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Entries from April 2011

Workers required for Ratoath BMX track

April 30th, 2011 · No Comments

You may or may not know that work is about to commence on a new BMX Race track in Ratoath Co. Meath.  Building  will start in the 1st week of May with Heavy Equipment in use for the 1st two weeks, then the money runs out…. Labour is required to finish off the track on [...]

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Tags: General commentary

Thursday morning motivation

April 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Here is some nice freeriding to get you in the mood for the rapidly approaching weekend featuring Cam and Tyler McCaul. McCaul x 2 from FoxHeadInc on Vimeo.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

XC NPS 3 preview

April 27th, 2011 · No Comments

The third round of the cross country NPS Sunday 1 May 2011 in Davagh Forest, Co. Tyrone hosted by Carn Wheelers. The course is mostly the same as last year but with a few a key changes.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Jim’ll fix it in Lochaber…

April 26th, 2011 · No Comments

Sir Jimmy ( Jim’ll Fix It ) Saville takes you on an action packed tour round Fort William and Lochaber in Scotland, which is otherwise known as The Outdoor Capital of the UK!

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Tags: General commentary · Video

Garmin Forerunner 610 demo video

April 25th, 2011 · No Comments

Here is a quick look at the touchscreen functions on the new Garmin Forerunner 610 runners watch for all you multi-sporters out there.

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Tags: Tech · Video

SRAM introduce new chainset sizes and X0 in silver

April 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

At the same time as adding silver/black to the colour range of X0, SRAM have added two new 2X10 gearing options to their chainset options.  22-36 and 24-38 toothed chainsets will be available for X0, X9 and X7, adding to the 28-42 and 26-39).  The two new options are aimed at 29er riders (who require [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

How to cheer?

April 21st, 2011 · No Comments

Want something to cheer you up? (sorry)  Well have a look at this video…  Just make sure you have the sound up. ProGRT How To Cheer from Transition Bikes on Vimeo. With thanks to Niall Davis of Biking.ie for sourcing this nugget.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

New XTR rear mech

April 20th, 2011 · No Comments

Shimano have just released a new XTR rear mech with a switch to increase the spring tension on the chain essentially so that it doesn’t bounce around as much.  The reason for the switch is to allow you to release the tension to take out the back wheel.  Sounds really simply, it will be interesting [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

SRAM introduce Truvativ chain guide at X0 level

April 19th, 2011 · No Comments

Truvativ partnered with MRP to produce a new line of chain management devices. The X0 guide is a single-ring chain guide, with an upper and lower guide for optimal chain retention and a replaceable skid plate for impact protection. It is available for 36-40 or 32-36 chain ring sizes and with BB, ISCG or ISCG [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Garmin introduce touchscreen Forerunner 610 watch

April 18th, 2011 · No Comments

Garmin have just announced details of a new addition to their fitness watch family the Forerunner 610 sports watch – a slim, yet robust and weather-proof touchscreen solution for serious runners seeking an extra advantage. Forerunner 610 can stand up to rain, sweat and splashes, and is responsive enough that it can be operated with [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Tech

Shimano XT gets revamped for its birthday

April 15th, 2011 · No Comments

It is hard to believe but Shimano XT,  the world’s first mountain bike specific component group has just turned 30 years old.  While it is fair to say that XT has come a long way in that time it still remains one of the most popular, hard working and durable groupsets offering perhaps the best [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

XC NPS 2 & Ulster League DH2 this weekend

April 14th, 2011 · No Comments

It’s a busy weekend of racing ahead with both the second round of the XC NPS hosted by MBCC in Cork and the second round of the Nukeproof Ulster Downhill league in Lumpers on Sunday.  Full info on both races below.

