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Entries from January 2013

Biking Blitz round 1 this Sunday

January 31st, 2013 · No Comments

And we’re off, the first cross country race of the season kicks of on Sunday with the first round of the hugely popular Biking Blitz in Ballinastoe Woods. The series is specifically aimed at those new to the sport with the Baggy shorts category.  Experienced riders race in the Super Pro category removing any performance [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Ritchey launches new Trail components.

January 29th, 2013 · No Comments

Component manufacturer Ritchey used to own the Canadian brand Syncros which it used to make its more all mountain/Enduro offerings.  However they sold off the brand and have just introduced a new TRAIL group of lightweight components aimed at AM and Enduro bikes which are all produced in house.  Tom Ritchey is one of the [...]

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Tags: enduro · General commentary · Mountain biking · Tech

Tuesday morning motivation

January 29th, 2013 · No Comments

Before Mark Cavendish came to dominate sprinting there was one man who was streets ahead of the pack.  Mario Cipollini was not only super dominant on the road (2002 World Champion, multiple stage winner at the Giro (42 stages!), Tour de France (12 stages) and Vuelta (3 stages) and multiple classics) he was known for [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Road cycling · Video

Friday morning motivation – Colors of Kathmandu

January 25th, 2013 · No Comments

It’s Friday  the weekend is nearly here and this is primed to get you ready for a weekend of snowy trails.  Looks like a perfect vacation – amazing scenery, lots of mountains, lots of trails and buckets of culture.  Now where is my passport? Mountain biking Kathmandu Valley, Nepal from H&I Adventures on Vimeo.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Video

Cycle against suicide

January 25th, 2013 · No Comments

This April and May a unique Irish cycling event will take place as riders face into a fourteen day 1,400 km  round Ireland bike ride aimed at raising awareness of suicide in Ireland. Cycle Against Suicide from PulseLearning on Vimeo.

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Tags: General commentary

Giant announce new Propel road bike

January 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

Designed with aerodynamics as the centerpoint of the brief, the new premium road bike from Giant has just been announced – the Propel. With a number of innovative features, including what appears to be a V-brake style rear brake mechanism it looks very tasty indeed.  Here is what Giants marketing whizz kids came up with [...]

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Tags: Road cycling · Tech · Video

Santa Cruz announce new Blur TR

January 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

Santa Cruz have just released details of a new addition to their lineup, an aluminium version of their popular Blur named the TR, that delivers all the same aggressive ride features of the carbon TRc, in a more economical package.  With 125mm of VPP suspension, relaxed angles, massive frame stiffness throughout and a 5 year [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech · Video

Monday morning motivation

January 20th, 2013 · No Comments

No Lance here, no snow here, just good old fashioned why we ride to get you going on a Monday morning! Ride Positive. A Mountainbike Manifesto. from Filme von Draussen on Vimeo.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

Friday morning motivation

January 18th, 2013 · No Comments

And lets face it we need it!  While the building around me rocks from the weather and the cycling world too following Lance’s interview with Oprah last night (we’ll get back to it shortly don’t worry) we thought we would take a moment to remind ourselves of our passion and forget the nonsense. Santa Cruz [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

Lance and Oprah

January 16th, 2013 · No Comments

It’s being billed as the bigest interview since Michael Jackson and Oprah Winfrey herself is saying it is her biggest ever interview as the world prepares to hear Lance Armstrongs confession.  Tom Cruise may have jumped up and down on her couch but Armstrong is expected to sit quietly and explain himself in what is [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling

Marcelo’s wild ride

January 14th, 2013 · No Comments

Colombian Giant rider Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas just took his third crown at the extraordinary 2013 Manizales Urbano DH Race.  Here is his final run filmed with a Contour headcam. The course is a crazy run through the town making use of natural features and huge gaps.  Their have been attempts to replicate it all over [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video

CRC Nukeproof welcomes Sam Hill

January 12th, 2013 · No Comments

The official welcome for Sam Hill to the CRC Nukeproof fold.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video · World Cup

Garmin launch updated Edge 810 and 510 cycling computers

January 11th, 2013 · No Comments

Garmin, purveyors of all things GPS, have just released an update to their Edge cycling computer range.  The new 810 and 510 replacing the 800 and 500 respectively. So how big is the change?  First up the user interface is upgraded with some novel touches

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Road cycling · Tech · Video

Aaron Gwin moves to Specialized or does he? – Updated!

January 10th, 2013 · No Comments

Huge news in the mountain bike world is the apparent move of World Cup champion Aaron Gwin from Trek World Racing (TWR) to Specialized.  The move is controversial as he signed a letter of intent with TWR that was to see him stay with Trek for three more years.  TWR have upped the anti though [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · World Cup

Bluegrass Enduro registration open!

January 10th, 2013 · No Comments

Registration has now opened for the Bluegrass Enduro Tour International in Ballyhoura on the 21st/22nd September 2013. The Ballyhoura round is the final of the series and should see a large crowd of international riders in the hunt ofor the overall series.  Included in these should be Ireland’s own Greg Callaghan, recently confirmed for the [...]

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Tags: enduro · Mountain biking · Racing

Review – Shimano XTR Shadow Plus rear derailleur

January 8th, 2013 · No Comments

This is one of those, why has nobody ever done this before things.  The Shimano Shadow Plus rear derailleur stops your chain from dropping off without using a chain device.

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Tags: Reviews · Tech

Burry Stander RIP

January 7th, 2013 · No Comments

Last Thursday the mountain bike world lost one of its brightest stars.  Burry Stander was killed in a crash involving a taxi whilst on a training ride in his native South Africa.  He was only 25. A former under 23 World Champion (2009), Stander had ridden to fifth place at the Olympic Games this past [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Motivation Monday

January 7th, 2013 · No Comments

Most of you are back to work today so here is some pure riding porn to keep you going.  Time to charge the bike lights!… Jérôme Clementz – The Precepts of Enduro from Bluegrass Board on Vimeo. Incidentally the Bluegrass tour will be hitting Ireland on the 21st & 22nd of September.  More details when [...]

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Tags: enduro · Mountain biking · Video

Dates announced for 2013 NPS XC

January 5th, 2013 · No Comments

Details are beginning to emerge concerning the Cross Country National Points Series for this year.  No venues or organizing clubs have been announced yet but dates and counties have.  It is possible to read between the lines a bit but further details should be released shortly. 14th April – Mayo 28th April – Kerry

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Sam Hill to CRC/Nukeproof

January 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

Also on the move is former five time downhill World Champion Sam Hill who is off to the Chain Reaction Cycles/Nukeproof team in what is one of the biggest announcements of the year. Hill leaves Specialized, a team he had mixed success with, never gaining the heights he enjoyed previously with Ironhorse.  A crash within [...]

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

Cavendish starts life with Omega Pharma Quickstep

January 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

Former World Champion and Tour de France winning team member Mark Cavendish started riding in the Omega Pharma Quickstep colours yesterday as his contract with Team Sky came to an end.  The Manx Missile is set to commence his first serious training camp with the squad and is back on Specialized bikes for 2013.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling