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Inside Specialized Racing: EP 10 – 2014 World Championships

September 12th, 2014 · No Comments

The Specialized boys take on the World Championship course in Hafjell in Norway with mixed results.

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2014 Trek Gravity Enduro Ireland Round 4 – Carrick Mountain, County Wicklow

September 10th, 2014 · No Comments

The final round of the Gravity Enduro for 2014 took place this past weekend in Carrick.  Perfect conditions greeted the racers with beaming sunshine, dry trails and a course that was out of this world.  Conditions were perfect and the atmosphere was electric as riders sampled the delights of Carrick in a rollercoaster of perfect trail riding.

2014 Trek Gravity Enduro Ireland Round 4 – Carrick Mountain, County Wicklow from Biking.ie on Vimeo.

The 2015 calendar will be announced soon and will work around the Enduro World Series that event organisers Biking.ie will host in May at  a yet to be announced venue.

Results here.

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Josh Bryceland’s second place Worlds run

September 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Spoiler alert – If you haven’t watched the Red Bull footage yet from the World Champs, well you’ve probably read the headline but don’t watch this yet.

Bryceland’s run was looking epic – clean, fast and smooth.  The track doesn’t look gnarly at all yet was a rock fest of massive proportions.  How fast he is going is scary and the result was his monumental huck to flat 25foot jump over the last jump, breaking his foot in the process – “I didn’t want to brake”.

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This is Peaty – Hafjell World Champs 2014 course preview

September 5th, 2014 · No Comments

The UCI Mountain bike World Champs take place this weekend in Hafjell, Norway.  Former World Champ Steve Peat and 2014 World Cup Champion Josh Bryceland take us on a run down the Downhill track.  Looks like a cracker of a course, should provide exciting racing!

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This Is Peaty – Season 3, Episode 5

September 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Just ahead of World Champs this weekend, Steve Peat returns with updates from the North American leg of the World Cup including some rather good results for teammate Josh Bryceland…

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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 foe Nicolas Vouilloz.  Palmer wanted that gold soo bad.  He was riding for Intense at the time but shortly afterwards moved to Specialized/Mountain Dew for the then biggest contract in mountain biking.

Shaun Palmer Coming Home from The Creative Bar on Vimeo.

Palmer was good but racing in the era of the most clinical mountain biker of all time Nicolas Vouilloz was hard.  The Frenchman won 10 World Championships in total with precision sharp handling skills that he now hones in Enduro following a stint as a World Rally Championship driver.  Where Vouilloz was steely and professional, Palmer was his foil – wild and flamboyant and hugely popular.  The video is far from clear as to what Palmer’s association with Intense now will be but whatever it is, it will be fun!

Writing on his Twitter feed to Steve Peat, Palmer has hinted that we may see him turning some pedals!


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Trans Savoie 2014 video

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Last week the  Trans-Savoie Enduro race took place although to call it a race is a bit of an understatement.  6 days of hard hard racing and Ireland’s own Dan Wolfe came out in 3rd place, a serious achievement!  Look out for him in this video, he makes several appearances  in his Cycleways kit.

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#On the hunt – Meribel DH World Cup

August 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Another good weekend for the team in Meribel on a good ol’ proper track.

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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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Enduro World Series coming to Ireland in 2015!

August 21st, 2014 · No Comments

It’s with huge excitement that we announce that Ireland will host the second round of the 2015 Enduro World Series at a venue or venues yet to be announced in Wicklow.

Biking.ie are the event organisers and Niall Davis and his crack team are already planning and preparing for the biggest mountain biking event ever hosted on these shores.  The EWS is almost unique in top level racing in that amateur racers get to race with the Pros with about 190 places held for protected riders and the remaining spots opened up fir first come first served around about January.

The event website is live at emeraldenduro.com and social media sites are up at facebook.com/emeraldenduro and @emeraldenduro on twitter.

The full series has been expanded to eight rounds and features five European stops, all readily accessible to the privateer racer including a new stop in the Spanish Pyrenees.  Full details below – [Read more →]

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Bluegrass Enduro Ireland 2014 report

August 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Last weekend saw Ireland host a round of the International Bluegrass Enduro Tour in the Dublin and Wicklow  mountains.  In a unique format the race visited three venues in one day with two stages per venue in a rip roaring taster of the best of Irish enduro.

