the finals Cameron Zink took the win with an amazing 360.  Gee Atherton was second and Darren Berrecloth third. Finals

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Work to begin on 3rock trails on 19th Oct

October 11th, 2010 · No Comments

An update on the 3 rock trails under development from MBI- The Dublin Mountains Partnership and Coillte is to construct the first purpose built and sustainable Mountain Bike Trails at Ticknock Forest with work commencing on Tuesday 19th October 2010.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Irish exclusive first test – Garmin Edge 800

October 8th, 2010 · No Comments

We recently had the opportunity for a first ride of the new Garmin Edge 800 unit.  Amid tight security we were handed one of about 20 units that were in existance at the time and we can confirm its a beauty.  So new and secret is it that not even the Garmin Transitions team are [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Tech

The Atherton Project Series 2 Ep.11

October 7th, 2010 · No Comments

The final round of the Mountain Bike World Cup sees the series overall on a knife edge with just 7 points seperating Gee Atherton from Greg Minaar.  Meanwhile a nervous Rachel returns to racing following her shoulder injury and the third member of the team, Dan checks in from his sickbed where he is thankfully [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Racing · Video · World Cup

Irish National Champion Matt Brammeier signs with Columbia HTC

October 7th, 2010 · No Comments

2011 Irish National road racing champion Matt Brammeier has signed a contract with Pro-Tour team Columbia HTC.  Home of the fastest man in the world, Mark Cavendish, Columbia HTC is one of the top teams in the world and follows a successful year for the Irish rider who recently returned from injury. 

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Former MTB World Champ caught using EPO

October 6th, 2010 · No Comments

Former 3 time Mountain Bike World Champion Marguerita Fullana has tested positive for EPO in an out of competition test on August 30th.  The Spaniard has admitted taking the substance following what she described as a ‘difficult year’ and comes at a time when Spain is under the spotlight following positive tests for Alberto Contador [...]

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Tags: Cross country · General commentary · Mountain biking · Road cycling · Tour de France · World Champs

Trek World Racing In Pursuit Ep.8

October 5th, 2010 · No Comments

The last World Cup of the year in Windham is a nervous affair ahead of the World Champs the following week.  For the Trek boys and girls there are good omens.

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

Thor Hushovd wins Road World Champs

October 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

On Sunday the Worlds top road racers descended on Geelong in Australia for the annual one day event to decide who wears the coveted rainbow jersey.  Last years winner Cadel Evans was eager to try to retain his jersey on home turf and put in a very good ride but it was the big Norwegian [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · World Champs

Red Bull Rampage 2010

October 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

The Biggest freeride competition in the world, the RedBull Rampage is taking place this weekend in the rugged mountains of Utah. The best riders from the world of freeride and even past world champions are competing in what is described as the most progressive mountain bike event. Riders get to build their own crazy line [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Eurobike – Giant and Felt

October 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

Continuing our interest in 29ers, it seems that Giant thinks they are a good idea too…  Their class leading Anthem X full suspension bike (we should know we bought one!, don’t trust us try What MTB) is now available in a 29er version.  The hardtail version is pretty good too!

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech