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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!


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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.

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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!


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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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