Saturday was ladies day with Sunday reserved for the men.  With participants restricted to 50 it was a boutique atmosphere and one that racers will not soon forget.  Ticknock was up first followed by Ballinastoe and finally Djouce.  Below is a rather good video of the day showing some of the exceptional riding!  Congrats to all the racers and to Niall Davis and his Biking.ie crew of superheroes.

Bluegrass Enduro Tour Dublin-Djouce mountain from Bluegrass on Vimeo.

The day started with breakfast at the base of the waterfall, before setting off by bus towards Ticknock. [Read more →]

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Marcelo Gutierrez’s winning run from the Garbanzo DH

August 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Here is Giant Factory Racing’s Marcelo Gutierrez’s winning run from the Garbanzo DH in Crankworx.  13 minutes of scary speed and it all looks effortless!

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Jerome Clementz Shoulder test

August 18th, 2014 · No Comments

He’s back!  Jerome Clementz is back on a mountain bike and bossing it as usual following his season destroying shoulder injury earlier this season.  The 2013 Enduro World Champion is scheduled to be ripping it up in time for the Enduro World Series final round in Finale Liguria in Italy in early October.  Meanwhile check out the type of trails Jerome likes to ride…

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Justin Leov diary – EWS #6 – Hospital to racetrack and back!

August 14th, 2014 · No Comments

New Zealander Justin Leov checks in post an eventful EWS round in Whistler last weekend.  

Words by Justin Leov. Photos by Jérémie Reuiller.

August 11, 2014

I’ve had hard weekends before, weekends when you just will yourself on to get through, but this was the toughest week by far in my Enduro career. Rewinding back to Colorado, after the race we spent two days testing with Fox and Trek and had some great results from suspension tuning. I was then on-route to Quebec to be at the Downhill World Cup to help Trek World racing in my coaching role. It was as always, a busy week and in hind site I didn’t get the rest I really needed after having such a demanding race in Colorado. [Read more →]

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DIRT TV highlights from EWS Crankworx, Whistler

August 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Here is the official EWS Dirt TV edit in all its 20 minute glory!  Put the kettle on and enjoy!

Dirt TV 2014 Enduro World Series Round Six Whistler | Full Highlights a Mountain Biking video by dirt

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EWS Crankworx Whistler Race report

August 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos Matt Wragg

Crankworx Whistler is the biggest mountain biking festival in the world – so it was fitting that this weekend they threw the biggest enduro race of the season.  The SRAM Canadian Open Enduro brought to you by Specialized may only have lasted a day – but it proved to be the most dramatic race of the season so far.  Riders took on five stages over eight hours to battle extreme heat, 2500 metres of vertical climbing and some of the most technically challenging singletrack in North America.

This round of the Enduro World Series came down to tactics – from managing hydration and fatigue to kit choice and bike preservation, every decision had to be right in order to do well here.  And nowhere were these tactics more evident than in the results. [Read more →]

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On Track With Curtis Keene – Running with Wolves – Ep 7

August 9th, 2014 · No Comments

American Specialized rider continues his excellent Red Bull series from the Enduro World Series, here visiting La Thuile for round 4.  I love the analogy of a good Enduro rider being like a bowl of pasta!  Enjoy.

The Enduro World Series continues this weekend for the penultimate round in Whistler with yet another varied race including the longest stage in the EWS.  Every round has been won by a different male rider in 2014, will we see a new winner this weekend?  In the woman’s race Anne Caroline Chausson and 2013 World Champ Tracy Moseley are fighting it out for top honors.  Check out the course map for Whistler here.

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Inside Specialized Racing: EP 7 Mont-Sainte-Anne

August 8th, 2014 · No Comments

The Specialized Downhill team check in from last weekends Mont St Anne on the eve of the Windham World Cup.

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Scott Wallace – Megavalache 2014

August 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Young Irish rider Scott Wallace took on the might Megavalache this year in atrocious conditions.  Here he tells us how he got on!

So while I was injured during the winter Jordan Kelly (Bespoke Cycles) contacted me to see if I was interested in doing the Megavalanche this year and of course I said yes. How could you turn down the biggest mass start enduro race there is to do! So after some organising we got our stuff together and on the 6th of July Jordan, Killian, Robb, Marcus, Michal and myself headed to the airport to fly to Alpe D’Huez. After the 2 hour flight and a 2 hour transfer from Lyon airport we finally arrive at our Chalet in Alpe D’Huez. We spent the rest of the day building the bikes back up and getting the chalet stocked with food. The first 2 days were spent just riding the bike park trails and some of the race track. The trails are amazing in Alpe D’Huez. There’s a mix of everything from fast flowing berm/jump tracks to the rocky alpine singletrack you would expect from the Alps. The only thing we didn’t expect was the constant rain!

