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Entries from February 2014

Giro d’Italia route Day 1-3 routes

February 28th, 2014 · No Comments

The route for the first three stages of the Giro d’Italia in Ireland has been announced.  Starting in Belfast on day one with a Team Time Trial of 27.1 kilometers it is then off to the Antrim Coast on day 2  for a 218 km leg ripper with an expected sprint into Belfast.  Day three [...]

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Volvo UK ad – First Up, First Down, Steve Peat

February 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Volvo commissioned a series of four adverts featuring athletes in the UK.  Here is the Steve Peat one that features him riding in the Scottish highlands.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Rob Lutter – A Ride Reborn

February 27th, 2014 · No Comments

“Adventure is not something left to the dreams of children”.  Rob Lutter is half way through a thirty thousand kilometer cycle from London to Hong Kong and back and this nice little video gives a flavor of the man and why he is doing it.  It is very worthy of your time.  Inspirational. A RIDE [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Road cycling · Video

Review – The Armstrong Lie

February 26th, 2014 · No Comments

In 2009 Oscar award winning documentary film maker Alex Gibney was contracted to make a documentary about Lance Armstrong’s return to cycling, “Comeback 2.0” as it was referred to. The film was meant to show Armstrong’s triumphant return, to silence the critics once and for all, to show that yes this man who won the [...]

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Tags: Reviews · Road cycling

Mavic – A remarkable ride through the Rockies.

February 25th, 2014 · No Comments

With the weather playing tennis with us as the ball, here is a nice little inspirational video from Mavic.  What challenge will you do this Summer?  Why not tell us on Facebook or Twitter (Spoketweets). Map lines: 230 miles across Colorado from Mavic on Vimeo. The Rocky Mountains of Colorado hold a special place in [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Road cycling · Video

Mick Hannah’s run from Valpariso Urban DH

February 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Here is Mick Hannah’s run from Valpariso.  Total commitment and no room for error! Mick Hannah Valpraiso 2014 Urban DH run from UR Team on Vimeo.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Filip Polc faceplant

February 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Riding at the Valporiso Downhill Filip Polc missed his landing and this was the result.  Nice camera rig! Here is footage from the track walk.  Not a race for the faint hearted, we’ll follow up with the race footage when it becomes available.  SPOILER alert

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video

Inspired in Barcelona

February 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Happy Friday! Let’s go riding with Danny MacAskill and friends in Barcelona..

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Tags: General commentary · Video

Les Pass’portes 2014 – L’Esprit bike

February 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Here is a nice one for the afternoon that is in it (see below).  This iconic race in France is on the bucket list.  This may well be the year… Les Pass’portes 2014 from NextFrameProduction on Vimeo. Completely unrelated but entries to the Enduro World Series open this afternoon at 5pm Irish time.  It’s expected [...]

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Tags: enduro · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Pantani – The accidental death of a cyclist

February 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Marco Pantani fell spectacularly from grace.  Winner of the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia in 1998, Pantani should be remembered as one of the greats yet his expulsion from the 1999 Giro (when in the lead and for a high haematocrit level) was to dog him for the remainder of his career.  Pantani [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France · Video

Manon Carpenter: Cwmcarn

February 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Welsh trail center Cwmcarn has been feeling the love recently with a revamped Downhill trial and new XC trail.  Manon Carpenter shows us how best to ride the downhill trail.  Smooth comes to mind along with blindingly fast!

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video

Darcy & Geoff’s “Couples Ride” Video

February 14th, 2014 · No Comments

For the day that’s in it!  Couples ride.  Not saying we’ve experienced this personally (careful now!) but we’ve certainly seen it on the trail and working as a mountain bike guide have seen it soooo many times during lessons. Happy Valentines trails y’all. Darcy & Geoff’s “Couples Ride” Video from DAKINE on Vimeo.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

Biking Blitz Round 2 postponed.

February 14th, 2014 · No Comments

It should come as no surprise but following the crazyness of storm Darwin the second round of the Biking Blitz has had to be postponed this weekend. The Ballyhoura Blitz has been moved to Sunday the 23rd of March.  Kudos to Biking.ie for making the difficult decision to postpone.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Solo Twenty-Four

February 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Twenty-Four hour racing isn’t for everyone but it is an incredible experience.  Personally I have huge admiration for people who can do them solo, I’ve only ever competed as part of a team in them but I always marvel at how they can keep going.  Don’t get me started on the single speeders! Solo Twenty-Four [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Bluegrass Golden Eyes in Indonesia

February 12th, 2014 · No Comments

For the day that’s in it here is a ray of sunshine through your monitor. The Golden Eyes in Indonesia from Bluegrass on Vimeo. Bluegrass have released their Golden Eyes Enduro helmet and very nice it is too.  We have one on test – more soon!

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Tags: enduro · Mountain biking · Video

Gravity present DH Winter race in Cloon

February 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Gravity Bike club are hosting a Downhill race on the 22nd and 23rd of February in Cloon, Co. Wicklow.  Full details below, interesting to note that the course is suitable for Enduro riders and their bikes! Winter Downhill Race: Cloon, Co. Wicklow 22nd/23rd February

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Tags: Downhill · enduro · Mountain biking · Racing

Over the edge Ep.6 – Dustin Gilding’s backyard

February 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Canadian Dustin Gilding is making a name for himself as a slopestyle course builder.  Here he takes us on a tour of his back garden… If one day you had the crazy idea to grab a shovel and dig up your backyard in hopes of turning it into a dirt jumping course, how long would [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Video

Cam McCaul – A day in the (831)

February 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Cam McCaul gets wild with the new Fox 831 fork and apparently before breakfast! A Day In The (831) from Devin Schmitt on Vimeo.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Video

Inside the BMC service course

February 5th, 2014 · No Comments

A look inside the BMC service course courtesy of Shimano.

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Tags: Road cycling · Tech · Video

Shimano release CM-1000 helmet cam

February 4th, 2014 · No Comments

Shimano have entered the lightweight “sports camera” market with their snappily named CM-1000, aimed squarely at the Go-Pro and Garmin’s new Virb. Waterproof to a depth of 10 meters it is a wifi enabled 16mp 1080 HD video camera with a two hour battery life.  Boasting an F-sop of F2 it should work really well [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Road cycling · Tech · Uncategorized

Joe Barnes – 8 Wild Terns

February 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Joe Barnes of the Dudes of Hazzard presents an MTB short perfectly tuned to this time of year.  Eight slompy corners riding as if on rails…  Not as easy as it looks! Joe Barnes – 8 Wild Terns from Joe Barnes on Vimeo.

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Tags: enduro · Mountain biking · Video