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Taking a break….

June 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Many of you have been wondering what’s going on so it’s time I filled you in a bit on our plans.  After seven years of writing almost daily content for Spoke.ie and with a workload that has only increased it was time to take a short break.  I was heavily involved in the Enduro World [...]

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Tags: General commentary

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

Outsider people of the year awards this Thursday

January 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Outsider magazine will celebrate a year of amazing achievements at its third annual People of the Year event. Taking place on Thursday 29 January at the Generator, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7, the event, which is supported by Trident Holiday Homes and Cotswold Outdoor, will recognise those who have pushed the bar of adventure in 2014. [...]

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How Bikes Took Over Dublin #infographic

January 9th, 2015 · No Comments

The Dublinbike initiative has been a massive success.  Here’s a fancy infographic to show how much.

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Trail saboteur caught red handed in Canada

January 8th, 2015 · No Comments

Following a prolonged period of trail sabotage two mountain bikers installed battery powered cameras in the trees to catch the saboteur in action.  It turned out to be a 64 year old lady who was promptly caught by the RCMP (Mounties) and is up in court in February accused of two criminal code violations Cases [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

2014′s Greatest Hour – Jens Voigt and the hour record

January 5th, 2015 · No Comments

Jens Voigt retired near the end of 2014.  Known for his famous catchphrase “Shut up legs” Jens was renowned for his hard-man yet friendly image becoming known as something of a breakaway king.  It wasn’t just breakaways though, anyone remember when he had to borrow a small bike to get back to the Peloton in [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling

Road Bike Party 3 – Sam Pilgrim

December 30th, 2014 · No Comments

RBP 3 has landed! Presented by Martyn Ashton and starring Sam Pilgrim, Road Bike Party hits the Californian dirt.  

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Tags: General commentary · Video

Yeti Bikes in Crested Butte

December 4th, 2014 · No Comments

Here’s a really nice riding video from Yeti filmed in Crested Butte, Colorado.  If you don’t immediately want to ride your bike there is something wrong. Please see your doctor immediately. Elk Mountains. I’m Part of the Tribe. from Yeti Cycles on Vimeo.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Video

SRAM road trip – Always Summer somewhere

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments

The team from SRAM took to the roads of New Zealand’s South island in search of an epic trails and this was the result. We always dream about journeys to places like this, but for most mortals these reveries rarely become a reality. When it was decided that a group of us would spend seven [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Video

Mavic Trans-Provence 2014 Highlights

October 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Here’s a nice look back to the Mavic-Trans Provence race.  I don’t know about you but after watching this I just want to go and ride my bike!  Job done well so. MAVIC® TRANS-PROVENCE 2014 /// HIGHLIGHTS from Trans-Provence on Vimeo.

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Tags: enduro · General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Training for Ironman

October 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Think you have what it takes to be an Ironman?  How much training do you think you need to do?

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Video

Giro d’Italia 2015 route

October 7th, 2014 · No Comments

5 months after the Giro d’Italia hit Irish shores the 2015 route has been announced.  Check out the route in the video below.

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling · Video

DirtTV Beyond the Bike EP5 | Danny Hart

September 15th, 2014 · No Comments

We are accustomed to asking who is winning but perhaps not at  looking at why someone is not.  Danny Hart gives an intriguing look at what is going on inside his head and what he has to do to win.  With a standout result at the 2011 World Champs he is still in the hunt [...]

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Tags: Downhill · General commentary · Mountain biking

Shaun Palmer – The road home

September 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Intense cycles have released a teaser video featuring an old name in mountain biking – Shaun Palmer.  With a very successful background in snow boarding  Palmer turned to mountain biking around 1995 and we are long enough in the tooth to remember his break through silver medal at the 1996 World Championships against his old [...]

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

Man vs Horse

August 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Nicolas Roche recently held a fundraiser in Leopardstown racecourse in aid of Children’s Medical & Research Foundation (CMRF) at Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin. Here he races Pat Smullen aboard Moonbi Creek.  We think the horse cheated!

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Tags: General commentary · Road cycling

The ultimate utility bike?

August 6th, 2014 · No Comments

And now for something completely different…  Here’s an interesting design for commuters from the Oregon Manifest’s ‘Bike Design Project’. Oregon Manifest TEAGUE X Sizemore Bicycle from TEAGUE on Vimeo.

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Chris Akrigg – Is Chris playing out

July 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Trials superstar Chris Akrigg is back with another fantastic edit. IS CHRIS PLAYING OUT from chris akrigg on Vimeo.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Video

Fabien Barel Presents S3E1 – Petanque with Grandma and Jey

May 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Fabien Barel and Jerome Clementz do a bit of riding in the South of France.  Not jealous at all.  Not even a little bit…. Fabien Barel Presents S3E1 – Petanque with Grandma and Jey from Mavic on Vimeo.

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Tags: enduro · General commentary · Mountain biking · Video

Inside the ride – Orica-Green Edge at the Liège-Bastogne-Liège

April 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Orica-Green Edge rider Simon Gerrans won the 100th edition of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday.  The Australian rider won a sprint finish in style.  This intriguing video includes footage inside the team cars, rider interviews and behind the scenes footage. Watch out for Dan Martin’s unfortunate crash on the last corner while in serious contention to retain [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling · Video

Single Speed European Champs this weekend!

April 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Castlewellan in Co.Down is the venue for the Single Speed European Championships this weekend with hundreds of racers due on course for the main event tomorrow, Saturday at 10.30. For those that don’t know Single Speeding is exactly that, mountain biking without gears.  It’s as hardcore as it sounds but with the added incentive that [...]

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

How to make a Sick MTB Edit from nsmb.com

April 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Yo Bro, check out how to make a banging edit!  <Insert more appropriate phrases here>  Enjoy! How to Make a Sick Mountain Bike Edit from nsmb.com on Vimeo.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Video

Johan Bruyneel banned for 10 years

April 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Lance Armstrong’s former Directeur Sportif Johan Bruyneel received a ten year ban from cycling yesterday over his role in the organised doping within the various teams he was involved in.  He has released a statement on the matter which makes for interesting if uncomfortable reading.  We’ve reproduced it in full below. Bruyneel is correct in [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling

Biking Blitz Ticknock & Demo day

March 14th, 2014 · No Comments

The penultimate round of the Biking Blitz takes place this weekend in Ticknock this Sunday.  Online registration closes this evening  at 11pm and you can enter here.  The usual two categories are available – Baggy Shorts (1 lap) and Super Pro (2 laps). In addition there is a demo day running concurrently with the racing. [...]

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Tags: 29er · 650B · Cross country · General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing

Video – How to make a mountain bike film

March 12th, 2014 · No Comments

We have featured work from these guys before.  Seriously well put together videos.  Here is how to replicate them – a great how-to video!  Some really good advice here. How to Make a Mountain Bike Film from Filme von Draussen on Vimeo.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Video

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

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

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

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