Wednesday saw the start of official practice. [

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2014 Trek Gravity Enduro Ireland National Championships – Djouce, County Wicklow

August 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Looking at this, it doesn’t look like the weather was as bad as it was!  Fantastic day out on the bike.

2014 Trek Gravity Enduro Ireland National Championships – Djouce, County Wicklow from Biking.ie on Vimeo.

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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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#OnTheHunt – Team CRC/Nukeproof – Mont Sainte Anne

August 5th, 2014 · No Comments

Team CRC/Nukeproof’s Sam Hill took the win in Mont St Anne this past weekend in what was his first win in some time.

Hill is a bit of a favorite in Spoke towers.  We were track side when he delivered a masterclass in wet weather riding in Champery and witnessed his World Champs win in ’07 in Fort William.  Entering the media tent after the race I was shocked to see Hill standing in the middle of the floor with everyone ignoring him.  As a result he and I had a rather nice 20 minute chat.  The Sam Hill I met was quiet, down to earth and a good laugh.  Great to see him back on the top step!

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Jerome Clementz – Follow JC “Making the most of it”

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

2013 Enduro World Champion Jerome Clementz is recovering from a shoulder injury.  Here he checks in with what he has been up to for the past while.  Clementz expects to be back racing at the final round of the EWS in Finale Ligure in Italy.  Doubtless he’ll be a little rusty following a long layoff but he’ll also have a point to prove and while everyone else will be tired after a long season, he will be fresh as a daisy!

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This is Peaty – S03.Ep04

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

He’s back!  This is Peaty Episode 4 for your viewing pleasure…take it away Steve

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Vain Vagrant

July 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Ex Oxley of Great Rock is back with another superb edit, a sequel to “The Chop”.  Ed returns but watch out for the ending.  Fantastic stuff!

Vain Vagrant from Ed Oxley on Vimeo.

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Keeping the consistency going! Justin Leov’s diary from EWS#5

July 29th, 2014 · No Comments

Justin Leov checks in from EWS#5 in Colorado!

Words by Justin Leov and photos by Jérémie Reuiller

July 28, 2014.

Next stop on the EWS Calendar was Winter Park Colorado. This round presented a few differences to previous races, such as the bike park environment, which saw the racing moving away from the European alpine terrain, also the racing at high altitude. [Read more →]

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EWS #5 Colorado Freeride Festival – Winter Park

July 28th, 2014 · No Comments

This past weekend the Enduro World Series headed over the pond to Colorado for three days of racing at the Winter Park bike park.  Here is the story of the weekend as told by EWS video partners Dirt TV, beginning with the preview that features our own Greg Callaghan of Nukeproof!

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Shimano launch M200 Enduro shoe

July 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Shimano have announced details of a new Enduro specific MTB show, the M200.  The shoe has a number of interesting features such as a rasied inner heal and the pull tab lacing system that we have found to be excellent on the Mavic version.


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Specialized XCM World Championships 2014 – South Africa

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

2 weeks after the Ireland hosted the European Marathon MTB Champs in Ballyhoura, the World’s elite headed to South Africa for the World Championships.  Here is the story from Specialized who had a rather good day….


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Michelle Muldoon – La Thuile EWS

July 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Irish rider Michelle Muldoon is currently touring Europe competing in Enduro races as she goes.  Here is her report on round 4 of the EWS from La Thuile.  Michelle is a relative newcomer to the sport but is showing the way internationally with some great results!  Over to Michelle….

Nestled in the stunning Aosta Valley, in the shadow of Mont Blanc, lies the lovely little town of La Thuile. A historic mining town with classic Italian charm, La Thuile is every outdoor enthusiasts paradise. With mountain bike trails originally built as pathways between the mines many years ago, this place is definitely a mountain bikers dream as the miles of singletrack give you a real mix of technical natural features to tackle, with fast, steep trails filled with fun swooping berms. A very popular ski resort in the Winter, and said to be one of the best places in Europe for white water rafting, it is only a matter of time before La Thuile will be up there as one of the best places in Europe for mountain biking also.  [Read more →]

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