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Emerald Enduro sells out in record time

January 28th, 2015 · No Comments

And just like that they were gone! In less than a minute the entire public allocation of entries to the Chain Reaction Cycles Emerald Enduro sold out, some 180 odd entries.  At 5pm the Enduro World Series released entries to the Emerald Enduro, the Scottish Tweedlove round and the French round in Samoens.  All three were sold out in under a minute and a half.

20 minutes later slots for those that hadn’t completed registration in time were re-released and these too sold out.  In 10 seconds flat.  Of course if you weren’t one of the lucky ones, check out www.enduroworldseries.com and join the wait list, you never know your luck.

Congrats to all the riders who were lucky enough to get a spot.  We’ll see you on the hill in May!

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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.
 
Nominees on the night include: [Read more →]

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Emerald Enduro registration opens tomorrow

January 27th, 2015 · No Comments

The long wait is finally over!  Registration opens tomorrow for the Emerald Enduro, the Tweedlove EWS in Scotland and the French round in Samoens.

Registration for the opening round in New Zealand opened last week and promptly sold out in 3 minutes.  With registration opening for  the three rounds mentioned above at 5pm Irish time tomorrow, those who are well prepared have a reasonable chance of getting in.

The Emerald Enduro takes place on Sunday the 28th of May at Carrick Mountain in Wicklow.  Riders will be able to practise on the preceeding Friday and Saturday on the seven stages.

The Tweedlove EWS round is the following Saturday and Sunday in Peebles, Scotland with practise available from the Wednesday.  These two rounds offer a great opportunity for riders to race back to back rounds with only one weeks holiday required, making it perfect for those looking to try and step up to the Pro level.

One of the greatest aspects of the EWS though is that it remains available to grass roots racers.  Having raced two rounds in 2014 we can highly recommend it!

Registration info can be found here - www.enduroworldseries.com

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Conor Lavelle signs for Ibis Enduro Team

January 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Irish junior Enduro star Conor Lavelle has signed for World Enduro team Ibis.  Lavelle had a breakout season in 2014 riding for Team Biking.ie finishing 3rd in the Junior category overall for the season despite only visiting a handful of rounds.

For 2015 the talented rider will race the full series beginning in New Zealand in March before heading back to home soil for round 2 in Wicklow in May.  Lavelle is only 17 and still developing as a rider.  He will be riding alongside Scottish rider Gary Forrest, who had a stand out season himself.  The star of the team is 13 time World Champion Anne Caroline Chausson, twice runner up at the Enduro World Series overall.  Chausson is a powerhouse and should make a good mentor for the young Irishman.

Photo Adrian van der Lee, Rider Conor Lavelle

For 2015 the talented rider will race the full series beginning in New Zealand in March before heading back to home soil for round 2 in Wicklow in May.  Lavelle is only 17 and still developing as a rider.  He will be riding alongside Scottish rider Gary Forrest, who had a stand out season himself.  The star of the team is 13 time World Champion Anne Caroline Chausson, twice runner up at the Enduro World Series overall.  Chausson is a powerhouse and should make a good mentor for the young Irishman.

Full release below -  [Read more →]

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Greg Callaghan signs for the Cube Action Team

January 14th, 2015 · No Comments

Irish Enduro World Series star Greg Callaghan has just announced a pro contract with top team Cube Action.  Greg has been a regular on the World Series for two years now but putting in the hard graft as a privateer racer.

While other top riders were getting pampered post practice and racing, Greg would be found washing and prepping his bike, cooking food and often living out of the back of a campervan while counting the pennies.  With an 8th place at the Enduro World Series round in Peebles, Scotland last year, Greg had many sitting up and taking notice.  A superb rider, this is a well deserved move and he joins an impressive roster that also includes Scottish round winner Nico Lau.  Watch out for Greg at the Enduro World Series round in Ireland in May!

Full release below. [Read more →]

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Crisis for Enduro? No Superenduro series in 2015

January 12th, 2015 · No Comments

In a surprise move the Italian Enduro series Superenduro will not take place this year.  Seen largely as the benchmark of European Enduro Series, Superenduro set the tone for the Enduro World Series aswell in the last few years, not least by hosting the final round of the EWS in 2012 and 2013.  Co-founder Enrico Guala is one of the heads of the EWS.

Superenduro has a serious setup with amazing courses and a reputation for running really smooth races.  Many Irish riders have made the trip to Italy for a round and it’s a major gap on the calendar now.  Hopefully it will make a welcome return for 2016, I for one will be aiming to visit for a round then.  Meanwhile the Superenduro team will focus on the final round of the 2015 EWS in Finale Ligure along with consulting to various other series.

Interestingly the release mentions the decision by British Cycling not to support Enduro for 2015 as being a factor in their decision…  Full release below.

