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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 REBORN from Edwin Lee on Vimeo.

See thelifecycle.roblutter.com for more.

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Review – The Armstrong Lie

February 26th, 2014 · No Comments

In 2009 Oscar award winning documentary film maker Alex Gibney was contracted to make a documentary about Lance Armstrong’s return to cycling, “Comeback 2.0” as it was referred to. The film was meant to show Armstrong’s triumphant return, to silence the critics once and for all, to show that yes this man who won the Tour 7 times is a great champion.

However allegations about Armstrong’s doping and the subsequent federal investigation saw the project shelved until Gibney reignited it following the damning release of the USADA (United States Anti Doping Administration) reasoned decision that saw Armstrong stripped of all 7 wins and his 2009 3rd place. Maddened at Armstrong’s deception, which he admits he had fallen for, he confronted him and demanded an interview. Cameras are on hand hours after the Oprah Winfrey interview was filmed and on another location too. What results is a smorgasbord of footage that is stitched together to tell the story of Armstrong, his highs and his lows. [Read more →]

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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 the stories and history of the American West. Inspired both by his personal history and the history of the region, Mavic communications manager Zack Vestal imagined a long route through these mountains. Remembering a particular breakthrough ride 20 years ago, he planned another big ride, 230 miles in a single day. Now nearly forty years old, he set out with the goal of expanding and exploring his limits of endurance. During one day last summer, he completed this memorable ride through the expansive terrain. Ride along by watching the film documenting the journey. [Read more →]

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Mick Hannah’s run from Valpariso Urban DH

February 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Here is Mick Hannah’s run from Valpariso.  Total commitment and no room for error!

Mick Hannah Valpraiso 2014 Urban DH run from UR Team on Vimeo.

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Filip Polc faceplant

February 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Riding at the Valporiso Downhill Filip Polc missed his landing and this was the result.  Nice camera rig!

Here is footage from the track walk.  Not a race for the faint hearted, we’ll follow up with the race footage when it becomes available.  SPOILER alert [Read more →]

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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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Les Pass’portes 2014 – L’Esprit bike

February 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Here is a nice one for the afternoon that is in it (see below).  This iconic race in France is on the bucket list.  This may well be the year…

Les Pass’portes 2014 from NextFrameProduction on Vimeo.

Completely unrelated but entries to the Enduro World Series open this afternoon at 5pm Irish time.  It’s expected to sell out in minutes and with the Scottish round on the June bank holiday weekend it’s a bit of a no brainer!  We fully expect this to become a pro only race from next year so if you fancy doing one it may well have to be in 2014 unless your name is Jerome Clementz!

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Pantani – The accidental death of a cyclist

February 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Marco Pantani fell spectacularly from grace.  Winner of the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia in 1998, Pantani should be remembered as one of the greats yet his expulsion from the 1999 Giro (when in the lead and for a high haematocrit level) was to dog him for the remainder of his career.  Pantani died from a cocaine overdose 10 years ago this past Valentines day and he has since been linked with Operation Puerto in Spain and Dr. Fuentes.  Check out the trailer below for a movie about his life.

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Manon Carpenter: Cwmcarn

February 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Welsh trail center Cwmcarn has been feeling the love recently with a revamped Downhill trial and new XC trail.  Manon Carpenter shows us how best to ride the downhill trail.  Smooth comes to mind along with blindingly fast!

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Darcy & Geoff’s “Couples Ride” Video

February 14th, 2014 · No Comments

For the day that’s in it!  Couples ride.  Not saying we’ve experienced this personally (careful now!) but we’ve certainly seen it on the trail and working as a mountain bike guide have seen it soooo many times during lessons.

Happy Valentines trails y’all.

Darcy & Geoff’s “Couples Ride” Video from DAKINE on Vimeo.

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Biking Blitz Round 2 postponed.

February 14th, 2014 · No Comments

It should come as no surprise but following the crazyness of storm Darwin the second round of the Biking Blitz has had to be postponed this weekend.

The Ballyhoura Blitz has been moved to Sunday the 23rd of March.  Kudos to Biking.ie for making the difficult decision to postpone.

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Solo Twenty-Four

February 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Twenty-Four hour racing isn’t for everyone but it is an incredible experience.  Personally I have huge admiration for people who can do them solo, I’ve only ever competed as part of a team in them but I always marvel at how they can keep going.  Don’t get me started on the single speeders!

Solo Twenty-Four from Sixth Row on Vimeo.

This particular video is beautifully filmed – check out the night time shots of lights criss-crossing the hills.  Now which 24 hour race to enter this year….

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Bluegrass Golden Eyes in Indonesia

February 12th, 2014 · No Comments

For the day that’s in it here is a ray of sunshine through your monitor.

The Golden Eyes in Indonesia from Bluegrass on Vimeo.

Bluegrass have released their Golden Eyes Enduro helmet and very nice it is too.  We have one on test – more soon!

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Gravity present DH Winter race in Cloon

February 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Gravity Bike club are hosting a Downhill race on the 22nd and 23rd of February in Cloon, Co. Wicklow.  Full details below, interesting to note that the course is suitable for Enduro riders and their bikes!

Winter Downhill Race: Cloon, Co. Wicklow 22nd/23rd February [Read more →]

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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 it take? In the case of Dustin Gilding, the answer is seven years [Read more →]

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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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Inside the BMC service course

February 5th, 2014 · No Comments

A look inside the BMC service course courtesy of Shimano.

