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Entries from February 2011

Monday morning motivation Urge Cabo Verde

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Okay so it’s a little longer than we normally post and it’s in French but we couldn’t resist posting this video of 14 of the World’s best riders in the Cape Verde Islands off Western Africa. Urge Cabo Verde 2011 report With legends of the sport taking part including Hans Ray and Nicolas Vouilloz and [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video

Triathlon in Ireland

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Triathlon is growing at a phenomenal rate in Ireland with an Ironman 70.3 hitting our shores for the first time this year.  IrishTriathlon and Wicklow Adventure Race director Brian Crinion outlines this exciting discipline and exposes some of the myths. There are over 200 events every year on the Irish Triathlon calendar. Starting with the [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling

Irizar wins in Andalucia for Radioshack

February 25th, 2011 · No Comments

Team RadioShack’s Markel Irizar is the overall winner of the Vuelta a Andalucía (Ruta Ciclista del Sol). In the fifth and last stage to Antequera, the Basque rider kept his one second advantage over Belgian rider Jurgen Van den Broeck. Levi Leipheimer finished 3rd, 2 seconds behind.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Leinster League XC Round 1 March 20th

February 24th, 2011 · No Comments

The racing season has kicked off with the excellent biking Blitz series.  Details are beginning to emerge concerning the first round of the Leinster League which is being hosted again by Racing 795 just outside of Bunclody on the shoulder of Mount Leinster. The course is a development on last years which contained two excellent [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Inside the Team Sky service truck

February 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

Continuing our road focus today lets take a look inside the Team Sky service truck courtesy of Shimano. This is one of the more professional setups on the Pro-Tour circuit and a far cry from what most teams will use even in the bigger Grand Tours.

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Tags: Road cycling · Video

New SRAM Pro-Tour level Red/Black group

February 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

SRAM have just released a video of a sneak peak of a new Pro-Tour edition of SRAM Red.  Very little details are available, even the press site has no press release yet.

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Tags: Cyclocross · Racing · Road cycling · Tech · Video

Cycling Ireland rule changes

February 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

Following the various AGMs a number of rule changes have just come into effect, a summary of which is below.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Racing · Road cycling

Track riders are tough…

February 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

Track is one of the most overlooked element of cycling although the likes of Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton have helped with its image in recent times.  A recent crash at a World Cup qualifier at Manchester velodrome (where the Irish team train) pointed to another overlooked area of the discipline – crashes – as [...]

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Tags: Racing · Video

Madison to drop Commencal distribution at the end of 2011

February 21st, 2011 · No Comments

In a surprise move to many, uber UK and Ireland distributor Madison have announced they will no longer distribute Commencal from the end of the season.  As the bike sponsor for Atherton Racing, Commencal had enjoyed some considerable success, especially with both the Male and Female 2008 World Downhill Champions on board (Rachel & Gee [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking

Greg Callaghan video

February 18th, 2011 · No Comments

Greg’s back and taking on the World in 2011.  Already the trophy cabinet is filling up but bizarrely in errr…. cross country where he smoked a stacked field to take the win.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

Giant XTC 29er composite in development

February 17th, 2011 · No Comments

The Giant XTC composite frame has been a favourite among Irish and international racers for years now and finally they are developing a 29er version.  As you might have gathered we are a big fan of the larger wheel platform and this raised a few eyebrows in the office. We tested the alloy version last [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Tech · Video

Thursday morning motivation

February 17th, 2011 · No Comments

Okay, the weekend is nearly here and to keep you going here is a sweet riding video to get you in the mood… Island Winter from Aaron Larocque on Vimeo.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

Biking Blitz Round 2 this Sunday

February 16th, 2011 · No Comments

Following the hugely successful first round of the Biking Blitz in Ballinastoe, the event moves to Ballyhoura this Sunday for round 2.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

2011 New XC Racing Categories Announcement

February 14th, 2011 · No Comments

The cross country racing categories have been re-designated today according to a communique from the Off Road Commission.  Following the move to an ability based system rather than the traditional age related system, categories will now be named S1/2/3/4 in a bid to simplify the system.  Women’s categories will also be known now as S [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

2011 XC and XC Marathon Champs Venues Confirmed!

February 14th, 2011 · No Comments

Venues and organisers have been announced for the 2011 XC and Marathon National Champs.  Both events were a big success in 2010, especially the XC Nationals which raised the bar considerably.  The Marathon champs returns to Ballyhoura and the XC Nationals will take place in an exciting new venue – Annamoe, Co.Wicklow.

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Tags: Uncategorized

Review – Garmin Forerunner 210

February 10th, 2011 · No Comments

GPS technology has been developing at a fantastic rate from a brick sized unit not that many years ago to a sports watch sized unit that doesn’t look out of place on your wrist.  Leading the outdoor market is American manufacturer Garmin and their Forerunner 210 while primarily aimed at runners, is especially useful for [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Reviews

Christoph Sauser weighs in on 29ers

February 9th, 2011 · No Comments

Traditionally European XC riders have been the last to adopt 29ers so when an ex-Cross country and Marathon World Champion gives them the nod then you take note.  Christoph Sauser updated his blog recently on a head to head test he did between a 26″ and 29″ Specialized Epic. The big wheels made me go [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Commuting common sense

February 8th, 2011 · No Comments

With thanks to adventure-journal.com.

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Tags: General commentary

Monday morning motivation

February 7th, 2011 · No Comments

All the way form the Basque country, a short video that exemplifies the fact that mountain biking does not have to be all flashy tricks and jumps, at the heart of, it is just damn good trail riding.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

Paul Kimmage’s interview with Floyd Landis

February 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

Just before the American holiday of Thanksgiving Irish journalist Paul Kimmage interviewed Floyd Landis for an article in the Sunday Times.  On Sunday last the article was published in the magazine section of the paper but was written for a general audience. Website nyvelocity managed to get the transcript for the interview from Kimmage who [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling

The Biking Blitz Rd.1 this weekend

February 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

Entries for the Ballinastoe round close on Friday at 8pm and entries are limited. So don’t leave it too late and miss out, entry is nearly full. The prizes fund is now valued at over €4000!  Green Oil- lube, degreaser, bike brushes, bike washer plus lost more goodies including a raffle prize from Trek Ireland [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

News round up

February 1st, 2011 · No Comments

A smorgasbord of news today including Ireland’s National XC Marathon Champ Ryan Sherlock, the Lid law in the North and Scalextric’s first cycling set. Sherlock signs with Kenda-Giant UCI Continental team.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing · Road cycling