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Entries from July 2012

Gravity Enduro round 3 video

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Here is the video from Round 3 of the Gravity Enduro in Ballyhoura.  This should wet your appetite for the National Champs coming up shortly!  Details below.. The Enduro National Champs race will take place in Bigwood forest, just 3 miles from Newry in County Down.  Entry is online only here and is filling up [...]

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Tags: enduro · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Mel Spath National XC Champs blog post

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Newly crowned Irish National Road and Cross country Elite Champion Mel Spath checks in with a blog post on the race. Irish National MTB Champs 2012 This year was the first year I was going to be eligible for the title of Irish MTB National Champ. I won the race last year, but because I [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Steve Peat Val d’Isere track walk & helmet cam

July 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Today is the downhill world Cup final in Val d’Isere.  Here Steve Peat of the Santa Cruz Syndicate walks the track and gives some insight follwed by a headcam viewpoint as he rides the course.

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

Trek World Racing

July 28th, 2012 · No Comments

Aaron Gwin continues his dominance in front of a home crowd in Windham.

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

Spath completes double, Seymour buys new wardrobe

July 24th, 2012 · No Comments

Mel Spath completed an impressive double on Sunday at the Irish XC National Champs to claim the Elite female MTB National Champs jersey to go with her road one. 

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Wet Summer puts Scottish downhill races in jeopardy

July 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

Two events of the 14 year old Scottish Downhill series are in danger following the disasterous wet summer which is resulting in low entry numbers.  Ae in particular is very handy for Irish riders as it is very close to the Belfast – Stranraer ferry terminal. SCOTTISH ‘SUMMER’ HITS MOUNTAIN BIKING Heavy rain and recession [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing

This is Peaty Episode 3 2012

July 20th, 2012 · No Comments

Back on the road with everyones favourite downhiller Steve Peat.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · World Cup

New Giant Trance 29er

July 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Giant have finally released details of their new Trance X 29er trail bike.  With 120mm of travel it has been developed with the help of Giant-Rabobank rider Adam Craig and has already seen the top step of the podium at prototype stage. This section of the market is now the fastest growing and Giant seem [...]

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Frank Schleck tests positive at the Tour, withdraws

July 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Radioshack-Nissan rider Frank Schleck has tested positive for banned diuretic Xipamide in an in competition test conducted during the Tour de France on the 14th of July.  As a direct result the rider has been withdrawn from the race by his team.  He now has to decide whether to contest the charge.  Frank Schleck finished [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Garmin introduce the Fēnix wristwatch

July 13th, 2012 · No Comments

Garmin have just released details of their new outdoors based GPS watch, the fēnix.  It brings together altimeter, barometer and compass features with all the Garmin GPS features that we have come to know and looks to be the complete package for outdoor enthusiasts. More details from Garmin below.

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Tags: General commentary · Tech

Stage 11 of the Tour offers real GC test

July 12th, 2012 · No Comments

Today the Tour riders face a tough challenge up over 2 hors categorie climbs in the Alps, including the fearsome Col de la Madeleine and the col de la Croix de Fer, both over 2000 metres.  In fact the stage covers over 5000 metres of vertical climbing, finishing on the category 1 La Toussuire. Team [...]

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Tags: Racing · Tour de France · Video

Syndicate do Windham

July 11th, 2012 · No Comments

Off to the World Cup in Windham with the Santa Cruz Syndicate boys…

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · World Cup

Team Specialized at the Windham World Cup XC & DH

July 10th, 2012 · No Comments

Team Specialized ride the World Cup at Windham with a certain degree of sucess…

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

Ritchey introduce new WCS Paradigm pedal

July 9th, 2012 · No Comments

Ritchey have recently announced details of their new mtb pedal the Paradigm.  Tom Ritchey’s heritage is excellent in this regard so expect it to be a performer with good float and serious durability.  It is available now!

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Team Sky blow the Tour de France apart

July 8th, 2012 · No Comments

On the slopes of the first proper mountain, La Planche des Belles Filles, Team Sky showed their strength in a dominant performance that garnered both the stage win, polkadot climbers jersey and the yellow jersey.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Windham World cup track walk

July 8th, 2012 · No Comments

Time to learn a little bit walking the World Cup course at Windham with former World Champ Steve Peat.

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

All new Trek 7 series Madone

July 7th, 2012 · No Comments

Trek have been working away to reduce the weight and drag of their multiple Tour de France winning Madone frame and here is the new 7 series version.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Video

SRAM announce XX1

July 5th, 2012 · No Comments

SRAM have just announced details of their new XX1 drivetrain developed around a single chain ring combined with a massive eleven speed cassette.  The group is aimed at a wide variety of riders from XC racers to Enduro and signals a shift in drivetrain thinking that will suit many trail riders. Personally this setup makes [...]

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Tags: Cross country · enduro · Mountain biking · Tech · Video

Specialized XC & DH at Mont Sainte Anne

July 5th, 2012 · No Comments

Team Specialized ride the World Cup at Mont Sainte Anne.

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

Courier movies creating a stir

July 4th, 2012 · No Comments

Two new movie releases are courting courtesy for depicting couriers riding in a dangerous way.  The first one, Premium Rush, is a general cinematic release.  The second, Line of sight, is a bit more obscure. We’ll leave it to you to make up your own mind.

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Tags: General commentary · Video

Viva le Tour! Prologue-Stage 2 summary

July 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

And we’re off….  Fireworks already at the 2012 Tour de France, the 99th edition of the race as GC favourites have already stuck their noses out in moves reminiscent of the hard and fast dualing that marked last years race. The prologue saw an ominous performance from bookies favourite Bradley Wiggins as he rode to [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France