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Entries from December 2010

Santa Cruz announce a 29er hardtail

December 27th, 2010 · No Comments

American company Santa Cruz have just announced details of a new 29er hardtail made from carbon.  The as wyet un-named frame is a new departure for the company, known more for their full suspension designs and World Championship downhill bikes.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech · Tour de France · World Cup

Registration open for SSWC

December 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Entries are now being accepted for the Single Speed World Champs in Ballyhoura.  The website has just been launched too and you can also sign up for the newsletter.  Check out www.sswc2011.ie for details! About-

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Tags: Mountain biking · Racing

2011 National Cyclocross Championships – Details

December 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Details have just been released for the upcoming Cyclocross National championships in Lurgan Park. The course is approx 1.4 mile in length and should take the lead riders approx 7-7.20 mins per lap.  5 mins have been cut of out the course used by Apollo at the start of the season.

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Tags: Cyclocross · Mountain biking · Racing

Pegasus sports Pro Continental license app refused

December 21st, 2010 · No Comments

The Pegasus Sports application to put an Aussie Pro Tour squad together ended in disaster yesterday as the UCI relegated them effectively to a division 3 team. The team had previously been known as Fly V Australia and had launched a bid to be a Pro-Tour squad for 2011.  They failed to get the license [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Applications Invited for XC Development Squad

December 20th, 2010 · No Comments

The Offroad Commission invites Junior and Under-16 XC riders from around the country to apply for a place on the 2011 XC Development Squad. The aim of the development squad will be to identify those riders who show greatest potential for development and to assist them in their goal towards Elite level racing and joining [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Behind the scenes at Follow-Me

December 19th, 2010 · No Comments

A glimpse at some behind the scenes footage from the new Anthill MTB movie “Follow Me” iincluding an epic wall ride.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

Through the roots, trailer for new Irish MTB movie

December 18th, 2010 · No Comments

Here is a teaser for the latest Irish MTB video entitled “Through the roots”. Through the roots first promotional upload from throughtheroots on Vimeo.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video

Road round-up

December 17th, 2010 · No Comments

With 2011 only around the corner, the road racing world is starting to come to life again with team camps and new strips unveiled.  First up we take a peek inside the new Garmin-Cervelo team camp in the Caymen islands, it’s not all riding bikes for a professional road rider…

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Dan Martin in Dublin for Edge 800 launch

December 15th, 2010 · No Comments

Irish professional road racer Dan Martin was in town over the weekend signing jerseys and memorabilia in the Cycle Superstore in Tallaght for the launch of the new Garmin Edge 800 bike computer. Photo – Vanessa Lawrenson Martin races for the Garmin-Cervelo team and we caught up with him at the event.  2010 has ended [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Urban trail series kicks off this weekend

December 14th, 2010 · No Comments

With the mountain bike season firmly set to off, race junkies can get a new fix with the three part Urban Trail challenge taking place in Dublin parks.  The first race takes place this weekend in Saint Annes Park with subsequent races in Tymon Park  (February) and Marley Park (March). Trail running is a little [...]

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Tags: General commentary

Pegasus Cycling team in financial trouble

December 13th, 2010 · No Comments

Pro-Continental road squad Pegasus Sports have run into financial problems this week after one of the teams main financial backers pulled out.  The failure of the Pegasus Cycling Team to secure a Pro-Tour license for 2011 was listed as one of the main reasons and leaves the team in limbo.  Velonation is claiming that the [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Uncategorized

New Ritchey tyres

December 12th, 2010 · No Comments

One of our favourite companies Ritchey have just released two new designs which we happen to have on test too so here is a quick intro. WCS Shield tire This new fast rolling Cross Country Tire utilizes Tom’s VFA (Vector Force Analysis) design and is the team Swisspower’s latest secret weapon. Okay, you are not [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Tech

New test bike – Niner Air 9 carbon

December 10th, 2010 · No Comments

It’s not even 2011 yet but we have just taken delivery of our new 2011 hardtail testbed and it’s a little unusual.  On our annual pilgrimage to biking mecca Eurobike we were totally smitten with the Niner bikes range.  We tried a competitors 29er hardtail last year and were impressed but the Niners rocked us [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Tech

Wolfe Racing 3

December 9th, 2010 · No Comments

On a lighter and more positive note, Dan and Ger Wolfe are preparing for a season on the Irish, British and World Cup circuit and have just been featured in a video by Flexo showcasing them riding in the Dublin and Wicklow hills. Enjoy!

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video

2011 Irish Euro Masters on the rocks.

December 9th, 2010 · No Comments

In a shocking press release Cycling Ireland have announced that they are not in a position to proceed with the planned 2011 European Masters Championship.  Shronaboy near Killarney was controversially selected in what seemed like a closed process to host the event but the venue has failed to secure sufficient funding in time. Full release [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing

A wintry EPIC commute…

December 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Okay so it’s bloody freezing but that doesn’t deter real mountain bikers.  Step forward our hero, Richie Byrne of Epic, who narrates his snowy commute on his excellent blog as only he can.  Over to Richie…. Commute or Die !! or worse the death of an IPOD !! Day 1 – So its freakin minus [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Single Speed World Champs

December 7th, 2010 · No Comments

In 2011 the SSWC’s are coming to Ireland, Ballyhoura to be precise so expect several days of madness in what will be surely one of the best events of the year!  Below is a photographic montage from the New Zealand 2010 champs to get you in the mood so to speak… Singlespeed Worlds 2010 – [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

On test – Syncros FL carbon cockpit

December 6th, 2010 · No Comments

In conjunction with our new test bike we have a full carbon Syncros fitout on test.  FL is Syncros cross country kit, standing for f@#*ing light if you must know and we are big fans.  Based in British Columbia, Syncros pay attention to strength aswell as lightweight which is fine in our book.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Tech

Mountain biking the Manual – Chris Ball

December 4th, 2010 · No Comments

Chris Ball is the man behind Dirt School, a Scottish based mountain bike skills school. We have already reviewed the excellent Dirt School DVD, a series of skills lessons, but this takes it a step further. Combining some basic training info with skills, nutrition, psychology (!) and race prep it is a full manual for [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Downhill · General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing · Reviews

Baselayer mini-test

December 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

Okay it’s cold outside, really cold and it looks like it’s here to stay.  Critical to your enjoyment on the bike is being warm and here we present two different options to do just that.  They will also keep you warm off the bike which is no bad thing either! Icebreaker Oasis Crewe merino baselayer

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews · Road cycling

A day in the race of Irina Kalentieva

December 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

Race Day from ergon on Vimeo.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

McConvey to take indefinite break

December 1st, 2010 · No Comments

Irish road pro Connor McConvey is to take an indefinite break from cycling citing burnout.  McConvey, who rides for the Belgian registered An Post Sean Kelly team, has decided to take an indefinite break from Professional Cycling. The former U23 world ranked top 5 Mountain biker, turned road rider, cited reasons linked to lack of [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling