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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. [Read more →]

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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.

SHIMANO INTRODUCES THE M200, A DEDICATED ENDURO SHOE [Read more →]

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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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Davagh Enduro race report

July 18th, 2014 · No Comments

The 2nd Davagh Enduro took place a few weeks ago and was a huge success.  Here is the race report.  Congratulations to all involved!

Photo by Warren McConnaughie

The second Davagh Enduro powered by Chainreactioncycles.com took place in Davagh Forest Trails on Sunday 29 must have thought it was their lucky day. 200 rider sell out event and some sponsored riders also in the mix. We had a strong field who traveled from the south which made for some great racing with the best of the local and international riders. [Read more →]

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On Track With Curtis Keene – Such Great Heights – Ep 6

July 17th, 2014 · No Comments

I spent some time in the company of Specialized’s Curtis Keene at the Scottish round of the EWS and was hugely impressed by his attitude, composure and professionalism.  On top of that he is a really nice guy.  His season is on the up and it’s only a matter of time before he gets a top result.

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EWS LaThuile Highlights

July 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Are you Enduro?  Yes please!  Here are the highlights from Round 4 of the Enduro World Series courtesy of Dirt TV.  Pull up a pew for this one, might take a while!

DirtTV Enduro World Series Round Four La Thuile | Full Highlights a Mountain Biking video by AspectMediaUK

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Chris Akrigg – Is Chris playing out

July 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Trials superstar Chris Akrigg is back with another fantastic edit.

IS CHRIS PLAYING OUT from chris akrigg on Vimeo.

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Inside Specialized Racing: Ep. 6 – Leogang

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

After the success of Troy Brosnan in Fort William, Team Specialized headed to Leogang looking to see could Troy repeat or would World Cup leader Aaron Gwin be able to turn on the speed.

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Santa Cruz Demo weekend in Djouce

June 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Bespoke Cycles are running a Santa Cruz demo day this weekend in Djouce Woods, Co. Wicklow.

With a large range of Santa Cruz bikes available this is well worth checking out including the new Nomad 27.5″.  These bikes will be popular so make sure that you arrive early to ensure you get to ride your chosen steed.  Here is what the guys have to say about the day! [Read more →]

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On Track With Curtis Keene – GMT Pt 2 – Ep 5

June 27th, 2014 · No Comments

We had the pleasure of spending some time with Curtis Keene at round 2 of the Enduro World Series round in Peebles, Scotland in May and was very impressed.  Keene was on unfamiliar ground in Scotland which couldn’t have been further from his native Californian trails.  A few familiar faces join him in this episode of his excellent On Track series, including our own Greg Callaghan!

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Cedric Gracia Through My Eyes S2 EP2 – Valloire EWS#3

June 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Wild man Cedric Gracia had a great race at Vailloire to pull of a 4th place.  Here we catch up with his weekend.

CEDRIC GRACIA THROUGH MY EYES S2 EP2 – VALLOIRE EWS#3 from Cedric GRACIA on Vimeo.

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EWS Valloire day 2 video

June 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Back to the mountain with the Dirt team for day 2 of the Enduro World Series #3 from Valloire.  If you haven’t read the preceding article from Justin Leov, now might be a good time!

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Victory within sight! Justin Leov’s EWS diary

June 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Former Downhill World Cup regular Justin Leov made the jump to Enduro racing last year and following a winter of serious training is begining to establish himself as a major contender on the circuit.  Here he checks in after a mighty weekend in Valloire.

Words by Justin Leov and photos by Jérémie Reuiller.

It has been a busy few weeks since the last EWS round in Scotland. I have been on the road with Trek World Racing helping the Downhill guys go fast at the World Cups. Coming from Leogang, Austria I was excited to get back into my own racing after watching fellow Kiwi riders Brook Macdonald and George Brannigan both step onto the podium. I learnt a lot from being on the sideline of the Downhill World Cup and much of it I wanted to apply to the French round of the EWS in Valloire. [Read more →]

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