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Shimano release CM-1000 helmet cam

February 4th, 2014 · No Comments

Shimano have entered the lightweight “sports camera” market with their snappily named CM-1000, aimed squarely at the Go-Pro and Garmin’s new Virb.

Waterproof to a depth of 10 meters it is a wifi enabled 16mp 1080 HD video camera with a two hour battery life.  Boasting an F-sop of F2 it should work really well in low light conditions too. [Read more →]

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Joe Barnes – 8 Wild Terns

February 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Joe Barnes of the Dudes of Hazzard presents an MTB short perfectly tuned to this time of year.  Eight slompy corners riding as if on rails…  Not as easy as it looks!

Joe Barnes – 8 Wild Terns from Joe Barnes on Vimeo.

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Festive 500 in one go

January 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Every year clothing manufacturer Rapha set a goal on Strava of riding 500 kilometres between Christmas and New Years called the Festive 500.  This year the winners did it in one go riding from Paris to Haarlem in the Netherlands.  No mean feat especially given the conditions.  Take a look a this really well put together video.

Riding the Festive 500 in one big fat ride from Paris (FR) to Haarlem (NL) – #inonego from Rotgans & Rotgans on Vimeo.

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Downmall 2014 Prague

January 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Downmall is a race in a mall in Prague which sees top riders descending down escalators and around corners at break neck speeds.  Anyone got the number of Dundrum Town Centre?  First up Tomas Slaviks winning run followed by a more general feature.

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How to be a road rider

January 29th, 2014 · No Comments

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General entry for Enduro World Series released on Feb 19th

January 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Details have begun to trickle though for entry to the Enduro World Series races.  An initial round of places for eligable athletes will be released on Janueary 28th for registration between February 10th to 16th.  Remaining slots will be released on February 19th at 9am PST!

This could actually be a considerable number.  Details released last week for the Tweedlove race in Scotland mention 600 racers.  400 Pros and 200 general entrants.  The Pros will face tougher transition caps and earlier start times allowing general riders to relax and enjoy the experience.

With the growth of Enduro racing in the last year the events will all sell out, probably on the day of release so be seated and ready when registration opens.  It’s worth noting that registration is through the EWS website when you have to pre-register too!  See www.enduroworldseries.com/ for more.


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La Thuile EWS 2014

January 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Here is a sneak peak at round 4 of the Enduro World Series event from La Thuile.  It’s got our juices flowing!

Introducing La Thuile Italy, the location that will host the 4th Enduro World Series race the 12th 13th of July 2014. [Read more →]

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Euro Marathon champs entry open!

January 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Entry has opened for the 2014 European Marathon Championships, hosted in Ballyhoura by Biking.ie.

This is a rare opportunity to race in a bona fide European level event in Ireland.  Racers please see below for details on categories.  See you on the start line!

Elite men will tackle 91km while Elite Women, Expert, Masters, Vet, Classic Vets face a 70km with 1830mtrs of climbing.  Juniors and the fun race will head out over 25 km.

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Fun for your Friday – Footballer vs. Mountain biker

January 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Are you a footballer or a mountain biker?  Who is the real hard man?

Quick nod to Niall Davis of Biking.ie for the great find.

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NS bikes – A tale of two Eccentrics

January 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

This rather nice video, strangely devoid of speech (it’s crying out for a “we live to ride, climbing majestic mountains blah blah blah” gravelly voice over) sees two friends riding around the Austrian bike resort of Leogang, site of the downhill World Cup.  With a mix of bike park, open mountain trails and wilderness it has us looking at airline schedules to see when we can get some…

NS Bikes – A tale of two Eccentrics from NS Bikes on Vimeo.

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A week of Rampage with Kyle Norbraten

January 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

This is well worth 15 minutes of your time.  A behind the scenes look at Rampage from a riders point of view.  Strap in!

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Video – Church

January 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Church from ZfH Productions on Vimeo.

Brandon Blakely, Zach Heaton, and Evan Voss were the motivators behind Church. Our friendship was forged in college through riding bikes, with a mutual interest for multiple sports and the refined skillset that goes hand in hand with mastery of those disciplines. We have traveled distances together for riding but for this trip Brandon and Evan were the bike men and Zach manned the no-fun-gun (camera). With three days of perfect October weather we attempted to capture our mutual appreciation for Fall in North Carolina.

Why Church? It started as a joke, [

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Bluegrass Enduro tour – Dublin leg details

January 16th, 2014 · No Comments

More details are emerging concerning the Bluegrass Enduro race in Ireland on the 16th and 17th of August.  Racers will go on a tour of four venues in Wicklow with multiple stages in some venues and starting and finishing in Kilruddery house and gardens.

However this comes at a price as only 50 riders will be able to take part each day with Day 1 for the ladies and Day 2 for the men.  That’s right there has been a u-turn and now men will be able to compete on the Sunday.  With only fifty spots on offer though registration will be a fight for who has the best connection and is on the ball.  Registration opens on the 1st of February and costs €80.

Get past that little hurdle though and this is looking like a seriously cool boutique riding day.  We raced the Bluegrass 2-day in Ballyhoura in 2013 and it was this writers race of the year for atmosphere with the usual flawless operation that we have come to expect from Niall Davis and his biking.ie team.  On the continent this would be mega bucks, you have been warned!  Here is what this race promises – [Read more →]

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