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Entries from February 2015

The Hobbit Heli Mountain Biking in New Zealand

February 26th, 2015 · No Comments

I’ve never wanted to be a Hobbit as much in my life….

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

Filip Polc POV and audio from Santos Urban DH practise

February 24th, 2015 · No Comments

Here’s eventual winner Filip Polc riding and commentating on the course with Tomas Slavic at the 2015 Santos City Urban DH race.  Hold on to your hat! ** Audio NSFW **

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video

Friday motivation – Alex Zanardi “Touch the Sky”

February 20th, 2015 · No Comments

Watch this inspiring short featuring Italian racing driver Alex Zanardi who suffered a horrific crash in 2001 racing Indy Car losing both his legs.  He returned to racing and took up the Paralympic sport of Hand cycling winning 2 Olympic Golds and 5 World Championship Golds.  Definitely worth a look.

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Tags: General commentary · Olympics

Rapha announce new Pro Team collection

February 19th, 2015 · No Comments

Purveyors of the finest cycling gear money can buy Rapha have announced a new Pro Team collection.  We’ve some experience with Rapha clothing and while it ain’t cheap it is among the favorite pieces in our wardrobes, certainly the most comfortable and stylish. The 2015 Pro Team collection features a special ‘Data Print’ pattern that [...]

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Tags: Road cycling · Tech

Roc d’Azur registration open

February 18th, 2015 · No Comments

Fancy a long term goal?  Want a late season break to the sun with a biking focus?  Look no further.  The annual Roc d’Azur bike festival registration has opened. Four months ago, 20,035 participants and 150,000 visitors came to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the biggest mountain-biking event in the world. Now boasting some 28 [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Endurance events · enduro · Mountain biking · Racing

Italian and Spanish EWS rounds open at 4pm today

February 11th, 2015 · No Comments

Registration for the final two rounds of the 2015 Enduro World Series opens today Wednesday at 4pm Irish time.  Last year we visited the final venue in Finale Ligure and it was a highlight of the year.  The trails are perfection and the ability to fall into the Med after a long day in the [...]

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Tags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Racing

First look – Zona Zero EWS

February 10th, 2015 · No Comments

Ahead of the opening of registration for the final two rounds of the Enduro World Series tomorrow, here is an intro video from the penultimate round in Spain.  Zona Zero is based high in the Pyrenees.  Registration opens at 5 and if previous rounds are anything to go by will be gone quicksmart.

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Tags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

2015 Irish XC NPS

February 5th, 2015 · No Comments

Details are beginning to emerge concerning the 2015 Irish Cross Country National Points series.  If you are not training now is the time to dig out the winter woolies and hit the trails hard in advance of this seasons XC race schedule. This year there will be 5 rounds starting in Wicklow in mid April.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

SRAM – New found speed

February 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Many manufacturers produce different wheelsets but do you neccessarily know which wheel suits your particular riding style or terrain?  In this really nice edit from SRAM, BlackBox rider Jerome Clementz rides the three Enduro wheelsets from SRAM and gives his feedback on the benefits of each.  Its interesting to note that he feels they suit [...]

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Tags: enduro · Mountain biking · Tech · Video

CX Worlds Day 2 video and course preview

February 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

In certain parts of the world Cyclocross is religion.  Knobbly tyred road bikes are ridden to extremes by serious athletes in front of fanatical crowds of well oiled supporters.  This past weekend saw the worlds take place in Tabor, the Czech Republic.  Here are some takes on it courtesy of Shimano including a course preview [...]

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Tags: Cyclocross · Racing · Video · World Champs