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Entries from January 2011

Monday morning motivation

January 31st, 2011 · No Comments

SRAM and BlackBox labs rider Joscha Forstreuter organised a competition called “Back in my Yard” involving different teams with prizes awarded for best shots, video edit, and so on.  Team FELT won the best video edit award, with this nice short filmed and edited by Martin Hanisch. More Mountain Biking Videos

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

Fly fixed bags

January 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Fly fixed is a small Irish company which makes really nice cycling related bags from recycled materials. Made from tough materials they can take a beating and use industrial grade velcro to fit around your belt, frame or shoulder bag.  Big enough to take a phone, keys, compact camera and cards they are dead handy.  [...]

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Tags: General commentary

Irish Cancer society Ballinastoe ride

January 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Biking.ie are organising a charity bike ride this Sunday 30th January in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.  A donation is requested and riders should assemble at the entrance to the trails at Ballinastoe by 9.45am.  There will be groups at varying ability levels.  It is a fun mountain bike ride to celebrate the lives [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Alberto Contador recieves one year ban

January 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Saxo bank rider Alberto Contador has received a one year ban from the Spanish Cycling Federation for a positive test for Clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France.  As a result he will be stripped of the title should an appeal be unsuccessful.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Victor Lucas launches new gallery

January 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Irish MTB photographer par excellence Victor Lucas has a new gallery of shots available to buy on his website www.victorlucas.com. Featuring shots of riders in exotic locations like Lake Garda, British Columbia, Switzerland, Spain and err… Croagh Patrick they are fantastic images that are begging to grace your walls and are very reasonable in price.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

How a frame is born

January 26th, 2011 · No Comments

Ever wondered what is involved in making a frame?  Soulcraft, a small independant frame maker from California, has released a video showing just this.  Enjoy! FROM STEEL: The Making of a Soulcraft from michael evans on Vimeo.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Video

Tuesday morning motivation…

January 25th, 2011 · No Comments

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

WAFF 2011

January 21st, 2011 · No Comments

On February 4th the annual Wee Adventure Film Festival takes place in the Sugar Club in Dublin.  Featuring some of the best amateur short films from the world of adventure sports, its a feast for the eyes while the rest of you feasts on beer. Last years event was one of the best nights out [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Video

2011 XC Racing categories update

January 21st, 2011 · No Comments

The Offroad Commission have again responded to a flurry of activity on forums by announcing that there will be more changes to the XC categorization system.  they have decided to recommend categories to riders ahead of the season and a grading panel will be assembled for the 2012 season.  Details will be announced by February [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Niner bikes news – C5 warrenty and new bars

January 20th, 2011 · No Comments

Niner have just released details of a new warrenty program called C5 for all their carbon products.  C5 gives a full five year warrenty on all carbon products including the Niner Air 9 Carbon frame, the Niner Carbon fork and the new Niner Flat Top 9 carbon bar.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

The Epic Blast 2011

January 19th, 2011 · No Comments

Details are begining to emerge concerning one of the biggest events in the country – the Epic Blast. The 2010 event garnered interest worldwide

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing

XC racing categories?

January 18th, 2011 · No Comments

With the seed change in category organisation for XC racing now in effect there is much discussion as to which category riders will race in.  As it is essentially an honour system (you are free to choose which category you will race in) riders are being encouraged to signal which category they intend to race [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Ballinastoe felling commences

January 18th, 2011 · No Comments

With felling about to commence on Ballinastoe and run for approximately ten weeks, riders are being asked to obey all diversions on the mountain for their own safety. Trail diversions will be in place on the Ballinastoe MTB trails due to harvesting operations, and will be in place for 10 weeks. Operations will likely be [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Review – Fenwicks Foaming degreaser & Disc cleaner

January 17th, 2011 · No Comments

At this time of year cleaning your bike post ride is more important than ever as thick gloopy mud is the norm.  Anything that makes this easier is a good thing in our book.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews