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Tags: Cross country · Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing

Leo Nobile – After School

April 14th, 2011 · No Comments

This is a nice little film of French trials rider Leo Nobile, not quite Danny McAskill’s mind-blowing tricks but good all the same. More Mountain Biking Videos

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Tags: General commentary · Video

Through the roots – Niall Davis

April 13th, 2011 · No Comments

The Through the Roots crew have produced another fantastic video this time looking at Biking.ie’s Niall Davis.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

Niner bikes 2 initiatives to support IMBA

April 12th, 2011 · No Comments

Purveyor of the finest 29 inch wheels, Niner bikes have just announced two initiatives to support the International Mountain Bike Association who work to build, maintain and open mountain bike trails. First, Niner has designed and produced 9 limited edition Air 9 Carbon framesets.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Johan Van Summeren wins Paris-Roubaix

April 11th, 2011 · No Comments

Garmin-Cervelo rider Johan Van Summeren pulled of a shock victory at the fabled ‘Hell of the North’ yesterday, gaping the field in the final stages to cross the line solo for the biggest win of his career.  Pre-race favourite Fabian Cancellara of Leopard-Trek was second 19 seconds down having chased hard  for almost 60km of [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tech

Garmin and the 53 degrees North walking festival

April 10th, 2011 · No Comments

Garmin will be supporting the 53 Degrees North Carrickmines store next week during the 53 Degrees North Walking Festival in Dublin. Monday see’s the store offer a 10% discount on their large range of Garmin Fitness and Outdoor products, to continue through the festival week and the week after.

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Tags: General commentary

Kloden wins the Tour of the Basque country

April 10th, 2011 · No Comments

German rider Andreas Kloden took the overall at a tense Vuelta al País Vasco, eleven years after winning his first.  Not merely content ot win the race, team mate and 2010 champion Chris Horner took second with Robert Gesink (Rabobank) rounding out the podium.

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Rockshox introduce BoXXer WC Keronite DH fork

April 7th, 2011 · No Comments

SRAM owned suspension giants Rockshox have just released a new version of their supremely successful BoXXer World Cup fork that they claim makes it the lightest fork on the market at a mere 2.689g, largely thanks to the exclusive Keronite finish applied to the fork lowers. An updated Solo Air spring, re-valved Mission Control DH [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Tech

My backyard…

April 6th, 2011 · No Comments

For a lucky few, their backyard is the best biking spot on the planet.  Here is one of those – Dylan Dunkerton.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video

Driven by Glory – Fabian Cancellara

April 6th, 2011 · No Comments

One of the greatest riders of our time, Fabian Cancellara is an animal in the classics (and the Tour etc.etc.).  Here we take a little look at the rider and the cobbles.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Video

Steve Peat Syndicate gears up

April 5th, 2011 · No Comments

Former downhill World Champ Steve Peat has set up a grass roots type team in the UK.  Called the SPS (Steve Peat Sydicate) its an usual team.  See more info below.  Here Steve gets a gang together to build the team bikes in one day. More Mountain Biking Videos

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Breandan Fairclough wins Vigo DH

April 5th, 2011 · No Comments

Specialized rider Brendan Fairclough won a pre-season downhill race on the 27th of March at Vigo in Spain and Irish cameraman Victor Lucas was there to capture it.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

NPS 1 XC results online

April 4th, 2011 · No Comments

Fantastic weather greeted the riders who made the trip to the first round of the cross country NPS yesterday in Carlingford.  Despite rain in Dublin, 1 hour North the sun shone down as close to 300 raced around a great course consisting mainly of singletrack.  Huge fields started in each category with the eventual winners [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

On test – Hayes Prime Pro disc brakes

April 1st, 2011 · No Comments

Just in from Hayes are these new to the market Prime Pro disc brakes.  A totally new design they feature a nifty pad bite adjustment slider,tool free reach adjust and a really ergonomic lever shape. Hayes claim a 23 percent increase in stopping power over predecessor ‘The Stroker’ and they aim to cover the full [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Registration for XC NPS1 closes at 8pm

April 1st, 2011 · No Comments

Don’t forget to register for the first round of the XC NPS.  Online registration closes at 8pm.  There is a €10 penalty for registration on the day.  Below is a video of a full loop of the race circuit.  See you sunday!

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing