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Entries from September 2011

The Ballyhoura Spook

September 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Welcome to the 2011 Ballyhoura Spook, the Halloween Mountain Bike Stage Race, formally known as the screamer. It’s the same great event as in previous years but now bigger and better than ever. Racing takes place over two stages on the Ballyhoura trails with a 30 kilometre cross country loop and an additional 10 kilometre [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Mel Spath wins British Mountain bike series overall

September 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Competing at the final round of the British Mountain bike Series in Plymouth, Mel Spath has bagged the overall series crown with a second place finish to World Under 23 silver medalist Annie Last.  In her blog post she outlines how the race unfolded.  The race was a good one for Irish riders with a [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Chris Akrigg – Not if but when

September 27th, 2011 · No Comments

A nice edit from Chris Akrigg of Mongoose bikes.  Make sure and watch it through to the end…

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

The Atherton Project series 3 Ep.9

September 24th, 2011 · No Comments

The penultimate episode for 2011 sees the Athertons riding at the World Cup in Val di Sole before Dan has a go at Enduro.

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

Fixie flick Premium rush set for 2012 release

September 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

With the popularity of Fixed wheel bikes it was only a matter of time until Hollywood took notice.  Premium rush is a chase movie where our hero is a bike courier on the streets of New York. Premium rush is directed by David Koepp, screenwriter on films such as Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man and [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Video

Poc bike video

September 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

Come riding with Danny Macaskill, Daniel Dhers and Martin Söderström around the archipeligo of islands on one side of Stockholm city. POC Bike Excursion from ANTIMEDIA on Vimeo.

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Tags: General commentary · Video

Tony Martin Road TT World Champion

September 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

The Road World Championships are currently taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark and Wednesday saw the Time Trial rainbow jersey on new shoulders. Despite threatening weather, sixty-five riders took to the 46.4km course to decide on the top Time Trial honours for 2012.  At the end of the day Tony Martin emerged victorious with a masterful [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · World Champs

Irish Off-Road AGM details announced

September 20th, 2011 · No Comments

The 2011 Cycling Ireland Offroad AGM will be held on Saturday Oct 8th. in Taylor’s pub, Ticknock, Dublin.  This is the annual event which allows Cycling Ireland members to have their voice heard in governing how the sport is run in this country, both XC and DH.  Last years AGM saw a floor motion to [...]

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

Brammeier signs with Omega Pharma-Quick step

September 20th, 2011 · No Comments

Irish National TT and Road Champion Matt Brammeier has been looking for a new team since the announcement of the end of HTC-Highroad at the end of this season.  Today it has been confirmed that he will move to Belgian squad Quick-Step joining the likes of Tom Boonen and Sylvain Chavanel. The move has added [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

SRAM Blackbox – The return of Gripshift!

September 16th, 2011 · No Comments

At last weekends World Championships, Jaroslav Kulhavy took gold.  Bike geeks watching closely will have noticed something special on the winning bike. The 26-year-old Czech, who took the XC world by storm this year and also won the World Cup, had a secret weapon: SRAM’s new 10-speed BlackBox Grip Shift® twist shifters. SRAM made their [...]

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

Specialized XC World Champion Jaroslav Kulhavy

September 15th, 2011 · No Comments

Specialized have a new XC World Champion, Jaroslav Kulhavy.  Following a dominant season the team headed to Champery and this is what happened.

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

The Epic Blast – Foxhunt the video

September 14th, 2011 · No Comments

In a word – Awesome! Last weekend 400 hundred riders took to Ballinastoe for the annual Epic Blast but this year with an added event – The Foxhunt.  Former World Champion downhill rider Gee Atherton chased the pack down the mountain, eliminating riders by passing them.  Come the finish line there were only a handful [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Danny Hart, Giant World champs vid

September 13th, 2011 · No Comments

The one everyone has been waiting for, inside the Giant camp on World Champs Sunday with Danny Hart.

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

Specialized DH World Champs vid

September 13th, 2011 · No Comments

Sam Hill makes a return to racing but admits he is not 100%.  HOwever he is not the one to watch in this episode from the Specialized boys.

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

Trek World Racing World Champs vids

September 12th, 2011 · No Comments

Yet more videos from Champery (plenty to come too).  This time it is the Trek World Racing boys and girls including defending female DH champ tracy Moseley.   Downhill first with XC below.

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

The Atherton Project Series 3 Ep.8

September 10th, 2011 · No Comments

With Gee Atherton about to tear up Ballinastoe at the Epic Blast, what better time to take in the new Atherton Project? If you fancy seeing Gee in action, head to Ballinastoe today for 3pm when he will be riding the course.  Then tomorrow, Sunday the Blast itself takes place at 2pm (with heats in [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Team GT World Champs vid

September 8th, 2011 · No Comments

In the wake of a tough World Champs, GT are the first to produce a video on their teams performance. More Mountain Biking Videos

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

Extra Blast spots available tomorrow morning!!!

September 7th, 2011 · No Comments

Epic have just announced the availability of a small number of extra entries into the Blast on Sunday in Ballinastoe.  This is consistently one of the events of the year so don’t miss it! Due to unprecedented demand, EPIC MTB are happy to announce a limited number of additional places for The Blast! These places [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Racing

World Champs round up

September 7th, 2011 · No Comments

Last weekend saw the best riders in the World head to Champery in Switzerland for the World championships.  First up lets take a look at the Downhill. The Champery downhill course is renowned for its high degree of difficulty and its steepness. It has claimed many victims over the years and has seen a number [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Downhill · Racing · World Champs

Leopard-Trek and Radioshack merge! UPDATED

September 6th, 2011 · No Comments

Two of the major Pro-Tour squads have announced that they will merge next season to become Radioshack-Nissan-Trek Professional cycling Team.  Speculation in the last few weeks had suggested that Leopard-Trek would be absorbed into Radioshack and it appears that this is what is happening with the exception of the teams home base and license.  Team [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Niner introduce redesigned Air9 and EMD9 frames

September 5th, 2011 · No Comments

29er frame manufacturer Niner bikes have just announced the redesign of two of their most popular designs the Air9 and EMD9.

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Tags: 29er · Cross country · Mountain biking · Tech

Confusion over UCI new sponsor

September 5th, 2011 · No Comments

The MTB world is in confusion following the announcement of the UCI of the sponsorship of the MTB World Cup and World Champs series by a previously unknown website – www.rockyroads.net.  The site claims unique views of 221,000 unique views yet no-one seems to have heard of it and the writing on the site is [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking

Trek World racing – In Pursuit

September 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

First up the Downhillers who have enjoyed a fantastic season for Aaron Gwin and Tracy Moseley. Next it is over to the cross country boys to complete the World Cup season in advance of the World Champs.

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Tags: Cross country · Downhill · Racing · Video · World Cup

World Champs Champery Helmet cam

September 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

Ever wondered what it is like to ride a World Championships course?  Lets take a run down the Champery course with Chainreactionscycles Matti Lehikoinen. Champery 2011 World Champs Track Helmet Cam from chainreactioncycles on Vimeo.

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

SSWC video

September 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

Here is a great video from Gnarly Adventures from the SSWC that includes a section at the end on how South Africa won the rights for 2012.  Sums the whole event up really well.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

RockShox introduces the Monarch XX Carbon rear shock

September 1st, 2011 · No Comments

Shock manufacturer Rockshox has just annonuced a new even lighter version of their XC orientated Monarch shock that incorporates a carbon fibre air can and the excellent XLoc hydraulic lockout.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Tech