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Entries from June 2011

Through the roots at Fort Bill

June 30th, 2011 · No Comments

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video · World Cup

Garmin Connect exceeds 1 billion miles

June 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Havign become used to associating billions with bank debt and other such depressing things it is nice to think of it in another way.  Garmin’s excellent online repository for users of all their exercise data, Garmin Connect, has just supassed a billion miles logged.

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Tags: General commentary · Uncategorized

SRAM launch DH version of XO

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments

A couple of weeks ago we brought you a teaser image for a new Downhill version of SRAM XO.  Today it has been officially announced that it is not only a reality but that it is here. Meet the latest addition to the versatile X0 family, featuring SRAM’s first carbon downhill race crank and DH-specific  [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Tech · Video

Mel Spath 2nd in UK NPS

June 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Irish (!) rider Mel Spath is just back from competing in the fourth round of the British NPS round in Margam Park in the UK where she finished second and currently leads the overall.  You can read about her exploits on her excellent blog but we have reproduced her diary entry from the race.  Husband [...]

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

Roche to spearhead Ag2R at the Tour again

June 26th, 2011 · No Comments

Irish rider Nicolas Roche will once again lead Ag2R at the Tour de France it was announced today.  The team in full is- Maxime BOUET (FRA), Hubert DUPONT (FRA), John GADRET (FRA), Sébastien HINAULT (FRA), Blel KADRI (FRA), Sébastien MINARD (FRA), Jean-Christophe PERAUD (FRA), Christophe RIBLON (FRA), Nicolas ROCHE (IRL).

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Slade Valley XC NPS this weekend

June 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

The penultimate round of the Irish XC NPS takes place this weekend at last years event of the year site in Slade Valley. The organisers, IMBRC, have been hard at work adding too and refining the excellent network of singletrack that they have built up and the course is once again an absolute cracker with [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Shimano Ultegra goes electronic

June 21st, 2011 · No Comments

Shimano has just announced that their Di2 electronic shifting technology will be available at Ultegra level from September. Di2 has been used by pro-riders in the peloton for a few years now and even by sprinters.  Benefits include an auto-tuned front derailleur, pre-programmed gear ratios and precise and quick shifting.  However up until now the [...]

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Tags: Cyclocross · General commentary · Road cycling · Tech

Bike week lunchtime ride

June 20th, 2011 · No Comments

Next Wednesday the capital will echo with ringing bikebells as riders follow a preplanned route.  Starting from Grand Canal Square at 12.45pm in Dublin’s Docklands before setting off on a leisurely 6km (30 minute) cycle. The cycle will conclude in Grand Canal Square

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Tags: General commentary

IMBRC NPS 2011 course preview

June 18th, 2011 · No Comments

Sunday week will see the IMBRC host NPS 6 in Slade Valley.  The club won “XC race of the year” in 2010 and have improved the course yet again with the addition of more singletrack and two monster bombholes but have a look for yourself…. Video production and filming by Ben Griffin. More info on [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Atherton Project Series 3 Ep 2

June 18th, 2011 · No Comments

Back again with World Cup 1 from Pietmaritzburg in South Africa and a visit to the new Atherton HQ.

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

SSWC registration nearly full

June 17th, 2011 · No Comments

For the first time the Single Speed World Champion (SSWC) will be held in Ireland in late August.  Registration is close to closing so be sure and make sure you are on the start list.  To race all you need is a single speed mountain bike and it is easier than you think to convert [...]

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

Cavendish to join team Sky?

June 16th, 2011 · No Comments

The UK Daily Mail has launched huge debate in road cycling circles by claiming that superstar sprinter Mark Cavendish will switch teams from HTC-Highroad to UK based Team Sky. The move has been speculated since the genesis of Team Sky which has a specific goal of putting British riders on the top step of the [...]

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Tags: Road cycling

Trek In Pursuit

June 16th, 2011 · No Comments

The Trek boys and girls are back with their video series In Pursuit.  Here are a few updates with footage from the opening World Cups including the Downhill female World Champion racing XC in Dalby?… Pietmaritzburg

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

SUBWAY® Sprocket Rocket Family Cycling Festival

June 15th, 2011 · No Comments

Building on the success of their grassroots training program for kids (Sprocket Rocket), Cycling Ireland are organising a kids biking day at Punchestown racecourse on the 18th of June from 11-3 as part of Bike Week.  With BMX demos, the Biking.ie test track and loads of other events make sure and bring your kids down [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Demo day at Ticknock

June 14th, 2011 · No Comments

This sunday, the 19th, from 10am  till 1 a fleet of demo bikes will be available for riders from the carpark at Ticknock. Details of some of the bikes available are starting to leak out.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Syncros FL saddle review

June 13th, 2011 · No Comments

When people think of upgrades for their bikes it is often wheels, tyres, groupsets etc. but key contact points should also be considered – namely the saddle! Racy lightweight saddles tend to trade comfort for weight but not here

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Tags: Cross country · Reviews · Tech

SRAM teaser

June 13th, 2011 · 1 Comment

SRAM have released this photo of what seems like a XO downhill specific rear mech, a sign of a new range for 2012?

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Tags: Tech

The Epic Blast 2011

June 10th, 2011 · No Comments

Details for the 2011 Epic Blast are begining to emerge with the launch of the website. The EPIC BLAST V from Victor Lucas on Vimeo.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Ratoath BMX track update

June 9th, 2011 · No Comments

Just in some video of the BMX track under construction in Ratoath.  It looks fantastic! Ratoath BMX Track Build 5-June-2011 from Lar M on Vimeo.

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Tags: General commentary · Video

The Atherton Project Series 3 Episode 1

June 7th, 2011 · No Comments

They are back!  The series kicks off with a trip to New Zealand for pre-season training. Gee Atherton just posted a 4th place at the Fort William World Cup round, Dan was 69th while Rachel announced her return to racing with a 2nd to World Champion Tracy Moseley, 1.7 seconds down, a reversal of the [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Revamped Ballyhouras

June 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

With the sun splitting the stones, here is a look at some of the newly revamped trails at Ballyhoura Trail centre. Ballyhouras Trail Update from Conor Scully on Vimeo.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

Niner Air 9 Carbon frame review

June 1st, 2011 · No Comments

Last year we flagged a growing trend in mountain bike development, the 29 inch wheel. At last year’s trade shows we were struck by the jump in the number of bikes with 29 inch wheels even from the conservative European manufacturers who previously had dismissed them. We tested them extensively at the trade show and [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Reviews