Ticknock trail update

January 14th, 2011 · No Comments

MBI (Mountain Biking Ireland) have just posted an update on the trails currently being developed by Coillte on Ticknock mountain in Dublin. Construction of the permanent mtb trails at Ticknock in Dublin is now well underway. Unfortunately, the project has been delayed by the extreme weather in December which saw the hillls covered in 2-3 [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking

Leopard-Trek building a team

January 14th, 2011 · No Comments

With the announcement of the Schleck’s new team Leopard-Trek, many wondered (including us) as to how the team would be represented on the road.  Thankfully the design doesn’t include any spots but is easy on the eye.  Trek have released a video of them building the new teams bikes which apparantly happened in a whirlwind.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Video

Greg Callaghan promo

January 13th, 2011 · No Comments

Irish downhiller Greg Callaghan has a promo video out in advance of the 2011 season.  Greg had a phenomenal year last year despite an early season broken collarbone, managing a 3rd overall in the NPS, 25th at the Euro champs and taking the overall honours in the Epic Blast. We expect great things from the [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video

Lough Derg challenge

January 12th, 2011 · No Comments

Based in the village of Killaloe the Lough Derg challenge introduces MTB stage racing into Ireland with four stages over two days on the 9th-10th of April. Aimed at people of all abilities, the Lough Derg Challenge the race will be a tough test for all with three mountain stages followed by the final stage [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Irish Cyclocross Nationals results

January 11th, 2011 · No Comments

On Sunday the annual Cyclocross Nationals took place in Lurgan with Robin Seymour emerging victorious yet again to claim his 17th title. In second place, one minute behind, was Evan Ryan with Conor Campbell in third.  Matt Adair rode a phenomenal race to pass the entire elite field except for Seymour on his way to [...]

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Tags: Cyclocross · Racing

On test – Fox F32 Terralogic

January 10th, 2011 · No Comments

Newly arrived into the Spoke offices is the new Terralogic fork from suspension maestros Fox. We were very impressed with the F32 when we tested it last but this fork has a completly different damping system, all be it built upon the excellent FIT cartridge.  Appearance wise the cartridge looks like it is reversed in [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Ray’s MTB parks

January 6th, 2011 · No Comments

Imagine a place where you could ride your bike regardless of the weather on technical off shore style trails.  The lucky people of Cleveland and Milwaukee don’t have to imagine, for them it is a reality called Ray’s MTB parks. Ray’s MKE Sneak Peak from RaysMTB on Vimeo. Featuring a variety of trails these centres [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

MEC Sweet spots video competition

January 5th, 2011 · No Comments

MEC is a Canadian outdoor retailer that operates as a Co-op.  Every year they run a competition for members to send in their best outdoor films much like the Wee Adventure Film Festival and they have just released a show reel highlighting the best of 201o.  We think it is pretty inspirational and worth a [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Video

The Biking Blitz – Ballinastoe

January 4th, 2011 · No Comments

Blast away the cobwebs and kick of the New Year with style at the Biking Blitz series which starts on the 6th of February in Ballinastoe woods.  Run by Biking.ie (Niall Davis and Tarja Owens) it is a three race series which also heads to Ballyhoura and Derroura. The series is set to offer a [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

New Garmin-Cervelo kit

January 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

Dan Martin will be racing in a new strip in 2011 as Garmin-Transitions have merged with The Cervelo Test Team.  The iconic Argyle design that has been present in the squad for years, has almost disappeared except for the collar and cuffs.  The overall design is similar to the old Cervelo design. Garmin retain their [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Offroad commission news

January 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

The Offroad Commission of Cycling Ireland have just announced that there will be changes to categories for the 2011 season.  The move sees Masters and Experts change to open Senior 1 & 2 categories.  Race lengths have also been shortened for all categories, the idea being that top riders from Experts, Masters and Vets will [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing