Spoke.ie header image 1

Jared Graves & Yeti Cycles – Proven Here

November 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

2014 Enduro World Series champion and all around nice guy Jared Graves takes us on a spin in the Kootenays in Canada on his Yeti SB6c.  I’m not jealous or anything….

There are core experiences that define a mountain biker. Like venturing into unfamiliar mountains to find amazing trails chiseled into the landscape, and then pushing your limits, against all common sense for the pure thrill of it. [Read more →]

→ No CommentsTags: 650B · enduro · 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 days on the roads and trails of New Zealand’s South Island, hovering largely around the Craigieburn and then Nelson area, most of us were in disbelief until the moment we landed on Kiwi soil.

→ No CommentsTags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Video

On Track With Curtis Keene – The Grand Finale – Ep 10 FINALE

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Possibly the best video series this year comes to a close in Finale with the last episode of On Track.  It’s been a roller coaster year for Curtis Keene, here he signs off for 2014.  Enjoy!

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Inside Specialized Racing: 2014 Downhill Season Recap

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Here is a season recap from Specialized Racing’s Downhill squad.

→ No CommentsTags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · World Champs · World Cup

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.

→ No CommentsTags: 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?

→ No CommentsTags: General commentary · Racing · Video

Trek World Racing Stories Episode 1.4

October 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Trek World Racing check in from Meribel and Norway including that incredible chain-less run from Neko Mulally at Worlds.

→ No CommentsTags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video · World Champs · World Cup

Dirt TV EWS 7 Finale Ligure

October 9th, 2014 · No Comments

What an incredible weekend, we were on the ground in Finale Ligure to witness Jared Graves and Tracy Moseley crowned 2014 EWS champions.  We also got to see an emotional Fabien Barel return to racing after what should have been a career ending injury to not only take part but take the win.  Enjoy the daily edits below from DirtTV.  The next time they film in Europe at an EWS it will be in Ireland!

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

On track with Curtis Keene – Ride it Like You Stole it – EP 9

October 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Curtis Keene is one of our favorite racers on the circuit.  He’s not the fastest but he is one of the nicest.  We have had several long discussions with him this year and his enthusiasm for the sport, appreciation for the amateurs and all around attitude is hard to beat.  He’s also a member of the EWS board so when you talk to Curtis, you get a real insight about where the sport should go.  Here is the crowning moment for his season – EWS Whistler.

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · 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.

→ No CommentsTags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling · Video

Danny Macaskill – #TheRidge

October 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Danny Macaskill is back with another killer edit, this time on his mountain bike as he takes on Cuillin Ridgeline on the Isle of Skye.  Titled #TheRidge, there were times we didn’t want to watch!

[

→ No CommentsTags: Mountain biking · Video

This Is Peaty – Season 3, Episode 6!

October 1st, 2014 · No Comments

This is Peaty is back for the last time from the World Cup circuit in 2014 with a monster edit that includes Meribel and that insane Worlds!  You might want to put the kettle on!

One more episode is left to drop in November.  Stay tuned!

→ No CommentsTags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video · World Champs · World Cup

Andreu Lacondeguy’s Winning Run – Red Bull Rampage 2014

September 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Here is your 2014 winning run from Red Bull Rampage – Andrew Lacondeguy from Spain.  While his run did not contain the most tricks it was one of the most challenging with a seriously crazy steep natural line that only one other attempted.  That big drop in the middle is 76 feet!

→ No CommentsTags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Cam Zink Red Bull Rampage 2014

September 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Yesterday saw the delayed finals for Red Bull Rampage from Utah where the worlds best freeriders took on the intimidating canyon course.  Last years thrid place Cam Zink put together a run that saw him move up a step to second overall this year.  Here we ride on board with Zink, the GoPro doesn’t do the elevation justice but you get the idea.

→ No CommentsTags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video

Chain Reaction Cycles Emerald Enduro announces venue for EWS Ireland

September 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Details are emerging concerning the Chain Reaction Cycles Emerald Enduro which will take place next May in Wicklow, Ireland.  The race will be the second round of the 2015 Enduro World Series, the first in Europe following the opening round in New Zealand.  Race day will be Sunday 24th of May with practice opening on the Friday before hand.

Photo Adrian van der Lee, Rider Pearse Griffin

The race venue is now confirmed as Carrick Mountain in County Wicklow. With stunning views across the Wicklow hills to the Irish sea and a diverse terrain from open rocky mountainside to rooty flowy woodland singletrack, Carrick is a classic Irish venue. Having played host to downhill and enduro racing in the past it’s a warren of trails. While enduro racing has been moving towards bigger, longer, gnarly downhill stages, the course in Carrick will take us back to the roots of enduro, utilising a variety of trails to suit a rider with more finesse than brute force, shorter travel rather than longer and good physical conditioning.

Event organiser Niall Davis of Biking.ie had this to say – “The bike trails here are technical, fast and fun, which should make for some incredible racing as riders have to be great bike handlers as well as very physically fit. Competitors will ride through Ireland’s famously beautiful scenery, and sample some of the country’s world renowned hospitality.”

Registration will open on the Friday morning with practice opening shortly after and running all day Saturday. Racing will take place on Sunday the 24th over seven stages. Racers are expected to face a total elevation gain of 1700 metres with a total distance of roughly 45 kilometres. The winning total stage time is expected to be 25 minutes. The number of competitor places will be announced in the coming weeks. With this being the first European round of the 2015 Enduro World Series, it is anticipated to sell out in minutes.

Photo Adrian van der Lee

The headline sponsor has also been announced as Northern Irish online mega retailer Chain Reaction Cycles.  Damien Duggan, Head of Marketing at Chain Reaction Cycles said: “We’re so proud to be sponsoring the Irish round of the Enduro World Series, which will once again put us on the map as one of the best mountain biking destinations in the world and I’d like to congratulate Biking.ie for securing such a premier event here in Ireland. Our company has a proud tradition of sponsoring cycling events from the grass-roots to the world stage, so to support the Chain Reaction Cycles Emerald Enduro is a real honour and we can’t wait to welcome the world’s best racers to the country.”

While the event is set to attract several World Champions on the start line, the Irish riders are no stranger to this high level of competition.  The highly successful Gravity Enduro series (www.gravityenduro.ie) is set to enter its fourth year with many of the top pros expected for the preceeding round as they look to get an insight into Irish trails.  Details on the 2015 series are due soon and we’ll be sure to update as soon as we get them.  Several Irish riders race on the world stage including Greg Callaghan and Dan Wolfe in the pro ranks, both of whom have had an outstanding season, and Conor Lavelle in Juniors who has been enjoying a breakout year with a podium at the Scottish round of the Enduro World Series earlier this year.  Gravity Enduro series winner Leah Maunsell was too young for the EWS this year but will be eligible to race in Carrick.  Former cross country national champion Cait Elliott has been enjoying some success in Europe this year and Michelle Muldoon spent a full summer on the circuit culminating in a win at the Irish round of the Bluegrass Enduro series.

See www.emeraldenduro.comfor details on the event.  Social media can be found here -

Facebook: www.facebook.com/EmeraldEnduro

Twitter: twitter.com/EmeraldEnduro

Photo Adrian van der Lee

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Racing

On Track With Curtis Keene – Dirty Deeds – Ep 8

September 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Curtis Keene’s excellent series continues with a trip to Winterpark in Colorado for round 5 of the EWS.  The elevation is punishing and many riders struggled especially with fatigue.

→ No CommentsTags: 29er · enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Louisville set to open worlds biggest underground bike park

September 24th, 2014 · No Comments

This feels like an April fool but it’s not!  Louisville, Kentucky has a huge underground Limestone cavern under it’s zoo and an operator is currently building an enormous bike park on site.  It’s currently planned to be 320,000 square feet in size with an ambient temperature that doesn’t change year round.  With an opening date of New Years Day 2015 it might be time to book those tickets!


→ No CommentsTags: Uncategorized

Follow JC – Jerome Clementz is back!

September 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Jerome Clementz is back!  The 2013 Enduro World Series champion is back racing Enduro and prepping for his return to the top level at the final round of the 2014 EWS in Finale Ligure the week after next.

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup 2015

September 18th, 2014 · No Comments

News is just breaking concerning a new Enduro series run by Glyn O’Brien and his company First Tracks in Northern Ireland next year.

Round 1 is slated for the 28-29 of March 2015 in Castlewellan.

Round 2 is in Bigwood, Warrenpoint on the 9-10 May 2015.

Round 3 will be in Rostrevor on the 4-5 July 2015.

Round 4 is venue tbc but will happen on the 19-20 September 2015.

More as we get it.  Between the Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup, the Gravity Enduro Series, Davagh Enduro and the Emerald Enduro Enduro World Series race it’s looking like a packed calendar next year!


→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Jens Voigt: Before the curtain drops

September 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Peloton legend Jens Voigt draws a curtain over his amazing career today with an attempt on the hour record.  Voigt is one of the battlers of the peloton renowned for his long hard breakaways, suffering and crashes.  His catchphrase, “Shut up legs” just sums up his persona so well, that and “I get paid to make other people suffer”.  We’ll miss him and want to take this opportunity to wish him all the best today.  Hope you smash it Jens!

→ No CommentsTags: Racing · Road cycling · Video

Cannondale – UCI MTB World Championships Hafjell 2014

September 17th, 2014 · No Comments

The Cannondale XC team check in from the 2014 World Championships in Hafjell.  Featuring Marco Fontana, Manuel Fumic, Anton Cooper and Keegan Swenson.

→ No CommentsTags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Video · World Champs

Tuesday afternoon motivation

September 16th, 2014 · No Comments

It’s Tuesday, the weekend seems a while away.   Here is something to keep you going courtesy of Justin Olsens film of Cody Kelley in Canyons, Park City, Utah.  Live vicariously!

→ No CommentsTags: Mountain biking · 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 for an elusive World Cup win and desperate to prove that it wasn’t a fluke.  The riding on that day in Champery was perfection and Hart is forever in the hunt to match it.

→ No CommentsTags: Downhill · General commentary · Mountain biking

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.

→ No CommentsTags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video · World Champs

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.

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

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”.

→ No CommentsTags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video · World Champs

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!

→ No CommentsTags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video · World Champs

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…

→ No CommentsTags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · World Cup

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!


→ No CommentsTags: Downhill · General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing · Video · World Champs

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.

→ No CommentsTags: enduro · Mountain biking · Racing · Video