2015, TIME CHECK FOR SUPERENDURO

January 12, 2015

Usually the last press release of the season or that of the new year are put out to announce the Superenduro schedule of the opening season, but not this time. For the very first time in the last eight years, during 2015 no races of the National Superenduro Series will take place. It has been a very tough and painful decision, but it is vital for the existence of the Superenduro itself.  [Read more →]

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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. [Read more →]

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Neko Mulally moves to Scott

January 9th, 2015 · No Comments

Chainless World Champs wonder Neko Mulally has completed a move to Gstaad Scott for 2015, joining Brendan Fairclough.  Here is the introductory video.  More of this please!

In case you missed it here is the amazing run that netted Mulally 4th at World Champs last year.

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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 like this appear in Ireland all the time.  The “Phantom Rock Dropper” in Ticknock was eventually tracked down for one but it is all too frequent occurrence.  Cases in the UK with piano wire have been recorded with riders suffering serious life changing injuries.  Be nice to think that cases would be treated so seriously over here.  Irish cases have resulted in “warnings” despite repeated infringements.

Have a read yourself here – nsmb.com/rcmp-arrest-trail-saboteur/

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Irish Enduro siblings – Team Maunsell

January 7th, 2015 · No Comments

Ballyhoura natives Leah and Jonathon Maunsell have quietly been setting the Enduro World on fire with some top performances from them both in 2014 and some international wins for Jonathon.  For 2015 expect to see a lot more of them on their Kona bikes including at the Irish round of the EWS!  On top of that they are some of the nicest people you will meet.

The blurb -

Leah and Jonathan are both Kona Grassroots racers from Ireland, who are racing Enduro events in 2015 for Team MBW/Kona Ireland Racing. They just received new 2015 Kona Process bikes and wasted no time getting them set up and straight out for a rip around their home trails at Ballyhoura MTB trailcentre, Ireland.

Hopefully you get a good vibe from watching this and it makes you wanna ride bikes!

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Team Lapierre Gravity Republic – A Life worth living

January 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Team Lapierre Gravity Republic is one of the most successful teams on the World Cup circuit with not only some super competitive senior riders but also one of the most talented Juniors.  In this behind the scenes series we get a great insight into life inside the team, you get a sense of the riders from revealing piece to camera.  This is a long one though so put on the kettle and give it the time it needs!

A Life Worth Winning – Full Film from Creative Concept on Vimeo. [Read more →]

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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 the Tour?  To close out his career he took on the revamped Hour record on the track, here commemorated by his team, Trek.

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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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This Is Peaty – Season 3, Episode 7

December 28th, 2014 · No Comments

This is Peaty draws to a close as 2014 does.  It’s been some year for the Syndicate with major highs and lows.  Steve Peat brings us through the Year of the Rat.

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2015 Enduro World Series entries open in January

December 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Enduro World Series have announced the dates for the opening of registration for the 2015 series and in a bid to avoid the difficulties of 2014 they have staggered the dates on which events will be released.  Such was the demand last year that riders found it hard to register with events selling out in under 30 minutes in some cases.  With a staggered system riders will have a much higher likely-hood of success as they can target the races they truly care about.  Having entered two rounds in 2014 we can highly recommend these races and everyone should be aiming for a spot in the Emerald Enduro in May.  Fingers by your keyboards!  EWS official release below.

It doesn’t seem long since Jared Graves and Tracy Moseley were crowned this year’s Enduro World Champions – but in just a month’s time entries will open for the 2015 Enduro World Series. With eight rounds next year and demand for places expected to be high, this year there will be a phased entry system to try and help as many people as possible secure a spot. [Read more →]

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New SRAM X-SYNC™ Direct mount chain rings

December 17th, 2014 · No Comments

SRAM have just anonunced a change to their lineup with the addition of direct mount chain rings to their chainsets from XX1, X01 and X1-1400.  These new rings are lighter and have a huge range from a tiny 26T through to a monster 40T chain ring.  Essentially you loose the spider and bolt on chain ring in favour of a chain ring that mounts directly to the crank spindle.

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Chris Akrigg- CHRISCROSS 2 (Revenge of the curly wurly bars)

December 16th, 2014 · No Comments

And you thought skinny tyres weren’t fun!

Chris Akrigg-CHRISCROSS 2 (Revenge of the curly wurly bars) from chris akrigg on Vimeo.

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The Dudes of Hazzard – Business as Usual, Part 4 Funk Button Failure

December 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Joe & Co are back for the last installment of their Business as Usual series.  Funk-tastic!

The Dudes of Hazzard – Business as Usual, Part 4 Funk Button Failure from Joe Barnes on Vimeo.

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

December 9th, 2014 · No Comments

One last time for 2014, our favorite web series of the year comes to a close with the Finale from Finale of On Track with Curtis Keene.  Over the year I’ve talked to may racers on the Enduro World Series including World Champions both former and present.  While they are all great people, there is an incredible honesty and humility about Keene that is strangely compelling.  He doesn’t hide anything.  He’s chomping at the bit to be at the top of the standings and I hope he gets there.  Either way we’ll see him in Ireland in May!

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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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The Dudes of Hazzard, Business as Usual – Part 3 Red Truck Rental

December 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Part three of the Dudes adventures.  This time we are off to the good ol US of A.  Mosey on over with us as we lift the lid on the life of an EWS racer with top Chief Joe Barnes and co.

The Dudes of Hazzard, Business as Usual – Part 3 Red Truck Rental from Joe Barnes on Vimeo.

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UCI World Cup CX Koksijde

November 28th, 2014 · No Comments

The second round of the Cyclocross World Cup took place last weekend in Koksijde, Belgium.  CX is a religion in Belgium attracting huge crowds and a carnival type atmosphere.  This weekend sees the CX World Cup roll into Milton Keynes in the UK where 5 Irish men and 1 Irish lady will line out in the Elite race.  Meanwhile here is a some atmosphere from last weekend courtesy of Shimano.

More info about Milton Keynes here.

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The Dudes of Hazzard, Business as Usual – Part 2

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

The Dudes board the landship and head to Europe for some bike riding.  Take it away Dudes!

The Dudes of Hazzard, Business as Usual – Part 2 from Joe Barnes on Vimeo.

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Hardline 2014 Dan Atherton GoPro

November 25th, 2014 · No Comments

What happens when you give Dan Atherton a chunk of hillside, a bunch of tools and diggers and willing workers?  Red Bull Hardline is an exclusive invite only event that had it’s inaugural running this year near the Atherton’s home in Wales.  In subsequent pieces we’ll see a bunch of World Cup riders battle it out but in this video we go on board with course designer Dan Atherton.  Hold on tight!

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Airstream life

November 24th, 2014 · No Comments

American MTB riders Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski and Heather Irmiger have been racing XC for over 15 years.  Currently they live the dream in the race season in this Airstream camper.  Jealous us?  No….

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Escape – Jérôme Clementz and Pauline Dieffenthaler in Indonesia

November 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Off to Indonesia with Jérôme Clementz and Pauline Dieffenthaler for some amazing riding.  Beautifully filmed by one of our favourite cameramen Jérémie Reuiller.  Bet you want to go riding now!

ESCAPE – MOUNT RINJANI – Indonesia Lombok from ILL PROD – Jérémie Reuiller on Vimeo.

“Sometimes a project gets stuck in your mind. It can makes no sense, but you can’t stop thinking about it, until that time comes and you make the dream a reality.” [Read more →]

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The Dudes of Hazzard – Business as Usual Part 1

November 19th, 2014 · No Comments

It’s exciting times! The annual Dudeumentary has just dropped, here is part 1.  Soo Enduro!

The Dudes of Hazzard, Business as Usual – Part 1 Introduding from Joe Barnes on Vimeo.

The Dudes of Hazzard have had a great year of traveling, racing and riding bikes. Going off the success of the Dudeumentary series in 2013 the boys have taken it a step further in 2014 and made the full length “Business as Usual” movie. Split into 5 parts for release, here is part 1 as the boys ride bikes at home and get ready for the races in the only way they know how. Packed with all the usual hilarities and wild riding. We hope you enjoy…

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Joe Barnes – Spectral Stokage

November 18th, 2014 · No Comments

How could you not like Joe Barnes?  A seriously nice guy, top Enduro shredder and friend to Ireland, Joe has raced over here in the Gravity Enduro series on several occasions.  He is also one of the most approachable riders on the World Series and we expect to see him over here quite a bit in advance of the EWS race in May ’15.  Ahead of the release of the Dudes of Hazzard’s new video (Joe’s a core Dude) here is a video of him riding his new Canyon.

Joe Barnes – Spectral Stokage from Joe Barnes on Vimeo.

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Michael McCutcheon’s blog from the WEMBO 24 hour champs

November 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Endurance racer Michael McCutcheon recently rode the World Endurance Mountain Bike Organisation (WEMBO) 24 hour World Champs in Scotland.  24 hour racers are a breed apart with serious levels of fitness and endurance and a dedication that is incredible to perceive.  We’ve raced in teams at 24hour events before and the compound fatigue is insane, we can’t imagine riding one solo!  Huge congrats to Michael on a serious achievement.  You can read about his experience below!    

After a lot of organisation and logistics, it was time to travel to Fort William for the World Endurance Mountain Bike Organisation 24 hour world champs. It was a race on a lot of riders calendar when Scotland was confirmed as a venue, previously it was in Italy and Australia. The journey up was an experience, I forgot how sparse and wild all the landscape looks up in the Highlands. My two travel companions and pit support (Al and my gf Shawna), were surprised at how big Fort William was after passing through very little for about 2 hours previously. Side note – there were some really impressive locks beside the hotel we were staying in which I had never seen before, about eight in a row. [Read more →]

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Urban Cyclocross

November 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Following the success earlier this year of the urban Cyclocross event in Rathfarnham organised by Expert Cycles we thought we’d share this little video from Red Bull.

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